Cupcakes are a popular sweet treat, which typically comes in three sizes; mini, regular, and large. The name ‘cupcake’ dates as far back as the 18th century, when miniature cakes were baked in teacups to make individual portions. Despite no longer being baked in cups today, the name ‘cupcake’ has stuck, and everyone knows what sort of size to expect when they buy a cupcake.
However, it can be helpful to set out the dimensions of standard cupcake sizes so that when people order a certain type of cupcake, they are clear about exactly what they are getting. These dimensions will help bakers and customers alike to avoid disappointment or confusion.
If you are a baker, you will be well aware of the sizes of cupcakes; however, your customers may not be. If you are selling a variety of different-sized cupcakes, it can be helpful to provide dimensions to your customers so that they make the right choice when ordering. This will help any mistakes from being made and ensure your customers are happy with your cupcakes when they come to collect an order.
This is especially important when a customer is ordering a large batch of cupcakes for an event, such as a birthday party. They may order ‘mini’ cupcakes, not being aware of how small these actually are, which would lead to disappointment when they collect the order only to find that there won’t be enough cake to keep the party guests happy.
If you are a customer making a cupcake order, always check the sizing with your baker to sort out any crossed wires. A misunderstanding of sizes will be easy to resolve in advance, but if you find out on the day of your event that the cupcakes are a different size than what you were expecting, it will probably be too late to fix the problem.
Cupcakes come in three standard sizes, which are listed below. Most bakeries will make cupcakes based on these sizes, as these are standard sizes of baking trays and muffin trays and standard sizes in which cupcake cases come in. Adhering to these standard sizes makes it much easier to find suitable equipment, and it also ensures continuity.
However, if you want a non-standard size of cupcake, just enquire with your baker, as many will be able to offer customized sizing or specific requirements. The three sizing types of cupcakes are mini, standard, and large.
Standard Cupcake Sizes
A mini cupcake is a bite-sized cake that is great for children, as they often struggle to eat a whole full-sized cupcake. This size of cupcake is also a nice treat to have with a hot drink at breaktime, especially if you are trying to cut back on the amount of sugar you are eating because it is big enough to feel like an indulgent treat but small enough that you won’t have to feel guilty about portion size.
For most adults, a mini cupcake represents a half portion size, so if you are offering these as a pudding at a party, then you should allow for two mini cupcakes per person. Mini cupcakes offer a nice alternative to full-sized cupcakes because they have a very cute look about them that can be displayed in a fun way at a party or celebration. As most people will have two mini cupcakes for a single portion, it also gives the option of letting people try two different flavors, rather than having to choose just one flavor if they were having standard or large-sized cupcakes.
A mini cupcake will have a diameter measurement across the base of three-quarters of an inch and a diameter measurement across the top of 1 and a quarter inches. The height measurement will vary depending on the recipe of the cupcake and how much it rises during cooking, as well as the amount of frosting added on top. Generally, for a mini cupcake, you will be looking at a height measurement of around 1 and a quarter to 1 and a half inches.
A standard-sized cupcake is the typical size of cupcake you would expect to find at a grocery store or at celebrations such as baby showers, birthday parties, and even weddings. This type of cupcake is intended to be one full serving for an adult, with a diameter base measurement of 2 inches and a diameter top measurement of 2 and a half inches.
Once again, the height of this sized cupcake can differ depending on the recipe and how much the batter rises in the oven. If a cupcake has frosting on top, then this will also add extra height, but generally, the height measurement will be approximately 2 and a quarter to 2 and a half inches.
Large cupcakes are also known as jumbo cupcakes. This is a more celebratory type of cupcake that you can expect to see at a party or event, rather than standard and mini cupcakes, which are commonly eaten as a treat or a snack. A large cupcake might be found on a restaurant or cafe menu as an indulgent pudding, but they are so big that you would need a big appetite to finish one.
If you want to order a sharing treat or dessert, then a large cupcake could be a good option for two people. A large cupcake will have a base diameter measurement of around 2 inches and a top diameter measurement of 3 inches. These measurements are actually not that much bigger than a standard cupcake, but it is the height of a large cupcake that really makes the difference between these two sizes.
A large cupcake will measure at least 3 and a half inches in height and come in a tall cupcake case. These cupcakes make a big statement and work well as a special treat for a friend or loved one on their birthday, or just to let them know you love them.