Bake the Perfect Cupcake: Step 6
6. Bake in the center of your oven.
When you are all ready to start baking, set the cupcake pans on the center of a rack set right in the very middle of your preheated oven.
This will ensure you get good airflow and will help even out the heat distribution, preventing overcooking on any one side of your cupcake. If your oven tends to cook unevenly from front to back, then rotate the cupcakes 2/3 of the way through the cooking time. Do not rotate any sooner, or the cupcakes may not have had enough time to set properly.
If you are baking several pans of cupcakes at any given time, place each pan side-by-side on the same rack. If your oven isn’t wide enough for two cupcake pans side-by-side at once, then place two oven racks in the very center most positions of the oven and then stagger the cupcake pans so that they are not directly on top of each other. If one cupcake pan is placed directly on top of the other, it will impede the oven air’s ability to circulate and will likely result in overcooked or undercooked cupcakes.
Give each cupcake pan as much space as you are able while still keeping each pan as close to the center of the preheated oven as possible.