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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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    OnceUponABite 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.

    1. fayehess 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.

      1. waitress 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. JasmineG 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 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.

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            ashes Jul 5, 2007 12:05 PM

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

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              nemo 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 Jul 5, 2007 06:12 AM

                Thank you Nemo!

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                  Boston Foodie 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 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 Jul 5, 2007 03:34 PM

                    I ADORE

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