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Muffins are an age-old classic and are becoming increasingly popular. To make these sweet baked goods, it is important to use the right muffin tin. In general, a distinction is made between sheet muffin tins, silicone muffin tins and paper muffin tins, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages.

So that you don't have to search the whole internet, we have created the muffin tin test 2021 for you. We provide you with the most important information in brief and show you what you should look out for before making your purchase decision.




Summary

  • In general, muffin tins are divided into sheet muffin tins, silicone muffin tins and paper muffin tins. All types come in a variety of different shapes, colours, sizes and price ranges.
  • High-quality sheet muffin tins usually produce more even baking results due to good heat conductivity. Silicone muffin tins are easy to store and clean, and paper muffin tins are inexpensive and decorative.
  • Muffin tins can be used creatively and are also suitable for many other things, such as making ice cubes and biscuit trays. Furthermore, you can use them as a dip station at your next party.

The Best Muffin tin: Our Picks

The wide range of different muffin tins on the market is overwhelming. However, not every muffin tin is of high quality. In the following, we have compiled a colourful list of various muffin tins that you can rely on.

Muffin tin: buying and evaluation criteria

In the following, we have listed some aspects that you can use to compare the various muffin tins on offer. The criteria include:

In the following sections, we will show you what is important in each aspect.

Size

The amount of batter you can use depends on the number of cavities and their volume. For sheet muffin tins or silicone muffin tins, the number of cavities ranges from 6 to 30.

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It doesn't matter whether you're a small family or a group of friends: Muffins make being together more sociable and enjoyable. (Image source: June O / unsplash)

Moulds with a low number of cavities often allow you to bake real jumbo muffins, while moulds with a high number of cavities tend to produce small "muffin bites" of 3 cm in height. Paper muffin tins also come in a wide range of sizes.

Which size you prefer also depends on how experimental you are.

The size you prefer also depends on how much you like to experiment.

Do you want to try out a variety of different muffin recipes and feast on the different varieties? Then we recommend a mould with many small cavities.

Do you know that grandma's recipe for blueberry muffins is unbeatable? Then we would advise you to use a mould with a few, but large cavities. In general, the bigger the muffin, the longer the baking time.

Shape

There are also many different shapes. From classic, round muffins to star, animal or skull shapes, everything is available in the shops.

Silicone muffin moulds make it easier to remove the muffin. This is an advantage, especially with complicated patterns.

The problem with complicated patterns: they are not so easy to remove from the mould. The silicone muffin tin can score points with this problem because the flexible material allows the baked goods to be removed from the tin very carefully. However, sheet muffin tins also increasingly have a lifting base that makes it easier to get your muffins out of the tin.

It is not really necessary to grease silicone muffin tins or sheet muffin tins with a non-stick coating. However, a little butter and breadcrumbs can be useful. Especially with a square shape, such as a star, you can make the release even easier.

Ease of cleaning

All in all, silicone muffin tins are quite easy to clean. On the one hand, they are flexible and therefore easy to wash by hand, on the other hand, they are extremely heat-resistant and therefore suitable for the dishwasher without any problems.

This is not always the case with sheet muffin tins. The high temperatures in the dishwasher can wear away the coating on some models. Therefore, be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions.

You can only use paper muffin tins once. The cleaning problem does not arise with this type of muffin tin.

Colour

Paper muffin tins are available in every conceivable colour and give baked goods a visually appealing decoration. For an adult party, stylish muffin tins in a uniform colour that matches the rest of the furniture are particularly suitable.

Are you planning a less grown-up party for your children? For that
Paper moulds with pirate flags or Disney characters like Elsa and Anna from Frozen are just the thing.

By the way: silicone muffin tins and non-stick sheet muffin tins don't really need paper muffin tins. But you don't have to give up the decorative aspect. Simply place the colourful paper muffin tins in the silicone or metal tray. This makes it easier to fill the batter and the muffins won't fall over so quickly in the oven.

Muffin tin: frequently asked questions and answers

There are a lot of questions about muffin tins on the internet. We have answered the most important ones for you briefly and concisely here. If you have read the text, you already know the most important things about muffin tins.

What types of muffin tins are there?

Are you thinking about getting a muffin tin? Then you basically have a choice between three types of muffin tins:

  • Sheet Muffin Moulds
  • Silicone muffin tins
  • Paper muffin tins

In the following, we have summarised the advantages and disadvantages of the different muffin tins.

Type Advantage Disadvantage
Sheet muffin tin good heat conductivity, even browning, stable stand may not be non-stick, may not be dishwasher-safe. not dishwasher safe
Silicone muffin tin highly resistant to heat and cold, space-saving silicone with BPA can develop odour, light greasy film on material
Paper muffin tin inexpensive, space-saving, flexible decision on the number of muffins unstable when filling or baking

Sheet-metal muffin tins score particularly well in terms of heat conductivity and even browning. However, there are also different categories of sheet muffin tins. Moulds made of tinplate, for example, can often be bought very cheaply, but these are not always non-stick coated and are usually not suitable for the dishwasher.

Moulds made of carbon steel with enamel coating, on the other hand, can usually be put in the dishwasher. Removing the muffins from these moulds also works particularly well. However, enamel moulds also cost considerably more.

All in all, with solid sheet muffin tins you don't need to worry that the muffin tin will tip over or become deformed during baking or filling.

Silicone muffin tins are generally suitable for microwaves, dishwashers and freezers.

Silicone muffin tins are extremely resistant to cold and heat. Therefore, they can be placed in the freezer, microwave or dishwasher without any problems. Furthermore, the flexible material allows for space-saving storage, for example by rolling up the mould and wrapping it with a rubber band.

However, some users of lower quality silicone muffin tins complain about the smell of the material. In addition, a thin but harmless film of grease can form on the silicone over time.

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Smooth, uniform dough? No way! There's nothing better than biting into a big chocolate chip when you make a muffin. (Image source: Chaman Raj / unsplash)

By far the cheapest muffin tin is the paper one. Another great advantage is that you don't have to estimate the exact amount of batter.

Accidentally made more batter than you wanted? Then just get a few more moulds out of the package. Paper muffin tins also save a lot of space. However, they also have the disadvantage that they can tip over more easily and become deformed during baking. Especially with thin paper muffin tins, always place two tins on top of each other.

Which muffin tin is suitable for whom?

Which muffin tin is best for you always depends on the purpose for which you like to bake muffins. Are you a baking beginner and want to have a few homemade sweets in the house from time to time? Then a few simple paper muffin tins will suit you.

Do you like to bake more often for yourself or your friends, but don't want to spend so much time cleaning? Then the dishwasher-safe muffin tins made of silicone are particularly recommended.

Baking muffins has already developed into a small passion and you have become increasingly demanding? Are paper muffin tins too unstable for you and do silicone muffin tins not bake evenly enough? In that case, we recommend a good sheet muffin tin with a non-stick coating for reliable and high-quality baking results.

What does a muffin tin cost?

The price range for sheet muffin tins or muffin tins made of silicone goes from approx. 5 - 30 euros, but the vast majority of products are in the 10 - 20 euro range. The price is determined by various criteria such as quality, shape, size or coating.

Type price in euros
Sheet muffin tin 5 - 30
Silicone muffin tin 5 - 30
Paper muffin tin 5 - 15

Paper muffin tins usually come in packs of 100 or 200 and cost between 5 - 15 euros. Here too, quality, size, shape and motifs play an important role in the price.

Basically, paper muffin tins are not necessary if you have a silicone muffin tin or a good sheet muffin tin.

In the long term, muffin tins made of sheet metal or silicone can be financially worthwhile.

In the long term, muffin tins made of sheet metal or silicone can be financially worthwhile. However, this also means that the beautiful visual effect of the paper muffin tins is lost.

What are the alternatives to a muffin tin?

Do you want to bake some muffins but don't have a muffin tin? You can do without one. The best way to solve the problem is with aluminium foil:

  • Simply cut a large, square piece of aluminium foil and fold it twice
  • Place the folded squares over an upside-down glass and press down
  • Remove the moulds and fold or cut off any protruding corners
  • Line with baking paper or paper moulds or simply grease the aluminium foil

Aluminium foil is a good conductor of heat and distributes the heat evenly over the pastry. This makes it a good material for a homemade muffin tin. Of course, you can vary the size of the squares as you like. For a better hold, it also makes sense to place two aluminium moulds on top of each other.

Don't have any aluminium foil at home either? Then you can use baking paper as a substitute. Cut out another 15 x 15 cm square and place it in a coffee cup. It's best to have some baking paper sticking out at the edge.

How high should I fill the muffin tin?

For best results, fill the mould up to ⅔ of the way. The batter will continue to rise in the oven and the typical rounded shape will come out particularly well. If you use much less batter, the muffin will remain flat and look more like a cupcake. If you fill the mould too much, your muffin will swell over the edge. In general, thin paper muffin tins are not designed well for too much batter.

Therefore, if you use the paper muffin tins without a stabilising silicone tray or muffin tin, it is better to fill the tin with a little less than ⅔.

What else can I do with a muffin tin?

Muffin tins are versatile and not just limited to baking. Silicone muffin tins in particular are not only heat-resistant but also cold-resistant. They are therefore ideal for making larger ice cubes.

Tip: Larger ice cubes can be enhanced visually and tastefully with a thin slice of lime in the ice. The sheet muffin moulds can also be used creatively. They can be used as an excellent dip station at a party. Simply fill the moulds with crème fraîche, yoghurt, cocktail sauce, etc. and place a glass of carrots, cucumbers or grassiness next to it.

Do you want to impress your friends with a special dessert? Then homemade biscuit trays are just the thing for you:

  • Simply turn the tray muffin tins upside down and grease them well.
  • Cut the flat-rolled out biscuit dough into squares
  • Carefully place the squares over the inverted moulds and press down lightly
  • After baking, allow the biscuit shells to cool.
  • Then carefully lift off and fill with ice cream, custard or anything else.

Whether for ice cubes, biscuit trays or as a dip station, you can be incredibly creative with a muffin tin.

Conclusion

If you are thinking about buying a muffin tin, you should take a moment, because the different variants have different properties. Generally, a distinction is made between sheet muffin tins, silicone muffin tins and paper muffin tins. Depending on your preferences, some types are more suitable than others.

Sheet muffin tins are stable and bake very evenly, but they are often not dishwasher safe. Silicone muffin tins are extremely temperature resistant and the pastry releases easily, but silicone muffin tins with BPA can have a negative odour. Wrapping muffins from the paper is a highly satisfying feeling, unfortunately, only paper muffin tins without a tray are relatively unstable: both when baking and when filling.

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