Kitchen Myths

Facts and fiction about food and cooking, by Peter Aitken

When baking muffins, fill empty cups with water for even baking

Suppose you have a 12-cup muffin tin and enough batter for only, say, six muffins. This myth says to fill the empty cups with water or you’ll get uneven baking and your tin might warp. It does no harm, but it’s a waste of time and has no effect whatever on the evenness of cooking. Why would it? Even with all 12 cups full of batter, most of them are not adjacent to another cup on one or two sides and things cook perfectly fine. If your tin warps, that’s a sign of low quality, and maybe you need a replacement.

There is one scenario where putting water in the empty cups makes sense—if you have already greased them. Baking an empty, greased cup makes for hard cleanup!

11 responses to “When baking muffins, fill empty cups with water for even baking

  1. Peggy Schaeffer December 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I find this tip about filling empty cups with water is useful when I have greased or sprayed all the muffin cups, but run out of batter, leaving a few empty but already greased. Filling them with water keeps them from scorching…. and seems worthwhile to me, as cleaning scorched muffin tins is not fun. And that is not a myth!

  2. Nadeem Ahmed February 20, 2012 at 3:25 am

    actually the poster is not aware of the effect what plain water effects in the metal container, please do this as m saying , heat the metal container then pour a few drops of water on the heated surface and spread the water evenly on the metal surface , obviously after some seconds it will disappear (steam) then again pour a few drops and you will find that amzing that water is not gona convert into steam any more !!!! even the surface is read hot / on the over / stove . try it.
    🙂 then comment

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