Cupcakes, muffins, it’s all the same right? WRONG! Essential differences are a plenty: texture, taste, consistency, toppings, adorableness…but try to explain this to a French person and you’ll fail. It’s simply impossible.
We Americans know that, as a child, mother would always make batches of cupcakes for our birthday parties at school, and never muffins. Muffins connoted a sort of breakfast-y healthy item that usually had dried fruit or nuts in them. And honestly what 10 year old would choose that over a tiny cake with Betty Crocker icing?
But to a French person, a cupcake is just a muffin with frosting. It’s cakey, it’s in the same shape, so that must be the same thing. This is a cultural difference that needs some time be settled or agreed upon.
Sitting down with a good friend who, though born in the
“Cupcakes are…sweeter, and usually less dense than muffins…” I said.
“But you can have a blueberry muffin and a blueberry cupcake? What’s the difference?” she retorted.