Muffin Pan vs. Cupcake Pan: The Actual Difference

Who doesn’t love to eat cakes? Everybody likes. In fact, it is one of the main items of many occasions. Whether it’s a birthday party or a wedding ceremony, a cake is a must-have food item.

Moreover, cakes are nowadays like a regular item on your food list. Muffin cake and cupcake are such kinds of cakes.

As a professional baker, I often see people don’t get the difference between a cupcake pan and a muffin pan. Even worse, they get confused that cupcakes and muffin cakes are the same cake. No, they are not same at all.

 There are many differences in cupcake and muffin pans. Yet, people often use them interchangeably. You can use the same pan for these two kinds.

Yet, there are customized pans for both muffins and cupcakes. Here, in this article, I’ve pointed out the differences between them. So, to get the actual difference between them, read through the article.

You cannot but deny the fact that the ingredients for muffins and cupcakes are nearly the same. That’s why people often find it difficult to differentiate between those two kinds of cakes.  Still, there are some basic variations between those two.

If you want to bake a perfect muffin or cupcake, you must know about them to achieve the perfect result. Let’s point out the actual differences between muffins and cupcakes in short.

Cupcake vs. Muffin:

To prepare cupcakes you can use all kinds of flour. In case of muffins, you have to use either oat flour or nut flour or wheat flour.

The quantity of sugar required for cupcakes are higher in amount than muffins.

 As mix-ins, cupcakes don’t use extra ingredients such as dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate chips. But, for muffins, you can use them.

Use butter for cupcakes. And for muffins instead of butter use vegetable oil.

It is often assumed that muffins are healthier and coarser than cupcakes.

The differences between them are not clear exactly. As a general difference, the cupcake is more delicate and sweeter. In respect of health issues, muffins are healthier than cupcakes.

The differential line between them is almost equivocal. In reality, the exact difference is the mixing process and the batter you prepare for those cakes.

To make a cupcake you have to cream the butter and the sugar. In that way, the batter will be fluffy and smooth. It requires a very long time to get smooth.

On the other hand, a muffin batter needs to remain lumpy. So, while preparing the batter for muffins, beat it for a while. The preparation of batter for muffins requires less time than cupcakes as it doesn’t have to be very smooth.

At the time of frosting, use creamy as well as delicious frosting to top your cupcakes. Muffins have enough fillings. So, top them with sugar or a thin glaze. In short, you can say that muffin is a quick and small bread and the cupcake is a small cake.

Relevant article: Cake Pops and Cupcakes.

The Difference Between Muffin Pan and Cupcake Pan:

By this time, you have caught the clear-cut differences between a muffin and a cupcake. So, let’s have a look at the differences between a cupcake pan and a muffin pan.

1. The first difference lies in the quantity of batter you have to pour on the pan. You can use the same pan for baking both muffins and cupcakes but pay attention to the cup liners. Make sure not to overfill the cupcake liner, while baking a cupcake. Don’t overfill the cup liner for muffins. Thus, the edges of the muffins will be crispy after baking. 

2. The shape of the pan is also a deciding factor. To bake both cupcakes and muffins, you can use any standard pan. But, there are many tweaked pans that can bake only muffins. In the standard muffin pans, there has a broader spacing in the cups.

Besides, at the time of picking the pan, pick non-stick coated pans for muffins. You will see that the cup lips of the muffin pans are shallow and they provide a large, round, and attractive top.

3. When you are going to bake a cupcake in a pan, at first, line the walls of the pan using a paper. However, you don’t have to line a muffin pan while baking muffins.

Also, the cupcake pans come with standard shape. In case of muffin pans, they have straighter sides and also deeper than usual.

However, the exact difference between muffin pans and cupcake pans are in the batter. Use a standard muffin pan to get the crispy tops in your muffins. Also, for cupcakes, care for the sizes and shapes you want.

Final Thoughts!

To summarize, you can use interchangeably any pan for muffins and cupcakes. But, to bake perfectly, you should use the specialized pans for them.

 If you are a muffin lover, seek for non-stick and broad pans which are muffin friendly. And, for cupcake pans search for the perfect sized cups.

I hope, this article will be helpful for you to become a master baker.

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