Cupcake Pans and Liners - Cupcakes LA
Originally, cupcakes were baked in heavy pottery cups. Some bakers still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, large tea cups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type dishes for baking cupcakes.
Muffin tins are usually used to for Cupcakes. These muffin tins or cupcake pans are most often made from metal, with or without a non-stick surface. They usually have have six or twelve depressions or “cups”. While they are mainly made from metal, they may also be made from stoneware, silicone rubber, or other materials. The standard cup size for cupcake pan is 3 inches in diameter and holds about 4 ounces. While this have become the standard there are alsopans for both miniature and jumbo size cupcakes. Speciality pans may offer many different sizes and shapes.
Cupcakes were baked on a flat baking sheet in a double-layer of paper cupcake liners. Individual patty cases, or cupcake liners, may be used in baking. These are typically round sheets of thin paper pressed into a round, fluted cup-shape. Liners can facilitate the easy removal of the cupcake from the tin after baking, keep the cupcake more moist, and reduce the effort needed to clean the pan. The use of liners is also considered a more sanitary option when cupcakes are being passed from hand to hand. Like cupcake pans, several sizes of paper liners are available, from miniature to jumbo.
In addition to paper, cupcake liners may be made from very thin aluminum foil or, in a non-disposable version, silicone rubber. Because they can stand up on their own, foil and silicone liners can also be used on a flat baking sheet, which makes them popular among people who do not have a specialized muffin tin. Some of the largest paper liners are not fluted and are made out of thicker paper, often rolled at the top edge for additional strength, so that they can also stand independently for baking without a cupcake tin. Some bakers use two or three thin paper liners, nested together, to simulate the strength of a single foil cup.
Liners, which are also called paper cases, come in a variety of sizes. Slightly different sizes are considered “standard” in different countries. Miniature cases are commonly 27 to 30 millimetres in diameter at the base and 20 millimetres tall. Standard-size cases range from 45 to 53 millimetres in diameter at the base and are 30 to 35 millimetres tall. Australian and Swedish bakers are accustomed to taller paper cases with a larger diameter at the top than American and British bakers.
Cupcakes may be plain cakes without any frosting or other decoration.