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Tasty Cupcakes

curlykerry Jul 4, 2007 09:24 PM

Anyone have a basic recipe for cupcakes with frosting? Anytime I make them they turn out dry and waaaay too sweet. Thanks!

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    nemo RE: curlykerry Jul 5, 2007 01:58 AM

    Kerry: Check out this blog. Althought I'm not a serious baker, I love visiting just for the photographs! You might get some ideas on recipes, cooking times.

    http://www.cupcakeblog.com

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      curlykerry RE: nemo Jul 5, 2007 06:12 AM

      Thank you Nemo!

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        Boston Foodie RE: nemo Jul 5, 2007 12:37 PM

        Oh my goodness! I think this might be my new favorite website! The hard part is deciding which to try first!

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          itryalot RE: Boston Foodie Jul 5, 2007 03:35 PM

          It should say, "I ADORE this website too..makes me crave a good cupcake. I want to buy some of those dental like cupcake holders."
          Their FQA section is good too.

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          itryalot RE: nemo Jul 5, 2007 03:34 PM

          I ADORE

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          ashes RE: curlykerry Jul 5, 2007 12:05 PM

          You might also check out this thread:
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/406536

          1. JasmineG RE: curlykerry Jul 5, 2007 03:39 PM

            I made the Magnolia Vanilla cupcakes with their vanilla frosting a month or so ago, and I really loved them (and I really dislike too sweet sweets). If you google, you can easily find both recipes -- the suggestion that I'll make for the frosting, though, is to use the smaller amount of sugar that it calls for (I think that it calls for a range), so it isn't too sweet.

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              debbiel RE: JasmineG Jul 6, 2007 06:23 AM

              I made those cupcakes last weekend and they were a big hit. I used vanilla sugar for the cupcakes. Definitely use the lesser amount of sugar for the frosting.

            2. waitress RE: curlykerry Jul 5, 2007 03:47 PM

              I don't want to offend the official cake snobs, but I buy a white cake box mix and make homemade icing. You can flavor the box mix with anything to make it fancy. Then, I buy crazy plastic toys to top them, cowboys and indian, bugs, any theme from a party shop or dollar store..
              One of my favorite is use thawed frozen strawberries, pureed added to the cake mix, then top with a homemade cream cheese icing.
              One important tip, as soon as the cupcakes are done, I take them out of the oven. They look a little underdone, but the toothpick still comes out clean.. it makes for a perfect cupcake.

              1. fayehess RE: curlykerry Jul 5, 2007 03:48 PM

                For super simple chocolate, I usually use a recipe I adapted from the back of a can.
                1 1/4 cup of flour, sifted with 1/3 cup best quality european cocoa, scant 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. In another bowl, whisk 1 cup of sugar really well with 6 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and then 1 cup of half sour cream, 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup of coffee. Bake at 350 until done and serve lightly whipped cream on top, or if you want to go a little decadent, I sweeten mascarpone, lighten it with a little cream and then pipe into the bottom of the cupcakes to fill the middle. On the top I lather on a chocolate ganach made from a 100g 65% lindt bar and about 1/2 cup of heavy cream, melted together just by heating up the cream and pouring it over the broken chocolate. Whisk til smooth.

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                  OnceUponABite RE: curlykerry Jul 6, 2007 02:15 PM

                  Any time I bake, I always cut back the sugar called for, no matter what recipe. You can use any regular cake recipe you like and bake it in cupcake form.

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