How to make tulip baking cups

Updated February 21, 2017

Creating delicious and appealing culinary confections can be even more fun when the cupcakes or muffins you bake are housed in cute tulip baking cups. These unique paper shapes are easily fitted into any size baking tray and can add a touch of whimsy and amusement to what otherwise could look like an ordinary treat. After making tulip cups for baking, you then make your batter and put it in each tulip cup. They are ready to pop in the oven and come out ideal for icing and adding even more adornment. Once you know how to create tulip baking cups from parchment, you will see that these paper cups are actually quite easy to make despite their appearances.

Measure squares that are 5 inches long on each side onto your parchment paper. You will want to make enough 5-inch squares on the parchment for each cupcake or muffin you intend to bake so you can fill your baking tray.

Cut out the squares of parchment paper. Carefully cut along each marked line and do your best to keep each square even.

Spray the parchment paper with a non-stick cooking spray. Evenly mist the side of the parchment that will contain the batter so that it will not stick during the cooking time in the oven.

Press the cut-out squares of parchment paper into each hole of the baking pan. Make sure the bottom is pushed down flat, and then run your finger along the inside portion of the cup to smooth out any creases. Make the paper lay as flat against the cooking pan as you can; press hard to make the folds and then crease them well. Continue to do this for each muffin.

Pour in the muffin or cupcake batter. Once you've inserted all of your tulip baking cups, pour the batter into each one and continue to bake them per your instructions.


Tulip baking cups are especially fun for tea parties, brunches and children's gatherings. You can then decorate the top of the cupcakes or muffins with icing that compliment their unique winged shape.


Properly clean everything you use while cooking both before you use it and then again once you are done.

Things You'll Need

  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Cooking spray
  • Baking pan
  • Muffin or cupcake batter
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