Can You Put Cupcakes In Liners After Baking?

Cupcake liners can be both beautiful and functional, but sometimes liners may cause more trouble than they prevent. If you don’t want to use cupcake liners initially or change your mind, can you put cupcakes in liners after baking?

You can put cupcakes into liners after baking but they won’t fit snugly to the cupcake like they do when you bake a cupcake inside liners. If you’re looking to make your cupcakes look nicer, there are ways to make cupcake liners adhere to baked cupcakes or use additional liners to spruce up your finished cupcake. 

Your best bet for intact, lined cupcake is baking them in a liner. If you don’t like the finished product, there are ways to decorate the existing liner. 

Do You Put Cupcakes in Liners Before or After Baking?

Cupcake liners support the structure of a cupcake or muffin while the batter transforms from a liquid into a spongy baked good.

They’re supposed to be used before baking, but some prefer to bake cupcakes without liners, such as to save money or because of technique. 

If you like the look of a cupcake liner but don’t want to bake with them, you can use parchment in your pans to make cupcakes easier to slide out of the pan before cooling and decorating them. There is also the option to grease the pan if you don’t want to use any sort of paper.

How Do You Fill Cupcake Liners Without Making a Mess?

When filling liners, you want to fill them evenly. This is difficult if you try to do a pour with the wrong utensil. An ice cream scoop or a small spoon will help you fill your liners without dripping cupcake batter everywhere.

Additionally, you’ll be able to track exactly how much batter you’re putting in each liner to get a consistent bake. 

Another method I recommend is using a batter dispenser. It’s super handy because it lets you pour exactly how much batter you need.

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For the best results, fill your cupcake liners slowly and with something small. It’s better to have to scoop your batter up and pour it into your cupcake liners a couple of times instead of using something big and spilling or over pouring.

Your aim should be to fill your chosen cupcake pan until it’s ⅔ of the way full with batter. 

How To Add Liners After Baking 

There are some ways to add liners to your cupcakes after baking, whether you’re looking to cover up an unsightly liner, prefer to bake without liners, or are looking to amplify a certain theme or decoration. 

Let Your Cupcakes Cool 

Letting your cupcakes cool thoroughly before adding new or additional liners will ensure your cupcakes don’t fall apart as you handle them. Moisture levels are usually higher when cupcakes are still warm which can make liners harder to work with. 

Add Liners To Existing Liners 

Trying to peel off an old liner to replace it with a new one could end up being more trouble than it’s worth. Instead, you can place the lined cupcake into another liner.

This can help add more dimension to your cupcake’s design or can help cover up greasy spots on your initial liner. 

A small dot of icing can be used on the inside of the second liner to help it stick to your cupcake. You can also do this while attaching a liner to a cupcake baked without a liner. However, the sides may not stick to the cupcake, causing them to flare out at the sides. 

Try Decorative Cupcake Wrappers 

A decorative cupcake wrapper isn’t meant to be baked and it can fit over a baked cupcake quite nicely. These are usually made of cardboard or thicker paper, but you can find them in a variety of materials.

Once your cupcakes are cool, you can slip them into a decorative cupcake wrapper before you add your icing and accessories. 

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A cupcake wrapper may also fit more nicely over a cupcake that was baked without a cupcake liner. You don’t have to take off your paper or foil liner to place it inside a wrapper, as wrappers will usually cover up those smaller, simpler liners. 

Why Do Cupcakes Pull Away From Liners?

Cupcakes can pull away from liners if they’re in a warm environment for too long or your cupcake recipe is on the moist side. There’s a good chance that your cupcakes are undercooked if they don’t seem to fill the liner snugly. 

Your recipe may also have to be adjusted in terms of dairy products to remove some of the moisture. If you’ve unevenly filled your liners with batter, some cupcakes might not fill out your liners well enough for them to stick. 

When you’re letting your cupcakes cool, try not to leave them in the pan for more than a few minutes. Not only will it take longer for your cupcakes to cool, but the excess heat could cause your liners to pull away from the cupcake. 

I recommend moving your cupcakes to a cooling rack like this one. This is great for the cupcakes to evenly cool down, without retaining moisture in the pan.

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Do You Leave The Paper in Foil Cupcake Liners?

Some foil liners will have thin pieces of paper inside them. These papers are just there to make it easier to separate each liner.

The paper is made of the same kind of paper that cupcake liners are made from, so if you accidentally forget to take them out, it’s not a big deal. 

Many bakers prefer foil liners over paper liners because they have a stronger structure since they’re thicker. They also peel off of cupcakes very nicely without ruining a cupcake.

You can find plain foil liners or more decorative foil liners, but you will pay a little bit more for them than you would for paper liners. 

Final Thoughts 

You can get creative with your cupcake liner choices both before and after baking. Since there are different types of liners that will react differently based on recipes, room temperature, and baking time, you might find yourself wanting to ditch liners during the baking process or wanting to cover up soiled liners. 

Either way, a couple of handy tips will ensure that any liners or wrappers you use in any combination before or after baking stay where they need to until it’s time to take them off and indulge in a delicious cupcake. 

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