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The Difference Between Cupcakes & Muffins is ..... 
 
Sep. 18, 2010 5:47 pm 
Updated: Oct. 25, 2010 6:39 pm
Patty Cakes asked me this question over a month ago. Since then; I’ve been doing a lot of research on the topic. Apparently and unknown to me, this is a debate that has been going on forever.  There is much to be said about Cupcakes vs. Muffins. Below are just a few of the things I found out about Cupcakes and Muffins. I’ve been to a go-jillion websites and copied and pasted from blogs devoted entirely on the subject. See below.  Please, please feel free to add your comments. This is just so fascinating to me.


Cupcakes have the butter and sugar creamed together before adding other ingredients one at a time. Muffins throw everything in at once and mix together.

Muffins are much denser than cupcakes which are light and airy.

Cupcakes are cakes while muffins are quick breads. Any recipe for a cake can be used to make cupcakes; the same is not true for muffins.

The preparation is different:   For muffins, the dry and wet ingredients are mixed separately and then put together. Cupcakes are usually made with the creaming method.

Once I got home and got talking to my wise mum... who said that muffins have oil (and usually fruit) while cupcakes have sugar and butter.

Here’s the real answer; when your wife was younger, you called her cupcake. When she got older with a double chin, you called her muffin. In short, muffins tend to overflow the cup shape, sort of like double chin.
 
Comments
Sep. 18, 2010 6:32 pm
Hi Candice, I really didn't mean to give you all this work and only have a vague recollection of this subject. It is an interesting, I agree with you. Thank You for the info. Really Cool, and makes total sense. Thanks Sweety. Love the blog! Give your MUM our love and tell her Thanks:)
 
Sep. 18, 2010 6:55 pm
Oh! No work really. I'm so into "cupcakes" you know and when you asked the question, I thought; "I wonder, what is the difference." So, I began hunting on the internet for answers. I think at the end of the day, A cupcake's a cake, A muffin's a quickbreak.
 
Sep. 18, 2010 7:00 pm
BTW, you're so very sweet! My Mama is gone. That was a blog post from another site I copied and pasted to my blog. Sorry for the confusion.
 
Sep. 18, 2010 7:18 pm
Oh No, I am so sorry!! Oh My, I know you don't mean to but now I feel bad. How long has it been? If you don't mind my asking? BTW, I like the definition of the two. I C&P it into my muffin/cupcake file. Thank You!
 
Sep. 18, 2010 7:21 pm
My Mom has been gone since 1981, I was 15 and she took her own life. I know,it's fine, been a long time and have come to terms with it. I think.I still feel bad when I think of her, she has missed my Whole life! I hate her sometimes for that,if you want to know the truth. I miss her like Crazy! Sorry about that:)
 
Sep. 19, 2010 2:16 am
I enjoyed your blog! My friend is always talking about her cupcakes, and I asked her once what the difference was between cupcakes and muffins. Sorry to hear about your mother. It must have been hard to grow up without a mother. I think I may try and make some muffins today :)
 
Sep. 19, 2010 5:53 am
I always thought of cupcakes as having icing and muffins are just plain?
 
Sep. 19, 2010 6:41 am
thanks Candice, I often wondered what the difference was as well. Makes sense to me:)
 
Sep. 19, 2010 9:04 am
@Patty Cakes >>> Oh Patty, I am so so sorry about your Mama. Mine died in 2007 and she was a very spry 88 years young. Alheimzer's (sp) And, no matter how short or long it's been, I think we all miss our Moms til the day we die. Thank you so much for your comments. You ARE sweet, Miss Patty Cakes!
 
Sep. 19, 2010 9:08 am
@rachmaree >>> Please let me know what kind you make. I am always so very interested in other's recipes. Thanks for your post. BTW, I'm going back to the kitchen today to try AGAIN those Sweet Potatoe Orange Cupcakes.
 
Sep. 19, 2010 9:10 am
@gypzigurl >>> Good Morning! On almost every description I read on the difference between Cupcakes and Muffins, that was the ONE thing everyone was in agreement on... Cupcakes have icing or frosting, and muffins (almost never) don't.
 
Sep. 19, 2010 9:14 am
@redneck gramma >>> Hi there! thanks for jumping in. Apparantly, muffins are healthier for us too! I still LOVE LOVE LOVE my cupcakes!
 
Sep. 19, 2010 12:31 pm
i always thought cupcakes were "mini" cakes and muffins were "mini" quick breads.
 
Sep. 19, 2010 1:48 pm
I think muffins are certainly not as sweet, cupcakes often have icing on them or whip crean while muffins can be topped but are "healthier" most of the time. Often with fruit or they can also have sweet toppings. I also think of muffins as something I would eat for breakfast...I would never imagine eating a piece of vanilla cake with sprinkles and chocolate frosting for breakfast, but I would eat a fruit, like a blueberry muffin. However, I recently purchased Martha Stewarts cupcake book and she has a lot of recipes in there I would consider a muffin?! Like blueberry ones which I put with half whole wheat and would not by any chance call it a cupcake, another one was banana, also considered it a muffin, in no way a cupcake. Interesting topic though, thanks for sharing.
 
Sep. 19, 2010 2:12 pm
Good Afternoon Cupcakepolly! Yes, that is what I've read as well. Plus, you can bake cupcake batter in either a cupcake tin or a cake pan, but you can't bake muffin batter in a cake pan. I've never tried, that's just what I've read.
 
Sep. 19, 2010 2:20 pm
Hi boutiful-life, I agree. Muffins seem a heartier to me too. I found a formulaic difference online that makes perfect sense for this. "The basic formula for muffins is 2 cups flour, 2-4 tablespoons sugar, 2½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 egg, ¼ cup oil, shortening or butter and 1 cup milk. When the fat, sugar and egg ratio in a recipe reaches double or more than this, you have reached the cake level."
 
Sep. 19, 2010 8:00 pm
I guess I'll be the guy here and say the last part made the most sense to me :-)~ Thanks for the laugh!!! ~Jeff
 
Sep. 19, 2010 8:07 pm
I found pumpkin!! I'm going to make some pumpkin/cranberry muffins tomorrow. I like muffins better than cupcakes, although I have come across some muffin recipes that are as light as cupcakes.
 
Sep. 19, 2010 11:02 pm
Hi Jeff, thanks for dropping by. I was hoping a fella would wieigh in on the Cupcake/Muffin discussion. So, what do you call your wife? Now, be careful.....
 
Sep. 19, 2010 11:05 pm
Hiya MB, Wow! I'm so glad to hear you found some pumpkin. I love pumpkin and I love cranberries. I like muffins too. Those sound delish.... However, I have to be honest with you, I LOVE cupcakes!
 
Sep. 20, 2010 7:00 am
Wow! I just learned that all those "cupcakes" I made for my daughter's classes were actually "muffins". Who knew? Back then, it was directly attributable to a working mom and a kid that said, "Mom, you're supposed to make 24 cupcakes for my class, for TOMORROW!! Enter muffins... great blog. Very enjoyable.
 
Sep. 20, 2010 7:09 am
Oh no...I'm a muffin. No really, I'll have to share that with my friend. Her hubby calls her muffin or get this...heffer. He says it's his term of endearment for her. Nice blog, sorry about your mom. I know she wasn't the point of the blog but, I know you must miss her. I miss mine sooo much.
 
Sep. 20, 2010 9:19 am
oh goodness, i am being called cupcake right now!
 
vivien 
Sep. 20, 2010 2:46 pm
Thanks for the clarification, cupcake~!
 
LLSinSCV 
Sep. 20, 2010 3:36 pm
I didn't know the difference... to me, a cupcake and muffin were interchangeable... same shape from the muffin (or cupcake) tin. I was once told the difference was cupcakes are FROSTED and muffins aren't. A confession, most times I didn't frost my cupcakes, only if I remember to buy some frosting did my cupcakes have frosting. Well I learned something new with this AllRecipes.com post.
 
LLSinSCV 
Sep. 20, 2010 3:37 pm
I'm a double muffin ;-)
 
Sep. 20, 2010 6:51 pm
Maybe its just me but I've always noticed a very distinct difference between cupcakes and muffins: the texture and density. The fairy-like cupcakes are light and airy while our dutiful muffins are dense and substantial. Very different beasts here. The creaming of the butter for cupcakes compared to the "dump" method of the muffins makes loads of sense now. Thanks for sharing :o) Oh, and if hubby-pooh ever calls me his muffin I might have to poke him in the eye lol :oP
 
Sep. 20, 2010 8:48 pm
@SouthernGMA ... You are so right. When I was baking "cupcakes" for my kid's school activities, they were cupcakes. I don't even think there was such a thing as Muffins. When did they come on the scene anyway?
 
Sep. 20, 2010 8:52 pm
@CookinArgentina, Thank you so much! I still miss my Mama desparately. I'm constantly quoting her to my kids. So, in a way, I guess she lives on.
 
Sep. 20, 2010 8:57 pm
Hi Jessica ~~~~~ I guess as long as he doesn't start calling you "heffer" like CookinArgentina's friend's husband does.. hehehe
 
Sep. 20, 2010 8:58 pm
Hey Vivien, thanks for stopping by. And, you are welcome, Cupcake!
 
Sep. 20, 2010 9:02 pm
@LLSinSCV, so I'll confess too! I always, I mean always eat one or two unfrosted cupcakes when they come out of the oven. I baked 2 dozen tonight and I'm not kidding, I ate 2 like 5 minutes after I took them out of the oven.
 
Sep. 20, 2010 9:04 pm
Oh Yeah, I'm totally a double muffin
 
Sep. 20, 2010 9:06 pm
Hello Davidica, I've made lots more cupcakes than muffins, but always noticed that muffins seemed to be easier. I like that about muffins. Thanks for your comments.
 
Sep. 20, 2010 9:07 pm
@Davidica.... How about a poke in the eye with a MUFFIN?
 
Sep. 20, 2010 11:10 pm
Candice - we've only been married 11 years and we're still in our 30's so it's still cupcake - maybe if we had stuck to not cooking at home and dining out all the time we both would have the muffin status... BTW, I always viewed muffins as part of the dinner where cupcakes were simply a dessert or snack! ;-)
 
Sep. 20, 2010 11:40 pm
Well, speaking from the muffin side of the oven...I'm miffed! (not really...can you picture a miffed muffin?) I think intuitively I knew the difference between the two (not Jeff's favorite part, you understand), but would not have been able to verbalize it. Thanks, Candice. Nicely done.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 4:41 am
Actually i have cooked a muffin mix in a cake pan...i always double my muffin recipes because i make giant muffins , but one day i decided to cook my banana muffin mix in my little round cake pans...i thought it would be just like the banana bread without the loaf and i will slice it into wedges..and it worked great..and i have done this for my apple muffin recipe as well.
 
CJ 
Sep. 21, 2010 5:04 am
Thanks for the research. Been asking myself that question for years without every looking it up.
 
Dorrie 
Sep. 21, 2010 5:22 am
My choice are the muffins. I make one special recipe for shut ins who need a visit and/or a special treat.....the muffiins are healthy but also delicious. Raisin bran with cranberries. I call them my Mission Muffins.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 5:26 am
Can Dorrie share the recipe for Mission Muffins? They sound great -- and I love the name!
 
Tricia109 
Sep. 21, 2010 5:27 am
Great discussion about the cupcake/muffin difference! I concur with most - muffins are for breakfast or brunch, while cupcakes are dessert. Question - how does everyone feel about muffin or cupcake liners - the paper, the foil, or grease the pan with no liner?
 
Sep. 21, 2010 12:04 pm
I had no idea there was this much discussing that could be done over the definition between cupcakes and muffins. Do people really argue over this ? They really need to get a life. I concur with all your assessments. I would also agree that muffins are more savory, however, I think some have just as much sugar as cupcakes. You would never make a cupcake with cornmeal like corn muffins!!!! A cupcake is a dessert. Muffin ingredients are way more varied and range in combinations of flavors. A cupcake is just a cake and more than likely have icing and decorations. I tend to like the foil liners because they come off without sticking to the batter. Greasing the pan makes them crusty on the outside.
 
crazykook 
Sep. 21, 2010 12:25 pm
I think a misconception is that muffins are healthier than cupcakes, while this can be VERY true it is not always the case. Especially when COSTCO labels those items "muffins" and they are really cupcakes...I am thinking of the blueberry, poppyseed and chocolate variety pack. Those things are NOT healthy! Sorry...this is a baking site...you probably don't buy "muffins" at Costco!! LOL!
 
Sep. 21, 2010 1:08 pm
I have to agree with crazykook. We like to think of muffins as being healthier, but I can remember eating some muffins off of a breakfast pastry tray from a very well known restaurant that were pretty suggary!!!!! Yummy, but I am not sure they were healthy! On the flip side of that, there are plenty of low fat and healthy versions of muffins on this site and in other cookbooks.
 
boogie 
Sep. 21, 2010 1:44 pm
As a person who grew up with homemade muffins (great mom), I am surprised there are so many people who do not understand the difference. Anything you buy in a store or shop, whether they call it a muffin or not, is a cupcake. With only the exception of just a small few homestyle bakeries, have I ever seen a muffin sold publicly. Muffins are not cake-like at all. They are a bread. Therefore, they have a reputation of being healthier but people mistake this for the "muffins" you can buy which are a different animal altogether. Those are cakes and are sweet. Muffins are hearty and generally not very sweet at all, they have little sugar and fat and most often have a lot of fibre added to them. They are also about 1/3 the size of all the "muffins" you buy. They are not meant to rise like cakes, just a little. Muffins are tougher to pull apart, like pulling bread apart, you need to put a little effort in, it wont just fall apart like a cake. The muffins I grew up with were very healthy and hearty and I loved them. I still bake those same recipes today and I disagree with calling them cupcakes. Cupcakes are made of cake and are sugary whether you ice them or not. A muffin would never have icing on it, ever. Cupcakes are light and airy. Muffins are like a hearty bread, sometimes savory, sometimes sweet. I could share a muffin recipe here if anyone would like to bake a muffin and understand the difference. The recipe I have in mind actually yields larger muffins, more like what you would be used to. Muffins used to be healthy and satisfying but even since I was a little girl, I have recognized that what they were selling at the supermarkets, Costco, Bakeries, and Coffee Houses are really cupcakes. There is a world of difference. I hope this helps and if you want to bake a real muffin to see what I am saying I would be happy to share. Happy Baking everyone!
 
boogie 
Sep. 21, 2010 2:49 pm
This recipe is from the All Bran Box and Anne Lindsay's Light Kitchen so it is a newer recipe. I can and will share a very flexible and traditional old recipe after this. If you make this just as it is written with no changes, you will know what a muffin is really like: High Fibre Carrot Bran Muffins 1-1/2 Cups whole wheat flour 1-1/2 Cups Kellogg's All Bran 1/2 Cup packed brown sugar 1 TBSP cinnamon 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 Cup raisins or chopped dates 1 Cup grated carrots 1-3/4 Cups buttermilk or soured milk 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 orange or lemon rind, grated 1. In large bowl, stir together flour, cereal, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, raisins, and carrots. 2. Add buttermilk, oil, egg and lemon rind, stirring JUST until combined. 3 Spoon into greased nonstick muffin tins. Bake in 400F/200C oven for 20 minutes or until tops are firm to touch. Makes 12 muffins. Per Muffin: 213 calories, 5 g protein, 40 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat, 6 g dietary fibre Nope, nothing like a cupcake.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 4:24 pm
Great blog, Candice! I agree with boogie -- most of the commercially produced "muffins" are actually cupcakes (sweet and light-textured), so people get confused as to what a muffin really is! A true muffin has less sugar and a heartier texture than any cake (cup- or otherwise). I'm not dissing commercial bakery "muffins." I think they're tasty, just misnamed.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 6:46 pm
Hi Jeff, Congrats on 11 years with your sweetie! I love your take on the cupcake/muffin theory. Today my son told me (after eating 2 of my Orange Sweet Potatoe Cupcakes) that if you eat it before noon, it qualifies as a muffin. Cracked me up.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 6:49 pm
Hiddy Hoe Hezzy_tant_Cook, I love your comment about the "Miffed Muffin." I just want to say to someone, "Don't get Miffed, Muffin." LOL
 
Sep. 21, 2010 6:51 pm
@CFlorent, You know I wondered if that was really true about the.... you can bake a cupcake in muffin tins, but you can't bake muffins in a cake pan. Thanks for letting us know that you've tried it and it can be done.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 6:54 pm
CJ, you are very welcome. I only interested because I bake lots of cupcakes and some muffines. It has been a question on my mind for a long time. Just thought it was time to find out.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 6:58 pm
Hi Dorrie, loved your comment. I'm with Andrea C. The name Mission Muffins is great! (And, thanks Andrea C. for the suggestion) ~~~~ Would you consider sharing your recipe with us?
 
Sep. 21, 2010 7:12 pm
Oh good question Tricia 109... In fact if you look at Recipe Buzz, this morning I asked a question about Cupcake liners. They are SOOOOO expensive when you make lots of them; like I do. Jeff (not the one above) suggested I order them from Oriental Trading Company. Another suggested I just use spray. I think that could also be a great topic to discuss.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 7:17 pm
CookHealthy, I concur. I don't think there's an argument over either, just the question of what makes one a cupcake and one a muffin. It's the Science of baking mystery. Kinda like what makes a sauce a sauce and gravy, gravy.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 7:20 pm
crazycook >>> oh totally. In my research, I have found much on which is healthier. Again, I think that's a whole "Other" topic we could talk about.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 7:22 pm
Try getting your cupcake liners at Smart & Final. They are around $5.00 for 500. Plain white, but they get the job done!
 
Sep. 21, 2010 7:22 pm
boogie, thanks so much for your imput. You Mom WAS great! Home made muffins are so much better than anything store bought! I have a Nurse friend who makes the All bran muffins. I copied and pasted your recipe. I will make. Thanks again for stopping in to comment.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 7:24 pm
Hi kittycondo, Agreed. They are misnamed. If you look at the ingredients list, there is sugar, fructose and corn syrup. Way too sweet for muffins.
 
Sep. 21, 2010 7:29 pm
Oh Brown Rabbitmon, thanks so much for stopping by. I ONLY want the white liners! And, the price is teriffic! Wow! Now, where do I find a Smart and Final? Thank you again.
 
boogie 
Sep. 21, 2010 10:16 pm
@Candice, I hope you like the recipe, I did type it out like a normal recipe and the system made it paragraph style. Sorry! I think these muffins and anything with cinnamon tastes best the next day once the flavors meld. @kittycondo - thanks for understanding what I meant about bought "muffins", I also find many tasty. I know that what I am eating with the bought is full of fat and sugar and not the healthy versions of the past. They are a cake-y treat to enjoy in moderation.
 
Sep. 22, 2010 12:23 am
Interesting topic and something I probably took for granted. Originally, to me, muffins were quite plain - less sweet with less fat and cupcakes were "small" cakes. At one time I feel this was the case but now some muffins are just as sweet and rich as a cake. Really don't know why they are referred to as a muffin which is more of a small quick bread. Well that is my take on the subject!!!!!
 
Sep. 22, 2010 1:00 am
Home Ec muffins, 9th grade circa 1968-ish ... one bowl, one wooden spoon, one hour to get them mixed, in and out of the oven, work station clean, muffins eaten...on to the next class. Now, that's a "quick" bread.
 
ri2 
Sep. 22, 2010 1:48 am
I agree with boogie's explanation of Cupcakes and Muffins. It's rather well put! Oh n I've C & P your recipe as well! Thank you soo much for sharing!! :D Candice I'm so glad this topic's come up ... it's always been on my mind although personally, like the everybody else here, I did feel that cupcakes whilst smaller are sweeter n cakey as compared to muffins that are less sweet, healthier and bread-like. Excellent job Candice! :D :D
 
Pat 
Sep. 22, 2010 4:15 am
To me, a cupcake is dessert, cake. A muffin is a way to get your grains in a tasty way. My muffins are usually made with oatmeal, cornmeal, or Red River cereal.Lots of raisins and dates and sometimes a touch of molasses for colour. I replace some of the oil with applesauce.I spray the pan because I like the texture without those paper cups.
 
phasv2 
Sep. 22, 2010 6:23 am
I've always sort of wondered what the difference between the two was as well. I've always thought that cupcakes were a bit to sweet, especially when they're frosted.
 
bold bee 
Sep. 22, 2010 10:20 am
This is interesting thanks for sharing i am new here its like i am going to learn a lot.
 
graceshmace 
Sep. 22, 2010 12:18 pm
Here's my vote: if it's before noon, it's a muffin. If it's afternoon, it's a cupcake :)
 
WileyP 
Sep. 22, 2010 12:39 pm
...and I always figured that if the tops sank and I had to put frosting on 'em to fill up the dent, I called 'em cupcakes. If the tops stayed up, they were muffins!
 
Sep. 22, 2010 12:44 pm
Good Afternoon boogie, you're welcome! I'm actually going to make them this weekend, put in freezer for our hunting trip coming up. Thanks again.
 
Sep. 22, 2010 12:46 pm
EILISH40, thanks so much for stopping by. I thought the same thing. I just took for granted both. Now that I bake cupcakes and was asked the question, I just had to know. And, Seriously, who knew?
 
Sep. 22, 2010 12:49 pm
Hi Hezzy_tant_Cook }}}OMGasrh, just had a severe rush of nostalgia. I remember that same home ec class. Why can't I get things done that fast now?
 
Sep. 22, 2010 12:51 pm
ri2, Hi there! Thank you for you comments. It depends on what you're in the mood for too I guess. Sometimes I want light and sweet, and sometimes I want filling and not-so-sweet. They each have a place in my life.
 
Sep. 22, 2010 12:53 pm
Hi Pat, yes....I totally agree. I bought some Pam w/flour yesterday. Also ordered liners from Oriental Trading Company. I can't wait to see which way I like better.
 
Sep. 22, 2010 12:57 pm
Welcome phasv2! That seems to be a concenses. Cupcakes = sweet, muffins = not-so-sweet. I appreciate you stopping by to comment. Thank you.
 
Sep. 22, 2010 12:59 pm
Hi bold bee! And, welcome to AR. You will learn so much here. I've only been a memeber for about one year and I can't tell you how much the wonderful cooks on AR have taught me. You will love this Recipe Website. Thanks for droppinb by my blog! HAND (have a nice day)
 
Sep. 22, 2010 1:02 pm
@graceshmace *** Did you see my comment above. My son came by the other morning and ate two cupcakes. To defend himself, he said the very same thing. "Hey, it's before noon, so it qualifies as a muffin." LOL!!! Thanks for making me laugh all over again.
 
Sep. 22, 2010 1:05 pm
Howdy Mr. WileyP, Hey, how'd you know I do that. My husband loves when the center goes all concave.... more frosting for him. I guess great minds think alike. Thank you for joining the discussion.
 
Sep. 22, 2010 1:27 pm
Hi Candice: You mentioned in one of your earlier posts that you always made cupcakes for your kid’s school. You also asked when muffins came on the scene. For me it was just about the time I turned fifty. They were bran muffins. “Cupcakes are for kids, bran muffins are for irregular adults."
 
Tim 
Sep. 22, 2010 10:12 pm
Hi Candice, no wonder my hubby calls me "my sweet muffin". Thanks 4 sharing the info. Anyway my family loved them all.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 5:17 am
What an interesting topic! It seems almost everyone relates to their mom. Cupcakes/Muffins are Mom-related. Afterall, our moms were the first to introduce these delicious goodies to our tables. My idea of a muffin is pretty much the same as most; it is denser, no frosting, has fruit/nuts (Nuts make them even better!), and the ingredients are dumped in together, stirred/not mixed, served for breakfast, and great leftover for a mid-morning snack. Cupcakes are for kids (or people who have a young spirit), have icing, are mixed, and can be eaten anytime. Unlike one person, my husband thinks a cupcake with sprinkles makes a WONDERFUL breakfast. He is always delighted to have one/two for his first "meal" of the day. Our grandkids love the icing and sprinkles on cupcakes. The also love helping stir up a bowl of muffin batter for a healthy breakfast. All in all, they are both American favorites. Thanks for all the reasearch and information. As a retired teacher, I am always happy to learn something new, which I do every few minutes. :) Have a blessed day!
 
Sep. 23, 2010 5:20 am
BTW, I know I hit an extra "a" in the word RESEARCH above....sorry for the error. :)
 
Sep. 23, 2010 6:25 am
Once when my oven was acting up I baked mini-cakes in one of those sandwich makers that work like a waffle iron. They were great! They make nice finger food cakes and the kids love them. They are a nice size for the pre-school kids, not as much waste.
 
aheitman 
Sep. 23, 2010 9:15 am
just read this..so funny! thanks for the research, that's what I figured too about cupcakes vs, muffins. my favorite part is your last one about calling you either a cupcake and a muffin! LOL. so true.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 9:17 am
I like the "real answer"...so far "The Man" is still calling me cupcake, but I'm about due for a muffin...
 
wegolf 
Sep. 23, 2010 11:14 am
Oh, dear. I'm a muffin now. Let's not speak of the muffin top...while I appreciate boogie's recipe, got any healthy ones that aren't 40 carbo grams? (or was that a typo?). Looking for breakfast muffins to go that DH will eat and enjoy rather than the bran ones I unsuccessfully trying to foist on him with his coffee.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 11:22 am
Seen on a t-shirt "Muffins are just ugly cupcakes!"
 
Sep. 23, 2010 12:30 pm
Well, well Orangezest! You're just a REGULAR guy, right? LOL, thanks for bringing a smile to my face.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 12:32 pm
Happy Thursday Tim, such an interesting discussion. I had no idea there would be this much said about cupcakes and muffins. My family is just like yours... cupcakes or muffins, they'll eat them both. Thanks for coming by my blog.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 12:35 pm
Hi Lynda, I love your husband's take on this. "Cupcakes aren't just for dessert anymore!" And, Spinkles.... oh yeah, my grandgals love a cupcake with lots of sprinkles. Thank you so much for your comments.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 12:38 pm
Oh, And, BTW Lynda, in true teacher spirit, I love that you corrected yourself.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 12:40 pm
@daylady, thank you so much for dropping by my blog. I was wondering if you would please tell me how you made those cupcakes in your sandwich maker. I would just love to try it. Thanks again. Have a nice day.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 12:42 pm
G'day aheitman! I'm reaching muffin status myself. It's o.k., just as long as my man still thinks I'm a sweet treat! Thank you so much for reading my blog!
 
Sep. 23, 2010 12:44 pm
Hello IrishCattleWoman, and that's the conumdrum of it all. I fear if I keep eating cupcakes, I turn into a muffin. Thanks for your funny comment.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 12:48 pm
Wegolf, I thought the same thing. A muffin with 40 grams of carbs. Yikes! That had to be a typo. So, hey BOOGIE, please let us know if that was a typo. TIA. Also, Wegolf..... be watching my blog. I'll be posting a heatly Sweet Potatoe recipe for, yes...... cupcakes. Also, if you haven't, stop by Recipe Buzz and ask for healthy recipes for Muffins. You'll be so surprised by the wonderful AR members who will be happy to supply you with lots of HEALTHY muffin recipes. Thank you for coming by. I appreciate you input.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 12:51 pm
@hazelnut, ROFLMBO!!! I must get one of those t-shirts. That is hysterical. Thanks for actually making me laugh right out loud.
 
Dori Schwartz 
Sep. 23, 2010 1:44 pm
Personally, I think cupcakes are for desert, and muffins are for breakfast....
 
Sep. 23, 2010 2:20 pm
Hi Dori, so glad you came by! Thank you. I have a question though. Can you have a cupcake for dessert after you eat breakfast?
 
Lokii 
Sep. 23, 2010 4:41 pm
Cupcakes are, well.. Cakes. You can turn a cake into cupcakes by just putting them in muffin/cupcake trays. You can turn a sweet (or savory) bread into a muffin (ie. Banana Bread - Banana Muffins). They are totally different.
 
Fezzik 
Sep. 23, 2010 5:09 pm
Before I read this thread, I thought that size matters. After having read this fun thread? Size still matters.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 5:35 pm
Lokii..... you are absolutely RIGHT! They are totally different! Thank you.
 
Sep. 23, 2010 5:38 pm
Fezzik.... yep, size matters! LOL! Thanks for your observation,... (chuckling)
 
momgarita 
Sep. 23, 2010 9:24 pm
Hi Everyone! Here are a couple factors that make cupcakes and muffins different. The creaming involved in cupcakes emulsifies the butter, sugar and eggs as a base to which you add your flour and liquids or flour and eggs, depending on the recipe. The eggs particularly are to be introduced one at a time and beat in well. Muffins suffer from over mixing, which is why you mix wet into dry just until combined. You should get a good round "mushroom" shape out of a muffin (if not, replace your baking soda). Cupcakes should only rise slightly to have a soft curve. Overfilling a cupcake liner will cause misshapen creatures, not pretty cupcakes. Hope this helps. :)
 
jannserg 
Sep. 24, 2010 3:29 am
hmmm...very "valuable" information masterchefrecepies.blogspot.com
 
Sep. 24, 2010 7:59 am
A muffin is for breakfast and a cupcake is for a PARRRR-TEEE!!!!! I'm a party gal so I like the cupcakes best.......
 
Sep. 24, 2010 8:43 am
momgarita, Wow! Thank you so very much. I just cut & pasted this valuable piece of info into my "how-to" file. Thank you for educating me more on my passion.
 
Sep. 24, 2010 8:49 am
Good Morning jannserg, thank you for dropping by my blog. All this information IS valuable. And, thanks for showing me another part of the AR website.
 
Sep. 24, 2010 8:51 am
Oooohhhh! You are so right msntnkrbll. Cupcakes are for to pary for. Par-tee, par-tee, par-tee! Love you comment. Thanks!
 
Sharon 
Sep. 24, 2010 6:20 pm
My grandson calls them muffins till frosted..... then it's a cupcake.
 
Sep. 24, 2010 6:32 pm
Good Evening Sharon, that is just too cute! I think I'll borrow that line. Thanks for dropping by.
 
Sep. 24, 2010 7:02 pm
Guess I'm lucky....Sparky still calls me cupcake :)
 
Sep. 24, 2010 7:03 pm
hahahaha! i love it! also i notice that usually cupcakes have frosting while muffins don't :)
 
Sep. 24, 2010 11:15 pm
It depends what time of day you are eating them. You have to call it a muffin if you want to eat it for breakfast. But if you have it after lunch or later, you can call it a cupcake. :)
 
Sep. 25, 2010 9:13 am
Hi Mauigirl... LOL!!! Even though I look like a muffin, my guy still calls me cupcake. Guess we got good ones. Thank you for stopping by.
 
Sep. 25, 2010 9:15 am
Sweet Tooth:) I did frost a muffin once to pass it off as a cupcake! I'm bad that way!!! Thank you for joining the discussion.
 
Sep. 25, 2010 9:17 am
Good Morning Jessi C, that seems to be the most popular opinion! Muffins are eaten for breakfast, and cupcakes are dessert or sweet treats. I appreciate your comments.
 
Sep. 26, 2010 5:36 am
I just heat up the sandwich maker, spray with Pam and put in a small amount of the batter. Close the sandwich maker, and cook until there is no more steam. Trial and error does the trick. I had run out of propane the day I first tried this, so I had no oven. Now my propane company refills my tank regularly, so I never run out.
 
Sep. 26, 2010 2:44 pm
Thank you claylady.... I will just have to try "sandwich" cupcakes. What a hoot!
 
Oct. 1, 2010 6:31 pm
Well, I was going to say let's make 'muffcakes,' then googled to see who thought of that before I did. Sure enough, they're already a band!
 
Oct. 2, 2010 8:24 pm
Seriously? That's just too funny! Thanks for stopping by Wendy.
 
cooking runner 
Oct. 22, 2010 2:30 pm
Made your BASIC muffin recipe last month without copying it for a later date. Searched frantically in the blog until I finally found it. Your recipe is just what I needed for low sugar/fat. I loaded them with dried fruit, nuts and a sprinkle of c.c.s. They were perfect and very satisfying!
 
Oct. 25, 2010 6:39 pm
Cooking runner, And, it's so easy to make your own by adding whatever YOU like. Thanks for letting me know.
 
 
 
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