by Niki Kefala
Cupcake were originally baked in small pottery cups called “ramekins” before muffin pans were widely available. Their name came from the fact that they were baked in an actual cup. Later, cupcakes could refer to either small or regular sized cakes. Muffins were originally baked at home and were simply small bread-like additions to a meal. But enough with the history… To be honest I like them both. Though it may be hard to pinpoint the difference between a cupcake and muffin, it should be clear whether or not you’re eating a cupcake or muffin after your first bite.
The truth is in the ingredients
One similarity between cupcakes and muffins is the ingredients. Both usually contain flour, eggs, butter, sugar and milk. However, muffins sometimes replace all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. Muffins can also be filled with a variety of tasty mix-ins, such as dried fruits, nuts or chocolate chips. Cupcakes are almost never crispy or crunchy, muffins are often encouraged to brown and develop texture, especially on the tops.
The healthier option?
Muffins are often believed to be the healthier option, which is why it is acceptable to eat them for breakfast. The most obvious visual difference between cupcakes and muffins is, of course, the frosting. Cupcakes are topped with creamy, delicious frosting. Instead, muffins may have a sugared top or a very thin glaze. Usually the fillings inside the muffins add enough excitement to the baked good, so there might not be anything on top.
The choice is yours!