Friday, 27 June 2008

Top of the Muffin

One of my childhood memories has me eating my mother's default cake, dubbed as "English Kek" by her (zero points for guessing the source of the kek word). Today, Jo prepared these cupcakes (aka muffins) as a test run for Dylan's birthday, and they brought memories of my mother's kek - they tasted just the same...
We gave some to Dylan and he stuffed his mouth with them. Check it out:


MC said...

Hi Moshe,

I'm not sure whether you were implying that there' no difference between a cup cake and a muffin, but if you were, here are some comments on differences that I've found below. As Jo has probably indicated to you, food is very important to me :)

"There might be some technical differences that a cook could tell us about, but from the consumer's point of view, the difference seems to be that a cupcake really is like a miniature cake: light in weight, sweet, and often covered with icing and decorations. It tends to be not too tall because it's texture isn't strong enough to allow for a very tall structure. A muffin is significantly heavier in texture and also in weight; with its cohesiveness, it can contain fruit, nuts or chocolate chips, which are not common in cupcakes. It can be made with ingredients as heavy as bran, and can be rather tall and have a large overhanging rim. (The cupcake also has a rim, but it is rather delicate and not too large.) "

"Cupcakes contain a batter that can be thoroughly beaten and is usually not sensitive to over-mixing. Muffins, on the other hand, are made from a batter that should not be over-mixed."

"A definition of the difference courtesy of Diana's Desserts: 'A basic formula for muffins is 2 cups flour, 2-4 tablespoons sugar, 2½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 egg, ¼ cup oil, shortening or butter and 1 cup milk. When the fat, sugar and egg ratio in a recipe reaches double or more than this, you have reached the cake level."

"We do believe that there are differences between cupcakes and muffins--to our way of thinking, cupcakes will always be the finer-crumbed, delicate and sweet treat, whereas the muffin is the more dense and hearty option, more likely to have savory flavors or "healthy" stuff added. However, we also believe that the line between the two is blurry in our current age, with more and more sugar and sweet toppings creeping into muffin recipes."

Actually I've changed my mind, as long whatever they are taste good...

Moshe Reuveni said...

Thanks for the lesson.
I admit it: I thought the only difference was muffin being American English and cupcake being English English.
I will also add that while food is very important to me, too (and not only because I suspect I will die if I don't get my share), you should not expect me to argue with you over the differences between the two. As you've said, as long as they taste good, I'm happy.
In conclusion, and given the definitions you have provided, it is safe to say we were dealing with cupcakes.