If you've ever found yourself face to face with an overwhelmingly massive cupcake liner display-polka dots! stripes! solids! florals! kill me now!-you'll appreciate what we're about to say, which is: Never, ever buy those again. They're, cute, yes, but cupcakes are inherently cute; you don't need paper to drive home the idea. Plus, given that Magnolia Bakery's kitschy, pastel-colored desserts have been dethroned by Silos Baking Co.'s minimalist, neutral ones, our advice falls in line. We're in favor of Joanna Gaines' simplistic look, and you'll find it by using humble parchment paper.
The gorgeousness you see here is called a tulip cupcake liner. See the way the points stick up over the cupcake like the petals of a flower? They initially became popular out of necessity (they're easy to hack out of a giant roll of parchment). You can find easy how-tos that instruct you hold to fold you own from scratch on YouTube and Pinterest. But if you're not above a super easy and super inexpensive cheat, you'll head straight to Amazon. You can find a pack of 150 pre-folded tulip parchment liners for $11. We did the quick math: That's 7-cents per liner, and it'll make your cupcake look like a million bucks.
One thing to note: If you're going for a muffin top look with your muffins or cupcakes-you know, when the tops spill over and are wider than the base-you won't get that with a tulip liner. They extend higher than traditional cupcake liners and don't allow for that sort of spillage. It's a small price to pay for an uber chic look, but you should know it before diving in to your next baking project.
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