Last Updated on April 26, 2022
If you just ran out of some cupcake liner, don't worry! Because we have the ultimate quick and easy tutorial on how to make cupcake liners with foil!
What Is The Purpose Of A Cupcake Liner?
Cupcake and muffin liners both have the same functions. They are designed and created to help contain the poured cupcake batter inside each individual cupcake hole in the pan.
This helps you easily remove each cupcake from the pan and makes it an overall more hygienic dessert. Otherwise, you would simply be eating the cupcake with your hand - imagine that!
Furthermore, by using a cupcake liner, you don't have to grease anything (pan or liner). It helps save you time and even money! And, (arguably the best pro of them all) is that these liners help reduce wear and tear of your cupcake pans.
Usually, when you add the grease (cooking spray, butter, or oil) it breaks down the metal coating on your pan over an extended period of time because it directly burns onto its surface. Cupcake liners will naturally help prevent that, seeing as there is now a protective barrier between the batter and pan.
Cupcake liners also come in a great variety of colors and patterns. This can help you add to a theme and create a little bit of flair!
Unfortunately, cupcake liners are also unnecessary (technically) and do end up costing you money. What's even more infuriating is when you cannot find the correct size cupcake liner for your cupcake pan! And finally, the biggest con of them all, is that some liners (usually the cheaper ones) still stick to the pan.
Would we use cupcake liners?
Despite the cons we have just listed, in our opinion, the pros far outweigh them! Yes, cupcake liners do cost money, but they aren't all that expensive and if you buy proper ones, they will give you a ton of benefits. They are still cheaper than buying a new cupcake pan because yours' is torn down.
Now, if for some reason you cannot get your hands on cupcake liners, or you've already made a batter and realize you don't have enough, then we have a few solutions for you!
Can You Use Foil To Make Cupcake Liners?
There are many different types of cupcake liners you can find. The most common ones you will come across are paper liners. These are often the ones that come in a wide selection of colors and patterns. However, if you cannot get your hands on any of these (or the ones you want) you can have a look at foil liners. Yes, some liners are actually made from foil!
So, to answer your question, can you use foil to make your own cupcake liners, you definitely can! But, there are a few things to keep in mind when looking at how to make cupcake liners with foil.
Differences in using foil cupcake liners
When making cupcake liners from foil, they will be thicker than your traditional paper liners. So, this often makes them a little stiffer and a little more difficult to move around.
The one other potential downside is that it could look a little jagged if you don't make them neatly.
Other than that, they really don't make much of a difference. The cupcakes won't bake better or worse than they would have in regular paper cupcake liners or store-bought foil liners.
So, now that we have established that it is definitely possible and that there aren't any downsides to making your own, let's have a look at exactly how to make cupcake liners with foil at home. You can make loads in under 10 minutes!
What You Will Need - How To Make Cupcake Liners With Foil
- Aluminum foil
- Cupcake pan (size of your choosing)
- Ruler or measuring tape
Step by step instructions
Step 1: Measure your cup size
Using a ruler or measuring tape, first measure the diameter of your cupcake pans' cup (hole). Add 1-inch to that measurement - that will be the diameter of the piece of foil you need to cut.
Step 2: Prepare and cut the foil
Once you have your measurement, flatten a large sheet of aluminum foil on a flat surface. Then, using your ruler and marker, draw out squares on the sheet of foil. Then, cut out the squares and set them aside.
Step 3: Shape your foil cupcake liner
Next, flip over your cupcake pan or muffin pan. Gently shape a square of foil over the cup (which is now dome-shaped). Press it into your cupcake liner shape, folding some edges over each other if needed. Set the one aside and repeat until you have enough.
Step 4: Neaten your cupcake liners
Once each liner has been shaped, you can place them inside each cupcake hole and make sure they fit nicely. And, if you want to cut the edges around the top off to form a straight line, you can also do that using a sharp pair of scissors.
Tips On How To Make Cupcake Liners With Foil
- If you are using foil that has a shiny side and a dull side, make sure that the dull side is facing inwards (where the batter touches the liner). The dull side of the foil is the non-stick side unless the foil states otherwise.
- To ensure that your homemade foil liners won't stick to the cupcake batter, you can always spray them with cooking or baking spray. Or, if you have neither of those, use some melted butter or neutrally flavored oil. We highly recommend doing it!
This fool-proof technique for how to make cupcake liners with foil is incredibly easy and even relatively quick to do! And, if you have some time on your hands, you can pre-make a bunch and store them for later use. If you found this article helpful, let us know in the comments below! We would love to know what you think!
Can I use aluminum foil for cupcake liners?
You can definitely use aluminum foil to make your own homemade cupcake liners. Just make sure that the dull side faces inwards (where the batter touches). This is the non-stick side.
Do foil cupcake liners make a difference?
When using foil liners, or making aluminum foil liners, they won't make any difference to how your cupcakes will bake. The foil doesn't help them rise better or worse, and it doesntt make them bake more or less evenly either.
What can I use if I don't have cupcake liners?
You can make cupcake liners using aluminum foil at home. Other good options to try is making liners using non-stick parchment paper or using re-usable silicone cupcake molds. And, if you have nothing else, you can simply lubricate the cupcake pan and pour the batter directly inside.
Can u make cupcakes without paper liners?
You don't have to bake cupcakes with liners. The liners simply add some decoration to the entire piece and help make it more hygienic to handle between many people. you can simply spray your pan with non-stick spray or brush it with melted butter or oil, and pour your batter directly inside.
Lindy Van Schalkwyk is a culinary specialist with a background in Advanced Cooking, Advanced Pâtisserie, Media Communications and Nutrition. She has gained invaluable experience in the culinary industry having worked in some of the top restaurants in Africa in 2016 and 2017. Her expertise in nutrition has enabled her to develop recipes for special dietary needs. In 2018, Lindy began working in the Food Media industry, focusing on recipe development, recipe writing, food writing and food styling.