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Where can I buy American cupcake cases in London?

miss chicken wing Jun 10, 2009 09:08 AM

I recently bought the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook, and realised to make cupcakes as you would buy in one of their stores you need American (large) cupcake cases. I can't find them anywhere in London, so ended up using muffin cases, but these spread to much and I ended up with flat, wide cupcakes. Still tasty, but not the same. Any tips?

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    pj26 RE: miss chicken wing Jun 10, 2009 09:21 AM

    Somewhere like Nisbets www.nisbets.co.uk may have them - they have pretty much everything else!

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      miss chicken wing RE: pj26 Jun 10, 2009 09:49 AM

      Thanks, can't seem to find them on there... you wouldn't think it would be so hard to find cupcake cases!

    2. zuriga1 RE: miss chicken wing Jun 10, 2009 02:26 PM

      Maybe Lakeland? I guess I'm glad I brought my American cases along with me. I didn't realize they are bigger than the muffin cases here, and maybe they are not for all I know.

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        nanette RE: zuriga1 Jun 11, 2009 03:01 AM

        Lakeland sells them, as do most cooking shops which tend to have cases imported from America.

        There's a load of them on eBay too.


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          zuriga1 RE: nanette Jun 11, 2009 05:16 AM

          Funny how the brain works. Even though the OP said 'cases,' in my mind I was thinking the aluminium pans. I think in America those are often called muffin pans, too. Good to know that Lakeland sells the cases. Thanks.

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            nanette RE: zuriga1 Jun 11, 2009 10:55 AM

            Yeah, I wasn't too sure either. You can't use a "bun"/yorkshire tin to make proper cupcakes or muffins and we (as Americans) have a different sized tin.

            It seem here that there are a wide variety of liners making it most confusing.

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              zuriga1 RE: nanette Jun 11, 2009 11:51 AM

              Maybe people should be looking for fairycake liners. They seem about the same size as 'our' American cupcakes. :-) I just love that name.

      2. Candy RE: miss chicken wing Jun 10, 2009 02:32 PM

        You can order them from Amazon(US). Look for "cupcake pans".

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          richardemmad RE: miss chicken wing Jun 11, 2009 02:56 PM

          Place the muffin cases in a metal tart tray to stop them spreading, it also helps to fill them.

          1. zuriga1 RE: miss chicken wing Jun 12, 2009 07:47 AM

            I saw muffin cases today at Heal's. They also had muffin tins. I think they looked smaller than the U.S. version.

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              themags RE: miss chicken wing Jun 15, 2009 05:27 AM

              Divertimenti in Marylebone High Street sells foil "American Muffin Cases" which are larger than normal cupcake cases. I was in there on Saturday and there's a basket of them on the lower ground floor. I was a bit disappointed they didn't seem to have a range of regular cupcake cases - there's a few places in the UK that sell the US brand Wilton which is what I tend to buy. For a good selection, Lakeland is good and also as I work once a month down in Bath I tend to stock up at my favourite kitchen store ever which is called "Kitchens" - it's on Quiet Street in Bath, just off the main pedestrianised shopping street.

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                Candy RE: themags Jun 15, 2009 05:49 AM

                I don't know if this will help, but the standard US cup cake pan has cups that are 6 1/2 cm across the top 4 1/2 cm across the bottom and 3 cm deep. You can get pans that hold 6 or 12. We use both for cup cakes and muffins. We do have "Texas" muffin pans which of course, are much larger. One can also buy muffin top pans. They are shallow and about 10 cm across. They were first marketed as individual Yorkshire pudding pans.

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                  Gourmet Chick RE: Candy Jun 15, 2009 09:07 AM

                  I just made the Hummingbird recipe the other day and what you need is a muffin tin and then muffin cases (available at Waitrose) rather than cup cake cases. The case has to fit the tin perfectly otherwise if the case is smaller than the tin they will spread as you describe. I learnt this the hard way!


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                    Sandygee RE: Gourmet Chick Dec 28, 2009 09:41 AM

                    I realise that I may be too late to respond, but you can buy cases that are taller than our standard fairy cake cases at http://www.cakescookiesandcraftsshop....

                    Hope this helps!

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                      cathodetube RE: Gourmet Chick Jan 1, 2010 05:49 AM

                      I agree with this. I have bought muffin pans everywhere but especially John Lewis and then just buy the cases from most any supermarket. I usually go to Sainsburys. It's not a big problem. By muffin, I don't mean gigantic American muffins. Muffins were popular in England before cupcakes were.

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                  Snufflehound RE: miss chicken wing Jan 7, 2010 10:16 AM

                  Suggest that you try Whisk Cooking Solutions in Devonshire Road Chiswick W4 - 0208 995 8990 - they stock Wiltons cases who I understand are American-made?

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                    YummaYum RE: Snufflehound Jan 8, 2010 12:55 AM

                    I've also seen them at the Sainsbury's on Cromwell Road-- I bet many of the larger supermarkets in London will have them.

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