How to Prevent Cupcake Liners from Sticking

How to Prevent Cupcake Liners from Sticking and ruining your otherwise beautiful cupcakes! Learn my different techniques to prevent sticking, and what to do if your cupcakes are already stuck.

I was so sick of sticky cupcake liners ruining my cupcakes, I figured out how to prevent it AND what to do if it's already happened!

Thereโ€™s nothing worse than spending all this time making and decorating the perfect cupcakes, only to have them stick to the liners and turn into a big disappointing mess. Talk about frustrating!

How to Prevent Cupcake Liners from Sticking

Iโ€™m going to show you a few simple tricks to show you exactly How to Prevent Cupcake Liners from Sticking. The video covers everything you need to know, and I’ve also summarized my tips for you below.

How to Prevent Cupcake Liners from Sticking:

1. Use high quality liners. Look up reviews online to see if anyone has a problem with sticking.

2. Use a high quality baking pan, it doesn’t have to be expensive but make sure it gets solid reviews.

3. Spray them with nonstick cooking spray or brush with a little melted butter (spray over the dishwasher to avoid a mess).

4. Slide a deeper baking pan filled with water into the bottom rack of your oven. The added moisture prevents sticking.

5. Allow the cupcakes to cool for a few minutes in the pan then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling. The residual heat can cause the liner to stick.

6. Let the cupcakes cool completely before removing the wrappers. Pop the cupcakes in the fridge for an hour to ensure theyโ€™re cool and will release.

If theyโ€™re already stuck:

Put the cupcakes upside-down in the microwave under a wet paper towel for 15 seconds. Easy!

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Tessa is a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. She loves to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. She's on a mission to make the world a more unapologetically DELICIOUS place. Tessa lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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12 Responses to “How to Prevent Cupcake Liners from Sticking”

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    Sandra Garth — July 13, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Much needed information, thank you!

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    Dani H — July 13, 2016 at 8:40 am

    It never occurred to me to spray the inside of the liners with a nonstick cooking spray and I had not heard that placing a pan of water in the oven would also help. Great tips! Thank you.

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    Donna McKenzie — July 17, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Love your non churn Ice cream I have made it a lot for people, especially the peanut butter, I thank you for the tips on baking, I bake Once a week for hospice, patients that are terminally I’ll, want to make the best cupcakes I can for them.
    Thank you for you help.
    Donna McKenzie

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    Betty Symank — July 17, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Wow, so nice to watch a video that has such helpful information.

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      Tessa — July 19, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      Hi, Betty! Thanks for your comment! Nonstick pans really do require special care to make them last. I used to work at a kitchenware store and tried to emphasize that point to everyone who bought nonstick bakeware or cookware, but hardly anyone listened! Lol. Thanks for your suggestion. Unfortunately YouTube simply doesn’t offer a way to thumbs up an embedded video, and their mobile capabilities are definitely lacking ๐Ÿ™ I do appreciate you taking the time to click over to give it a thumbs up!!

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    Teresa Jones — July 17, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Great tips. I was spraying the cupcake pans and liners, so they would not stick.

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    Lisa — July 17, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for the tips. I never thought about spraying the inside of the liners. that’s cool. I have used the water in the pan when baking and I find that it works. Great job!

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      Tessa — July 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Awesome, Lisa! Glad that one works for you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julie — July 17, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Actually, the last time that I made cupcakes my problem was that the liners released on their own, before anyone had a chance to pick them up. But I’m glad for the tips anyway.

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      Tessa — July 19, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      How strange!!

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    Heidi — July 24, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Julie, I also have had this problem with some types of cupcakes. I have to experiment a bit to determine the cause. I’ve seen a suggestion that it’s because of moisture that builds up in the pan if you don’t remove the cupcakes quickly enough. It may also have to do with the amount of fat in the recipe…
    Tessa, I actually have never had the liners stick to the pan or the cupcake to the point where it ruins the cupcake. When I saw this post on Pinterest I had to read it to see what you meant. That’s the strange case to me. Anyway, it brought me to your blog, which seems great. I’m off to explore it!

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    Betty Symank — July 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Hey Tessa, regarding the whole YouTube and thumbs up thing, ๐Ÿ˜‰ what if you just write a little mini statement with a copy of the URL that takes you right to your YouTube video (just UNDER the embedded video), encouraging people to click there and save it to their favorite folder of cooking tips (what I did), add a thumbs up, or share it with their friends, if they like. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Like this:
    http://youtu.be/miW5AexCLWE

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