Lets take 5 recipes made by other bloggers and compare their costs, to see what influences a recipe and what tricks we can learn to make our baking even better! Today we look at the breakfast staple muffins!
In college I pretty much survived on muffins. I could get a huge muffin from the campus store for around $2. And because a muffin is actually pretty calorie dense and full of sugar. I could survive until late at night doing work. Today we have 5 different muffin recipes to compare the costs and figure out what affects a muffin’s costs.
The recipes we are looking at are:
- Simply perfect blueberry muffins by baking a moment
- Easy muffins by Baker Bettie
- Cinnamon muffins by taste and tell
- Buttery blueberry streusel muffins by sally’s baking addiction
- Easy Snickerdoodle Muffins by sweet c’s
All of these recipes make 12 muffins, except taste and tell’s cinnamon muffins, which make 16. But the recipe didn’t look like it would produce a different amount of muffins, so I didn’t change the numbers. If someone has made that recipe and feels like it really does produce 16 muffins, let me know and I’ll adjust the numbers.
And the price breakdowns are:
- Simply perfect blueberry muffins: $8.36 / $.70 per muffin
- Easy muffins: $2.64 / $.22 per muffin
- Cinnamon muffins: $2.90 / $.24 per muffin
- Buttery blueberry streusel muffins: $6.08 / $.50 per muffin
- Easy Snickerdoodle Muffins: $5.77 / $.48 per muffin
So looking at this it’s quite obvious that there is a definite divergence between muffins that add things like fruit and ones that don’t. The blueberries in both of the blueberry muffin recipes add around $2 alone! The snickerdoodle muffin recipe is a little surprising as it doesn’t include any expensive additives like nuts, or fruit. But it has a lot of sour cream which adds a lot of cost. I’m working on an article talking about the difference in costs of different additives, which I will link to when I’m done. But just generally adding fruits is more expensive than chocolate, which is more expensive than spices. Even though spices are very expensive in equal weights, generally you don’t need as much of them to flavor your baking.
Going back to my college experiences, the muffin’s that I was eating really were huge, so they probably weren’t making much if any profit on them. But I know that any of these muffins would run you about $1 to $2 so making any of these recipes would save you at least $.30 per muffin!