My brother in law, from Rohan’s side, wanted Muffins for his birthday. I asked which flavor. He said any. I was stuck between 6  options. So I made all 6! It’s good to be on the safer side when you are playing with people’s love for cakes you know. Specially when last Saturday he had a baby boy! Bad time to screw up in a sweet birthday as such.

A great guy, an ex-sailor who now runs his own maritime company and a wonderful guitarist who shares the same interest as my husband, I ate the strawberry one in this batch when the box I chose to take them could accommodate only 5. Yes, that explains the case of the missing muffin 🙂

For its liner, I did a DIY bakery style brown paper liner and it took me only 5 minutes to do all 6. All you need to do is cut squares, press them down in your muffin tin with a can or glass that fits the muffin cups and press the naturally formed paper folds tightly. There is one thing though, maintain the overlaps. You can choose not to, but if you do, it’ll look great.

There is a great tutorial here for DIY Bakery Style Muffin Liners, from Sarah @ A Beach Cottage (A place where she blogs about her Australian beach house, beach decor, lifestyle and recipes) if you wish to see! I follow her religiously and learnt my liner here. I cut the edges in a scallop though!


Now, the recipes.

For the basic vanilla cake mixture, you can follow this recipe- my staple go to. Never failed

Here goes the recipe!

All purpose flour: 1 cup

Baking powder: 1 teaspoon

Sugar: 3/4th of a cup

Butter: 2/3 rd of a cup

Eggs: 2, large

Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon

Cold water: 2 tbsp


Cream butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Dunk in two eggs, beat again and add vanilla.

In another bowl, sift baking powder and flour.

Mix the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing a bit at a time to avoid lumps.

Add cold water and give it a final whisk.

Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and spoon in the batter. Remember to spoon in only till half to two thirds as you’ll need to keep room for it to rise.

In a preheated oven (That’s been preheated in 325) bake your cupcakes for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.



Divide your batter into 5 portions and mix. The ratio given below is for one muffin each:

Coffee and caramel: For coffee and caramel, Heat 1 teaspoon butter with 2 teaspoon sugar. When the sides start browning, lower the heat and add 5 tbsp of full cream milk. Keep stirring till it thickens and gets a light brown caramel color. Cool.

To muffin batter, add caramel and instant coffee (1/2 tsp)

Pure chocolate: Add a spoonful of good quality cocoa powder and top with chocolate hundreds and thousands

Srilankan Cinnamon: Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and crushed almonds to batter. Garnish with whole toasted almonds

The heart of pineapple: Fill your muffin cup with half batter. Place a spoonful of pineapple jam in the center. Top off with batter.

Keylime and Apple vodka: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of keylime juice and 1 teaspoon apple vodka. You can either mix it with batter or follow the heart of pineapple method.

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8 thoughts on “5 Muffins Recipe and An Easy DIY Bakery Style Muffin Liner”

    1. Thank you Violet 🙂 Honestly, apart from that strwberry one, I didn’t get to taste. But I’m hoping they were good.
      And these wrappers are so much more handy than premade ones…costs less too. Not to mention, looks great

  1. Mmmm I love muffins too. You have some great ideas for flavours here. I tend to make a batch of 12 of one flavour, and they don’t last long. The liner is a lovely idea. I saw some heart shaped muffin cases in a shop the other day which were expensive but would be nice for a special occasion. x
    PS. Please come to my blog to give your expert opinion on whether or not I managed to pull off something that speaks of India….?! 🙂

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