The difference between cupcakes and muffins

The last time I made cupcakes, some members of my household argued with me about them.

“These aren’t cupcakes!” my roommate said. “They have fruit in them! They’re muffins!”

“Um…there is a cup of sugar in them. They have cream cheese frosting on top of them. They are cupcakes,” I responded. “Who said you can’t have fruit in cake?”

The recipe was originally for Apple Spice Cake. Yum. Note the word “cake” being present in both “Apple Spice Cake” and “cupcake.” HA! I think the real difference is the amount of sugar used. I always think of muffins as being less sweet with no frosting. Yes?

Today I decided to make Banana Blueberry Muffins, mostly because that was one of the only things I had all the ingredients for. Plus I woke up and realized I had zilch for breakfast. These muffins aren’t exceptionally sweet, which is a bonus. Also, don’t be scared of the whole wheat flour, it makes the muffins chewy and dense and lovely. They are delicious warm with butter.

Banana Blueberry Muffins

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line and lightly grease liners in a 12 cup muffin pan.
2) In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, mix the bananas, egg whites, and vanilla extract.
3) Mix the banana mixture into the flour mixture until smooth. Fold in the blueberries, being careful not to break them up. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle 1/4 tsp. of brown sugar on each unbaked muffin.
4) Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

2 Responses to “The difference between cupcakes and muffins”

  1. Heather Says:

    i used to have the same plates! it was essential that i say that 😉

  2. Heather Says:

    i used to have the same plates! it was essential that i say that 😉

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