45 Uses for Baking Cups! (Or cupcake liners!)

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If you are following along with the baking cup fiasco, in which I order 4,320 baking cups by mistake, you might be happy to know that Azure Standard is allowing me to return two of the boxes! Hooray.

So, now I only have 1, 440 baking cups.

Still more than the 180 I intended to order, but an amount I can live with none-the-less.

In light of this, I thought it would be fun do a round up of baking cup ideas. You know, just in case you happen to over order baking cups one day.

And while I'm at it, let me ask, what do you call these things: baking cups, muffin cups, or cupcake liners?

My accidental order!

In case you are wondering, the baking cups I ordered were unbleached large baking cups form If You Care. They are awesome baking cups!

Just like parchment paper, nothing sticks to them. In fact, when we had a baking session this past weekend, I was able to slip some of the baking cups off the muffins and re-use. So really, my order of baking cups could last forever!

So, here you go, 45 uses for baking cups (or cupcake liners! or muffin cups!) :

Most of these are real food recipes, and some are even grain-free, so hooray for that!

Thank you to my blogging friends at Positively Real Media for helping me compile this list!


Healthy Maple Banana muffins @ A Delightful Home

Whole wheat banana berry muffins @ Better with Cake

Pumpkin muffins @ Nourishing Treasures

Carrot cake muffins @ Nourishing Treasures

Chocolate pumpkin corn muffins @ Your Thriving Family

Real Food muffins @ Your Thriving Family

Old Fashioned Muffins @ A New (England) Life

Healthier Blueberry Muffins @ The Humbled Homemaker

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins @ Money Saving Mom

Whole Spelt Pumpkin Muffins @ 100 Days of Real Food

Zucchini Muffins with Streusel Muffins @ Good {Cheap} Eats

Morning Glory Muffins @ Plan to Eat

Grain-Free (Gluten free) Muffins

Grain-free chocolate pumpkin muffins @ Grass Fed Girl

Lemondrop Cupcakes @ The Nourishing Home

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins @ The Nourishing Home

Pineapple Coconut Muffins @ The Nourishing Home

Mixed Berry Muffins @ The Nourishing Home

Coconut Banana Muffins @ Real Food Forager

Grain Free Blueberry Muffins @ Fast Paleo

Lemon Cranberry Coconut Muffins @ Real Food Freaks


Double chocolate chip – cheesecake filled chocolate cupcakes @ Whole New Mom

Raspberry and Ricotta Cupcakes with vanilla glaze @ Better with Cake

Real Food Cupcakes @ Weed ‘Em and Reap

Real Food Snowman Cupcakes @ Leave Happier

Yellow Cupcakes with Vanilla or Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (Grain free) @ Nourished and Nurtured

Grain-free Maple Pecan Cupcakes @ Riddle Love

Gluten free Chocolate Cupcakes @ Real Food Enthusiast

Grain Free Cupcakes

Chocolate Beet Cupcakes @ Redeeming the Table

Grain free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache @ Redeeming the Table

Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes @ Elana's Pantry

Jelly Donut Cupcakes @ Elana's Pantry

Gluten fee Chocolate Cupcakes @ Grain Mill Wagon

Egg-based Breakfasts

Mini Quiche @ Keeper of the Home

Breakfast Casserole Bites @ 100 Days of Real Food

Egg Muffins @ Raising the Barrs

Grain Free Egg and Cheese Muffins @ The Cheapskate Cook


Cupcakes as Canvas @ The Artful Parent

Umbrella Picture @ Family Fun

A Cheerful Wreath from Cupcake Liners @ Imperfect Homemaking

DIY Cupcake Flower lights @ Oh Happy Day

Put a little glue or paint in a baking cup for your toddler when doing a craft

Other uses

Cupcake liner as drip catcher for popsicles @ Real Simple

Cupcake liner drink covers @ The Cupcake Blog

Use baking cups to divvy up your daily vitamins

Serve kids snacks in baking cups

This came up when I was searching for muffin recipes and I thought it was funny! The quickest way to reduce a muffin top (Might need this if we eat too many of the muffins and cupcakes listed above!)

Do you have any ideas to add?

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  1. Honestly, if it were me, and I had to pay return shipping I think I’d be crafting and baking my heart out. The whole thing is just tooo funny!

    1. I don’t have to pay return shipping! I’m so thankful! I just put it on the Azure truck next time it comes through. I will have to pay a small restocking fee, but it’s not much.

      I wouldn’t return them if I had to pay shopping either. Would giveaway or sell on ebay probably!

  2. LOVE this! Thanks so much for sharing. I also make my meatloaf in cupcake liners. It cooks faster and each person has their very own personal meatloaf. I have done this with lasagna and with Mexican layer dips as well. Makes me want to cook right now! Blessings!

    1. You’re welcome. I’m trying to feed my family mostly GF, too. So, we are thrilled to find so many GF cupcake recipes! I’m so thankful for all the bloggers that share their recipes. It helps!

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