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Difference Between a Cupcake and a Muffin

It’s tough to tell the two apart, because cupcakes and muffins look similar in shape and size. They’re both sweet, irresistible and it’s hard to stop at just one! But there is a difference between the two, and no, it’s not just the frosting you find on cupcakes. Our in-house chef explains the real difference between a cupcake and a muffin so read on to find out.

What’s the difference between a cupcake and a muffin?

Very often, muffins are eaten for breakfast, but cupcakes are exclusively a dessert item. That’s because cupcakes are, well, mini cakes, and so they’re always sweet, creamy and soft. Muffins, on the other hand, can even be savory. You’ll find muffins with cheese, bacon, vegetables, dry fruits or fresh fruits.

When it comes to ingredients, cupcakes tend to be made with cake flour and butter, but muffins can be made with maida, whole wheat flour and vegetable oil. Another key muffin and cupcake difference lies in the way these baked goodies are prepared.

To make muffins, the dry ingredients are mixed together and then added to the wet ingredients. After a couple of quick stirs, you’ll get a thick, lumpy batter. For cupcakes, you have to add the ingredients one by one and whisk them thoroughly. You’ll end up with a fluffy batter that has a silky, smooth texture. The fluffy batter is what gives cupcakes their soft, spongy texture. Muffins, on the other hand, are moist and dense.

Another important difference between a cupcake and a muffin is that cupcakes tend to have more sugar and so they’re a lot sweeter than muffins. They also tend to be decorated with a variety of delicious frostings. Muffins, on the other hand, can come with a range of fillings like jam, chocolate, nuts or fruits. Muffins never have frosting on them, so it’s the quickest way to tell them apart from cupcakes.

Theobroma offers a range of tasty cupcakes, bite-sized delights that satisfy your sweet tooth and uplift your mood. We offer a delectable chocolate cupcake covered in frosting made of pure chocolate; a chocolate & hazelnut cupcake made of moist chocolate sponge and topped with a homemade hazelnut buttercream frosting.

Then there’s our red velvet cupcake, made with a cocoa and buttermilk sponge and topped with our signature cream cheese and lime juice frosting. For those who like fruity cupcakes, our vanilla & blueberry cupcake is perfect for you. It’s made with a vanilla sponge and topped with our in-house blueberry jam buttercream. They also come with interesting fillings, so bite into them for a tasty surprise!