Secret to flat cakes: wet cake strips (i., Bake Even Strips) and wrap around the cake pans. They act as an insulator to help the cake bake evenly (flat). You can also use strips of towel: drench, wrap around the pans, and bake.
Everyone's seen those pins and posts about using cups with lids to serve cupcakes at bake sales, etc and I've never been able to get it to work because once you get the cupcake in you can't get it out without a handful or icing. good idea: invert the cup!
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Perfect Cupcakes with A Box Recipe!-- have been doing this with cakes & Cupcakes the last few times I've made them and don't plan on going back to the old way! Also will add a box of instant pudding too.