Muffins got stuck to the pan? You’re not alone. This is a common occurrence whether you’ve greased properly or not. The good news is, there is no need for wasted baked treats. With a freezer, dull butter knife, or a hot towel, you can excavate stuck-on muffins in no time.

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Hello! My name is Michelle, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t end up with half of my muffins stuck in the pan from time to time. No matter how long I’ve been cooking, I always end up with at least a few pesky muffins that just don’t want to leave their baking ‘home’.

Sound like you? Whether you want some new ideas for getting muffin out of your pan or you’re dealing with a stuck-on nightmare, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re taking a good hard look at how you can remove muffins, whether they’re semi-stuck or holding on for dear life.

Keep reading for some simple tips for getting muffins out of the pan!


How to Get Muffins Out of PanFAQs

How to Get Muffins Out of Pan


Wouldn’t it be better to avoid stuck-on muffins in the first place? Absolutely. With that in mind, I’m going to give you a few extra tips on how to avoid muffins sticking to the pan in the first place.

High-quality muffin tins – Let’s start right at the source; the muffin pan you’re baking with. A cheap option will be more susceptible to stuck-on messes than a high-quality muffin tin. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more on better quality!Paper muffin liners – Here’s where price doesn’t matter as much. Muffin liners are the best way to make sure your muffins will come out of the pan with no messes. Plus, there are lots of styles and colors to customize your final presentation.Silicone muffin liners – This is another great option. They’re easy to use and reusable, which means more money in your pocket. However, muffins can stick to the liners, which presents another issue.Grease! – If you’re not using muffin liners, then you must grease your muffin tins (and silicone muffin liners, if using). Spraying down the whole muffin pan inside and out is recommended. You can also use butter or your favorite cooking oil too.Don’t overbake – Seriously, if you overbake your muffins, you’re going to have a far more challenging time removing them from the pan. This is with proper greasing, too. Check on your muffins regularly!

Keep in mind that sometimes nothing works. Some muffins are simply destined to be stuck to the pan, and that’s okay – because now you know how to successfully get them out no matter what.


Now you know everything you need to know to get muffins out of a pan. But if you’ve still got a few prying questions, take a look below.

How long should muffins cool before removing from pan?

Unless you’re using the freezer trick, then you should always remove your muffins for anywhere between two and five minutes before removing them. Anything longer than that will allow the muffins more time to stick onto the pan, and that’s what we’re trying to avoid!

Do You Let muffins cool in the pan?

Yes, you will let the muffins cool in the pan for the first two to five minutes. After they are removed, though, they should be placed on a wire rack to cool equally.

What can I do with ruined muffins?

Okay, so your muffins got stuck, and you accidentally demolished them trying to remove them from the pan. Don’t worry! ‘Ruined’ muffins that still taste great can make a delightful bread pudding.

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Final Thoughts

Muffins get stuck to pans whether you grease them or not. If you’re struggling with ornery muffins, the best thing to do is use a dull butter knife to pry them out gently. If that doesn’t work, consider freezing or using heat to help release the muffins.

How do you get your muffins out of the pan? Do you use any of these tricks? Share with us!