Few of My Favorite Things: Cupcake Baking Cups

Apr 16

Regretably ailovebaking takes a back seat most of the time to the whole work/life balance.  And when I start feeling “unbalanced” I know I better blog or bake soon!  It is not likely that I will be baking anything very very soon, so here I am sharing  a “few of my favorite things” and this time around: cupcake baking cups.

I must have a cabinet full of all sizes, shapes, colors, and designs of cupcake baking cups.  Although I can’t stop myself from buying the most shiny pretty cups, sadly the most decorative ones tend to be the worse  to bake in.  In most cases the cake will separate from the baking cup, draw the butter/oil from the cake, or it will fade after baking.  Typically if I use a baking cup that “looks” pretty but doesn’t appear functional, I will bake the cupcake in a good quality solid color cup (white, brown my fave) and then drop the baked cupcake in the decorative one. 

Here are a few helpful tips when making cupcakes and using baking cups:

  • Using an ice cream scooper will make it easy to place cake batter in the baking cups-you will have uniform looking cupcakes not to mention no messy drips on the cupcake pans.
  • Always fill the baking cups with as much cake batter as your recipe indicates-usually around 2/3 full.
  • Cool baked cupcakes on a wire rack-leaving it in the pan to cool will dry out your cupcakes.
  • Unfrosted cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container or in a Ziploc bag-I usually bake cupcakes the day before and then frost them the day of.

So what are my favorite cupcake baking cups?  Here are a few in order of preference:

  1. Brown Swedish Greaseproof  Baking Cups (No Name Brand): I found these on eBay.  They are my all time fave, which I bake most of my cupcakes in.  They are slightly taller than regular baking cups and will not “cave-in” when you pour batter in the baking cups.
  2. Wilton Ruffled Baking Cups: You can get them online at Wilton’s website or Michael’s craft store.  They are very sturdy and like the brown ones are taller than regular baking cups.  Again no cave-in and quite pretty.
  3. If You Care Unbleached Baking Cups: Environment friendly and made from unbleached recycled cardboard.  Cupcakes bake up nicely and most importantly good for the environment.  Check out their website on the lifecycle of this product.  I purchased these from Whole Foods and surprisingly were quite cheap, I think around $2.99.
  4. Reynolds Baked for You Baking Cups: These baking cups are one of the few decorative cups that actually do bake well.  No fading at all!  I got them from Safeway on sale.  But check them out at their website.

You may have noticed some changes on my site.  Most noticeably is the link to my recently launched Facebook page.  To help celebrate this launch, I am giving away one of these cupcake baking cups!  Click on the link to go to my Facebook page and “Like” my page.  On Sunday, April 17, I will post exactly which of these baking cups I am giving away with instructions on how you can win! 

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Comments: 5

  1. Libby April 2, 2012 at 3:06 am Reply

    Hi. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in baking cups! I’m always looking for more that stay true to their color! I can’t find the brown ones on ebay which I would love to have! Do you have any more information on them or anything similar that are good? Thank you!

    • ailovebaking April 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm Reply

      Hi Libby and thanks for stopping by! I bought so many of these liners that my supply is getting low too! And I am so disappointed to see that the seller is no longer listing any of these liners. They were great since they are a little taller than the standard liners. I’ll be on a search for something similiar and will let you know : )

  2. jaja February 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm Reply

    hi! may i know if we can bake in the ruffled baking cups without a muffin tray?

    • ai love baking February 26, 2013 at 9:51 pm Reply

      Hi Jaja! I believe so since they are free-standing, however I’ve never tried it myself.

  3. Carol July 20, 2014 at 7:09 pm Reply

    Hi, I have just stumbled across your website – I have been having trouble with cup cake cases, the warp as soon as I put the cake batter in them, I am using a piping bag to fill them. I would be grateful if you could reply by email only and not via the website if at all possible. Thanks

ai would love to hear from you!