25 of the Best Cupcake Tin Recipes? I know – we talk about cupcakes, cupcakes, and more cupcakes here – after all, it is a site called a Monkey On A Cupcake, LOL! I know that realistically, your cupcake tins aren’t being used 100% of the time for constantly baking cupcakes.
My momma used to say: “Don’t buy it unless you can think of at least 5 ways to use it.” Good advice, right? Soooo, that is what I am doing for you today: giving you more than 5 uses for that cupcake tin!
27 of the Best Cupcake Tin Recipes
Is there a difference between a muffin tin and a cupcake tin?
No. They are one and the same. Some brands list them as muffin tins, some brands list them as cupcake tins. The only real difference between baking the two is the fact that muffins are usually in a lightly greased or sprayed tin, without the liner. Cupcakes always have liners. That’s it – the big difference! However, follow the instructions on each of the following cupcake tin recipes to see what is needed.
Should I spray a nonstick muffin pan?
(sigh). Yes. Even though it is sold as a “nonstick” muffin pan, it tends to stick. If you are making muffins, lightly grease or spray. LIGHTLY, and you will never have a problem. For some reason? NordicWare is the worst offender in my pan stash – especially their fun shaped pans. Again, follow the instructions of each of the cupcake tin recipes below to see if you need to spray it or not.
Muffin Tin Recipes for Breakfast
The average muffin or cupcake tin has a well that is 3.5 ounces. That makes for perfect portion control for littles or adults. Give them one or two, respectively and you are all set. Keep in mind that the average Grade A large egg is 2 ounces – for a whopping 9-10 grams of protein! These are a few fun ideas past the basic baked mini omelette.
- Pumpkin French Toast Cups
The pumpkin French toast cups are the best way to use your leftover bread. It tastes sweet and quite easy to prepare.
- Cinnamon Sugar Cruffins
The cinnamon sugar cruffins are basically sweet croissant muffins. They are flaky and taste absolutely delicious.
Savory Muffin Tin Recipes
Sometimes you need something that is NOT sweet. These can be used as appetizers, lunch box fillers, or even a dinner – but done up all fancy!
- 4 Cheese Macaroni & Cheese Bites
The Four-Cheese Macaroni & Cheese Bites are usually eaten cold or taken on picnics. If you had been looking for small treats, then you will love making these as they are delicious.
- Southwest Chicken Wonton Cups
This low-fat gem is both tasty and pretty darn easy to make!
- Elegant Shrimp Avocado Wonton Appetizers
This is perfect to “wow” your guests while making you look like the next Martha Stewart.
Muffin Tin Recipes that are Desserts
I know there are tons of muffin pan uses, everything from sensory bins for kids to baking mini meatloaves. Let’s face it – we are all thinking of desserts. You know the difference between the word desert (air-dry landform) and desserts (sweet and tasty goodness)? Desserts have (2) of the letter S – because we always want more of the dessert! Let’s get to them!
Tarts are kind of a fancy way of saying pie. OK, not really. Tarts and pies are VERY similar, but tarts ONLY have a bottom crust, and it tends to be thicker than what a pie crust is.
My favorite family memory here, was visiting my great Aunt Fern’s chicken farm in southern Illinois. She made individual tarts for all of us for dessert that night and pop was being his usual goofy self and asked for seconds. They have family fun banter back and forth and she ended with “You calling me cheap? I gave you a whole pie!” Bless that woman’s soul – I am sure she is keeping God very busy in heaven.
- Mini Fruit Tartlets
The mini fruit tartlets are a simple way to satisfy your sweet tooth and these delicacies would not add any extra kilos!
- Raspberry Linzer Tartlets
A variation of the classic linzer torte, this one has a delicious base of layers of chocolate and raspberries with raspberry jam.
- No Bake Blueberry Lemon Mini Tarts
A perfect summer treat, the blueberry lemon mini tarts taste great with the blueberry filling.
- Mini Lime Tartlets with Macaroon Crust
A bite-sized spin on a traditional key lime pie! These sweet, and creamy treats have a refreshing tropical taste with a crispy yet chewy coconut macaroon crust that contrasts perfectly with the citrusy custard filling.
- Butter Tarts
These are basically sweet and small pastries that are filled with a semi-solid syrup and have a gooey taste.
These will have a thinner crust, or actually a top crust!
- Amazing Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
OK – these are pie-LIKE so I put them in here. The pumpkin pie cupcakes are very small cupcakes that can be eaten at one go! It is a great cupcake recipe for the Fall and Thanksgiving celebrations.
- Lemon Mini Pies
The lemon mini pies are buttery and shaped as single-sized portions. These are filled with delicious lemon curd.
- Puff Pastry Apple Pies
Individual puff pastry apple pies, flaky, sweet, and utterly delicious. You can bake them in a muffin tin or make apple puff pastry squares.
- Apple and Blackberry Crumble Filo Pastry Pies
The filo pastry combined with apple and blackberries taste very delicious and is quite healthy as it has only around 250 calories!
- Mini Apple Caramel Pies
The recipe is a delicious combination of apple pie and caramel-dipped apples that comes in an easy-to-eat package.
Mini cheesecakes are all the rage right now and we round a few amazing ones to share with you!
- Mini Cheesecakes
The recipe makes perfect mini cheesecakes and they are available in any flavor you desire.
- Mini Snickers Cheesecakes
These bite-sized Oreo crusted vanilla cheesecakes are loaded with chunks of Snickers and topped with chocolate ganache, caramel, and even more Snickers for an indulgent treat.
- Apple Pie Mini Cheesecake Bites
Smooth and creamy cheesecake topped with tart apples. This handheld cheesecake is ready in under 30 minutes, so easy!
- Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
Silky smooth pumpkin cheesecake nestled inside a spicy gingersnap crust. All the flavor of fall in the palm of your hand!
My husband is the original cookie monster – just in case you were curious. These are fun cookie or cookie-style treats you can make from your cupcake tin.
- Almond Orange Mini Gâteaux Bretons
These mini versions of butter flavored French cakes are scented with orange and almond blossoms.
- Banana Cream Cookie
Banana cream cookie cups are easy to make in cupcake tins using sugar cookie dough and banana pudding mix.
- Birthday Cookie Chocolate Pudding Cups
If you are a big fan of chocolates then you should love these chocolate pudding cup recipes. It is easy to prepare and does not take much time.
- Smores Cookie Cups
Everyone’s favorite bonfire snack turned into dessert! These cookies are filled with layers of graham cracker cookie dough, chocolate, and marshmallow fluff.
- Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
These homemade peanut butter cups are dark chocolate and much more healthy (and tasty!) than store-bought.
Just a few things here that didn’t really fit above – but I had to include them!
- Apricot Upside Down Cakes
With a double dose of apricot, these delicious cakes are a flavorful twist on the traditional pineapple version.
- Baileys Brownie Bites
The Baileys brownie bites have a chocolatey essence and they bake real fast.
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
It is a rich and moist cake that is dipped in a sticky sauce. It is usually served warm accompanied by a dollop of vanilla ice-cream.
Do you have a favorite cupcake tin recipe? Please share!