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NO MORE CONFUSION! True Differences Between Cupcakes and Muffins (With Recipes)

NO MORE CONFUSION! True Differences Between Cupcakes and Muffins (With Recipes)

We all love muffins and cupcakes, even if they make us a little more “fluffy.” But who can resist the small bits of joy? However, there is an old issue regarding these two bakery wonders.

Do you know the difference between muffins and cupcakes? You may think you do, so let me ask you something: which one can you eat for breakfast? I got you here!

Most people can’t tell the difference between the two, and even bakers have shared opinions on the subject, so here are the true differences between cupcakes and muffins.

The Ingredients

The first clue one gets when distinguishing the difference is in the recipe itself. Cupcakes, which, by the way, give you a strong clue by their very name — if you bake a cake in a cup, what do you get? A cupcake! Back to the recipe, for both cupcakes and muffins you need flour, butter, eggs, milk, and sugar. But for cupcakes, you are going to use cake flour and butter. Meanwhile, muffins can be made with all-purpose flour or whole-wheat flour and instead of butter, you will use vegetable oil.

The preparation method is another difference: for muffins you can mix all the ingredients together and lightly stir them, which will result in a dense batter. For cupcakes, you need to whisk the ingredients a lot more and add them one by one, to obtain a smooth batter. There are no lumps in this batter, which is also fluffy — another difference from the lumpy, solid muffin batter.

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There are also bakers who rely on a general recipe for muffins, and when the amount of ingredients doubles or increases significantly — especially the fat, egg, and sugar ratio — they know they have a cupcake recipe.

Filling and Frosting

There is a strong reason why muffins are acceptable as breakfast, but cupcakes are not: muffins contain less sugar and can be sweet or savory. A muffin can be made with bacon, vegetables, and fruits, and it can contain a filling of nuts, chocolate or fruits. There is no frosting on the muffin.

A cupcake is a cake you can eat in one bite, and it’s always topped with frosting. All cupcakes are sweet, and they never have a filling, as the batter is already sweet enough to do the trick.

One misconception is that if you remove the frosting from a cupcake, it will turn into a muffin. This is simply a myth! Due to all the differences in the consistency, you can’t turn a cupcake into a muffin, nor the other way round. You can also think of it like this: if you pour the batter in a cake tray would you be able to make a cake? If the answer is yes, you have a cupcake; if the answer is no, you have a muffin.

How You Eat Them Also Matters

As cupcakes are miniature cakes and muffins are miniature quick breads, cupcakes are eaten cold. Muffins, on the other hand, can be eaten both hot or cold, depending how you like them.

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The takeaway: muffins are small bread-like eats and cupcakes are small one-bite cakes.

If you are still in doubt, here are some recipes for muffins and cupcakes to convince you. Bake them all, enjoy them, and then you will learn the difference!

Delicious Cupcake Recipes to Soothe Your Sweet Tooth

Drunk Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes

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    Chocolate Cupcakes With Raspberry Frosting

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      Earl Gray Cupcakes

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        Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake

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          Double Chocolate Banana Cupcake

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            Sweet and Savory Muffin Recipes to Eat at Breakfast or Brunch

            Zucchini and Bacon Muffins

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              Peach Yoghurt Muffin

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                Chocolate Cherry Muffin

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                  Orange Hazelnut Muffin

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                    Feta and Spinach Muffin

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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