A broken muffin breaks my heart.
After deciding which muffin to bake, mixing the batter *just so*, then waiting for my marvelous muffins to rise up high in the oven, then cool down (a little), the last thing I want to happen is tear down the paper baking cup I used to save myself a bit of cleanup (the truth shall set you free!) and have one-third of my muffin remain attached to the paper.
We’ve all been there, gnawing not-so-gracefully at the paper liner, cursing those baking cups, wondering what we did wrong.
With holiday baking well under way for most, I want to share my product pick to eliminate clinging muffin troubles forever. Because, Honey Bunch, it is not you, it’s your paper baking cup that is to blame for this pesky problem.
Now, there are countless baking cups on the market and while I’ve tested a blue million, I’ve not tried them all. For the sake of this article, I chose two popular products – Paper Chef Culinary Parchment Baking Cups and Wilton Unbleached Baking Cups.
One is parchment, one is your standard paper cup.
One is pricey, one is super el cheapo.
When it comes to paper baking cups, you get what you pay for.
Take a gander at these…
I really put Mr. Dreamy through his paces when I tested muffins with both types of baking papers. In fact, he said we may need to periodically repeat this experiment as new muffin papers come to market. ;) (Is it any wonder I love him to pieces?)
With the same batch of muffins, on the left Wilton Unbleached Baking Cups hung on for dear life. On the right, very same batch of muffins, but a world of difference in terms of release from the baking cup. Ah, Paper Chef, I love you for knowing when to let go!
Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. I’ve already hinted you’re going to pay more for one of these…
Paper Chef Culinary Parchment Baking Cups cost about $6 for 60 cups.
Wilton Unbleached Baking Cups cost about $2 for 75 cups.
A significant cost difference; however, you can pay up front for quality materials and enjoy your muffins intact (my preference), or you can cut a tiny corner and pay in wasted ingredients (and heart break) when you sadly toss those muffin-heavy baking papers in the rubbish.
(Note: I realize there are many brands of baking papers on the market, as well as silicone muffin cups and pans. My choices were made to demonstrate paying more, while not always a good idea, in this case, does pay off.)
This is an unsolicited review and neither company provided product for testing.
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