Muffin and Cupcake Liners - Optional or Essential?

Spooning muffin mixture in to muffin liners on a baking tray
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Question: Muffin and Cupcake Liners - Optional or Essential?

Do I have to use liners when making muffins or cupcakes?

Answer: No, muffin liners are entirely optional. You can bake excellent muffins or cupcakes and remove them safely from pans without using baking liners, as long you grease your baking pans. However, sometimes greasing pans is inadequate and muffin liners could save the baking. Here are a few reasons in the case for using muffin liners:

  • Muffins and cupcakes are easier to handle when in liners.
  • Using liners is more hygienic (when handling).
  • There's no need to grease baking pans when using liners.
  • Liners reduce wear and tear on the nonstick finish.
  • Easier no-fear removal of delicate cupcakes.

Muffin liners are sold in different sizes but it can be difficult to find some for tiny muffin tins. Not all regular (medium) sizing are the same; sometimes they are on the small side. I've also found that cheaper brands of liners do not always remove well from muffins or cupcakes, so best not to skimp when it comes to buying liners.

Most muffin and cupcake liners are affordable and you can get more than one batch from a pack. There are also special occasion liners if you want to dress up your cupcakes or muffins. Make sure you buy the correct size of muffin liners for your pans. Liners are the same for making either dessert but are called either muffin liners or cupcake liners.

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