Coffee Filter Cupcakes

I baked in coffee filters. You heard right, GIANT cupcakes to be exact,or mini cakes with a cute liner!

I was a little worried the batter would stick too much to the paper filer, but I have a tip for that too.

To prevent the sticking I sprayed the filter with Bak-Klene baking spray as I do with all my cakes and it worked great.

I placed the coffee filter inside of a mini spring-form pan tin to hold up the liner. I have two of these, but I did a search they are available in packs of 4 here. They are 4 1/2″ x2″ in size. Maybe you already have pans that would fit. Get out your coffee filters and see what baking dishes it will fit into. Maybe large white ramikins?

1. Set coffee filter in pan

2. Spray filter with baking spray

3. Place 9 tablespoons of batter into coffee filter. (I used a large scoop that holds three tablespoons and decided to put 9 tablespoons, I’m not sure if the filter would have been able to hold much more. I think it would collapse it’s so thin, so I’d stay with 9 tablespoons.

4. Bake as recipe directs, the timing will be longer than cupcake, but be sure to keep an eye on it. No one likes a dry cake, no matter how cute it is.

Since it’s way more batter than cupcakes, it does take longer to bake. But well worth the time.

As with all cakes don’t over bake or it will become dry.

I allowed it to cool for a few minutes in the metal pan, then removed the cupcake and placed it on a wire rack to completely cool.

This is the size difference between a regular cupcake and a GIANT cupcake baked in a coffee filter.

Really a fun idea for an individual cake, or for someone with a real sweet tooth!


Or maybe it’s a mini cake for people who only want a little taste.

Well that’s my tip for coffee filters. Did you see my first tip? It’s here if you missed it.


If you are now in the mood for Red Velvet

Red Velvet Cake

here is my recipe for Southern Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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  1. 5

    Lisa says

    What a great idea!!! This makes for a great muti-tierd cake presentation. Yay! You little genius you~

  2. 8


    What a great use for coffee filters! Just huge cupcake liners! I just purchased a package to use in place of parchment paper with blind baking a pie/tart crust. Thanks for sharing.

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    I have a 3 x 5 Fat Daddio’s baking pan that I use for dry baking when backpacking. So, a few things first. I do not carry sprays, butters, etc…to use while backpacking. I like to keep it as simple as possible. The items that I bake are things that are “just add water” such as the berry muffin mixes. It is nothing fancy, but when I have been in the woods for a few days, a hot muffin is delightful… So, I have been simply pouring the batter into the Fat Daddio’s pan and then baking, but it sticks. I can cram parchment paper in there, but it can be a pain. So, I have been looking for some oversized muffin liners, but not finding much. Then, I thought about using coffee filters, but was unsure, which is how I ended up here…

    So, I was just wondering if there are particular filters that work better than others, or will the cheapo pack work the same? Also, do you think that maybe rubbing a little oil in the coffee filter before hand will work? I know I could just try it, and I guess I will, but it is late tonight, so I was curious if you could give me any tips, or alternatives to using the spray oil stuff.



    • 19

      Diane says

      Yes I think a bit of oil will work. If you added nothing the mix would stick to the paper, but it would most likely give you a better result that it sticking to a pan. I think. I used the inexpensive coffee filters. Parchment mini cake wrappers may work well for this, I know Sur La Table sells them. At the moment I can’t think of another resource, but the brown waxy liners you see at high end bake shops are the type I’m thinking.
      Hope that is helpful, good luck and let me know how it goes :)

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    Lucy says


    I am from Australia, and am wanting to know where I can purchase these large coffee filters.


    • 21

      Diane says

      Here in the states they are available in grocery stores, convenience stores and they fit into a coffee pot to brew coffee. I’m not sure where you will be able to find them, I’m sure they are available online, they come in packs of 50 or 100 and run a couple dollars.


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