Why the muffin is really just the cupcake’s cousin


I was at a high-end grocery store the other day and saw these huge muffins in the display case. I couldn’t stop myself from staring. The guy from behind the counter asked me if I was OK because I was standing there with my mouth wide open. Honestly, I wasn’t just staring because they looked so good. I was hypnotized because I’ve developed this weird obsession with cupcakes.

I know that it’s not just me – everyone seems to be talking about cupcakes. There are shows on TV about cupcakes (ever tried to watch Cupcake Wars and NOT want a cupcake?), coupons for a free dozen on Groupon and even a fabulous cupcake food truck in Orlando called The Yum Yum Truck that I frequently change my route home to check out their menu.

I’m all over a good cupcake. I’m not talking about the kind that you get from your grocery store. Or the ones you see at a kid’s birthday party. You know, when the mom gets all fancy and makes a cake out of cupcakes. I’m talking about that good kind of cupcake that usually has a funny name and costs as much a cup of coffee from Starbucks. The kind that makes a person drive an extra 10 miles out of their way so they can they can pick one up for dessert.

Looking at those enormous goodies in the store made me think … why doesn’t anyone care about muffins? I always imagined that the danish with that fruit stuff on top was more like the ‘red-headed step child’ of the pastry world but the muffin?

I’ve certainly eaten my share and contributed to the total muffin consumption count. One of my favorites is the delicious pumpkin muffin they serve year-round at Panera Bread. Sometimes I order the pumpkin muffin like a dessert to go along with my ‘too large for me to eat in one sitting’ salad.

Sure they’re a bit heavier than a cupcake, bigger in size and they have that bad connotation connected to them with the term muffin top. And yeah, maybe they’re not center stage like the fancy named cupcakes but they certainly have their place in the bread world. They get to show up to the morning event party and they’ve been known to add a tasty treat to the spread at an afternoon meeting for coffee.

Everything has its place in our world and that’s why I’m going to start the trend to look at muffins differently. Muffins should be looked at with a higher status because in my opinion, the muffin really is the cupcake’s cousin. And nobody messes with the cupcake’s family.

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46 thoughts on “Why the muffin is really just the cupcake’s cousin

  1. Perkins does a good job with muffins…. that have a good selection as well.  I know they are good because I can’t have them and everything that is good is on that list!


  2. everyone thinks Im nuts for saying exactly this…I would so prefer a fab muffin to a cupcake any day! You are a woman of my own soul.

    • I’m more in the cupcake camp but hey, I would never turn down a muffin. Especially one of those huge ones that I saw in the store!

      Good to meet a fellow muffin lover 🙂

  3. Firstly, Im fasting today & you are killing me.
    Second – I had a really good cupcake yesterday, but I am not aware of the cupcake craze.
    I think of c.c.s as more sugary/fattening while muffins can be healthy (well, I like to tell myself this).

  4. I can’t figure out why, but I LOVE this post. Those are the best posts….the ones that just MAKE me love them!!! Mental note for voting on Yeah Write.(:

    • I mean the cupcake is like the king of the cake family – it’s the perfect size and comes into all sorts of cool recipes. Personally, I think the muffin gets a bit lonely without the icing. Maybe the muffin is happy with just his raisins and nuts 🙂

    • Between you and me … I’m Team Cupcake all the way! I literally drive out of my way to chase down the cupcake food truck so I can bring one home for dessert.

  5. Muffins are usually healthier than cupcakes since many are made with whole grains and fruit. However, I love cupcakes from cupcake stores, and I have driven out of my way to buy one.

  6. I had a restaurant/bakery for a couple of years, and I made thousands of cupcakes and muffins. You’d think I’d be super sick of them, but I’m not : ) I still make muffins at home almost every Sunday.

  7. mmmmmmm …. muffins, and their oh so sinfully sweet and tempting cupcake cousins. I think I need to go to my kitchen now …. (slinks away to the recipe books)

  8. I would give anything to have someone deliver a pumpkin muffin to me RIGHT NOW! I’m so glad I’m going grocery shopping tonight. I’m blaming you in advance for all the muffins I’m going to buy.

    • I’m right there with you! Blame away … I mean, if you would have seen the size of those muffins I saw, you would be having muffins for dinner tonight.

  9. Honestly I’ve never had a muffin.. is that weird? And I haven’t had a cupcake in nearly a year and I’m not even on a health kick.

    But you make a good case so i support you all the way.

    • Ok I gotta say, yeah, that’s weird. You have to be the first person I’ve met who hasn’t eaten a muffin. If you have a Panera near you, try one of theirs. Or check out one of those high end bakeries, they’ll have a good selection or at least you can find a decent cupcake 🙂

  10. I don’t think I’ve ever had one of those fru fru cupcakes. Maybe if I did, I might choose them over muffins. But until then, I think I like muffins a little more. They seem a little more industrial than cupcakes, and for some reason, I like that.

    • I get your reasoning but until you’ve had your favorite flavors come together in one bite, you just don’t know what you’re missing. One of my favorite cravings is a s’ mores cupcake. And its like the perfect amount of cake …ok I’m getting myself hungry now.

  11. Ooo…I got a muffin for my daughter today at Whole Foods. Sweet mother of mercy it was insane. It was strawberry, with a dollop of whip cream and a big juicy fresh strawberry on top. Needless to say she was very happy.

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