What Makes a Muffin Different from a Cupcake?

They're not the same thing!

Let’s settle it: cupcakes and muffins are cousins, not siblings! With similar ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs, and butter or oil, people often argue that cupcakes and muffins are the same thing. So why don’t people eat cupcakes for breakfast?

 

Cupcakes are much sweeter and lighter than muffins. A lot of time is spent incorporating air into egg whites or a butter and sugar mixture, which makes for a softer crumb and texture. Plus, a cupcake wouldn't be a cupcake without a generous dollop of fluffy frosting on top! 

 

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Muffins, on the other hand, are like chunky cousins of cupcakes. They are often weighed down by fruit and nut mix-ins, or whole wheat flour. Oil is often used over butter, which plays a part in making a dense crumb. They are not as sweet (and often savory!), and are topped with only light glazes or chopped nuts and seeds if they aren’t baked into golden, crusty muffin tops.

 

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