I have a confession to make- a couple of years ago, when I was at University, me and my co-students had to create a radio feature. Back then I studied Film and Media and I was just about to enter my final year at Uni. So it was an intense time and I ate loads of cheap and strange things (like battered sausages).I was totally obsessed with cupcakes and blueberry muffins. Yummy! When my newly formed radio-feature-group met up for the first time in an attempt to find a suitable topic for our final project, I can remember the odd and annoying silence in our study room in the library. My hands became sweaty and my mind was occupied with only one topic: Food. I hadn’t eaten all day. I couldn’t tell you why I hadn’t eaten all day, there must have been some sort of reason. Nowadays all this seems slightly strange but back then I was worried about my stomach- it tends to make very funny and extremely loud noises. In order to break the awkward silence, I decided to suggest the first thing which came to my head as a possible topic option. “Let’s get this done and over with.” I said and then, under the stimulus of hunger, only said one word: Cupcakes. Miraculously everybody thought of this as a brilliant idea. And so we began our work on an eventual successful radio feature.
However, I have to confess….I love the topping more than anything. I don’t like dry cake. The actual cake must be moist and fresh.
It is three years since our radio feature and cupcakes are still a popular treat. So it is reasonable to ask where the cupcake craze came from. Sex and the City played a big role:
It is assumed that cupcakes derived from bakers in the late 19th century using cups as their baking utensil to -obviously- create a cake in a cup.
So now to the question of this post: What’s the difference between cupcakes and muffins?
Muffins are often savoury whereas cupcakes are only sweet. In the end, both have similar ingredients which makes it quiet hard to tell the difference. Personally, I found muffins dense and cupcakes “fluffy”. Muffins are also bigger, whereas cupcakes are small (usually).

Gfp-muffinBy Yinan Chen (www.goodfreephotos.com (gallery, image)) [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

Muffins= Bread (yeah, really). No icing. Usually eaten cold.
Cupcakes= Mini-Cakes. Icing (preferably butter cream). Eaten cold and hot.
Of course we have to end this article with my favourite cupcake recipe.


What you need:

  • 180g butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 180g self-raising flour

Oven: 170C

Mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs. Mix. Add flour and mix well (mixing makes it fluffy).

Bake until golden brown.

Icing: Mix 250g butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar. Add 600g of sugar (start with 200g of sugar and work your way up). Then add 1-2 tablespoons of milk and keep on mixing until fluffy. Add food colouring (Please use thick paste). 

I will miss my time in Hamburg but I am get to bake so much more now I am back in Ireland. So it is time to be back teaching Germany Language for Children and German Tuition in Newry