While they are similar in form, cupcakes don't usually have much nutritional value. They usually have quite a bit of sugar and are sweet desserts.
Muffins are more like breads and can have some good ingredients like whole grains, bran nuts, fruits, even vegetables. I have a recipe hub for cranberry bran muffins that is full of good-for-you stuff. Someone else has a pumpkin muffin that has seeds and uses applesauce instead of butter or shortening.
I'm sure the answers above are more enlightening than mine, but I'd say the difference is that cakes are cakey, and muffins are muffiny. It doesn't matter what shape they are (although to be a cupcake a cake has to be little and made in in cupcake shape). My question is, "What makes some things, like banana-nut bread and date-nut bread, "bread"? In my book, they're cake. (And where does pound cake fit into the mix? - or should I say, flour or batter?)
Muffins tend to have less fat and usually consist of fiber (oats, carrots, wheat, cornmeal and other grains). A small amount of oil or butter is used so muffins wont last long unless frozen. Muffins are best served warm and fresh. Muffins also have less sugar. Some muffins can be made without eggs. Using melted butter or oil, you can make muffins by mixing with spoon instead of the usual electric hand mixer.
Cupcakes are cakes made in a muffin tin. Usually made with a lot of butter, sugar and flower. Because of the high content of fat in cupcakes these can be left out of the fridge or freezer for up to three days. Because cupcakes are actually cake mixes, the process is beating butter and sugar first then add eggs and beat a little more then your other ingredients. You can use instant cake mixes for this.
Please forgive the lengthy explanation...can't help it being a cook.
I would like to know where muffins originate. I have noticed that in America there are muffins, known as English muffins. Yet the same muffins in England are called American muffins. So from where do they actually originate?
I love cupcakes. They don't all have to have icing on. I had some recently that had icing, some with chocolate, some with lemon and some with hundreds and thousands on.
Yes, I had forgotten about the plain bread things. I haven't had one for years, or even seen them in the shops for a long time. When I think of muffins, I think of the ones with chocolate chips or blueberries in them.
I like the looks of cupcakes, because they're cute and festive; but I hate them, especially if there's frosting involved. Too sweet. Muffins are too crumby and big for my test (about 400 calories too!)
What I miss (because they're not as easy to find any more, especially in the suburbs) is the old grilled English muffins with lots of grease and butter. (The kind you can only get a greasy-spoon type place, or maybe a non-chain doughnut shop.) Those are evil cholesterol-wise, but they were good. (I don't think the word "muffin" really applies to them, though. They're just called that.)
That makes sense. Never thought about the difference in methods, but they are distinctly different. Also, it seems that muffins do not have a lot of added sugar, outside of the fruits, fruit juices, etc.
My point exactly. There are just as many calories in a big blueberry muffin as a cupcake. They are both shaped the same and are sweet. When it comes down to it there really is no difference. It kills me when people say they had a muffin or donut for breakfast. Thy might as well had a big piece of cake (cup cake that is).
So in a caffeine fueled hunger craze , I ate 6 muffin tops off a package of brand new deli fresh muffins. (leftover from my brothers prom)So now, I have 6 perfectly fine muffin bottoms -they are unappealing to look at...