Cupcake Cases Separating From The Cupcakes:

Overfilling The Cupcake Cases:

If you overfill the cupcake cases with batter, the cupcakes can rise excessively, causing the cases to peel away. Make sure to fill each cupcake case only about two-thirds full to allow room for the cupcakes to rise without overflowing.

Cupcake Case Quality:

The quality of cupcake cases can vary. Low-quality cases may not adhere well to the cupcakes during baking. Consider using higher-quality cases, and ensure they are placed in the cupcake pan securely. We only sell top-quality professional cupcake cases at Pipedreams.

Moisture Content in the Batter:

Excessive moisture in the batter can cause the cupcakes to be too soft, leading to separation from the cases. Double-check your ingredient ratios, and make sure not to add too much liquid to the batter.

Turn out of the baking tray immediately:

Do not allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan transfer them immediately to a wire rack to cool completely.

Underbaking or Overbaking:

Baking cupcakes for too short or too long a time can affect their structure. Follow the recommended baking time in your recipe and use a toothpick or cake tester to check for doneness. The toothpick should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs attached.


High humidity can impact the texture of baked goods. If you're baking on a humid day, consider adjusting the recipe slightly by reducing the liquid content.

Recipe Adjustments:

Review your cupcake recipe to ensure that all the ingredients and measurements are accurate. Sometimes, small adjustments to the recipe can make a significant difference in the final outcome.

By addressing these potential issues, you should be able to improve the adherence of the cupcake cases to your cupcakes. If the problem persists, consider experimenting with a different cupcake recipe or consulting with experienced bakers for additional advice.

Achieving Red Buttercream:

Start with White Buttercream:

Begin with a batch of white buttercream. If you're making it from scratch, ensure that it's fully mixed and smooth. To achieve white buttercream add a whitener like Sugarflair’s White Extra.

Select a Gel Food Colouring:

Choose a gel-based food colouring in red. Gel colours are highly concentrated, allowing you to achieve vibrant hues without adding excess liquid to your buttercream. We recommend using Sugarflair’s Red Extra.

Add Food Colouring Gradually:

Start by adding a small amount of red gel food colouring to your white buttercream. You can always add more, but it's challenging to lighten the colour once it's too dark.

Mix Thoroughly:

Use a mixer to thoroughly incorporate the food colouring into the buttercream. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure even colouring. Alternatively, use a hand-held blender(immersion blender) to mix the red into the buttercream.

Assess the Colour:

Check the colour and decide whether you need to add more food colouring. Keep in mind that the colour may deepen over time, so it's a good idea to let it sit for a few minutes before making further adjustments.

Add More Colouring if Needed:

If the red is not vibrant enough, add more gel food colouring in small increments until you achieve the desired shade of red.

Let It Sit:

Allow the coloured buttercream to sit for a bit. Sometimes, colours intensify as they rest. If needed, adjust the colour again after it has settled.

Use Quality Food Colouring:

Using high-quality gel food colouring will give you better results in terms of colour intensity and vibrancy. Cheaper alternatives may require larger amounts, affecting the consistency of your buttercream.

Remember that achieving a true red colour can be challenging because butter has a natural yellow tint. Adding a whitener will help neutralise the yellow tint and enhance the red colour. Always start with a small amount and adjust gradually to achieve the desired shade.

Technical Information:

Here's a few useful hints and tips we use at Pipedreams

Please note these tips represent our opinion only



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