FAQ’s: How to Make a Giant Cupcake

May 19th, 2016 by Stephanie Michel

GiCuCa30907Every once in a while a product comes out that is a total game changer. To me, that game changer is the Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan. It’s such a simple concept – a giant cupcake – and can be used for dozens of occasions with endless decorating opportunities.

The first time I bought this pan, I was a senior in college. It was before I worked at Wilton and before I really knew ANYTHING about baking. It was…a disaster. I did not read the instructions at all. I completely overfilled the pan with batter and it spilled all over my oven. My roommates were less than thrilled.

It’s been several years since my first experience with the Giant Cupcake Pan and I have learned many, many things since then. Over the past few years, Wilton has received lots of questions about this amazing pan so I wanted this post to be your one-stop-shop on how to use this pan. Please see the guidelines below:

  • Use Cake Release to prepare the pan. You can also use pan spray, just be sure to spray the pan well.
  • Use a dense cake with this pan. If using cake mix, prepare your mix this way.
  • Top of cake uses 2 ½ cups of batter
  • Bottom of cake uses 3 ½ cups of batter
  • Bake at 325F for approximately 1 hour. If the top of your cupcake seems to be baking faster than the bottom, tent it with foil halfway through baking to slow it down.
  • Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove to cooling grid until completely cooled.
  • Level both cakes. A helpful hint to level the top of the cupcake: place the cake back in the pan and use the pan as a guide.
  • Use icing between the two layers to adhere the top and bottom together.

When it comes to decorating, there are tons of ideas on Wilton.com, but there are also endless opportunities to be creative! You can leave the bottom un-iced like a regular cupcake and just decorate the top, or you can ice them both!

If I had known then what I know now about this pan (or if I had read the instructions, haha) I may have been able to save my roommates from a headache or saved myself the trouble of cleaning burnt batter off of my oven. This cake really is a total show stopper. When you make it for your next event, follow the guidelines above and prepare to be amazed!


Stephanie Michel Stephanie is an Assistant Culinary Specialist in the Wilton Test Kitchen and is a Certified Wilton Method® Instructor. Her love for baking began at an early age and she has enjoyed learning more about baking and cake decorating since she started working at Wilton in 2010. When she is not baking for her friends and family, she spends her free time with her dog, Checkers.

37 Replies

  1. Ann says:

    Hi Stephanie
    I just wanted to let you know that your tips are terrific! I wished I had read the directions better myself! I made this as a small wedding cake and had to hold it all the way to the reception, about 45 minutes away! I must say it came out absolutely beautiful! I made it with white frosting roses and sprinkled silver hearts throughout. I made smaller cupcakes for the guests. The bride was ecstatic! Thank you for the great tips. I didn’t know how much batter went in the bottom or top.

  2. Sandra Popek says:

    Hello, What if you just bought the cheaper Giant Cupcake pan would put that directly on a cookie sheet or would you do something so the top of the cupcake does not burn? Thank you, Sandra

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Sandra,

      Are you referring to the silicone pan? Unfortunately, that is not our pan so I cannot say for sure, but if you want to keep the top from burning, check it a few minutes before the bottom is done to see if it is done. There may also be instructions included with that pan. -Stephanie

  3. Robert says:

    I love the giant cupcake but can not find a carrier for transporting it to an occasion. Please advise if there is such a carrier that is tall enough. Thanks.

  4. Nora says:

    you mentioned the pan requires a dense cake and if using cake mix prepare the mix this way but there is nothing after that. Are you planning to share how you prepare the cake using cake mix?

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hi Nora,
      The words “this way” are hyperlinked. If you hover your mouse over those words you’ll see you can click on them, it takes you to the recipe of how to prepare the cake mix.

      • Barbara says:

        Selecting the link “this way” takes you to pages of specific recipies but not to one specific to the giant cupcake. Should I use the Pound Cake recioe as that is a “dense” cake?

  5. Tammy Mikusko says:

    I would like to know the best cake recipe for this cake pan?

    Thank you
    Tammy Mikusko

  6. justina says:

    Good idea will make is for my daughter

  7. Justina says:

    A beautiful cake will try it for my daughter

  8. Justina says:

    Lovely cake

  9. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for all of the tips. I am still having a lot of trouble getting the bottom of the cake to bake properly. I have tried both the the recipe included with the pan, as well as with a strawberry cake recipe. Both times the sides and bottom of the cake have burned before the center was baked all the way through. This is despite measuring out the proper volumes for each side of the pan and making sure all the ingredients and batter were at room temp before starting. The oven temperature is set to 325 degrees (there is also a analog thermometer in my oven confirming the temp). How do I get things to bake evenly?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Jennifer,
      I’m sorry to hear you are having trouble with this pan! You can try reducing the amount of batter slightly. Instead of making 2 mixes and using 6 cups, prepared just one mix (using the pound cake method linked in the blog). Measure out two cups for the top and put the remaining batter in the bottom. Hope this helps! Happy baking 🙂

  10. melissa says:

    This is my #1 favorite cake (cupcake)pan!!!! I’ve used it so many times for birthday parties and once for a holiday. My kids love to add the sprinkles after i frost the top part!

  11. Robin says:

    I just purchased the Wilton Demensions Giant Cupcake Pan which says it’s 10 cups. Your attached recipe with 2 boxes of cake mix is equal to 6 cups of batter. Is that enough for this pan? Also, do you know of any paper cupcake liners for this? I was thinking of a commercial basket coffee filter.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Robin,

      I recommend using 2 ½ cups of batter for the top and 3 1/2 cups of batter for the bottom (total 6 cups). The cake mix pound cake recipe I provided will need to be doubled, however you will get more than 6 cups of batter. You can use the extra batter for cupcakes if you’d like. Unfortunately, we do not sell liners for this pan. You can ice the bottom of the giant cupcake or leave it plain. -Stephanie

  12. Bambie says:

    I was recently given a giant cupcake rubbery type(don’t know proper name of it) pan and want to use it for my niece’ s 1st birthday. Do i spray and flower it like i would any other on. How much batter in each side.temp and how long Cool before removing, how long. Best cake to use.

  13. Annette says:

    Does the recipe that is hyper-linked in the article make enough batter for the giant cupcake pan, or does it need to be doubled? Thanks!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hello! The cake mix pound cake recipe I provided will need to be doubled, however you will get more than 6 cups of batter. You can use the extra batter for cupcakes if you’d like. Happy baking!

  14. Danielle says:

    Hi! I will be making the Giant Cupcake this weekend and will use your pound cake recipe but thought I should check to see if I need to revise the recipe if my favorite cake mix “has pudding in the mix”. Thanks! Danielle

  15. Tiffani says:

    The hyper linked recipe calls for pudding and pie filling. I was wondering if any pudding mix works or if a specific one worked best and also what flavor to get?

  16. Valerie Gardner says:

    The top part of the cupcake keeps dropping in the middle. Any suggestions?

  17. Shelly Holmes says:

    I am very confused. I lost my directions to the Giant Cupcake Pan. So I used the amounts you said to use and it did not raise to fill the pan. Your amounts total 6 cups. The outer part of box says to use 10 cups. Which is it? Very frustrated and trying to get cake done for a first Bday so quick response is appreciated!

  18. Reina Velis says:

    I like you video, and I enjoy it. What usu por made flowers, and color???

  19. Lex says:

    I would like to make cake from scratch and not from a mix. Can you supply a good recipe to use?

  20. Tammy says:

    Hi do u have a recipe for this cake

  21. Annette says:

    What do I do if my cake mix already comes with pudding in the mix? Do I still add a box of pudding for your pound cake directions for this pan? Thanks

  22. Mandy A says:

    Hi! Super excited to use my giant cake pan! However I’m confused. I found Pound Cake mix in a box. Do I still need to follow your hyper link and add the pudding mixing?

  23. Gayle B says:

    Is there a container sold I can transport this jumbo cupcake in?

  24. Michelle says:

    I have made the giant cupcake several times but can not get it to stand up any suggestions

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