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Bake Your Own Fancy Cupcakes!

Updated on August 25, 2014
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Raye gardens organically, harvests rainwater, strives to eat locally, and honors the gods from her home in the Pacific Northwest.

Why Cupcakes Are The Best!

Cupcakes are the best because they let you have that moment of cake, but on a personal level. You never feel like you ate too much with a cupcake, but a slice of cake can sometimes be overwhelming or too heavy.

Cupcakes don't care if you're into vanilla, chocolate or any possible combination of the two. Cupcakes are good both ways. If you have to feed a group, cupcakes make everyone feel like they got their fair share. With a cupcake, everyone can have a rose....

Depending on how you decorate them, cupcakes can go from casual to formal, from simple to elaborate, from kids birthday parties to weddings and gala balls. You can make them larger or smaller, and one batch of cupcakes can be frosted differently to allow for taste preferences.

To get you started, this Hub includes recipes for a vanilla cupcake, a special dairy-and-egg-free chocolate cupcake and buttercream chocolate frosting (by the way, just by leaving out the cocoa you can turn that one into vanilla).


A cupcake is a delightful cake-for-one!

Beautiful roses only happen if you make tasty frosting and practice.
Beautiful roses only happen if you make tasty frosting and practice. | Source

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4.7 stars from 7 ratings of Super Vanilla Cupcakes

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 C. cake flour, not self-rising
  • 1 1/4 C. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 C. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 C. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Instructions for Baking Super Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. Start the oven pre-heating, setting it for 325 degrees.
  2. Get your cupcake pans ready by lining them with paper liners.
  3. Set-up your electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Use this to combine the flours, salt, sugar and baking powder, mixing on low speed. Then add the butter a few cubes at a time, and let it mix until the butter is just coated with the flour, then stop the mixer.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla extract, milk and eggs, whisking well. Turn mixer back on to medium and slowly pour in the wet ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl as you pour this part in. Do not overbeat the batter.
  5. Use a small ladle or measuring cup with a spout to fill the cupcake tins. Only fill each cupcake liner two-thirds or your cupcakes will rise to far when they bake and burn onto the pan.
  6. The cupcakes should bake for approx 17-20 minutes. Halfway through baking, rotate the pan in the oven. Test cupcakes to see if they are done by sticking a toothpick down into the center of a few of them. You want to see the toothpick come out "clean" with no batter sticking to it.
  7. This recipes makes about 30 cupcakes.
  8. When the cupcakes are done, tip them out of their tins and let them finish cooling by sitting on a wire rack. DO NOT FROST CUPCAKES UNTIL THEY HAVE COOLED COMPLETELY. Otherwise, the frosting melts and drips right off the cupcake.
  9. Serve cupcakes at room temperature. Store them covered in plastic or sealed in the refrigerator. Eat within three days for best texture and freshness.

Frosting Tool Kit

Wilton 2109-859 50-Piece Tool and Caddy Decorating Set- Discontinued By Manufacturer
Wilton 2109-859 50-Piece Tool and Caddy Decorating Set- Discontinued By Manufacturer

If you are ready to get SERIOUS about how easy it can be to do anything on top of a cupcake with frosting, then this IS your frosting toolkit! It also makes a great gift for the fanatical cupcake (or cookie) baker in your family.

 

Decorative Tips For Frosting

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Lots of little frosting squirts makes a spikey treat!A bold swirl with a tiny sugar edibleA cluster of swirls gives the appearance of a flower
Lots of little frosting squirts makes a spikey treat!
Lots of little frosting squirts makes a spikey treat!
A bold swirl with a tiny sugar edible
A bold swirl with a tiny sugar edible
A cluster of swirls gives the appearance of a flower
A cluster of swirls gives the appearance of a flower

Frosting Coloring

Ateco 1112 12-Color Food Coloring Kit, 0.75 Ounce
Ateco 1112 12-Color Food Coloring Kit, 0.75 Ounce

The 12-color set will let your frost for any and very design and occasion you can think of. Blend, tint and shade any color you want from pastel to bold.

 

Fun Topping Designs

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A sprinkle of star dust makes these cupcakes out of this world!A complimentary dab of glittery sprinkles.Sour gummies makes yummy accents.
A sprinkle of star dust makes these cupcakes out of this world!
A sprinkle of star dust makes these cupcakes out of this world!
A complimentary dab of glittery sprinkles.
A complimentary dab of glittery sprinkles.
Sour gummies makes yummy accents.
Sour gummies makes yummy accents.

Chocolate Cupcakes

This recipe is dairy and egg-free, so they work great for everyone, including vegans and people with allergies!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 C. sugar

  • 1/4 C. cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 5 T. vegetable oil

  • 1 T. vinegar

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 1 1/4 C. water

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a one-dozen-cupcake pan with liners.

In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together. Then add the vegetable oil, vinegar, vanilla and water, mixing until the batter is one even color and has become smooth.Pour or ladle batter evenly into cupcake cups and bake for 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack.As an easy alternative to frosting, dust the tops of these cupcakes with powdered sugar!


Colorful and Clever Cupcakes

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Kids of all ages will want to attack these robot cupcakesTasty and creepy monster cupcakesCupcakes as pool ballsHearts, starts and moons for any occasion
Kids of all ages will want to attack these robot cupcakes
Kids of all ages will want to attack these robot cupcakes
Tasty and creepy monster cupcakes
Tasty and creepy monster cupcakes
Cupcakes as pool balls
Cupcakes as pool balls
Hearts, starts and moons for any occasion
Hearts, starts and moons for any occasion

Luscious Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C. butter

  • 2 1/2 C powdered sugar

  • 1/4 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa

  • 1/4 C whipping cream

  • 1 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate (1 square)

  • 1 Tbsp. light corn syrup

In a bowl, combine cocoa, powdered sugar and salt. Melt chocolate in a microwave or using a double boiler and then combine with whipping cream.

In an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until creamy. Alternating pour in the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients, adding small amounts of each and scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

When the wet and dry ingredients have been added, stop the mixer and stir in the corn syrup.

This recipe frosts approximately a dozen cupcakes.


Do You Love Cupcakes! - comments and feedback

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      john 4 years ago

      The information is very delicious

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      Fill Your Heart Edible Memories 5 years ago from USA

      So many great ideas, thank you so much!

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      AHale48 5 years ago from Somewhere in California!

      Wow, so many choices and pictures. Lovely work. I love to bake and cupcakes can be so much fun! I made a batch of snowball cupcakes with a coconut frosting on top. They looked like they came from outside!! Thanks for all the help.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks so much! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Raye 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Mary, you are free to link to this Hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I make cupcakes for every occasion! Baby showers, weddings, you name it. I have learned how to make a cupcake tower out of cardboard that can be reused over and over. This is such a wonderful Hub on making Cupcakes, would you allow me to link this Hub into mine about making a cupcake tower? I will not link till I hear from you. Thanks in advance!

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      army surplus uk 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing some great ideas here. I will have to try some of these out this holiday weekend

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      beautiful. Looking forward to trying some of these at my daughter's next birthday!

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      Annia 5 years ago

      these look great hunni gonna try the soon x thanks x

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      cooking4love 5 years ago

      These cakes looking amazing!!!!!

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      zyxoman 5 years ago from Ontario

      Love the ones with lots of frosting.

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      annie 5 years ago

      These cupcakes looks so wonderful I can't even chose witch one I won't to make right now I'm having a head ak trying to think?

      I think I finally found out

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      luciaguidolin38 5 years ago

      LOVE all your tips! i am huge into making cupcakes too :) check out my blog!

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      avaramaglia 5 years ago

      I'm definitely going to use one of these recipes! I love decorating cupcakes and these cupcakes are so cute. Thanks for giving me some ideas :)

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      cactustze 5 years ago

      i like cupcakes! delicious

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      Hendrika 5 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I'm trying buttercream recipes and this one looks worth trying, thanks. I am looking for one that is tasty, but not too expensive, this one looks as if it may fits the bill.

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      Raye 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Tin, I've never measured them but I have both the regular "large" and "mini" cupcake pans that sold everywhere.

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      Tin 5 years ago

      Hi.

      May I know the size of pan you are using for the cupcakes? You have inspired me to try baking cupcakes...:) Thanks for these perfect recipes. Can't wait to try them. Pans in the market that I go to are 1 inch deep...how deep is your pan?

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      AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

      I am a fan of sweets. I love cupcakes. Love the pictures. There are so many different options that you can decorate with cupcakes. Great Hub!

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      OMG! They look so tasty. I love cupcapes and I enjoy making them. Thanks for sharing and it´s bookmark now.

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