Pumpkin muffin. Photo: C(h)ristine, Flickr.
Spooning your batter into precise little grooves can get sloppy. Don't waste your extra batter on the paper towel you use to wipe up the stray mix. Instead, get your cupcakes or muffins from the bowl to the pan by a tool usually used for ice cream: the trusty scoop.
Without the need for a secondary spoon -- which normally only increases drippage -- the scoop allows you better aim so you don't lose a drop.