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It’s clear that I have a thing for cupcakes and since I post them so frequently, they are often the topic of emails that I receive from readers. Although I try to be thorough in the posts, sometimes I miss some stuff, like little tricks that make cupcake making a little simpler. I’m all about finding tricks to make life easier and this is definitely one of those.

Last week I shared my go-to solution for hollowing out the center of cupcakes using an apple corer. This week I’m going to explain how I effortlessly ensure my cupcakes are almost perfectly uniform in size.

My super secret trick is my large OXO Scoop.

The large OXO scoop holds about 3 tablespoons of batter or cookie dough and I find it to be the perfect way to fill muffin and cupcake liners. No more fumbling around with piping bags, spoons, or pouring batter! With one simple scoop you’ll have perfectly measured batter every single time – and as a result, consistently sized cupcakes and muffins.

Essential Information:

The OXO scoops come in three sizes: small, medium and large.

Small Scoop: The small scoop holds about 2 teaspoons of dough or batter is perfect for scooping truffles, small cake balls, or small cookies.

Medium Scoop: The medium scoop also gets a lot of play in my kitchen and holds 1 ½ tablespoons of batter; which is typically the size I use when making the majority of my cookies.

Large Scoop: The large scoop has a 3 tablespoon capacity and is perfect for cupcake batter, muffin batter, saucer-sized cookies and ice cream.

Where to Purchase:

You can purchase all these scoops via Amazon. I have also seen them at Bed, Bath and Beyond. If you purchase them from Bed, Bath and Beyond, be sure to check your mail for 20% off coupons. My local BB&B allows me to use up to five 20% off coupons for five different items. This may vary by store and region, but it’s a great way to save a few bucks!


There are many different brands of scoops, Katie from goodLife eats loves her scoop from Pampered Chef, so that is certainly another brand to check out.
This post is NOT sponsored by OXO. They just happen to the brand that I use in my kitchen and wholeheartedly suggest to my readers.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for this post! As an aspiring at-home baker, I continually struggle to make my cupcakes the same size. I have always seen bakers use a scoop, but never knew which one. Thank you thank you thank you!!

    1. Jamie says:

      You are so welcome! Enjoy!

  2. Natasha says:

    Hey Jamie,
    Thanks for the amazing trick. I would be trying it asap!

  3. Leah says:

    I will definitely have to buy a large and try this. I have the medium sized and have been trying to work with that. The downside is that it’s never filled the tins enough so I have to attempt to do a second “half” scoop and I think that’s where I lose it. A bigger size would definitely take care of that.

    1. Jamie says:

      Let me know how it works for you, Leah!

  4. Sandra says:

    What size cupcake/ muffin liners do you use?
    I’m new to baking and trying to figure out which size works best?

    Thank you. 

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi, Sandra! I use a regular 12 cup muffin tin with standard liners. I hope you enjoy the cupcakes! I’m sure they’ll be great!

  5. Sarah says:

    Hi! Can you tell me which scoop you would recommend for filling a mini cupcake? If you wouldn’t use a scoop what is the easiest way you’ve found to fill them?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi, Sarah! The small OXO scoop should work wonderfully. You can also just use a spoon to fill the liners about 2/3 full. I hope this helps!

  6. Sakura Mizuki says:

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!
    they look so good, I can taste them now(even if I didn’t make them yet).☻

    1. Jamie says:

      I hope you enjoy them, Sakura!

  7. Edwina Induction says:

    I really must get one (or more) of these scoops. Have you also used a batter dispenser to make cupcakes? The ones that look like a plastic measuring jug and squirt the batter out with a squeeze handle? Do they work?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi, Edwina! I’ve really only used the scoops for cupcakes. I really love them, and I think you will, too!