Difference between muffins & cupcakes

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by barista, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. barista

    barista

    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    10
    Pardon my ignorance, but what is the difference between a muffin and a cupcake? And I don't mean English muffins.
     
  2. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    6,713
    Likes Received:
    324
    Exp:
    Retired Chef
    Well, a muffin is a sort of subgenus of cake. When you say cake you're encompassing anything from those light and fluffy flat round things you cook on a flat surface to sheets of meringue held together with buttercream.

    Kuan
     
  3. m brown

    m brown

    Messages:
    1,839
    Likes Received:
    11
    Exp:
    Professional Pastry Chef
    Cup cake is iced and deocrated while a muffin is not.
    Muffins are a "meal" and cup cakes are dessert.
    Cup cakes get candles and sung to and muffins get a cup of coffee or tea.

    :lips:
     
  4. barista

    barista

    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    10
    Thanks, Michelle,

    That was a very concise explanation :lips:

    BTW, love your web site's cakes, they look gorgeous!

    Also, thanks, Kuan!

    Can anyone share some mouth-watering, moist and tender muffins? By Michelle's definition, I'm a muffins fan... now I know.