TWD #86: Cupcakes are just flamboyant muffins
Have you heard the saying “Muffins are just ugly cupcakes“ made popular by a tshirt from Hot Topic? It’s kinda of my mantra when I get into the cupcake vs muffin debate with any muffin lover. I think it’s quite obvious that I’m a cupcake lover. But the best come back yet was when my friend told me “Oh yeah! Well… Cupcakes are just flamboyant muffins.” HA! HA! And now you know where I got my subject line.
This week the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers and our host, Kayte of Grandma’s Kitchen Table, are baking up muffins. You can find the complete recipe on Kayte’s blog. I consider Kayte to be more than my baking buddy but a real-awesome-never-met-her-in-real-life-but-I-would-in-a-heartbeat friend. I even
stalk follow her on twitter. And you should too. Because she rocks. Enough said.
Now I know it’s been a few weeks since I last participated in my favorite group bake-along but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things in the midst of escrow, decorating and packing for my new house. (Eek!) Honestly I don’t know how people do it. I feel like I’m drowning in escrow papers. I need Scrooge McDuck to teach me to swim. Did my cartoon reference just give away my age? Yes, I’ll confirm that I am indeed 21… ish.
What I learned this week:
I have never bought all-spice and probably never will unless someone tells me that it’s better than my cinnamon, nutmeg, clover substitute.
All Spice Crumb Muffins
Recipe from Baking: From My Home To Yours, Dorie Greenspan
My hands got down and dirty with the streusel topping. It’s fun to play with food.
I don’t have all-spice so I used a combination of 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and 1/4 tsp cloves for the recipe. I also substituted half-and-half for the whole milk and used the optional lemon zest. Who doesn’t love lemon zest? That batter smelled so good. Just like Fall.
I may have gone overboard with the streusel topping. Ya think? You can’t blame me. Biting into the muffin with brown sugar chunks on top was SO good.
Husband rating: A
My husband is a fan of muffins. Pumpkin muffins, blueberry muffins and now All-Spice Crumb muffins. He even told me he likes muffins more than cupcakes. *gasp* Don’t worry. He’s sleeping on the couch tonight.
Wifey rating: A-
I like muffins but I’m a cupcake girl so it was missing a little something-something for me. I think it would have been PERFECT with some cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
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