I have recently visited a bakery. I found terrific pastries, cupcakes, and muffins. However, I was happy because I found my favorite taste of strawberry. However, I was a little bit confused about muffins and cake. Well, cupcakes and muffins look the same. But I wondered what the exact difference between them is. I searched for muffin structure and cupcake taxonomy. I will share my points here in this article. Know the difference between cupcakes and muffins.
Muffin/Cupcake Taxonomy: Physical Appearance
However, if you visit any cake shop, muffins and cupcakes look the same because of the same shape and size. So, it is obvious to get confused. Moreover, you can not easily differentiate them, referring to their appearance. Generally, cupcakes are decorated with frost. Muffins are simple and have no any frosty layer on them. Well, it is not a significant difference because you can also paint the frosting layer on muffins. Well, you can add frosting on steak, it may not become a cupcake. (Never add filling on muffins).
Cupcake Taxonomy: Name Suggests The Difference
Cupcake word suggests that it is a cup of cake. It means a cupcake is made of cake. Or you can consider that you should use the cake baking methods. Muffins are made with muffin methods. When you add cake in a cup size mold, it becomes a cupcake. Well, a great process of making big muffins, you can call it a bread baking rather than mega muffins.
Cake Creaming Method
You probably know how to make cakes and muffins. The most common method to bake a cake is a creaming method. Only two ingredients you need to add in a proper quantity, sugar, and butter. Mix both sugar and butter lightly until it becomes a smooth mixture. Now, it’s time to mix the dry and wet ingredients of the recipe. Take note that you should not combine all ingredients all together. First, incorporate a small portion of 1/3 part of wet and dry ingredients and then combine them. Now, add another ½ part and lastly add the remaining portion. Mix all well. Don’t forget to wear an excellent chef’s coat.
In the muffin method, wet and dry ingredients are differently mixed. You have to mix them separately. A mixture of wet ingredients into the mix of the dry ingredients and mix all. Pour the batter into muffin tins and bake the muffins to the average temperature.
However, among many recipes, some methods of cake baking are standard like the creaming method. Well, when you use the creaming method, what you will make is a cupcake. Because the creaming process is for cake. Sugar is essential in cupcake baking. Muffins’ approach does not require to add sugar. If you want to use the creaming method for muffins, never use sugar because sugar is strictly avoided in muffins baking. Remember that when you find the perfect recipe according to your preference, you need not learn it again and again.