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Types and Styles of Baking Cups

Baking cups are available in a wide array of colors, shapes, sizes, and materials, so choosing the perfect type can be somewhat overwhelming. Used primarily to line cupcake or muffin pans and prevent the batter from sticking to the sides, these cups are not a one-style- or one-size-fits-all product. By analyzing the options and advantages, you can ensure that your culinary and confectionery creations look and taste delicious and that they're consistent in size, shape, and style.

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Baking Cup Benefits

Similarly to pan liners, baking cups help keep your treats from sticking to your pans as they bake. They can also enhance the presentation of your baked goods. The main benefits of baking cups include:

  • Easy Clean-Up - A high-volume restaurant or bakery might not have extra time to spend deep cleaning their dirty pans. Avoid the messes that result from sticky batter in unlined pans by using baking cups as a barrier between the batter and your baking pan.

  • Sanitation - Baking cups provide a protective outer layer that reduces the spread of germs during the transfer from oven to display to customers. They are great for public events during which baked goods are on display and offer customers peace of mind by guaranteeing their food has not been touched.

  • Moisture - Without a baking cup, cupcakes, muffins, and other baked goods can dry out after removing them from the pan. Using a liner helps you preserve the desirable moist taste and texture that will set your business apart from others.

  • Shape - Providing stability and shape, baking cups can help create a uniform look and prevent crumbling. Liners are a buffer between a hot pan and the batter, preventing the baked good's edges from cooking too fast.

  • Overall Presentation - While some baking cups are not intended to be decorative, others are both functional and ornamental. Colored and patterned cupcake liners can complement a theme, correlate with a holiday or season, or contribute to your unique style. Match colorful wrappers with icing and designs for a fun, individualized look. Apart from baking, others may choose to use baking cups to display small candy, truffles, or fudge.

Different Muffin and Cupcake Liner Sizes

Whether you're baking a large, tasty muffin to sell in your coffee shop or a delectable bite-sized truffle for your cafe, it's imperative to use the perfect-sized baking cup for your unique needs.

Cupcake liner sizes

When choosing a baking cup size, knowing the dimensions of the pans you will be using is essential. Muffin pan sizes are usually classified as mini, standard, or large. Individual manufacturers might have slight variations with muffin pan sizes, so it is always best to measure your muffin or cupcake pan compartment's top diameter, bottom diameter, and depth before selecting the best baking cup for your pans.

Typically, standard baking cups measure 2" x 1 1/4" and are commonly used for traditional-sized cupcakes or muffins. Mini baking cups with a 1" diameter can be used for presenting chocolate-covered cherries or caramels, and 3 1/2" diameter jumbo baking cups can be used for gorgeous gourmet cupcake creations!

To help simplify the search and selection process, we have consistently labeled the baking cup item titles and measurements on our site so that they are easy to read and understand. The first dimension is the baking cup's bottom diameter measurement, and the second dimension is the overall height.

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How to Get an Accurate Baking Cup Measurement

Although usually available in mini, standard, and jumbo sizes, baking cups' measurements can vary slightly. To determine accurate baking cup sizes, measure the overall diameter by flattening the cup, followed by measuring the bottom diameter of the cup, which can be measured with or without flattening the sides, and then finish by measuring the wall height. Before purchasing, be sure to know the precise measurements of the pans you will be using.

Baking cup sizes shown from mini to tulip

Styles of Baking Cups

When choosing your baking cup for your recipe, you will need to consider what is going in the baking cup and how it will be displayed. Will your batter have a lot of oil in it? Do you need baking cups that will go from the freezer to the oven? Will the finished product be on display for a special event or is a standard white paper liner all you need? Take a look at the types of baking cup styles below to determine the best style for your needs.

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White Paper Baking Cups

  • Provide a neat, sanitary look
  • Typically fluted for easy peeling
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Colored/Decorative Baking Cups

  • Complement themes, seasons, or holidays
  • Available in tulip and lotus varieties
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Glassine Baking Cups

  • Air-, water-, and grease-resistant
  • Provide an easy release
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Foil Baking Cups

  • Prevent unwanted grease marks or stains
  • Offer a clean, eye-catching presentation
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Solid Board Baking Cups

  • Polymer coating resists moisture and grease
  • Perfect for freezer-to-oven applications
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Eclair Baking Cups

  • Elevated sides keep eclair in place
  • Also great for napoleons, cannolis, and cream horns
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Oblong Loaf Liners

  • Easily fits inside oblong bread loaf pans
  • Dry-waxed for easy release
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Which Baking Cup Is Best for You?

Reference the chart below to see which baking cups and display cups are the best choices for your menu items based on their features and sizes.

Graphic showing different types of baking cups, including tulip, lotus, white paper, foil, colored paper, and glassine
Used for sanitation Provides Stability Grease/oil proof Fluted Available in Mini Available in Standard Available in Jumbo
Baking Cups (Before Baking)
Tulip Liner N/A N/A N/A
Lotus Liner N/A N/A
White Paper Liner N/A
Foil Liner N/A
Colored Paper Liner N/A
Glassine Liner N/A N/A
Solid Board Liner N/A N/A N/A
Dry Wax Liner N/A
Wrappers/Display Cups (After Baking)
Wrappers N/A N/A N/A
Eclair Baking Liner N/A N/A N/A N/A

Baking Cup Special Features

If you need baking cups with additional features, some baking cups support your business's initiatives, such as going green or prepping your baked goods for peak hours.

  • Environmentally Friendly: These liners are made with sustainably sourced materials.
  • Freezer Safe: These liners allow you to store baked goods in low temperatures.
  • Microwave Safe: These liners allow you to reheat baked goods without worry.

Cupcake Liner Troubleshooting

Baking the perfect cupcake or muffin can be easier said than done. If you have problems with the liners you use for your baked goods, read on to learn some simple fixes that will remedy the issues.

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Oil or Grease Is Bleeding Through the Baking Cup. If you use paper cups, try doubling them, or opt for a foil or glassine variety.

Dark-Colored Cake Is Making a Decoration on a Baking Cup Difficult to See. Bake the dark-colored mix in a white paper cup and then drop it into a second darker or decorative liner after cooling.

The Cake Is Crumbling When Peeling Away the Liner. Be sure to bake the cupcakes completely as an under-baked batter can cause peeling. You can also try lightly spraying the cups with baking release spray to make peeling easier.

The Liner Is Pulling Away From the Cake After Baking. Ensure the cupcakes have cooled and reached room temperature before storing them in a container. Storing them when they are too hot can cause the liners to detach.

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