- 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.