Cupcakes vs Muffins (What's The Difference?)

Ok people.. there's a difference here.

When I came in to work today, one of the students told me that she made "muffins" and there should be some left. Imagine my surprise when I went looking for the muffins and found… CUPCAKES!

Here are some easy tips to help you out if you're ever confused whether something is a muffin or a cupcake:

  • If it has frosting on it, it's probably a cupcake.
  • If a larger version would be called a "cake", then it is a cupcake.
  • If a larger version would be called a "bread", then it is a muffin.
  • If it would be considered a desert, it's probably a cupcake.
  • If you'd eat it with a meal, it's probably a muffin.
    (But don't get confused here! If it's not in a cupcake/muffin shape, you may be eating a "slice of bread" or a "roll")

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  1. spudart said,

    can i have a muffin with frosting please? preferrably chocolate. tnx.

    August 10, 2009 @ 4:38 pm

  2. sparx said,

    A chocolate muffin, or chocolate frosting? Or both?

    August 10, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

  3. spudart said,


    August 10, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

  4. spudart said,

    actually what i want right now is some cookies. chocolate chip cookies, please. Thank you.

    August 10, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

  5. sparx said,

    I want chocolate CHUNK cookies. none of those silly little chips.

    August 10, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

  6. sparx said,

    Peanut butter cookies with chocolate chunks.

    August 10, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

  7. unlikelymoose said,

    Wow. I've never heard someone confusing a cupcake for a muffin. This student worker needs to be set straight. It's embarrassing.

    August 11, 2009 @ 7:55 am

  8. sparx said,

    I know!
    To make things worse, I was coming in with my breakfast and thought "oooh! A muffin would be really good to have with breakfast."

    And then it was a CUPCAKE!

    August 11, 2009 @ 8:22 am

  9. Tom said,

    The difference between a cupcake and a muffin is first and foremost the method in which they are made. Muffins are made using the "muffin method" wherein you mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl and the wet ingredients together in another bowl and then bring them together. Cupcakes are made using the "creaming method" wherein ingredients are creamed together (typcially butter [or another fat] and sugar) before the rest of the ingredients are incorporated.

    August 11, 2009 @ 8:30 am

  10. sparx said,

    When I read "muffin method"… I was gonna give you hell if you said that cupcakes were made using the "cupcake method". 😛

    August 11, 2009 @ 8:36 am

  11. Cactus Joe said,

    I'd eat a blueberry muffin for dessert, or a lemon poppyseed. Although Perkins seems to think this is more a side dish with breakfast, equivalent to pancakes. You are funny. If only your blogs were translatable to stand up comedy.

    August 11, 2009 @ 9:47 am

  12. sparx said,

    Go for it!
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    August 11, 2009 @ 9:51 am

  13. spudart said,

    Where's my cookies?

    August 11, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

  14. sparx said,

    Sorry. I made you a cookie… but I eated it.

    August 11, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

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