Differences between cupcakes, fairy cakes and muffin

What is our body need daily?

We consume a variety of food to supply nutrients and energy for our body every day.  The food that we take must contain a combination of nutrients.  

What is nutrient: Substance in food that provides structural or functional components or energy to the body. Essential nutrient: Substance that must be obtained from the diet because the body cannot make it in sufficient quantity to meet its needs.

There are seven major classes of nutrients:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Minerals
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins
  • Water

My eating plan for a day 

Every day I move around to do chores at home or go to work. It started in the morning. I feel hungry in the morning. I have to eat breakfast. The food for breakfast is normally simple. Breakfast gives me the energy to kickstart the day. There is a certain amount of nutrients in breakfast that energise the body.

After some work, I need a break. Have some snacks and a cup of beverage for morning tea. Take healthy snacks such as cupcakes. This makes me comfortable to continue the work until lunch. 

When the sun is straight, I feel hungry in the afternoon and the time to have lunch. Lunch is always a complete set of nutrients. Malaysian eat rice with side dishes such as fish, vegetables, prawn, squid or chicken to supply nutrients to the body.

After having lunch, I feel easier to continue my task. I need nutrients to support my body for daily life. Lunch food sustains my energy. Then I have a beverage and a small snack or dessert to top up the nutrients needed.  

After hard work all day, the body drains out and I feel tired and hungry again. Dinner is another meal to supply nutrients.  I eat full nutrients to give back all the nutrients that the body uses for daily activities. 

I have to eat before I go to sleep. This makes me comfortable for a good night’s sleep. I  need proper sleep to stay healthy. Nutrient intake provides me with a balance of life. It provides energy for healthy living. 

Healthy cupcake for dessert and snack

For as long as we have this nutrient substance in daily food intake, we are fine. We can choose any food for the main meal. After the meal, I would love to have dessert or snack. 

Of course, there is plenty of food that I can choose from. Cupcakes made from coconut oil is one of them to enjoy for morning tea, afternoon tea or dessert after dinner.

The coconut oil that blends in makes the texture soft, moist and nice to eat. It tasty and suit people with moderate sweetness.

How I make my own basic cupcakes? 


  • Self-raising flour 
  • Eggs 
  • Coconut oil
  • Essence vanilla 
  • Sugar 


  1. Put in sugar and coconut oil in a mixer and mix it together. 
  2. Mix it until it turns fluffy.
  3. Then, break the egg one by one and add in essence vanilla. 
  4. Add in self-raising flour in a mixer and mix it together. 
  5. Mixed it until the sugar, coconut oil and self-raising flour mix well.
  6. The batter is ready to be bake. 

The recipe is simple and this is to make basic cupcakes, you may add flavour according to your own choice for example strawberry, blueberry or chocolate. 

Why I  choose cupcakes rather than traditional Malay kuih 

Cupcakes retain their moisture longer than the sliced cake from a whole big cake.

Each cupcake has its own outer layer individually.  The outer layer covers the cake from the air thus making cupcakes retain the good taste inside.

I bake cupcakes from coconut oil.  It is a plant-based cake so I can enjoy the cake more.

I prefer having cupcakes made from coconut oil with a cup of coffee either in the morning or in the afternoon. 

Cupcake from coconut oil is a staple food for snacks. It is like any Malay kuih that I eat for breakfast or as dessert. The coconut cupcake is healthy because it uses a baking method.

Malay kuih is either sweet or oily. The oily kuih is using deep-fried method. 

Cupcake’s not as messy as a big whole cake that we have to cut piece by piece. It is a small cake for each individual.

The cupcakes weighing 75g while having it with coffee make myself full. It gives me the energy to do house chores in the morning until I prepare lunch.  

Having cupcakes while travelling especially by train is practical. The choice of food to bring along on the train is limited. Whenever my husband travels to the northern state of Malaysia, he brings along the cupcakes that I baked with coconut oil. 

According to him, the cupcakes that I baked help him full during the travelling until he reaches the destination to have the main meal.

What is the difference between a cupcake and a muffin?

One morning, when I sent my cupcakes to the Selayang Baru Market stall, I was approached by a lady.  This lady is selling Malay kuih at the same stall as me. 

She asks me, “Is this muffin”. I said, “No, this is not muffin”.  

The differences between muffin and cupcake according to my perspective. 

I told her this is cake. It is the same as a normal cake but in a smaller size. It’s a small cake designed to serve one person, which may be baked in a small thin paper. 

The mixing process and the consistency of the batter differentiate cupcakes and muffins.

Cupcakes are made by creaming the coconut oil and sugar together to create a smooth, fluffy batter while muffin batter is beaten briefly.

What is the difference between a cupcake and a fairy cake?

People unable to differentiate between cupcakes and a fairy cake.

Cupcakes and fairy cakes are different although they have the same baking method.  

Cupcakes are bigger than fairy cakes. 

In comparison, fairy cakes are often drizzled with icing and decoration. It is common nowadays they identify fairy cakes as cupcakes.

Cupcakes are bigger than and always overflow the cup liner.  Fairy cakes fill ⅔  the cup liner while taller with icing and topping. 

Do cupcakes need to be refrigerated?

I always keep the cupcakes fresh in the cover storage porcelain bowl at room temperature. This way, cupcakes retain it moist.

If I keep it in the refrigerator may cause the cupcake to dry out. Cupcakes that remain at room temperature last four days.

The cupcakes that we make are healthy. It is solely caked with no icing, cream and decoration. The cupcakes are simple with five different tastes. I can have it any time of the day.

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