How Long to Bake Mini Cupcakes?

Generally speaking, you should bake mini cupcakes for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, they could be undercooked or burnt, making the cake unappetizing, too dense, or too dry to enjoy. 

My name is Angie, I’m a dessert enthusiast and a self-taught baker who started my own cupcake business from home. I know all about the art of baking and I enjoy simplifying this process, making it more accessible to all! 

In this article, I will explain the factors that affect the baking time and temperature of mini cupcakes and answer any further questions you may have on the topic. 

Keep reading to learn more!

What are mini cupcakes?

Mini cupcakes are regular cupcakes made of bite-sized. They’re just as tasty and fun, but are smaller which means you can eat more of them without the guilt or the mess!

How to Make Mini Cupcakes

Typically speaking, mini cupcake pans hold about ⅓ the amount of standard cupcake pans. This means that a regular cupcake recipe that yields a dozen (12) traditional-sized cupcakes will make you three dozen (36) mini cupcakes. 

Mini cupcakes should take about ⅔ the time to bake as standard-sized cupcakes. 


You should bake your mini cupcakes at 350°F (177°C) for metal or glass pans, or 325°F (163°C) if you are using dark or nonstick pans.

If the oven temperature is too high, a dome will form on the top of your cake and lead to cracking. If your oven temperature is below 325°F, cakes are likely to be underbaked and deflate once they cool down. 

Size Matters 

The standard and most popular mini cupcake tins measure 1¼” by ¾” per hole and hold 0.5-0.7 ounces of batter. If the size and volume of your mini muffin pan are considerably different, make sure to adjust your cooking time by adding or subtracting a few minutes of baking time. 

I would also recommend that you stick to baking one or two trays of cupcakes at a time. Crowding the oven with too many cakes will affect your baking time as it will add pressure to your oven. Expect to bake your cakes for a few minutes longer if you are loading more than two trays.


Below are some common questions related to mini cupcakes, I’ll answer them very briefly.

How many mini cupcakes does a box of cake mix make?

A standard-size box of cake mix makes around 72 mini cupcakes. 

How much batter should you use for each mini cupcake?

You should always fill your cake tins ⅔ full to prevent spilling of the batter once cakes expand. For standard mini cupcakes, that would be about one tablespoon of batter.

Can I make mini cupcakes without mini cupcake liners?

Yes, you can make mini cupcakes without liners by simply greasing your pan with some oil, butter, or baking spray. 

How do you know when mini cupcakes are ready?

You will know your mini cupcakes are ready when you stick a wooden toothpick in the center of the cake and it comes out clean. If your toothpick is still wet, simply put the tray back in the oven for a few more minutes to set. 

Final Words

Mini cupcakes are fun and easy to make. 10 to 15 minutes is all they need to bake. Just keep in mind that you might need to make a few small adjustments to your recipes, make sure that the oven is set at the right temperature, not overcrowded and you are all set!

I can’t wait to see your creations! Comment down below to let me know if you have any more questions about mini cupcakes. 

About Angie
I am a self-taught baker. I’ve been baking for over 10 years and started my own home baking business as a side hustle. I was born in Hong Kong and spent a pretty big chunk of my life in Canada. If you’re ever looking for me, I am probably there whisking vigorously away in the kitchen.

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  • Connie

    Hello! I was looking for mini cupcake banana bread recipe and came across a recipe that called for 1/2 the batter to be added to each cake well, a tbsp each. Bake 15”, cool, and repeat with the remaining batter. The recipe did not explain this and I have never heard of this. Have you? Do you think this method is to help prevent over baking? But then, wouldn’t the bottom layer be over baked? I just don’t understand. Do you?
    Thank you in advance for your input on this!

    • Michelle

      Hi Connie,
      It sounds like it will work fine and prevent over-baking. Did you try it out? I always recommend following along with the chosen recipe. Let me know how it turned out.

  • Chris

    I was very surprised to hear the following when I called the number on the box with a question regarding time suggestions for mini cupcakes they said,” if it isn’t on the box we can’t help you.” Sheesh, not very helpful!

    • Michelle

      Hi Chris,
      Wow, that’s pretty shocking! I hope you were able to figure it out on your own.