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Muffin vs. Cupcake

Since living out here on top of our little hill, we’ve found that there are times when we don’t see or talk to anyone for a week or so. That being said, David and I have had some strange conversations during these ‘spells’ – like the other morning when we had a discussion on the difference between muffins and cupcakes. (We had just finished eating blueberry MUFFINS for breakfast.)  This conversation was even more curious due to the fact that David, who doesn’t cook – but is learning to, laid claim to the fact that the difference between the two treats is …. muffins are heavy and cupcakes are light in texture and frosted. Although his argument did have some validity…. in my opinion, he wasn’t totally accurate – after all, I felt my blueberry muffins that morning had turned out exceptionally light and delicious.

I’ve been mulling on this discussion most of the week and have done a little sleuthing on the Net to see what others had to say. Even though both are baked in a ‘muffin’ tin with cupcake liners, it would seem there is an accepted difference.

Overall consensus and conclusion: Muffins are considered a bread, ie., pumpkin muffins, cornbread muffins, Morning Glory muffins (this one really got David going – thought they were made with flowers), while cupcakes are deemed ‘little cakes’ are made from cake batter that after baking  is either frosted, filled or decorated. So there you go – end of story.

Now, back to the blueberry muffins….I make these from a mix but like to add a couple extra ingredients and switch out one. I’ve found that doing so makes them a bit lighter and they taste better with more berries. Here’s what I do:

  • Add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon vanilla to the batter
  • Use melted butter instead of cooking oil
  • Add in 1/2 cup extra blueberries along with the canned ones
  • Sprinkle the top of the batter with streusel before baking

The streusel recipe is available at this link.

Bake as directed and enjoy. Any leftovers I freeze for later.

I’ve uploaded recipes for Morning Glory Muffins at this link, and found a new muffin – Salsa Cornbread Muffins that I thought sounded really good. You can get that recipe here.  And the morning glory picture really has nothing to do with anything – I just thought it was pretty.

Staycation Texas

Spring break is near and summer vacation is just around the corner. For those looking for something to do or somewhere to go right here in Texas – don’t forget you can get lot’s of good travel information at This is Our Texas.   And, for those that enjoy the Round Top Spring Antique Show – visit this link to see a video with some of the goodies you’ll find there this year.

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