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Mar 18, 2005 05:23 PM

Can I bake cupcakes in a muffin tin?

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All this talk about cupcakes has prompted a question: do I need to change the recipe at all to bake cupcakes in a muffin tin?

Sometimes, a girl just needs something a little bigger than a cupcake!

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    babette feasts

    Bake your little heart out.

    (That's a 'yes'.)

    1. j
      JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

      It's like Babette says, you're good to go. I was trying to figure out what else one would use to bake cupcakes; around our house the muffin tin *is* the cupcake pan. Incidentally, Cook's Illustrated just did a rating of these pans and they liked the Wilton one the best, partially because it has handles on the sides. Brilliant, no? You can find them at Michaels, or just about any other craft store that carries cake decorating supplies. The Ecko Bakers Secret came in a close second (and I can vouch for it, it's what we use and it works brilliantly), and can be found at darn near any grocery store.

      1. What else, pray tell, would you use???

        1. muffin tin and cupcake tin are just different names for the same thing.. and for those who didn't know.. they are called cupcakes because that is what they were originally baked in... cups.. and it you can still do it today.. the difference between muffins and cupcakes is their ingredients not what they are baked in..

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          1. re: hobbitnephew

            Sometimes, there's no difference but frosting, if that. Like carrot cake - frosted, it's a cupcake. Naked, it's a muffin. There's a bakery in my area that sells jumbo-sized, frosted "muffins", eliminating any distinction at all, but making commuters feel better about having a big cupcake for breakfast.

            I suspect the OP may think that the jumbo size = muffin, standard = cupcake. The pans made for home use, with overall measurements in the range of 9x13", have 12 wells for standard size, 6 wells for jumbo. The batters can be used in either, but the baking times differ. Recipe baking times are almost always for the 12-well size but you can tell that by what yield is given. Batters can also be made in mini-muffin tins (same overall pan size for 24 pieces) if you lower the temp by 25F and halve the baking time.