Candace Nelson is considered by many to be the queen of cupcakes. She's co-owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world's first cupcake bakery, and a renowned judge on Food Network's Cupcake Wars. So who better than to tell us how to bake the perfect cupcake? Or even better, to tell us what we're doing wrong! Check out her tips below, and watch Candace's frosting demo and a tour of her cupcake shop.

Mistake #1: Trying A New Recipe
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Of course you want to start with a perfect recipe. Don't start with one you've never done before -- you want to make sure you've sussed out the recipe and that it works for you.

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