The messiest part of baking is not always the mixing process, but the process of getting your batter into the pan that you are going to bake in. It is difficult to transfer muffin batters and cupcake batters into small muffin cups without getting drips all over the place, especially when you are working with runny batters. Many people will use measuring cups or ice cream scoops (or other specialty scoops) to try to make clean transfers and to try to get the same amount of batter into each cup, but even these tools are not foolproof. The more experienced you are, the neater and quicker you can work, but it can still be a challenge.
One tool that can actually make the job a lot cleaner is Norpro’s Batter Dispenser. This measuring cup as a 4-cup capacity and dispenses batter through a funnel at the bottom of the cup that opens with a squeeze of the handle. The funnel lets batters through smoothly and cuts off the flow exactly when you want it, without drips. The cup is also clearly marked with measurements in both cups and ounces, so you can determine exactly how much batter you are using with each squeeze. It is especially handy when working to fill very tiny molds, such as mini cupcake or donut pans, or specialty pans where you really want to direct the flow of the batter into every crack. It also works beautifully with pancake batters to give you perfectly round pancakes every time. It will work best with batters that are somewhat viscous or fluid, rather than batters that are as thick and scoopable as cookie dough