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Cupcake and Muffin Liners/Papers

Tooba says: I love baking and have recently started making cupcakes and muffins. I have two questions:

1. What is the difference between a cupcake liner/wrapper and muffin liner/wrapper?
2. The liners I use to make cupcakes/muffins absorb oil. When I take my cakes out, the paper has changed color like it changes when some oil has been absorbed by the paper. I bake with oil because good quality butter costs a lot more than oil where  live, hence I won’t be able to afford my hobby. Is my problem due to the quality of liners or due to the oil i use in my baking ?

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Baking S.O.S. says: There is no difference between cupcake and muffin liners, wrappers, or papers–only the name you prefer to use and what you bake IN them!

As for the papers absorbing oil, that is a common effect that happens every time–regardless of what type of liner you use or whether you are baking cupcakes or muffins.  Every liner will absorb some oil during the baking process, and this is part of the problem we all experience when the papers start to separate from the cupcakes once baked.

The only liners that will not absorb oil are the foil liners.  You might try baking a few batches of cupcakes or muffins in foil liners to see if you prefer those over paper.  Best of luck to you in your new baking ventures! Please let me know if I can be of help with any other questions that arise as you bake.

5 comments to Cupcake and Muffin Liners/Papers

  • Kennedee

    Do you need to use cupcake liners when baking cupcakes? I run out of cupcake liners a lot! And, i dont have the liners now! Can i use nonstick buttering spray just by it self!?

  • Absolutely! You can bake cupcakes without paper liners, but spraying the pans first is important so you can remove the cupcakes easier once they are baked.

    Be sure to allow the cupcakes to cool completely in the pan before removing them. Otherwise, they may crumble and fall apart.

    Good luck!
    Chef R-B

  • sangita Jain

    Is it safe to eat sticky muffins .When ever I make them the next day they become sticky at the top,hence I throw them.
    After I bake, when it cools I transfer them in close lid containers.. The next day they become soggy and wet on top only.
    My concern is I want to keep them at room temperature.for about three days.
    Could u please help me in this regard.
    I wouldhighly appreciateif you could emailme at your earliest.
    thanx in advance

  • Hi Sangita, I have had this problem with a couple of types of muffins I make, especially when it is hot and humid in the summer.

    I’m not sure I can answer your first question, which was “Is it safe to eat sticky muffins?” I would not feel comfortable advising you that it is safe to eat something that I do not know how it was handled or treated. The general rule of thumb in the kitchen is: “When in doubt, throw it out.” So if you think the muffins are of questionable quality, it is safer to throw them out, rather than taking a chance on eating something that may be unsafe to eat.

    But your second question asks how to keep the muffins from getting moist and sticky on top over the course of several days. I do have a suggestion for that: The best way to preserve food in its freshest state is to freeze it. Keep out only those muffins that you can eat in 1 day. Then when you are ready for more muffins (or if you are planning to take them to a special event), take more out of the freezer and allow them to thaw several hours before serving.

    I always say that the freezer is a Pastry Chef’s best tool because it allows me to make items ahead of time, then preserve them in their freshest state until I am ready to serve them at a later time.

    If you don’t want to freeze your muffins, you could try storing them in a container that is not completely airtight so that they don’t get moist and sticky from the humidity in the container. However, if the container is not airtight, it creates a different problem: the muffins will dry out and get stale when exposed to air over longer periods of time.

  • Daniel

    I will repeat Tooba’s question. I think that there ought to be a difference between the muffin liners and cupcake liners because I was once given an instruction to use cupcake liners and they opened brackets and stressed out the point that I must not use muffin liners instead of the cupcake liners

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