Many people think that a muffin is a sneaky cupcake in disguise. That people need a reason for a cakey treat, so calling a cupcake a muffin makes it more socially acceptable to eat one in the morning.
However, there is a strong difference between the two. The first distinction that sets a cupcake from a muffin apart are the ingredients. They both contain flour, eggs, butter, sugar and milk, but muffins can substitute all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, oat flour and even nut flours. Also, muffins can have dried fruits, nuts or chocolate chips added to the batter. Muffin recipes can replace butter with vegetable oil, which reduces the fat content.
Overall, cupcakes have a higher amount of butter and sugar than in muffins. Cupcakes usually have a creamy frosting, whereas muffins have a sugary top or light glazed. That’s why muffins are perceived to be the healthier option and are socially acceptable to have for breakfast. If you want to go healthy, you can cut out the sugar and have a savoury muffin. However, have you ever heard of a savoury cupcake?
Needless to say, we love muffins and cupcakes equally. However, there is a time and place for both and we will find the opportunity in our busy schedules to munch on either. Muffins are easy to make and freeze well. Therefore, you can make a batch of muffins and pull them out of the freezer for breakfast on your way to work. We are so dedicated to our love for muffins that we have come up with this list of our favourite 12 muffins recipes that we are certain you will enjoy too.
- Basic Muffin Recipe
What better way to start our countdown to muffin recipes then this glorious but Basic Muffin Recipe from Good Food reader Charlotte Hilsdon. It’s simple, however it gets the job done. Use your creativity and add your favourite ingredients to give these muffins the wow factor that will leave you and your guests wanting more.
- Banana Oat Muffins
Not all comfort food in London is bad. Check out this recipe for Banana Oat Muffins. It gives you that fix for a moist cakey treat, but has the health benefits of bananas, walnuts and rolled oats. What more could you ask for in breakfast muffin?
- Cauliflower Breakfast Muffins
The great thing about muffins, besides the fact they taste so good, is they have no rules. They don’t always have to be sweet treats. Here is a recipe for Cauliflower Breakfast Muffins we are sure you will enjoy. Perfect breakfast as you head off to your nearest tube station towards the office in the morning.
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins
There is no better way to make your house smell delightful than to bake these fragrant Apple Cinnamon Muffins. This classic combo of the forbidden fruit and exotic spice will not only satisfy your hungry, but your sense of smell too!
- Berrylicious Blueberry Muffins
When the summer season starts and berries are everywhere, just put them in all your cooking bowls. That’s what The Brown-Eyed Baker did and she came up with these Berrylicious Blueberry Muffins.
- Pineapple, Carrot, Ginger And Bran Muffins
So, you just got back from the doctor’s and have been advised to add more fibre in your diet. Great! Here’s the perfect solution to your doctor’s orders. Pineapple, Carrot, Ginger And Bran Muffins. You get all the fibre from the bran and nutrition as well as flavour from the pineapple, carrot and ginger. Whipping these up will get your health back on track!
- Maple Muffins With Oat Streusel
Martha Stewart may be American, but she knows what we like in our London desserts. Here’s her Maple Muffins With Oat Streusel. It’s a Canadian meets German collaboration, that allies very well together indeed.
- Vegan Orange Cranberry Muffins
We couldn’t have the ultimate muffin recipe countdown without having our vegan or egg intolerant audience in mind. That’s why we added this eggless recipe for Vegan Orange Cranberry Muffins. They are so good; you won’t even miss the egg.
- Apple and Onion Stuffin’ Muffins
These muffins are Thanksgiving and Autumn rolled up into one. Rachel Ray has come up with a muffin winning formula with these savoury babies. She calls them Apple and Onion Stuffin’ Muffins and they are just awesome!
- Chocolate-Zucchini Muffins
Get your chocolate fix with a nutritional boost from zucchini in this recipe for Chocolate-Zucchini Muffins. You will be pleasantly surprise to learn how adding some grated zucchini can bump up the moistness in your muffins with no effort at all.
- French Breakfast Muffins
These muffins were just calling out to us. Why? Who can ignore fluffy muffins that are delicately scented with nutmeg and topped with cinnamon sugar? If you don’t make these French Breakfast Muffins, it would be sheer blasphemy.
- Chocolate-Zucchini Muffins
This easy and healthy dessert will make you and your taste buds feel good in no time. Date and Apples Cakes With Caramel Sauce will be a sure fire winning in your home.