How to Make DIY Cupcake Liners: the Easy Method Using Parchment Paper

You feel like making muffins but you don't have the right cups? We got this! Try this easy trick, you'll only need some parchment paper.

By Cookist

Baking is an art that brings joy and warmth to our homes, filling them with delightful aromas and offering us the chance to create something delicious and homemade. But sometimes, the urge to bake strikes, and we find ourselves lacking the necessary tools or ingredients. Specifically, what do you do when you're in the mood to bake muffins but realize you don't have any muffin cups on hand? Don't worry; we have a clever and easy solution that will have you baking in no time, using items you likely already have in your kitchen. Say goodbye to the frustration and hello to fluffy, mouth-watering muffins with this simple DIY approach to making muffin cups out of parchment paper.

Can You Use Parchment Paper as Cupcake Liners?

Parchment paper is a baker's best friend, known for its non-stick properties and ability to withstand high temperatures without burning. It's used for everything from lining baking sheets to wrapping fish for steaming. But did you know that with a little creativity, you can also use it to create makeshift muffin cups? This trick is perfect for those moments when you're set to bake but realize you're out of regular muffin liners.

Making Your Own Muffin Cups: A Step-by-Step Guide


You'll Need:

  • Parchment paper (yep, that's it!)
  • Scissors
  • A glass or any small jar
  1. Cut the Paper: Grab your parchment paper and cut it into squares, around 12×12 cm. Don't sweat it if they're not perfect; it's all about the rustic charm!
  2. Fold and Snip: Fold each square in half, then in half again, to make a smaller square. Snip along the folds but stop short of the center — this helps create the petals of your muffin cup flower.
  3. Shape It Up: Pop a glass or jar in the middle of a square and push down to mold the paper around it, creating your cup. Slide the glass out, and voilà, you've got yourself a muffin cup!
  4. Bake Away: Place your DIY cups into the muffin tin slots, fill them with batter, and bake. Watching your creations come out of the oven in these custom cups will feel extra special.

Time for Chocolate Cupcakes and Muffins


With your fresh batch of homemade muffin cups ready, why not fill them with something equally comforting — chocolate cupcakes. Whether you're a by-the-book baker or someone who likes to mix in a little of this and a dash of that, chocolate muffins are forgiving and always delicious. Go classic with a double chocolate chip recipe or get adventurous with add-ins like nuts or fruit.

Can You Use Foil as Cupcake Liners?

You might find yourself in a situation where you're all set to bake cupcakes but realize you're out of traditional paper liners. In such cases, aluminum foil can definitely come to the rescue as an alternative to cupcake liners. Aluminum foil is oven-safe and has the advantage of being highly moldable, which means you can shape it to fit your muffin tins perfectly. To use aluminum foil as cupcake liners, simply cut squares of foil and press them into the wells of your muffin tin, using a small cup or jar to mold them into the right shape. You can also double-layer the foil for extra stability or lightly grease it to ensure your cupcakes don't stick. However, keep in mind that because aluminum conducts heat more efficiently than paper, your cupcakes may bake a bit quicker, so it's wise to keep an eye on them as they bake. Overall, aluminum foil is a versatile and practical substitute when you're in a pinch.

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