by Joshua Speaks
Muffins and cupcakes pans are often used interchangeably by people although there are some differences in the two. Yes! You can use a muffin pan to bake cupcakes, but that doesn't mean that there are no customized pans for baking cupcakes.
To point out the actual difference, I want you to understand that there is a difference between a muffin and a cupcake.
Many people who enjoy muffins and cupcakes sometimes find it difficult to tell the differences between these two. Yes! I would not deny the fact that you can make both foods with nearly the same ingredients, but there are some variations if you must achieve a good result.
So before I go ahead to explain the differences between a muffin pan and a cupcake pan, I want to point out the differences between these two desserts briefly.
The process of mixing for but muffins and cupcakes are entirely different. If you want to make cupcakes, you will cream your butter and the sugar together so that you can get that fluffy and smooth batter.
If you want to prepare a muffin batter, you will beat it for a short while because the batter must remain lumpy. Cupcakes batter takes a longer time during beating so that it can be smooth.
When it comes to frosting, you can top your cupcakes with creamy and delicious frosting, but muffins usually contain a thin glaze or topped with sugar because it has adequate fillings inside it.
To put it simply, I can describe muffin as a small and quick bread while a cupcake is a small-sized cake.
Now that you know the differences between these two delicious foods, let's consider the differences in a muffin pan and a cupcake pan.
|Muffin Pan||Cupcake Pan|
|Muffin pans are typically deeper and have larger cups, making them perfect for baking large muffins or cupcakes||Cupcake pans have smaller cups and are shallower, which is ideal for baking smaller treats like cupcakes or mini-cupcakes|
|Muffin pans usually have more cavities, which is great for batch baking||Cupcake pans come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including specialty shapes like stars or hearts|
|Muffin pans are typically made from metal||Cupcake pans are often made from silicone or non-stick materials|
|Silicone muffin pans can be frozen, which is a great option if you want to make ahead and store your baked goods|
Even though you can use the same pan to bake both muffins and cupcakes, the difference lies in the cup liners. To bake a cupcake, you will make sure that you will not overfill the cupcake liner, but if it is a muffin, you must overfill the cups so that after baking, you will achieve a crisp edge which characterizes a muffin.
Any standard pan can bake both muffins and cupcakes, but some pans are tweaked so that they can work for muffins only. Any pan that the cups have a broader spacing is a standard muffin pan. Also, muffin pans have non-stick coatings which should be a deciding factor while picking the pan.
When you see some of the muffin pans, the lip of the cup will be shallow to enable a large top that will still be attractive and round.
If you want to bake a cupcake with a pan, it is compulsory to use paper and line the wells before you use. However, when you are baking with a muffin pan, you don't need to line it.
Another difference is that a muffin pan sometimes appear deeper and has straighter sides while cupcake pans have a standard shape.
The actual difference between a muffin pan and a cupcake pan lies in the batter and the usage. The mixture and size of the batter you pour for making muffin is different when it comes to baking cupcakes. There are differences in preparing the batter and also in putting it in the baking pan.
Also, many people use the same pan to bake their muffins and cupcakes. However, you can get a standard muffin pan that will give you the result you want especially on the crisp top.
As for a cupcake, pick the size and shape of the cup you want and pour the right amount of batter into the pan so that you can get the best result.
|Muffin Tin||Cupcake Tin|
|The Muffin Tin Is Better for Making Evenly-Sized and Shaped Muffins||The Cupcake Tin with angled sides allows you to press down (or in) the batter evenly and with less mess|
|The Muffin Tin Has Non-stick Coating, While the Cupcake Tin Does Not||The Cupcake Tin Has Deeper Cups, Which Is Great for Holding More Batter and Creating Taller Cupcakes|
|The Muffin Tin Is Oven-Safe up to 500 Degrees Fahrenheit||The Cupcake Tin Is Only Oven-Safe up to 425 Degrees Fahrenheit|
|The Muffin Tin Can Be Used to Make Savory Items Such as Mini Quiches||The Cupcake Tin Should Only Be Used for Baking Sweet Items|
The Muffin Tin (MT) is often said to be superior to the Cupcake Pan (CP) for making muffins. Proponents of using a MT contend that:
These are valid points, but I disagree with them for several reasons. For one thing, once you remove the finished muffin from its cup, it will not retain its shape anyway.
Secondly, a CP with angled sides allows you to press down (or in) the batter evenly and with less mess than does a MT without such specially-shaped cups.
Finally, cupcakes made in a MT do not rise as evenly as those baked in a CP because the batter is not packed together as tightly by gravity and the other end of the cupcake is left to 'float' in space.
This cupcake tin has deeper cups, which is great for holding more batter and creating taller cupcakes. I love to fill these babies up all the way because they are sturdy enough that they won't sink in the center when the baking time begins.
Just take a look at these lusciously chocolatey examples of why I love this cupcake tin so much.
The great thing about these cupcakes is that they are perfectly portioned for little hands and without the frosting, I feel like you could fit even more of these guys in there! Plus, since it's healthier baking them into individual sizes, your kids can eat as many as they like (within reason, of course).
I love this cupcake tin -- it fits a standard mini loaf pan and is very serviceable for anything that I could imagine baking into individual servings. So next time you're shopping around for your favorite kitchen supplies, think about how many times you'll use each thing before making the decision to purchase.
If you ever used a muffin tin before, then you will know that it usually has some kind of non-stick coating on the inside. This can be quite useful considering there is no need to use any oil or butter in order for the cupcakes to not stick onto the tin itself, but what about regular cake tins?
The cake tin is usually not coated with any non-stick substance, and it's normal to add oil or butter in the mix. The question here is: does such substance really help? Well, considering that the product itself recommends for this very purpose, we should probably trust them on this one. But still, let's look at some facts here. It's not common for such a product to be free from any kind of non-stick coating, so this is probably something that they assume we already know and take for granted. But there are people out there who never used cake tins before, so this might come as a surprise to them.
The muffin tin may be oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, but the cupcake tin is only oven-safe up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Some people have even said that you can cook a muffin tin at temperatures as high as 550 or 600 degrees without worrying about any damage. However, this is not true for cupcake tins. The cupcake tin, in fact, is only oven-safe up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Anyone who has ever used a muffin tin before knows that it can go in the oven without any trouble at all. However, most people do not know that just because a muffin tin can handle heat doesn't mean that it should be put in the oven. The cupcake tin, on the other hand, should never go in the oven. Ever.
It turns out that this myth arose from confusion regarding what type of oven-safe cookware is safe for what types of cooking tasks. A muffin tin can handle a lot more heat than a cupcake tin because it's designed for cooking things that are not quick to cook. When you have little time, it's best to use a cupcake tin because heat can't travel so quickly through its small cavities.
The muffin tin can be used for baking both sweet and savory items. One of the most popular uses for the muffin tin is to make mini quiches. It's an easy way to serve an individual portion that looks elevated (and difficult) while minimizing labor. The cupcake tin, on the other hand, should only ever be used for cooking sweet items. They are usually baked goods, such as cupcakes or muffins, that add a touch of sweetness to a meal.
About Joshua Speaks
Can’t think of a day that that Josh didn’t have a beer or two. Be it a long day of work or of nothing. Sometimes, it is a few packs even. Especially when there are familiars over.
His fridge is packed with beers: Heineken, Corona, Guinness, Budweiser, and all other wierd brands in between. He had to get a secondary 30 cu. fridge off Craigslist for more beer storage.
Sometimes he wonders if a day truly starts only after the first sip of beer for the day. Enough talk about Josh and his passion; that’s the reason for this beer blog and related items. Feel free to hit on him. Start with something like: “hey beer head!” You got the idea!