Removing Muffins stuck in the Pan

by Crystal

I love making muffins. They’re great to have for breakfast or as a snack. But isn’t it disappointing when you take some freshly baked muffins out of the oven, leave them on the counter to cool, and then when you try to remove them from the muffin tin you realize that they’re stuck? 

Sometimes we forget to grease the muffin pan, sometimes we don’t grease it well enough, and sometimes it’s just the muffins themselves. Whatever the reason may be, don’t throw them out! With these methods for how to get stuck muffins out of the pan, they can be salvaged.

How to remove Muffins that are stuck in the Pan

Use a Butter Knife

The most common way to remove muffins that are stuck in the pan is to gently run the dull edge of a butter knife around the edge of each one to loosen them. 

I’ve used this method many times before and it works well but only if the muffins are slightly stuck. 

If they’re still stuck after using this technique, you’ll have to try something else to avoid broken or torn muffins.

Freeze them

Allow muffins to cool completely then place the whole tin into the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Then, use the butter knife method to remove them.

This will solidify the muffins making it easier for them to pop right out.

Rewarm with a Hot Wet Towel

Soak a kitchen towel with steaming hot water then carefully wring it out until it is just damp. Place the towel under the muffin pan and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The moisture from the towel will create steam which will help loosen the muffins. 

Warm muffins are easier to remove than fully cooled ones.

Turn the Pan Upside Down

This one is a little unconventional but desperate times call for desperate measures!

Flip the pan upside down placing the ends on top of two objects that are of the same height. It should look like a bridge. Lightly tap the bottom of the pan until the muffins fall out. Make sure that there is something underneath to catch them.

I recommend using the hot towel method and running the butter knife around the edges beforehand for the best results.

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