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How To Make Cupcake Liners With Foil

Store-bought cupcakes are nice, but homemade cupcake liners do the same job and are so easy and inexpensive to make. Plus, you can make them in different sizes without having to buy new liners every time.

We all know the pain of wanting to make some cupcakes or muffins and then realizing we’re out of muffin liners. Maybe you simply forgot to buy cupcake wrappers last time you went to the grocery store or finished all paper wrappers last baby shower you baked for. Well, whatever reason it is, today we are learning how to make cupcake liners with foil. That’s right, all you need is an aluminum foil to make your own cupcake liners.

This method is great if you want an easy cleanup after baking or if you don’t have enough cupcake paper liner for your sweet treats.

So next time you want to make some tasty cupcakes and find yourself out of cupcake liners, you’ll have a solution. So gather your ingredients to make some excellent muffins. Keep reading to the bottom of the blog post to get some other great baking tips.

Happy baking!


Aluminum foil

Cupcake tin or cupcake baking pan

Pair of scissors

Steps to make foil cupcake liners

  1. Use a ruler or measuring tape to measure the diameter of your cupcake pan’s cups and add 1 inch to that measurement. That’s the diameter of the foil you’ll have to cut.
  2. Cut several circles out of the aluminum foil using scissors, depending on how many foil cups liners you need. The important thing is to cut approximately 1 inch larger than the outside edge of the cupcake molds.
  3. Flip over your cupcake tin or muffin pan, and shape a square of foil over the cup upside down to make a shape similar to a dome. Press it into your cupcake liner shape and fold the edges. 
  4. Repeat until you get enough cupcake liners. Once each molded foil has the right shape and size, you can place them inside the cupcake hole and press until the foil wrappers fit perfectly. You can cut the edges around the top to form a straight line using a pair of scissors.

Alternative paper cupcake liners

Looking for another great way to make your own liners? If you have regular parchment paper or wax paper, then you can use them too! Use parchment paper or wax paper to make your own cupcake liners.

You’ll need a pair of scissors, your paper, and a small glass or a small can. Make sure the bottom of the glass fits in the holes of your cupcake tray. Then, follow the same process: Cut your paper into approximately six-inch squares, flip your cup upside down, place your parchment paper on your cup and press it until a crease is formed. Mold your paper is molded along the edge of the glass. Last, put your cupcake liner in your muffin tin and let it sit for a minute or two until the bottom of the wrapper fits nicely in the cup of the pan. If it’s the right size, repeat the steps. Otherwise, cut half an inch more or less until you get the perfect cupcake liner size.


You have your own DIY cupcake liners – what’s next? Now it’s time to make your favorite cupcakes! Follow your typical baking process to create a cupcake batter that you love. Once you are ready to make your baked goods, follow these tips for the best results:

  • To avoid your foil liners from sticking to the cupcake batter, spray them with cooking spray. You can also use melted butter or regular oil. 
  • If your foil has a shiny side and a dull side, always make sure that the dull side is facing inwards, since that’s the non-stick side.
  • Lastly, you don’t need to bake cupcakes with liners. Yes, liners add some nice decoration and make cupcakes easier to handle when you’re with more people, but ultimately, you can simply spray your pan with non-stick spray or brush it with melted butter and pour your batter directly. 

Fun Facts About Cupcakes

  • National Cupcake Day is December 15th!
  • The world’s largest cupcake weighed over 1,2000 pounds and was achieved by Georgetown Cupcake in 2011.
  • Cupcakes gained more popularity in the early 2000s when Sex and the City featured cupcake shops like Magnolia Bakery.
  • The world record holder for largest cupcake weighs 2,594 pounds – that’s over a ton of cupcake!!
  • About 770,000,000 cupcakes are eaten in the United States every year.

Do you know other ways to make your own homemade foil? Have you tried coffee filters? Comment below!