Can You Bake Cupcakes Without a Muffin Pan? I just did!


I just finished baking 30 little chocolate cupcakes in my oven toaster.You would think I have atleast 2 muffin pans on hand.. No, not even one! If you’re like me, don’t despair. With only a cupcake liner and a cardboard and of course your cupcake batter, you can bake yourself cupcakes too!

How did i come up with the idea? Well, I wanted to try baking cupcakes but don't have a muffin pan yet as I was still in the process of completing my baking tools. But this little brain of mine did its magic. It just dawned on me to why not make a wall on the cupcake liners so they wont flatten when filled with batter. I had these little butterflies in my stomach that time, I was sooooo excited to try the idea…. I immediately put it to test. The moment I took a peep on my little oven and saw the cupcakes coming to life, I felt extremely happy. Now, here’s how i did it.

1. Get a cardboard. Size of the strip vary since cupcake liners vary in sizes also.

A) Measure the height of the sides of the cupcake liner divide by two. That would be the width of the cardboard.

B) Measure the circumference of the cupcake liner base. Give an allowance, we aim for looser fit here. I usually go up by 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the base depending on the size of the cupcake liner, that’s where i usually take my measurement.

2. Don’t forget to add 1/2″ on one end of the cardboard strip because you’ll overlap this to the other end. Staple both ends together to form a circle.

3. Insert the cupcake liner inside the circle. Adjust as necessary.

4. You may now put your cupcake batter in and start baking. Enjoy!

By the way, the cupcake liners I have used in this post cost 13 pesos a hundred piece. Though they’re cheap, they’re not pretty. To solve this little concern, you can make yourself a cupcake wrapper to dress up your cupcake. With DIY cupcake wrappers, you can choose what paper to use, color, design and even include inscriptions like happy birthday, happy anniversary or i love u's, your choice. I have blogged about it in this link. Now create yourself some really lovely cupcakes for different occasions! :)


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19 comments :

Ushmita said...

Hi, I had to bake a couple of hundred cupcakes for a local art event and I didn't wish to invest in expensive pans. After searching online for an hour came across your post. What a wonderful and inexpensive way. Simple and brilliant. Thank you so much

Jane said...

Hi Ushmita.. I'm glad the post helped. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for the awesome idea! i was searching online for ideas but couldnt find any, and i came across this which was really great. Thanks a lot! :)

Jane said...

You're welcome. :)

Anonymous said...

nice idea but cardboard burns in the oven :(

Jane said...

sorry to hear that yours burned in your oven. I never encountered this problem before, maybe because my oven is convection or maybe you used a very high temp. when I bake cupcakes I only used less than 400F usually at 350F only.

Anonymous said...

I like very much this idea......... thumbs up!

Shena Paula said...

Hi i just read your article.. and it made me too much excited to bake. anyway? how can i baked my coconut macaroons using only an oven toaster? you just mentioned that you've had baked using only your oven toaster. thanks a lot!

Jane said...

hi shena. does your oven toaster has temperature indicator? with baking, you have to use specific temperature for different types of baked goodies, probably 350F for coconut macaroons. The thing with oven toaster is your options are limited and you have to bake in small quantities as oven toaster heats food using heating elements like rods so it cooks from the outside to the inside of the food unlike microwaves that passes through the food for uniform cooking. oven toaster usually does not have fan so the heat is concentrated at the top and bottom, hope yours does have a fan to distribute heat. you can always do trial and error. :)

I Guillermo said...

Where have you been all my life? 🎶🎶 THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS!

Might girl said...

Do u have to use a cupcake liner

Might girl said...

Do u have to use a cupcake liner

Jane said...

Hi might girl. Yes you need to use a cupcake liner for this. :)

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot for this tip I need to make cupcakes for my daughter's birthday. Does the cardboard affect even cooking and cooking time or not?

Varaidzo Mberi said...

Thanks a lot for this tip I need to make cupcakes for my daughter's birthday. Does the cardboard affect even cooking and cooking time or not?

Varaidzo Mberi said...

Thanks a lot for this tip I need to make cupcakes for my daughter's birthday. Does the cardboard affect even cooking and cooking time or not?

Unknown said...

Can you use a normal stack of A4 paper instead of cardboard??? - Akshata

Jane said...

Hmmm.. I'm not sure if the A4 paper can provide support. The paper might break when it touches wet batter or when the cupcakes expand during baking. You can always try though and tell us of the outcome. ;)

VD said...

I just did this. Was perfect.thanks for sharing.

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