muffin vs cupcake

February 10, 2011

Is the only difference between a muffin and a cupcake that a cupcake has frosting?

Winnie says that muffins are quick-bread while cupcakes are mini-cakes.  One of her chef friends said it was baking powder vs baking soda.  Considering the recipes that I’ve been using recently I think it really does come down to the frosting.


It’s the frosting, right?

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2 Responses to “muffin vs cupcake”


  1. Muffins seem more filling and cupcakes are lighter.

    • eruditeslacker Says:

      That was something else I had heard. The issue of density. Which I think has to do with the idea that originally cupcakes used butter and sugar creamed together and muffins were more oil or melted butter mixed with sugar, flour etc.


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