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It may seem like a small thing but those darn muffin cups can sure make a mess of your cupboards. Until I spotted this tip on Pinterest, my muffin cups were a nightmare. Opened packages were scattered all over my pantry and cupboards and I was in serious need of a way to organize them quickly and easily. Enter the mason jar method. Basic beyond belief, a quart mason jar is used for full-size, standard muffin cups and a pint size jar is used for mini muffin cups. When I initially employed this method several months ago, I was shocked at how many muffin cups I had hanging around the darkened corners of my spice cupboard. Half used packages of adorable, colorful muffin cups were going to waste, languishing in the deep recesses of disorganization. Me and my muffin cups have been much happier since the jar method came to be.

I stack the muffin cups in without much thought because it is super simple to turn the jar over and get to the muffin cups you need when you need them. I suppose if you were significantly Type A, you could color code, alphabetize, or arrange them in a myriad of ways…but shoving them in pel-mel works for me. Not only has this given a major makeover to the shelf where the muffin cups reside, but it helps me remain calm and peaceful knowing they are all located in one place and I don’t have to go searching for the ones I want to use. I simply stack the muffin cups in, adding to the jars when I’ve bought new ones, and slide the jars into their proper place on the shelf next to the salt and pure vanilla extract, in case you really want specifics.

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While we are on the topic of muffin cups, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite resources for where to buy them. Sure, you can find muffin cups at any old store but I prefer to buy the grease-proof muffin cups for a few reasons: a) they aren’t as free-flowing and squinchy as regular muffin cups (meaning they hold their shape better and don’t get pinched around the edges when filled with batter) b) for the most part, they keep their color which means after you bake your muffins or cupcakes in them, you can still actually tell what color the muffin cup was in the first place instead of the cake/muffin batter shining through and c) they are sturdy enough for little fingers to help fill the muffin tins without crushing the muffin cup to smithereens.

In my area, locally, Hobby Lobby and Michaels carry a fair assortment of grease-proof muffin cups: standard, jumbo and mini. I go to either of those stores when I’m in a pinch (especially since you can usually find a 40% coupon online to print and use). But when I am really on top of my game, I buy them online at Bake It Pretty (the selection here is amazing!) or King Arthur Flour (I heart big time their swirl patterns). Because grease-proof cupcake liners can sometimes pull away from the baked and cooled cupcakes, I like to frost the cupcakes as soon as they are cooled and make sure I take the frosting all the way to the edge of the cupcake liner to seal the cupcake and prevent the liner from pulling away. I’ve only really ever had this problem with the white grease-proof cups – the colored ones seem to hang on to the cupcake or muffin quite well.

Hope this tip was useful to someone else besides me! If not, I’ll still relish in the fact that my muffin cups finally have a safe, happy home.

32 Responses to Mel’s Kitchen Tip: Muffin Cups!

  1. […] jars for storing everything from baking soda to cupcake liners  (this idea came from Mel at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe) – we bake a lot of muffins to it’s a pretty solution for storing those […]

  2. Sherry says:

    Because I am so clumsy, I used a large plastic jar instead of a mason jar and I don’t have to worry if I drop it (which I have already done), but it is a great tip – I can see how many I have and what kind of colors at a glance!

  3. Julie spady says:

    First if all….what a great idea!!! Second, I’ve never heard of grease proof muffin cups!! Can’t wait to do/try both!!

  4. Melanie Brown says:

    Great idea!! I have been struggling with this one myself! LOVE it!!

  5. Tiffany says:

    What a simple but brilliant idea! Love it!

  6. Sandra says:

    Finally, no more munched muffin cups! Thanks Mel! Why didn’t I think of this?

  7. Love this idea! Thanks 🙂

  8. Jennifer says:

    Great idea, thanks for the tip!

  9. Melanie Steiner says:

    Genius! Thank you!

  10. Rebekah says:

    Yes, I agree – perfect timing! I read this post just hours after throwing up my hands in defeat while trying to figure out a way to organize my cupcake liners. Thank you!

  11. Debra Kapellakis says:

    You are very clever! thank you for sharing

  12. Vicky says:

    Great tip! Thanks for sharing!

  13. JaNae says:

    Perfect timing! Just yesterday I went through my muffin cups in dismay because many had been squished and rumpled in the ziploc back I stored them in. They are now stacked nicely in a mason jar! 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

  14. Stephanie says:

    I find that I have to spray my muffin cups so they actually peel away from the muffin/cupcake when we’re ready to eat one. Could that be because I’m buying cheap-o cups? Do you have to spray the better quality cups that you’re recommending?

    • Mel says:

      Stephanie – I never spray my muffin/baking cups with cooking spray. The grease-proof cups are supposedly easy release and so you don’t need cooking spray – but that is also why they pull away from the cupcakes sometimes upon cooling.

  15. sara says:

    That is a fabulous idea!!! Mine are in a basket, but they are always falling out and creating a mess. Now I just have to find a Mason jar!

  16. Mirien says:

    Thanks for sharing this idea. I just went and organized all of my liners–I used three jars! Who knew I had so many. Now if I get nothing else done today (that stays done, anyway) I can open my cupboard and smile at all of my organized liners. And maybe bake cupcakes today!

  17. Rita says:

    What a wonderful solution. I will definitely being using this tip! thanks.

  18. Love this idea, Mel! Seems like something I should have thought of a long time ago, but thanks to you I’ll be better at organizing these little buggers now!

  19. Melissa says:

    I can’t believe I haven’t thought of this! I even just put up a post about all the different things you can use mason jars for. I’m totally going to use this, thank you for the tip!

  20. tonya says:

    This is a great tip & one that I seriously needed!! I do feel a little dumb for not thinking of it w/ my own brain. :o)

  21. Alexis says:

    Thanks for the tips on where to buy muffin cups! It drives me batty when I pick out a cute design and then you can’t even see it when the cupcakes are cooked. I never knew there was such a thing as “grease-proof” muffin cups. Hooray! Thanks again. Hope all is going well with your new little one and you are soaking up every precious second.

  22. Great tip, not only because it tidies up the muffin paper cups but it also uses the clean jars that seem to sprout, while you find a use for them!

  23. rachel m. says:

    simple but brilliant! thank you!

  24. kandi victorino says:

    My mini cupcake cups have been falling out of the cabinet all week. Thank you!

  25. Angie says:

    That is an awesome tip!! Thank you from me and my “baking shelf”!

  26. MelanieL says:

    I’ve been getting mine at Shop Sweet Lulu…they have a nice selection as well:) Great storage idea as I just ordered some more so I’d be ready when the cupcake/muffin baking mood strikes!

  27. Maria says:

    Fantastic idea! And thank you for the liner resources. Got those bookmarked.

  28. Love this idea! Thank you for sharing. My cupcake liners are always a huge mess!

  29. Teresa R. says:

    This is a great idea! Not only is this functional, it looks nice. Thanks for this tip.

  30. Kim in MD says:

    Mel- thank you for sharing this tip! I have loads of open muffin cup bags in my pantry, too, and this is an adorable, affordable and very practical way to store them. They are also really cute and decorative! I’m so going to do this today!

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