DIY Cupcake Liners

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DIY Cupcake Liners
Make your own cupcake liners from parchment paper. (funny cupcake image by coffee break from

Every cook knows the frustration of running out of cupcake or muffin liners in the middle of a batch of cupcakes or muffins. Waxed paper and foil when used as liner substitutions just don't function well. Waxed paper melts and foil leaves a metallic taste behind. Using parchment paper and a CD as a pattern, make your own cupcake or muffin liners that are simple and easy to use. Buy rolls of parchment paper in grocery and kitchen stores.

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Things you need

  • Parchment paper
  • CD or DVD (4 3/4 inches diameter)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cupcake/muffin pan
  • Cooking oil spray

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    Unroll about 24 inches of parchment paper onto a flat surface. Use the serrated edge on the parchment paper box to gently pull downward and cut the paper from the roll. Parchment paper is used by bakers to eliminate messy clean-ups. Many cookie and baking recipes can be baked on parchment paper without fear of scorching or burning.

  2. 2

    Place a CD or DVD on the parchment paper near a corner. Trace around the CD/DVD to form an approximately 4 ¾ inch (4.75 inch) diameter circle.

  3. 3

    Move the CD/DVD over about ¼ inch from the outline of the previously traced circle, and trace around the CD/DVD again. Continue tracing the CD/DVD until you have filled the piece of parchment paper with circles or until you have traced the specific number of cupcake/muffin liners you need.

  4. 4

    Cut the circles from the parchment paper with scissors. Store the cupcake liners flat until you're ready to use them.

  5. 5

    Spray your cupcake/muffin pan with cooking oil spray. Push one parchment paper cupcake liner into a cup in the cupcake pan. According to, press the parchment paper into the creases of the cup.

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    Continue pushing the cupcake liners into the cupcake pan cups. According to, make sure the liners are neatly creased flat against the cupcake cup sides so the cupcake batter doesn't seep into the folds creating folds in your cupcakes. Fill cupcake liners with cupcake batter. Follow your recipe for baking instructions. Use parchment paper cupcake or muffin liners just as you would store-purchased cupcake or muffin liners.

Tips and warnings

  • For a different look, cut 5-inch squares instead of circles from parchment paper to use as cupcake or muffin liners. Press the square liners into the cupcake or muffin cups folding the corners over and leaving the tips sticking up around the top of the cupcake/muffin.

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