Cupcake papers? Liners? Baking cups? What’s the difference and does it matter what kind you use? Papers, liners, and cups are just different names for the same thing. Cupcake liners are used to ‘line’ your cupcake pan. While some cupcake cups are strong enough to stand on their own during baking, most need to be baked in a cupcake pan. Baking cups come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns.
You do not have to use liners when baking cupcakes but may want to because of their many advantages. The most common use being to dress up the cupcake. Baking cups come in many colors, patterns, and styles, giving you the perfect paper for any theme. Often, the cupcake paper can be the inspiration for the rest of the cupcake decor. Since there is no need to oil the pan, clean up is super easy with cupcake liners. Baking cups also make cupcakes easy to handle making them great for parties and gatherings with little mess to clean up afterwards. And because the cake is covered by the paper, it will stay moist longer.
Types of liners- There are many different types of liners available. Not all finishes are the same. Some papers are sturdier than others. It may be best to try different types for yourself and see which you prefer best.
- Paper liners– Regular paper baking cups are any paper liners that have not been made of grease proof or glassine paper. With this type of cup, oil from the cupcake may bleed through and cause unpleasant spots on the paper. To help prevent this, you can try baking in 2 cups instead of just one.
- Grease proof liners– These liners are made from paper that has been refined until it has a very low porosity. This stops liquids (oil) from being able to penetrate the paper. Grease proof liners can come in a variety of colors and patterns.
- Glassine liners– Like grease proof liners, glassine liner are also grease resistant. Glassine paper is grease proof paper that has been steam treated during the manufacturing process giving it a shiny surface. Glassine liners come in many vibrant colors
- Foil liners– Foil liners are nice because they are super sturdy and the grease from the cake will not seep through and the colors won’t change during baking. You can buy foil liners that come with or without a paper lining on the inside. Gold and silver foil liners are the most popular but other bright colors can be found as well.
- Silicone– Silicone cups are great because they can be baked on a flat cookie sheet, no cupcake pan required. They come in a variety of colors and different shapes too. They are generally more expensive to buy than paper liners but can be washed and reused over and over again. But because they are not disposable, silicone liners may not be ideal to use for a party or gathering as you may not get your liners back.
*Keep in mind that if you are using a patterned paper or grease proof liner with a darker cake, the color may show through the paper. If you are unhappy with this, try baking the cupcake in a solid baking cup first and then drop it down into the patterned one.
Sizes- Baking cups come in a range of sizes from mini to king. The size of the liners will fit nicely in their corresponding pan. Measurements are based on the majority of cupcake liners but may vary slightly depending on the manufacturer. The sizes are as follows:
- Mini– 1 1/4″ base, 3/4″ wall
- Standard– 2″ base, 1 1/4″ wall
- Jumbo– 2 1/4″ base, 1 3/4″ wall
- Giant– 2 5/8″ base, 2″ wall
- King- 2 3/16″ base, 3″ wall
Cupcake Wraps– Cupcake wraps can be used to help dress up cupcakes with little effort. The wraps are placed around the cupcake after it is baked and cooled. A cupcake liner is still used. Wraps come in a variety of colors and patterns from solid to lace. Since many wraps are not grease proof, it may be best to wait to put the wraps on until just before the cakes are served. This will help to eliminate grease spots from forming on the wraps.