Tip: Use an Asian Soup Spoon to Fill Muffin Cups

Over the weekend we did some baking, and at one point we had a whole tray of mini muffin cups to fill with thin batter. This is one baking task we really don't enjoy. Drips, spills, and sloppy muffin tins always ensue. This time, though, we tried a different tool, and it worked well!

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Instead of using a teaspoon or serving spoon, we grabbed an Asian soup spoon to fill the cups. We love these spoons: their deep bowl and short handle are perfect for noodle soups, and we always have a set around.

It turns out they're also very good for filling muffin cups. The bowl holds batter without dripping, and the spoon tapers into a point, which made precise pouring much easier. Some drips are inevitable, of course, but they made things much neater than other spoons or ladles we've tried.

How do you fill muffin cups? Do you use a spoon? We've also used measuring cups and pitchers, but they seem to drip just as badly, and it's one more big thing to wash.

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(Images: Faith Durand)