The easiest way to follow a recipe correctly is to measure all the ingredients and lay them out. Tick them off as you are adding them.
Always measure raising agents (baking powder and soda bicarbonate) accurately. Fill your measuring spoon then level by dragging a knife or chopstick across the top of the spoon.
Sifting dry ingredients avoids lumps and will make your bakes lighter and fluffier.
Only fill cupcake and muffin cases halfway to ensure perfect cupcakes and avoid spillages in the oven!
Egg size is important! Always check what size your recipe requires.