Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cupcakes or Muffins??

The question has been posed--what is the difference between cupcakes and muffins? The reason for the question? There are cupcake bakeries popping up everywhere. There are even cupcake trucks that roam the streets to vend their delicious oven treats to the masses that are willing to shell over $3-$3.50 a cupcake. This soul has been among those masses who have forked over big bucks for one small cake. So, the inquiring mind wants to know--what is the difference between cupcake and muffin? The best way to define that question is google it! Good ole Google. The world at our fingertips! The answer comes straight from one of the many cupcake blogs Cupcakes Take The Cake
"The quick-and-dirty answer on this is that cupcakes have frosting, whereas muffins do not. However, in researching, I found an excellent formulaic definition of the difference courtesy of Diana's Desserts: "A basic formula for muffins is 2 cups flour, 2-4 tablespoons sugar, 2½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 egg, ¼ cup oil, shortening or butter and 1 cup milk. When the fat, sugar and egg ratio in a recipe reaches double or more than this, you have reached the cake level." So, there lies your answer.
Let's make some cupcakes. Recently, there was a sale on the Bing cherries of the season--small and not dark in color but tasty anyway and since the price is right, why not buy a pound? You might ask--how can you tell if cherries are tasty before purchasing? Why you ask someone who works there or someone who is willing to give them a little taste on the sly.
Find a recipe--this one from Good Housekeeping and this is definitely a cupcake--look at the amount of butter and sugar. Pit the cherries and begin gathering ingredients. Mix according to directions. Fill cupcake liners. Bake and smell the aroma. Slap on some frosting when cooled and enjoy! For the small price of one dollar 18 cupcakes were made. Wow! There is a profit in selling cupcakes!

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