steph (k_i_d_21) wrote in firefliesnstars,

I was pondering this ALL DAY today. Drove me crazy

What is the Difference Between Muffins and Cupcakes?
Some say cupcakes have frosting. A basic formula for muffins is 2 cups flour, 2-4 tablespoons sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 egg, 1/4 cup oil, shortening or butter, 1 cup milk. When the fat, sugar and egg ratio in a recipe reaches double or more than this, you have reached the cake level.
Muffins aren't really supposed to be very sweet and they are usually made with stronger flour than cupcakes and melted butter insted of creamed fat and sugar like cupcakes. They are supposed to be a cross between bread and cake where cupcakes are just cake baked in small portions (they dont have to be frosted). Of course a lot of the muffins sold commerically are exremely sweet and taste like cake and are much too big and use oil insted of melted butter which personally I don't think is as nice.
"Muffins are wholesome and eaten by the Amish."
--Becca- sombody on somebody's site
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