Step 1: Prep and gather
Beginner bakers should assemble all ingredients in the work area. (LinuxH4x0r know that "mom" just checks the cupboards to make sure she has everything.)
Next preheat your oven and prep the pans you will use.
Cupcake pans should be greased and floured. Alternatively, use paper liners.
For round cake pans, line with waxed paper then grease and flour.
Square pans can be greased and floured.