Are you a clean cook or a messy cook? I’m firmly trenched in the latter.

Organized? Check.

Precise? Double check.

Clean up as I go? Absolutely.



This is especially irksome when making muffins and cupcakes. No matter what tricks I’ve learned – no matter how careful I think I’m being – drips and drops of batter find themselves scattered all over the pan.

So I’m a big fan – HUGE – of this easy tip:

foil covered cupcake pan

Simply cover your cupcake pan with a sheet of tin foil. Using a pair of kitchen shears, snip an “X” over the center of each opening. Gently press the folds back and place your liners in.

foil covered cupcake pan

foil covered cupcake pan

When you’re through baking, remove the foil and discard.

foil covered cupcake pan

Do you love it? What are your tips for keeping cooking utensils and equipment splatter and drip-free? Will you share with this messy cook?

Babble links!

Martha Stewart Dishes on Her Top Baking Tips for the Holidays
Make Magnolia Bakery’s Newest (Espresso) Cupcake!
Baking 101: How to Line Cake, Bread and Cupcake Pans
12 Thanksgiving Hacks to Save You Time in the Kitchen



  1. Shalagh Hogan on November 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Ahhh, love this. It’s the sister tip to the shirt box carrier! And now how can I not do this. Now if only I ever aspired to make cupcakes.

    • sherisilver on November 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Muffins, maybe? 🙂

  2. Christa on November 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I always drip but I always spray so they bake on and slide off 😉

    • sherisilver on November 21, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Good one…