I've never baked a lot of muffins, cupcakes only occasionally.
Muffin recipes never call for the use of paper cases like those for cupcakes. Why is that?
I'm asking because I just finished a batch of muffins that had to be pried loose from the pans. Doesn't do much for the finished appearance.
I've always used the paper liners for both though I don't make many cupcakes.
Did you butter and flour your muffin tin before adding the batter?
I always use lines, just cause I hate washing the pan. Makes cleanning so much easier. I did know liners weren't called forin one or the other.
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I always use liners as well -- even for mini muffins/cupcakes. It's a lot easier to clean up!
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I do use liners for cupcakes, but never for muffins. I grease muffin tins, the new Pam Baking spray works beautifully, even for tiny embossed muffin plaques!
Why the difference to use liners or not? Because I like the crunchy texture a muffin is supposed to have on its edges. Another reason is that too much of the muffin clings to the paper when you peel it away.
Cupcake texture is different and they would dry out without the paper liners before all are served.
Yes, Gracie... I did grease and flour the cups. The recipe called for Pam with flour combo spray. Didn't think my DIY shortening/flour coating would be so different as to make or break the result.
I seem to remember from childhood, my mom using papers for muffins and that they didn't easily peel off, wasting some muffin. But at least it was guaranteed to come out of the pan in one piece.
Thanks for the input, everyone.
I've never used liners for my muffin recipe. I use Crisco to grease the pans, no flour. They come out perfectly every time.
I rarely make cupcakes but make corn muffins almost weekly and never use liners. I also use heavy duty muffin tins that I just spray with whatever oil I have in the pantry. Works every time. Sometimes I have one that wants to stick but it is usually because the top has spread across the top of the muffin tin.
I have never used liners for muffins. Nettiejay, since you greased the tins the problem could have been that you didn't let the muffins sit in the muffin tin for a few minutes after you removed them from the hot oven. They are much easier to remove if you do.
Another trick to remove muffins from the tin is to tap the bottom of the tin a couple of times. I'm used to handling hot kitchen items so you might want to you use something, (such as a spoon), and give a the bottom of the tin a couple of good raps. If the muffins aren't frosted or have a topping you can lay a dry kitchen towel on top the muffins and gently flip over. I never have the tin that far above the counter when I do that so the muffins aren't damaged.
If that doesn't work then next time lay the kitchen towel on top of the muffins and invert the pan while the muffins cool. I always use cooling racks so I haven't tried this particular trick.
Use them for both muffins and cupcakes.
Yes, for cupcakes. No - never - for muffins - and they always come out. Just use a steak knife with a thin blade and loosen top and edges before inverting. (I slightly ease them out and have them on edge before taking out all the way on to racks for final cooling.
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