Cupcakes or Muffins?

Cupcakes have been making an appearance for some time now.  They have frequently been made on Food TV and recipes are often in food magazines.

 What is the difference between cupcakes and muffins? As far as I can see cupcakes are made by creaming butter and sugar, adding eggs and flour, thus making a sponge mixture and then they are decorated by frosting on top.

I found a cupcake blog with lots of recipes of all different varieties, enough to blow your mind.  It did mine!  What a selection, just take a look at it – and you too will see there is just about everything you can think of under the sun!!

Muffins are often made by adding liquid ingredients to dry ingredients.  Sometimes butter and sugar are creamed in a recipe, but not always.  Nuts, apple, bran, chocolate chips or whatever else is the theme of the muffin when added and hey presto!  Bake.

There is no frosting on top.  At most sugar and nuts would be added as a topping before baking.

So cupcakes might be the ‘in’ thing at the moment and muffins are baked as the mood suits.

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