Calories in a Large Corn Muffin

by Shannon Marks

A muffin is a fancy word for cupcake and can be very high in calories and fat.

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Muffins are a type of cake or soft bread, according to the Joy of Baking.com. American style muffins are made with leavened ingredients, such as baking powder or baking soda, and have a symmetrically domed top.

Generic Corn Muffin

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database indicates that a generic corn muffin made from a dry mix has 90 calories per oz. Since a large or jumbo muffin has about 5 to 8 oz. of batter, a large corn muffin from premade, dry mix can have from 450 to 720 calories.

Chain Restaurant Recipe

A 5.8 oz. large muffin, made from scratch with corn meal and corn kernels at a national chain restaurant, has 490 calories. A popular supermarket brand corn muffin mix contains 170 calories per ΒΌ-cup serving. A large muffin from the same mix can have from 510 to 680 calories.

Low-Fat Muffin

A recipe for low-fat corn muffins by Dr. Gourmet calls for yellow cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, non-fat buttermilk, egg and unsalted butter. This recipe is designed to yield 12, 2 oz. muffins at 102 calories per serving. One 5-oz. muffin from this recipe has about 306 calories.

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About the Author

Shannon Marks started her journalism career in 1994. She was a reporter at the "Beachcomber" in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and contributed to "Philadelphia Weekly." Marks also served as a research editor, reporter and contributing writer at lifestyle, travel and entertainment magazines in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Temple University.