Essentials: Cupcake Liners

Cupcakes are pretty popular here on MBA – both in my photos and in my inbox. It’s pretty clear you guys want to know all about where I get my liners, why I use the ones I do, and a few cupcake how’s and why’s too. Hopefully this quick Q & A will answer the most commonly asked questions.

Q: My liners fade after they are baked. How do you get yours to stay so vibrant?
A: I personally don’t do anything special to the liners. I do make sure that I buy Grease-Proof liners, which I believe makes a big difference here.

Q: Where do you purchase all of your pretty cupcake liners?
A: I purchase them from a variety of places, including a local baking supply store. However, my main liner source is Bake It Pretty. Amanda’s shop offers a great variety of sizes, colors and patterns. I’m pretty much obsessed with her shop to the point of needing an intervention.

I have also purchased solid liners from Confectionery House and Shop Sweet Lulu. All of the companies are reasonably priced and are quick to ship, which is always a bonus in my book!

Q: You seem to use chocolate brown liners a lot. Is there a reason behind this color choice?
A: Yes and no. The chocolate brown liners are simply my favorite. I find them to be a great neutral color that looks pretty fantastic with almost any frosting shade and decor. However, I do find that although the other colored liners remain pretty vibrant when filled with chocolate batter – they don’t stay completely opaque like the brown liners do.

Q: How do you store your cupcake liner stash?
A: I definitely have more liners than I know what to do with. What can I say? I’m a sucker for pretty things and often get a little carried away in the liner department. I store my liners in a large plastic bin that I picked up from Target. I also use a large apothecary jar to hold a variety of liners and display them on my baking shelf in the kitchen.

Q: Do you waste a lot of your pricey liners when you are testing new recipes?
A: No, I always test recipes using the cheapo liners from the grocery store. If the first batch comes out okay, I’ll use the pretty liners on the next batch.

Q: Do you spray your liners with non-stick cooking spray before filling them with batter?
A: I have done this in the past, but really don’t see the need for this extra step. I always spray my muffin tins with non-stick spray if I am not using liners.

Q: All of your cupcakes look to be the same size, how do you achieve this?
A: I typically use a large OXO scoop to distribute the batter evenly between the cupcake liners. You can read all about it in this post.

Q: My liners keep peeling away from my cupcakes, why does this happen?
A: Liners pulling away from cupcakes seems to happen for a variety of reasons, here are some of the reasons that I have encountered:

* Underbaked cupcakes- If I don’t bake the cupcakes completely, I have noticed that parts of the liner edges with pull away from the edges
* Storing cupcakes- I have also found that if put the cupcakes into my storage container before they are completely room temp the liners will come almost completely unattached from the cupcakes.
* Super moist cupcakes- I definitely notice this issue occurs more often when the batter that I am using is really moist.

And there you have it – the answers to the most commonly asked cupcake liner questions.
If you have any other questions relating to cupcake liners or any other topics, feel free to send them to

Cupcakes Pictured Above: Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

49 Responses to “Essentials: Cupcake Liners”

  1. Notyet100 — September 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Thnks for this post :)


  2. Annie — September 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks for those links! I’m always looking for cute new cupcake liners!


  3. Annie — September 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Oh, I also meant to ask, do you fill the large Oxo scoop up the entire way? I have the same scoop and always feel like I’m filling my liners too full…


  4. Lisa @ GF Canteen — September 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks to you I’m already a fan of Bake It Pretty and I can also say the goods are terrific and shipping is super fast. I also love Shop Sweet Lulu. I have tons of the dark brown liners and agree with you. I’m also a big fan of the grease proof liners because they do retain their color – most of the time. Some brands are not as good as others.

    I came to see the cupcakes and stayed for the great stuff you have on your blog! Great tips. Thanks!


  5. Tracy — September 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Great cupcake liner tips!


  6. Stephanie L — September 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I have to say I’m a big fan of Bake it Pretty because of you and have already bought more cupcake liners than I need at this point. Love the tips!!


  7. Amanda — September 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    SUPER great tips and tricks!!


  8. Ann P. — September 19, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Awesome tips! These links will definitely help me with my food presentation… which needs some work, to say the least! :)


  9. Sherry — September 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Glad to hear you’re also a fan of Bake it Pretty – Amanda offers the most AMAZING cupcake liners! I’ve got way more liners than I’ll ever need, thanks to her! Although now I’m thinking I need to try the chocolate browns….


  10. Chris — September 19, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for all th great tips! They are so helpful!


  11. Leah — September 20, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Love the tidbits of info that I picked up from this!! Thanks for the post – now off to look at some pretty cupcake liners.


  12. The Sweet Cupcaker — September 20, 2011 at 8:04 am

    so helpful! I love my liners but I do end up having faded colors which defeats the whole purpose! Thanks for the tips and info!


  13. Sherrie — September 20, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Great post, as usual, and thanks for your advice. Now that you mention it, I seem to always have greasy looking liners on my cupcakes. I’ll be trying the grease-proof liners next time! I notice sometimes though, that my liners don’t always fit into my regulation-sized cupcake pan. They kind of wrinkle up and fold over on one side. Have you ever noticed that?


  14. Sherrie — September 20, 2011 at 8:55 am

    PS… what size tip did you use to frost these cupcakes?


  15. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — September 20, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Very helpful information here, as the past month I’ve been on a cupcake/muffin baking binge. I fear this post won’t help me slow my baking addiction. Lol :)


  16. simplybakes — September 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Hi MBA,
    If i live in Singapore, and wish to buy some cupcake liners and piping tips from Bake it Pretty, how much extra charge would there be? For example shipping costs? :)
    Thanks for the post, i love your website and read it everyday!


    • Jamie — September 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. I am not familiar with international shipping rates, but I am sure Amanda from Bake It Pretty will be able to give you some info.

  17. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — September 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

    thanks for this roundup! I love Bake It Pretty’s shop too. This is my favorite time of year for pretty liners…fall and heading into Christmas! So many gorgeous things.


  18. Megan's Cookin' — September 20, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I love Bake It Pretty and I’ll have to go check out the other links. I’m a sucker for pretty liners too.


  19. Carrie — September 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for the info!! I also have a weakness for cupcake lines. I will not admit to how many i currently have ;-)


  20. Dana — September 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Okay, I’m now completely obsessed with Bake It Pretty! I’ve just planned 8 themed get togethers in my head!


  21. Michele — September 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    The last sevreal batches of cupcakes I’ve made the liner has like baked itself into the cake. It is very hard to get the liner off the cake without tearing up the cupcake. What causes this? Is it the cake or the liner or both? Thanks!


  22. Traci — September 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you for the fabulous tips, answered a few conspiracy theories. Just wanted to say that I adore this cupcake combination of the purple with the metallic jimmies, its gorgeous! A real signature cupcake! Definately going to re-create and I’ll link you in on my blog – Cudos!


  23. Lacy Hogan — September 21, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Funny you posted this, i came across a company that sells just cupcake liners yesterday and the owner actually posted a picture recently showing her liners with chocolate cake and they did NOT fade at all. Her inventory is on the way with just two patterns now but i’m excited to see what she will be getting. This may be an answer to your faded issue with dark cake. I have had the very same issues but didn’t have any answers besides doubling up the cupcake liners.Here is the website if you wanted to take a look.

    I follow her on facebook and she actually is giving away free samples of her new cupcake liners for bakers with blogs. It’s free sounds like so you might want to give it a try! You could probably do something fun with the designs! If you do, i can’t wait to see. I love your blog and follow it religiously!! :)


  24. Anna — September 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Great summary! Thank you for sharing this with us! I really like reading your blog and am definitely keeping in my mind your advice. Cheers!


  25. Shannon — September 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks so much for this post. I have had the problem of the liners separating from the cupcakes and it’s so aggravating. I always wondered what I was doing wrong. And I totally share your addiction to Bake It Pretty. Have you been to the store? Luckily, I’m in driving distance to Asheville and I went crazy in there. It’s about time for me to go back!


  26. Ann — September 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I love this information – thank you! I’m headed to Bake it Pretty now to see their wares…


  27. Elizabeth Zeitlin — October 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    This post brings up a question I have been wrestling with recently. I sometimes buy cupcake liners from the grocery store that contain both paper and foil liners. Are you supposed to use the foil liners for cupcakes, or are they merely there to hold the shape of the paper liners?


  28. Kellie — December 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    This website [ ] has awesome baking cups and other cute vintage inspired baking supplies! For example, toppers, chocolate molds, frosting bags/tips, even gel paste colors and my favorite, sprinkles!!! <3


  29. The Picture Perfect Baker — February 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm


    I just visited the Bake it Pretty site, and wanted to order some supplies, but cannot find a button, or directive to add the items to a cart? Do you need a sign in & account in order to order from them? They have SO many cute things & I just know my son’s birthday party will surely be an even bigger hit with some of their items to accessorize!!! Please help!!!

    Thank you <3


  30. Molly — February 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I love your little helpful tips and tricks of the trade!


  31. Linsi Miller — April 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    This is a great post because I always need cute liners.


  32. Holly — April 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks so much, these are great tips! I would love more posts like this!


  33. Sandra — May 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Thanks for the post. I’m so glad I stumbled across your site! The biggest challenge for me was finding a store that would ship to Canada. A little while ago I came across Golda’s Kitchen @ They have a HUGE selection of cupcake liners along with baking/decorating supplies! So if there are any Canucks out there in the same predicament as I was, more than likely they have what you’re looking. The best thing is they ship worldwide!


  34. bakingismyzen — November 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Great blog post. Added your blog link to my blog post,

    Baking is my Zen


  35. Cuppers — November 13, 2012 at 2:35 am

    HI Jamie,

    Love your little tips and information sharing here, it would be very helpful in my baking.

    By the way, how can i get my cupcakes to raise higher that liners just like what you shown on your picture?



    • MBA — November 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Thank you for your compliments on the site, I am so glad you enjoy it. I typically use a large cookie scoop – about 3 tablespoons- for my cupcakes. This should give you the correct amount of batter to raise above the liners once baked. Hope this helps and have a great day!

  36. Ted — April 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks for the info on the cupcake liners. My wife and I made cupcakes just yesterday.


  37. Lucinda Dutton — June 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    If I freeze cupcakes that have been baked in liners, will the liners peel off when they thaw? Thanks!


    • Jamie — September 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Lucinda,
      They should. To ensure this, before you add batter to the cupcake liners in the tin, very lightly spray them with cooking spray. Just a soft wisp of spray over the entire pan. They won’t be greasy, but the liners will peel right off, frozen or not.
      – Jamie

  38. Roberta — January 3, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I find that cupcake liners never fit well in the muffin pans. The accordion folds always fold into the cupcake batter and it drives me nuts. I can understand if the cupcake liners were not stored properly because they start to flatten out, but this happens many times when I use them straight from the original packaging. Suggestions?????


    • Jamie — January 10, 2014 at 11:19 am

      I find that happens with paper that isn’t very good quality. I tend to spend extra on higher quality liners so that I don’t have that issue, because it drives me nuts too.
      – Jamie

  39. Jackie — March 21, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I’m a sucker for cupcake liners too – mini’s, regular size and the jumbo’s. I was buying them off of Amazon but that link you shared looks great. Thank you!


  40. Roger Raffaut — January 22, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Great Post!!


    • Jamie — January 22, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Thanks for stopping by.


  41. lipstickonmywineglass — March 28, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I love fancy cupcake liners! But I find some cheaper ones don’t hold the moisture well and the oil/butter soaks through, what a shame. Thanks for the post :)


    • Jamie — March 30, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Thanks for visiting.


  42. Kimberly M. — November 9, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Hi Jamie! Do you use standard size cupcake liners?


    • Jamie — November 10, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Yes, I do. Thanks for visiting.

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