Cupcake/Muffin Do’s & Don’ts


                     DO                                           DON’T



…think you are a Bobby Flay and throwdown with Magnolia, New York’s most popular bakery. 


…think just because you went to spin class the other day, you now have the muscle power to challenge an electric mixer in creating “a light and fluffy batter.”


…leave your butter right next to the stove when the recipe calls for “room temperature” so that when incorporated into your icing, it turns it into white gloop.


…apply your cost cutting logic to red velvet cupcakes.  




…buy a can of pumpkin puree and make homemade pumpkin spiced muffins.


…reduce the fat in a given recipe by cutting the butter and sugar for a healthier breakfast muffin. 


…freeze remaining muffins and enjoy for breakfast along with home-brewed coffee every morning.


…skip your next brunch date, pick up a real hard copy of the NY Times, and enjoy the calm and comforts of breakfast in bed. 


Pumpkin Spiced Muffins

(adapted from The Joy of Cooking)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together:

¾ cups all-purpose flour

¾ cups whole wheat flour

1 ½ tspns ground cinnamon

1 tspn baking soda

1 tspn salt

1 tspn ground ginger

½ tspn nutmeg

1/4 tspn ground cloves

¼ tspn baking powder

Combine in another bowl:

1/3 cup milk (whole or skim)

½ tspn vanilla

In a large bowl, beat until creamy, about 30 seconds, 5 tbspns of unsalted butter

Gradually add and beat on high speed until lightened in color and texture, 3 to 4 minutes, ¾ cups of brown sugar, packed

Beat in 1 egg

Add 1 16 oz. can of pumpkin puree

Add in milk mixture

Gradually fold in flour mixture in 3 parts, making sure to not over mix. Mix until smooth.

Fold in 1/3 cups of chopped pecans, walnuts, or whatever nuts you have on hand.

Divide batter into muffin tins. Bake for about 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.



7 Responses to “Cupcake/Muffin Do’s & Don’ts”

  1. 1 Shanna

    we should make these for our new years party.

  2. 2 smelly

    we should make these for my face!!

  3. 3 Zahra

    they may not have been all that aesthetically pleasing but the red velvets were still YUMMY

  4. 4 Heather

    ames, remember my frozen muffins and coffee every morning? i totally started that trend!! 🙂

  5. 5 Melody

    Please tell me you’ve tried the red velvet at Sugar Sweet Sunshine!

  6. 6 Melody

    Please tell me you’ve tried the red velvet at Sugar Sweet Sunshine!

  7. 7 foodyi

    @Heath: Yes, now that I think about it, that’s probably why I do it-cus I miss you! 😉

    @Melody: No, I haven’t been there yet. BTW, that bakery next to me Pinisi that you like so much? Not a fan….I’ve tried like 5 things from thereand every time, it’s a “mehh..”

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