Whenever I make cupcakes, it's inevitable that some of the batter drips onto the baking pan. Before placing the cupcakes in the oven, I always make sure to wipe up this dropped batter. Why? Well, it's easier to clean now than it is after it's been baked to a crisp on the pan! Here's how I do it: wet a paper towel with a little water until slightly damp. Using the wet part, wipe the pan clean, being careful not to dip the paper towel into the cupcakes. Remove all the dropped batter and then bake.