I have a huge array of baking cups in my pantry. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The wrappers that are the most eye catching tend to be the “lotus” baking cups, which are made of parchment paper and designed so that excess paper rises up over the top of the muffin. This style of wrapper is often seen in higher end bakeries and it certainly gives your muffins a unique look.
The lotus wrappers are not as easy to find as traditional wrappers are, but they are becoming more common if you keep your eyes peeled when you’re on the baking aisle. One brand is PaperChef’s Culinary Parchment Lotus Baking Cups, which I’ve seen at Target and are also available on Amazon. The dark brown cups are made of parchment paper and come neatly stacked in a package of 12. The bases of the wrappers are the same size as a standard muffin pan an fit perfectly into several different pans that I tried them in. Like most muffin wrappers, these are not strong enough to stand up on their own, so you must use them with a baking pan. The only problem with the wrappers is the decorative top takes up quite a lot of space and I found that I could not put two wrappers in two muffin cups next to eachother; I had to place the wrappers in every other muffin cup when I was arranging them in my muffin pan.
The papers baked beautifully and did not warp or discolor in the oven. Since they are made of parchment paper, they are nonstick. None of my muffins stuck to the wrappers, which unfolded easily when I was ready to eat them. They are more expensive than your average muffin cup, however it may be worth spending a little bit extra to get that “wow” factor when you serve your muffins.