They’re warm, gooey, and I have to control myself in eating just one: Cupcakes! For my personal obsession to them, I have to really thank mi amiga Ashton, who actually has a bigger love for the my-size cakes that create a buzz.
And it wasn’t until I moved to northern CA for a few years that I found myself enjoy these tasty treats more and more. So naturally, from eating them, I began to make them, especially with the help of a Cupcake Calendar my now MIL (Mother-In-Law) gave me for my first Christmas with Nathan’s family.
Now, with almost barely enough time to make dinner each night, I find myself not around a cupcake for months on end. Plus, I have a few cupcake tins that sit silently and sadly in the pantry, waiting to be used. So maybe, just maybe, they can be.
Yes, grab your cupcake tins and get ready to take on some other useful ways of putting those pieces of bake-ware to good use:
Be it ketchup, mustard, onions and pickles for burgers, or sour cream, salsa, peppers, and cheese for your Tex-Mex feast, cupcake pans make cute serving dishes for your condiments.
Make Individual Ice Cream Servings
For parties or large gatherings, scoop ice cream into a cupcake pan filled with liners ahead of time and freeze. Then when it’s time to serve, just hand them out.
Make Mini Pizzas
Perfectly portioned and easy to freeze, mini pizzas are great when made in a cupcake pan. This recipe fordeep-dish pizzas is delish
Use One as a Planter
Muffin tins make perfect planters for small indoor plants or herbs, and they look adorable sitting on your counter or window sill.
Serve Up an Adorable Lunch
Who needs a bento box when you have a muffin tin? The possibilities are endless.
Make Mini Taco Salad Bowls
Line the inside of the muffin cups with tortillas and bake until crisp. Then fill with you favorite toppings.
Make Really Big Ice Cubes
Hot temps call for big ice. Add some food coloring or flavoring to really spice things up.
The individual cups are great for storing earrings, bracelets, and necklaces and for keeping them from becoming one big tangled mess.
Make Individual Hashbrown Cups
I made these parmesan hashbrown cups recently, and they were easy (I started with frozen hashbrowns) and delicious. I had my doubts as to if they’d get as crisp as I like, but they definitely did. The whole family loved them.
Freeze Single Servings of Soup
This is a great way to get hot, homemade soup in a snap. Just make a big batch, then freeze in muffin trays. Once it’s frozen pop the individual servings out and freeze in bags. Then whenever you want soup for one, just heat up a few.
Thanks to mother and writer Julie Ryan Evans for these nifty, Pinterest-worthy tidbits!