Learn how to keep cupcakes moist from professional cake decorator Amanda Oakleaf in this Howcast video.
"Hi my name is Amanda Oakleaf. I am of head baker, decorator of Amanda Oakleaf cakes of Wisconsin, Massachusetts where we do cup cakes, wedding cakes, birthday cakes anything you think of we can make it into a cake and today I will be talking to you about baking cup cakes.
Keeping cup cakes moist is important to the cup cake process. It starts with baking you don’t want to over bake the cup cakes because exposing it to much air in the oven will dry them easily and then from there you will want to leave the cup cakes to cool at room temperature. Make sure they are cool with a touch before you start butter creaming them. If they are too hot they will melt the butter cream and if you are not going to butter cream them right away stick them in an airtight container in plastic and they can for 3 days fresh. Once you do butter cream them you can serve them but if you have any left over’s and you want to keep them in the fridge store them in a container wrap them in a plastic and stick it into he fridge and then you can serve them again you will give them a few hours to come back to room temperature that way the butter cream and the butter cake will all be nice and soft and that way you will have full flavor.
Another thing to keep in mind for keeping cup cakes moist is to know whether the recipe has butter or oil in the cake. Butter cakes ted to dry up quicker when they are exposed to air whereas oil based cakes lasts a bit longer and will keep longer then butter cakes."