Q: I purchased chocolate, chocolate chip muffins from local grocery store. My husband said they weren't muffins they were cupcakes. I asked the bakery department. They didn't know difference, but said what I purchased was muffins. What is the difference between muffins and cupcakes? --Maureen
A: 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."
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Muffins vs. Cupcakes Redux
Personally, I've never had much difficulty telling the difference between a muffin and a cupcake. But it seems others do. Here's a Q and A on this very subject from WESH.com: