What really is the difference between a cupcake and a muffin?
In case you too are wondering what the real difference is, but can’t find a satisfying answer online or if you coincidentally landed on this page and now you are curious –
Here is your answer, short and sweet:
Of yourse not all muffin and cupcake recipes fulfill all these criteria. In fact, muffin recipes are starting to call for nearly as much sugar as cupcake recipies do nowadays and to imitate certain tastes (e.g. carrot cake cupcake) cupcake recipes too can call for oil or whole wheat flour.
However, these criteria should function as rough guidelines for you, so that you can easily distinguish between a muffin and a cupcake recipe. Especially the flour:sugar:fat-ratio is a mostly infallible clue (a considerably higher flour share leads to a bread-/muffin-like result)!
In order to test these criteria in real life, I baked my Blueberry Muffins and my Blueberry Cupcakes for you and compared them to each other. Surprisingly, the results most closely correspond to the afore-mentioned criteria.
Let’s start baking!
I hope that this post was able to answer all your questions and that from now on whenever you see a recipe you will immediately be able to assign it to either the muffin or the cupcake faction.
Have a baketastic baking day,