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Re: Muffins vs. Cupcakes

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Cheesecake cupcakes
Ingredients...
and the difference being...?
Those are really neither cupcakes nor muffins I'm afraid. Those are just individual desserts.
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Re: Muffins vs. Cupcakes

Have fond memories of making fairy cakes with my mum at home in London 30 yrs ago. .
if you cut out two pieces from the top, fill with icing and replace, you get two butterfly wings, and then we called them butterfly cakes!!

Muffins to me are what Americans call English Muffins

When we lived in America (2003-5) muffins/cup cakes were huge huge - some that were topped with massive icing and sprinkles etc were 1000 calories!!! Can you imagine!!
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Re: Muffins vs. Cupcakes

I reckon the hype comes from a) so many single people out there who like cake but can't/shouldn't eat a whole cake and b) all those people dieting but wanting cake. Fairy cakes and US Muffins are ideal for this (it'll probably kill the diet but too bad).
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Re: Muffins vs. Cupcakes

well, its the 21st century and Pronouns are used liberally.

Muffins, for me, are more healthy, and the texture is heavier and rougher, and Muffins can be savoury as well.


Cupcakes, are well, just as the name suggests, cakes in the size of a small cup, tastes like a cake and decorated as a cake.

I've never heard of bran cupcakes, but my first muffin recipe, which i still used today is an all bran muffin with tons of nuts and cranberries.
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well, its the 21st century and Pronouns are used liberally.
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Old 03.04.2012, 18:55
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Muffins to me are what Americans call English Muffins
I thought those were crumpets?

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When we lived in America (2003-5) muffins/cup cakes were huge huge - some that were topped with massive icing and sprinkles etc were 1000 calories!!! Can you imagine!!
Why, yes, yes I can!
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I thought those were crumpets?

NO, these are crumpets!!!!!!

Made my own crumpets..
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Gob is a funny word in American slang. While it is often used to mean your face or mouth, e.g. shut your gob, it can also mean a lump of sticky stuff, short form of gobble and a large amount of something, e.g. gobs and gobs. I think it's also an less often used form of gab, to gob on about something (back to the mouth reference).

However, at least as far as gob being used in reference to the pies...it comes from the coal miners in Western PA since gob is also used to refer to the 'gob pile', usually a pile of very dark rock. Now, how this became connected to the whoopie pies, remains a bit of a linguistic mystery and the point of some debate. Personally, I think it is more related to gob as in gobble (it's hard not to shove the suckers in your mouth and inhale them...), but they're still raging on about who invented them first, maine or pennsylvania, so gob as coal waste pile is more romantic (just as the belief that whoopie pie got it's name from those who got one in their lunch exclaiming, 'whoopie!', as they ate them).

What's romantic storytelling and what's real is anyone's guess...such is the nature of linguistics.
I am going to have to seriously agree to disagree here. The little nuggets of deliciousness that are currently sweeping the nation called Whoopie Pies are just a derivation of the favorite after-school snack enjoyed by millions and millions of American kids from the South which would be an RC Cola and a Moon Pie.

A Moon Pie is a southern classic from back in the day which constitutes two vanilla-wafery cookies, coated in milk chocolate, sandwiching a yummy layer of marshmallow fluff.

Ahm afraid that ahm gwon ta have a real problem if all y'all Yankees ah gwon ta trah ta take credit foah mah beloved Moon Pahs.
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Old 03.04.2012, 22:02
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NO, these are crumpets!!!!!!

Made my own crumpets..
Ok, but aren't those also what American's call "English muffins"?

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A Moon Pie is a southern classic from back in the day which constitutes two vanilla-wafery cookies, coated in milk chocolate, sandwiching a yummy layer of marshmallow fluff.

Ahm afraid that ahm gwon ta have a real problem if all y'all Yankees ah gwon ta trah ta take credit foah mah beloved Moon Pahs.
Nice try, but no!
What is "sweeping the nation" are not wafer-y cookies but cake-y cookies, ie. Whoopie pies.
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Re: Muffins vs. Cupcakes

Sorry, never heard of an English Muffin.... just muffins and crumpets!
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Sorry, never heard of an English Muffin.... just muffins and crumpets!
English Muffin:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_muffin
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Muffins or cupcakes?!?

Here is an answer for ya:

925 million people do not have enough to eat and 98 percent of them live in developing countries.

Undernutrition contributes to five million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries.


says Unicef....
And another answer is: I called into a new cakeshop / bakery this morning and hello they have cupcakes. The normal sized ones were CHF5 and the mini (?) 25mm diameter ones CHF3.50, hello? I would starve in this developed country at those prices.
And 3rdly : Either if someone gives you some homemade ones.
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Re: Muffins vs. Cupcakes

It was a sort of joke.... I'm English.
So a muffin is just that, a muffin.

Out of curiosity though I've looked at that reference and no, it doesn't seem to be the same as crumpets are never flavoured as muffins can be (according to the article). In England they're traditionally both plain, the flavour comes from whatever they're served with.

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It was a sort of joke.... I'm English.
So a muffin is just that, a muffin.

Out of curiosity though I've looked at that reference and no, it doesn't seem to be the same as crumpets are never flavoured as muffins can be (according to the article). In England they're traditionally both plain, the flavour comes from whatever they're served with.
"English muffins" are not the same as "muffins". In the US cumpets are called "English muffins".

Are we all confused now????

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"English muffins" are not the same as "muffins". In the US cumpets are called "English muffins".

Are we all confused now????

lol
I'm not at all confused as a crumpet is not what americans call an 'engish muffin', a crumpet is just that, a crumpet!
An 'english muffin' is called plain 'muffin' in England and is completely different.

This http://www.essentially-england.com/c...h-muffins.html explains the difference (from an american website).
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"English muffins" are not the same as "muffins". In the US cumpets are called "English muffins".

Are we all confused now????

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I'm not at all confused as a crumpet is not what americans call an 'engish muffin', a crumpet is just that, a crumpet!
An 'english muffin' is called plain 'muffin' in England and is completely different.

This http://www.essentially-england.com/c...h-muffins.html explains the difference (from an american website).
Can't you agree on something? What is the difference between cupcake and muffin? LOL
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Can't you agree on something? What is the difference between cupcake and muffin? LOL
Now where's the fun in that?

Just being my usual (ancient), pedantic self......

How about 'cupcakes and muffins (of any sort) taste wonderful and do terrible things to your waistline'?
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I'm not at all confused as a crumpet is not what americans call an 'engish muffin', a crumpet is just that, a crumpet!
An 'english muffin' is called plain 'muffin' in England and is completely different.

This http://www.essentially-england.com/c...h-muffins.html explains the difference (from an american website).
Ah. Well, not that explains it! Your use of just plain "muffin" earlier was confusing considering this whole thread if about a whole different kind of "muffin".

I know I'm confused! & hungry....
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Could somebody please tell me what the difference between cupcakes and muffins is except for the fact that cupcakes have fancy decoration and frosting? And why is there suddenly such a hype about cupcakes, even in Switzerland?
Just to establish that it was actually MacGregor's Daughter that mis-used muffin in the first place.... not me! Should have said english muffin?

Right, I'm off to make some scones.......
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I'm not at all confused as a crumpet is not what americans call an 'engish muffin', a crumpet is just that, a crumpet!
An 'english muffin' is called plain 'muffin' in England and is completely different.

This http://www.essentially-england.com/c...h-muffins.html explains the difference (from an american website).
Just my two cents. I looked at the website and the "English muffins" I ate in Canada look exactly like the crumpets in the picture.

The "English muffins" on the website look like... dare I add another breakfast food to this ridiculously confusing conundrum... bagels without holes.....
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