A perfect, classic vanilla cupcake is something worth snacking on. This particular recipe for them “take the cake” – pun fully intended. The batter consists of classic ingredients like flour, vanilla extract, buttermilk, eggs, sugar, salt, butter and baking powder. After they’ve baked, top them with some homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, and a sprinkle or two. Or, if you’re feeling daring, add on some fresh fruit, a few gummy candies, or anything else that strikes your fancy!
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With so many different potential cupcake flavor combinations, sometimes the simple ones get overlooked and taken for granted. For example, look at these golden vanilla dream cupcakes. They don’t have any unusual ingredients (no fruit, no tea powder, no herb infused butters). Just simple flour, buttermilk, vanilla extract and the like. They are topped with vanilla buttercream frosting and a few round sprinkles. Place them (liner and all) in an outer paper cupcake holder and serve. They’ll look just like presents!
Malted milk powder makes a great addition to chocolate cupcakes. These particular ones contain malted milk powder in both the batter and in the frosting, for a one-two punch of malted-ness. The rest of the cupcake batter is composed of unsweetened chocolate, sugar, butter, flour, milk, eggs, vanilla extract and several other things. The frosting is a homemade malted milk chocolate buttercream, complete with chocolate, malted milk powder, heavy cream and butter. Are you ready for irresistible cupcakes?
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Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes are the rare treat that do not need frosting or even cupcake liners, for that matter. Instead, these can be assembled right in the cupcake tin, as long as it has been well coated so that they do not stick. The cupcake assembly process starts off with a halved maraschino cherry and some pineapple mixture. (This is made from crushed pineapple, butter, brown sugar and chopped walnuts.) These go on the bottom, and the cupcake batter is poured over them. Bake and serve upside down, of course!
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The surprise in these strawberry cupcakes? More strawberries! Pureed strawberries are in the batter, alongside cake flour, butter, sugar, milk, baking powder and eggs. The frosting is a strawberry buttercream that is placed inside of the baked cupcakes to form the “surprise” filling. Once you have filled them, replace the top part of the cupcakes, frost normally, and add on a slice of fresh strawberry. The stunning results are the ideal summertime treat.
And now for something completely different that elevates the concept of savory to new heights. They might look like your average whipped strawberry cream snack but this will blow your guest’s minds. They’ll be instant converts when they catch the first whiff of fish and onions as you emerge from the kitchen. And they’ll be happy as can be when they bite into the irresistible Gefilte fish and horseradish whipped cream package.
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Why make a whole batch of cupcakes when only one or two will do? Although, this recipe for two single cupcakes will also make plenty of mini ones, as you’ll see. These cupcakes are not only tiny, but also gluten free. They are made with tapioca flour, brown rice powder, gluten free baking powder, an egg white, sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and milk (your choice – almond, cow’s milk, etc.) The frosting is chocolate fudge icing, which perfectly complements the vanilla cupcakes. Add on a few sprinkles and serve!
Cupcakes of all flavors are a great thing to serve at corporate events. The ones depicted here are a mix of vanilla and chocolate treats, although other, more exotic and less crowd pleasing flavors can be chosen. The frosting is a basic buttercream, as the entire point is to showcase the company logo, fondant versions of company products, or, more simply, just the company colors. Cupcakes are easy to eat (no utensils required) which is why they are so popular.
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All that you need to create an ice cream cone cupcake is a little creativity – and some ice cream cones. Yes, these cupcakes are baked inside of actual flat-bottomed ice cream cones, thanks to a special pan designed for this exact purpose. Once the cupcakes have baked, cover them in buttercream frosting, chocolate ganache and some sprinkles so that they actually look like ice cream. You can also bake them in waffle cones and receive the same effect. Pretty cool!
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Ask any fan of coconut flavored items (or just plain coconut) and they will tell you that there is no such thing as too much of the flavor. These white coconut cupcakes can attest to that, as they contain the fruit in both the cupcakes themselves, and in the frosting. The cupcakes are flavored with coconut milk, sweetened shredded coconut and vanilla extract. The frosting also contains vanilla extract and coconut milk, and you can always sprinkle some shredded coconut on top for extra flavor!
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