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Old 09-22-2011, 09:53 AM   #1
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Muffin/Cupcake pans

I was in the town grocery store yesterday and remembered I needed a cupcake pan, but they only had pans for 6 cakes. I thought twelve seemed more practical (and normal) and wanted to price compare, so I just looked at Amazon and the price for a 12 cake pan is comparative to what the local store would want for 2-6 cake pans. So is there any advantage or disadvantage of using 2-6's compared to 1-12? I suppose storage might be a consideration. I don't forsee me making just six cupcakes, but if I do it seems just as easy to only fill half on the larger pan. Six seems small. I was surprised to see they made such a small cupcake/muffin pan.

So when I go to wally world, given the choice of 2-6's or 1-12, which would you get?
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:01 AM   #2
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2-6's easier to fill and carry before baking.
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:24 AM   #3
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Easier to fill?
Thanks. I didn't think of that because I've never filled a smaller pan.
And that will save me a trip into wally world... a big plus
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:37 AM   #4
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Were the cupcake holes in the 6 the same size as those in the 12?

There are three basic cupcake sizes I'm aware of. The standard size usually comes in a 12 per pan size. Then there are bigger ones that make big muffin-sized cupcakes or muffins. Those are usually 6 per pan. Then there are pans that make mini-muffins.

Make sure you're getting the cupcake size size you want.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:07 PM   #5
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Andy, they did not have a 12 hole pan to compare to, but they did have the minis. The minis looked like they had more than 12 even.
I grabbed a package of papers and the 6 hole pans looked like the right size for the cupcake papers they also sell. I'd say they were for normal sized cupcakes.

I guess if they are easier to fill like PF said, maybe they are the more popular size for that store. Although, upon further thinking... that means two trips to the oven...
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:12 PM   #6
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I have two standard size six cup because they are easier to store in my small kitchen. I also make jiffy type corn muffins once in a while and the six cup works well for the small amount.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:38 PM   #7
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You can put both pans in the oven at the same time pac. Side by side and it will be like a 12 muffin pan. One trip. 2 pans. Okay maybe you'll have to stick your hands in the oven twice to place both pans.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:56 PM   #8
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i prefer the 12 cupcake size. i also have 6 large muffin size, and a 24 small size.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:58 AM   #9
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I don't know but I can really see some advantages to having a pan with 6 muffins. The first being that I would be able to put it in my toaster oven. The second being that I don't always want to make a dozen and it would be nice to scale down my recipe accordingly. I would guess that they may actually be larger than a standard muffin tin. At least the 6 hole tins I have seen here have been bigger.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:54 AM   #10
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I have seen six hole pans for regular size cupcakes. When my kids were growing up and time was of the essence, I used two twelve hole pans and baked both pans at the same time. That worked well for me.
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