Getting batter from the bowl to the baking pan is not always an easy task. Thicker batters, or doughs with a thick consistency, are actually pretty easy to handle at this stage. Cookie dough can be scooped and shaped with relative ease before being plopped onto a pan. Muffin and cake batters, on the other hand, can make quite a mess when you try to measure portions out from a big bowl into a little tin. These batters cover a wide range of consistencies and tend to be on the thinner side, dripping and running off the sides of measuring cups and spoons when you transfer them.
Sometimes I will either mix batter directly in a [very] large measuring cup, or at least move it into one, simply because I know it will be easier to pour out. Not all measuring cups are really appropriate for pouring such thick fluids; short spouts on measuring cups can cause just as many problems as other batter-portioning tools. This is why the idea behind this funnel pitcher is interesting. The pitcher is designed with a long, strong pouring spout that has no problem delivering a batter from point A to point B, whether that point is a muffin tin or a hot pancake griddle. It’s not one of those must-have kitchen tools, but it is the kind of thing that would be a great help when you’re faced with filling a couple dozen mini muffin cups all at once and would prefer not to drizzle half of the batter on the kitcen counter.