How to Use Parchment Paper As Cupcake Liners

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Those little cupcake liners sold in grocery stores have a very specialized purpose: lining cupcakes. But what if you don't have a set of those oven-safe paper cups? Don't give up your cupcake baking hopes--use parchment paper. Parchment paper can usually be found in the grocery store near the wax paper, in a similar long, rectangular box. Although using cupcake liners is faster than using parchment paper for baking cupcakes, parchment paper works just as well.

How to Use Parchment Paper As Cupcake Liners
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Things You'll Need

  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Muffin tin
  • Cooking spray
  • Cup
  • Cupcake batter
Step 1

Cut out squares of parchment paper with sides that measure about 5 inches. Cut out enough squares for each cupcake that you plan to make.

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Step 2

Spray some cooking spray into each of the holes of the muffin tin.

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Step 3

Place one of your parchment paper squares over the center of the muffin tin hole. Find a cup that has a bottom about the size of your cupcakes. Press the bottom of the cup into the muffin tin hole, pressing the parchment paper into the hole. Twist the cup back and forth a little to make the crease more defined. Remove the cup. Do the same for each of the other parchment paper squares.

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Step 4

Pour the batter into each of the parchment paper squares, filling them until they are about 3/4 full.

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Tips & Warnings

  • For mini muffins or cupcakes, just cut the paper to 2 1/2 in. If you don't have a cup small enough to fit in the mini muffin tin, just use your fingers to make the crease around the bottom edge.
  • Both the cooking spray and the cup are for the purpose of making the cupcakes have a round appearance. If you skip these steps, then your cupcakes will end up with an irregularly shaped, wavy edge.

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