It turns out that there isn’t just one difference between a cupcake and a muffin and the answer depends on who you ask. Some of the answers below came from other bloggers, and others came from comments on this post. Here we go:
1. Cupcakes have frosting. Muffins do not. This is a cupcake ⬇️.
2. The ingredient ratio is different. “A basic formula for muffins is 2 cups flour, 2-4 tablespoons sugar, 2½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 egg, ¼ cup oil, shortening or butter and 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,” said Diana from Diana’s Desserts. When the ratio is right and you get a cupcake, it’s a joyous thing!
3. “The cupcake has a finer crumb while the muffin has a bigger/coarser crumb,” says Muffin Man. These are muffins ⬇️.
4. Muffins have more of a domed top than cupcakes, often overflowing out of the wrapper.
5. “If you throw a cupcake against a wall, it will make a ‘POOF’ sound. However, if you did the same with a muffin, it would make more of a ‘THUD’ sound,” says MooCow_The Baker. Here’s sort of what it’s like when a muffin hits the wall ⬇️.
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