Let us Chat Foodstuff: The change between a muffin and a cupcake

Georgann Dolfay

Iwas studying “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” to my soon-to-be 3-year-aged granddaughter, Artemis, and she started to notify me the moose received a cupcake, not a muffin. How can she inform that it is a cupcake and not a muffin when most older people just can’t inform the […]

Iwas studying “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” to my soon-to-be 3-year-aged granddaughter, Artemis, and she started to notify me the moose received a cupcake, not a muffin. How can she inform that it is a cupcake and not a muffin when most older people just can’t inform the change?

Very well there is a distinction in the mixing ahead of you bake. Cupcakes are manufactured by creaming the butter and sugar jointly to develop a easy, fluffy batter. Cupcake batter is mixed for a for a longer period time to generate a sleek, fluffy batter, with air bubbles. Muffin batter is beaten briefly and is somewhat lumpy. Usually muffins are extra dense than cupcakes.

You commonly frost a cupcake, but would not frost a muffin. Eliminating the frosting from a cupcake would not make it a muffin!

So then, Artemis went to Kona with her family members and brought back blueberry muffins from Costco. The mild texture of the “muffin” surely appears to be like like a cupcake so I can fully grasp Artemis’s confusion. If this is the standards, does Costco blueberry muffin go the check for the muffin?

Cupcakes are generally sweeter, compared to a cornbread muffin, which is savory.

Cupcakes are usually frosted, muffins are inclined to have no topping. It could have a crumb topping though.

Cupcakes typically have a lower major and muffin dough, since it is normally a thicker dough, is topped off additional, so their top is more substantial, like a mushroom.

Muffins usually establish texture, particularly on their tops and could be crispy or crunchy, cupcakes are commonly do not have that texture.

So utilizing these criterias, how does the Costco “muffin” evaluate up?

The Costco muffin is sweet and cake like — cupcake

The Costco muffin has no frosting — muffin

The Costco muffin has a bigger top than its bottom — muffin

The Costco muffin has no texture but is mild like a cake — cupcake

So we will let Artemis choose — is the Costco blueberry muffin a cupcake or a muffin? She suggests it is a cupcake!

Here’s a muffin recipe that is adaptable and can be individualized by what you have in the fridge or pantry.

Basic Muffins

Would make 12 muffins

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir together dry components:

2 cups all-goal flour or gluten-cost-free flour

1 tablespoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup white sugar

In a 2-cup measuring cup, defeat in and combine with a fork:

1 large egg

Stir in:

1 cup milk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

Make a nicely in the dry components, pour damp substances and evenly mix with fork, do not overmix.

To personalize your have muffin, incorporate:

1 cup fresh blueberries


1 cup finely chopped raisins


1 cup finely chopped dates


1 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese


1/4 cup crispy cooked bacon, broken into bits

Pour batter into paper lined muffin pan cups. Bake for 25 minutes or right until golden.


Makes 12 cupcakes

Line muffin pans with paper cups. Preheat oven to 350 levels.

Conquer until fluffy with an electric mixer, for 5 minutes:

1 adhere unsalted butter or 1/2 cup

1 cup sugar

Sift in a huge bowl:

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour or gluten cost-free flour

1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Conquer in, a single at a time:

2 significant eggs, at room temperature

Immediately after included, increase:

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Lower speed to medium very low, include in 50 percent of the flour mixture, then all of:

2/3 cup total milk, at room temperature

Then incorporate remaining flour mixture right until just blended. Fill each muffin 3/4 entire. Bake until the toothpick will come out clear, 18 to 20 minutes, rotating pan midway as a result of baking. Great

For 5 minutes on a wire rack. Interesting fully in advance of frosting.

Royal Frosting:

Whisk in a double boiler more than simmering drinking water right up until mixture is heat and sugar is dissolved:

4 big egg whites

1/4 cup sugar

Pinch salt

Defeat egg whites in a stand mixer equipped with a whisk attachment on medium-higher speed right until stiff peaks type, about 15 minutes. Bear in, a number of parts at a time:

2 sticks butter, cut into piece, softened

Go on beating until finally easy.

If you don’t have 5 egg whites waiting to be produced into frosting, listed here is my beloved buttercream frosting:

Buttercream Frosting

With a standing mixer, mix alongside one another:

1 stick butter, softened

1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

When well included, add:

1 pound confectioners sugar, sifted

Defeat till the mixture is creamy and clean. If it is far too thick, you can increase much more milk.

If you want to make chocolate frosting, incorporate 1/2 cup cocoa powder and insert a lot more milk to make it creamy and spreadable.

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