Keeping Brownies from Sticking to Cupcake Liners

First of all, have you ever baked brownies in cupcake tins?

It’s great! No trying to cut them all exactly the same, they are easier to distribute, and they all have the same amount of yummy crunchy edges and soft yummy centers. You can also add a little frosting on the top, and boom, everyone’s brownie expectation just went through the roof.

That’s it. Forget it. Everyone take your brownies home because cupcake brownies just showed you what’s up.

One disclaimer, though: Beware of cupcake liners sticking to your brownies (or cupcakes). 

How do you keep brownies from sticking to cupcake liners? Use high quality paper cupcake liners and baking pans to get the best results. In addition, spraying the liners with nonstick cooking spray or brushing with a little melted butter will help keep brownies from sticking. 

Have you ever had cupcakes stick to your paper cupcake liners? Well, if you’re keeping your baked goods at home, it may not be as much of an annoyance. After all, the only one witnessing the mess you are making trying to eat the brownie off the paper is you and perhaps the dog.

But, if you’re making them for an event or a larger group of people, it is so frustrating to see precious time and effort wasted on liners that are causing your brownies (or cupcakes) to fall apart in people’s hands.

Yes, it is still delicious, but presentation and function are also considered when it comes to any bake-off. Apart from being messy and frustrating, it can also just be plain wasteful when the chunks of brownie are being thrown away with your cupcake liners.

What you need are my helpful tips and tricks to help prevent this annoyance!

A little about the subject

Invest in higher quality paper cupcake liners

The cheapest cupcake liners are typically going to give you the worst results, so it is good to do a little more research online and inspect them in-store. Look for nonstick cupcake liners. Here are some liner’s that I have vetted for you:

Gifbera Natural Standard Cupcake Liners Odorless Paper Baking Cups (natural color)

Gifbera Standard White Cupcake Liners Greaseproof Paper Muffin Baking Cups (white)

SAWNZC Silicone Reusable Nonstick Cupcake Liners Baking Cups (These go well in a cupcake pan or alone on a cookie sheet.)

Invest in a high-quality baking pan

Remember that cooking items don’t have to be expensive, but they should be high quality. Look up reviews or inspect the item before buying. Here are some baking pans that I have vetted for you:

Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Bakeware Muffin and Cupcake Pan

USA Pan Bakeware Cupcake and Muffin Pan, Nonstick Quick Release Coating

Non-Sticky Silicone Muffin Pan—Muffin Molder for Muffins and Cupcakes

A good google search of what to look for in any kitchen appliance is also helpful for accumulating a good awareness and understanding of the best materials for kitchen use. It helps avoid clutter and helps you avoid wasting money by keeping you from repurchasing things that are meant to be purchased only once.

Other Solutions:

  1. Spray your cupcake liners with a little nonstick cooking spray or brush with a little melted butter. Do it over the sink, dishwasher, or trashcan to avoid getting your surroundings oily.
  2. Slide a deep baking pan filled with water into the bottom rack of your oven. The added moisture prevents sticking but be sure to take the brownies or muffins out as soon as they are done cooking. Otherwise, it will cause them to get soggy.
  3. Allow the brownies or cupcakes to cool for a few minutes in the pan then remove them and place them on a cooling rack to finish cooling. The heat from the baking pan can also cause the liner to stick.
  4. Let the cupcakes cool completely before removing the wrappers. Placing them in the fridge for some time can help assure that bits of brownie or cupcake wont tare away with the cupcake wrappers.

If it’s already broke and you can’t fix it:

Last but not least, if you are already struggling with a sticking problem, place a few of your brownies or cupcakes upside down in the microwave with a wet paper towel on top. Leave them in there for 15 seconds, and voila! They will be so much easier for you to peel off!

An ode to brownies:

So, just as a reminder, brownies are amazing, and cupcake brownies are %100 better. Regardless of how you make your brownies, from a box or from scratch, remember that everything tastes better when it is made with love. Desert is for soothing the soul and waking up the senses.

But wait, there is trivia!

I enjoy giving a little history lesson on where wonderful things like chocolate and nuts are from, so here is some info on the history of brownies!

Like apple pie and baseball, brownies may be one of the most American things you can find on our red, white, and blue soil. It is uncertain who exactly invented them whether, Mrs. Bertha Palmer for a lady’s convention, or Fannie Farmer and Marie Kelly for their respective cookbooks. Regardless this American desert was created in the late 1800’s early 1900’s and already had a few variations. It is also safe to say that many families and restaurants across the United States widely agree that brownies are best served warmed, accompanied by milk and vanilla ice cream. I like mine with a little fudge and whipped cream! To learn more, visit this article about brownies on

Keep on the sweet mission!

Check out some of my other articles on My Sweet Mission for tips and tricks about baking, like my recently posted blog about the 7 Basic Baking Ingredients.

I also have helpful blogs on specific pastries, like my article How to Toast Coconut 3 Easy Ways and my article on 5 Easy Tips for the Best Carrot Muffins Ever. Of course, I have to recommend something chocolate to keep in theme with today’s topic, and that would be my Decadent Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe.

Have fun out there and remember to keep things sweet!