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Bake Your Own Fancy Cupcakes!

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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!

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

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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.

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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!


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

john on February 08, 2013:

The information is very delicious

Fill Your Heart Edible Memories from USA on July 14, 2012:

So many great ideas, thank you so much!

AHale48 from Somewhere in California! on May 30, 2012:

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.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 25, 2012:

Thanks so much! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on May 25, 2012:

Mary, you are free to link to this Hub.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 25, 2012:

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!

army surplus uk on May 06, 2012:

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

LauraGT from MA on March 13, 2012:

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

Annia on February 29, 2012:

these look great hunni gonna try the soon x thanks x

cooking4love on February 27, 2012:

These cakes looking amazing!!!!!

zyxoman from Ontario on January 19, 2012:

Love the ones with lots of frosting.

annie on December 25, 2011:

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

luciaguidolin38 on December 21, 2011:

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

avaramaglia on October 12, 2011:

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 :)

cactustze on September 23, 2011:

i like cupcakes! delicious

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on September 19, 2011:

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.

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on August 27, 2011:

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

Tin on August 26, 2011:

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?

AllSuretyBonds on August 08, 2011:

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!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 10, 2011:

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

Suniti Bahl from India on May 29, 2011:

great nice n thanks a lot

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on April 29, 2011:

Right now my personal favorite is a chocolate cupcake, topped with a vanilla creamcheese frosting. Classic and pairs up perfectly with a hot cocoa for sipping.

Nellydefalco on April 25, 2011:

I make dozens of cupcakes for charity, what kind would you say is your favourite cupcake if you have to choose?

Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on April 08, 2011:

Oh Man do these look great! I'm gonna try them.

Alexander Pease from Maine on March 22, 2011:

Awesome hub. The cupcakes look tasty.

kiwi91 from USA on March 10, 2011:

I've been thinking about vanilla cupcakes lately for some reason, and this is only intensifying my craving. Great photos, they really do the hub justice!

jennifercriston from Oxford Road on February 27, 2011:

You have given delicious recipe that appears to be amazing.

Mike Fuller from Indiana on February 18, 2011:

WoW these look awesome, can't wait to try

Bluehoop on November 14, 2010:

Wow - love your cupcake hub. Makes me want to rush out into the kitchen and get baking. I worked in the cup cake cafe in New York once. My waistline never really recovered...

Erin on October 30, 2010:

Just made the chocolate dairy/egg free cupcakes, they turned out pretty well! I wish they had risen a little more, but they smell and look great!

sandhillkar from South Carolina on October 14, 2010:

The spider cupcakes are great!

hubpageswriter on October 03, 2010:

These cupcakes are very tasty looking. Love the spikey treat especially.:) Kids can learn to make this with their moms and have a great family bonding time. Hub up.:)

Ingenira on October 02, 2010:

They are so pretty and irresistable !!

Peace123 on September 27, 2010:

Those cupcakes r awesome

isabella on August 17, 2010:

thank you so much for the tips!:)

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on August 03, 2010:

Megan, there's a hub by someone else that already has done that for you... https://hubpages.com/education/Baking_Conversion_T

Megan on August 03, 2010:

hi love your hub but could you please put the ingredients into grams!

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on July 19, 2010:

Have you tried the recipe I've included here?... If not, you might want to give it a go.

lender3212000 from Beverly Hills, CA on July 19, 2010:

Wow, I love the Pacman cupcakes! Now, If I could only get mine to taste as good as yours look....

adorababy from Syracuse, NY on June 18, 2010:

I agree, cupcakes let you eat a little of it and you won't feel like you have eaten so much.

onlycooking from Boston, USA on May 18, 2010:

excellent hub. I love cupcakes and there's so much information here. thanks for your time.

myownworld from uk on February 09, 2010:

downloaded the recipe! Looks delicious...ir's going to be my weekend activity with kids. I love how you present your hubs btw....so well presented and readable! Thank you for sharing this.

Ayyaz1234 from London on January 19, 2010:

gorgeous cup cakes! Would Love to make these for a wedding reception instead of a large wedding cake. Thanks for the ideas!

Eleanor Candy from Australia on November 01, 2009:

I'm going to try this recipe. Always looking for cupcake recipes. Great hub.

Cailin Gallagher from New England on September 24, 2009:

Lovin your cupcake hub!

Tracy711 on September 14, 2009:

Hi I'm a newbie and I loved your hub. I too love to bake and this was very interesting. I will try out some of your recipes. I was a cake decorator for awhile so I really enjoyed your beautiful decorating ideas. Great hub. thank you

MikeNV from Henderson, NV on September 07, 2009:

Flour water sugar milk and eggs. The super comes from you!

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on September 07, 2009:

WOW, definitely more elaborate than the ones my granddaughter and I bake! It is surprising how easy cupcakes actually are. We make every mistake in the book, because I let her do it all, and they still come out edible! Unbelievable.

deerinheadlights from deep in the heart of Texas on August 25, 2009:

Wow! So cute! I love all the great cupcake ideas. Thanks for sharing.

gr8archer45 from Pakistan on April 05, 2009:

oooh I just have to make cup cakes tmoro!!! I got this craving after going thru ur hub!! its scruptious by the way :D luv it!!

Jesus_saves_us_7 from Seeking Salvation on February 17, 2009:

Thanks for the recipes. Can't wait to try dairy and egg free recipe.

Hee hee on January 14, 2009:

LOVE THE FROG CUPCAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Em Writes from Upstate NY on November 26, 2008:

Great hub, Relache! Adding to the "Recipe" folder in my HP bookmarks!

DominiqueGoh from Singapore on July 16, 2008:

Nice Cupcakes ! Look superly yumy

debby28 from WASHINGTON on April 19, 2008:

Have to make cupcakes to take to svool think I am going to try one of these ideas.

solarshingles from london on April 18, 2008:

Wow, so very colorful, sweet and delicious! I simply cannot resist...

MarcNorris from Canada on April 06, 2008:

I love cupcakes so much. The icing would be the best part. I have been known to eat tubs of icing all by themselves... maybe I have said too much.

Great hub and good ideas. Thanks!

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on January 31, 2008:

Making cupcakes saves me having to eat an entire cake myself as I can give some away to friends and just keep a few at home.

Whitney from Georgia on January 31, 2008:

Wow. Now I really want cupcakes. To me the icing makes the pastry. I will need to try your Luscious Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

rogue nestling on January 18, 2008:

Sweet! Some great decorating ideas!

Passionate Baker on October 08, 2007:

Hi. Am very new around here, and am stumbling around! Love yr posts re cupcakes.

Marye Audet on August 26, 2007:

I like the frog one best..these are great!

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on July 02, 2007:

I'm not the Seattle cupcake biz, just an appreciative fan!

Stacie Naczelnik from Seattle on July 02, 2007:

These look great! You should open your own business. I've seen a cupcake-based business in the Seattle area, is that you? If not...you could add some competition.

1kghub on March 21, 2007:

Awsome cupcake recipe and I love to bake and these cupcakes sound easy. I had no idea there were so many different kinds. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

Raye (author) from Seattle, WA on January 05, 2007:

What a great comment! I just added some recipes that suit special diets to the cupcake recipe links here. My mom's diabetic so maybe I'll make her some of the pineapple cupcakes.

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