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Jan 28, 2009 07:50 AM

What's your favorite cupcake recipe?

I've searched high and low, so much so that my head is going to explode. In your opinion, what's the best cupcake recipe? I don't care if it's chocolate or vanilla or whatever...I'm just looking for a yummy recipe.


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  1. Im a sucker for anything Velvet! i got this from i know its different, but its super tasty. lol


    * 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    * 1 1/2 cups sugar
    * 1 teaspoon baking soda
    * 1 teaspoon salt
    * 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
    * 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
    * 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
    * 2 large eggs, room temperature
    * 2 tablespoons red food coloring
    * 1 teaspoon champagne vinegar
    * 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * Cream Cheese Frosting
    * 1 pound fat free cream cheese, softened
    * 2 sticks butter, softened
    * 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
    * Chocolate bar for garnish

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line pans with cupcake papers.
    In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
    In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with electric mixer.
    Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet a little at a time and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

    Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled (I just used 1 full ice cream scoop per regular sized cupcake and its perfect).

    Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through
    (for smaller cakes it may be done at the half way point).
    Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness.
    Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

    In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth.
    Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated.
    Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
    Garnish by grating your chocolate bar through the wide section of your grater and it will make curls.
    Place a few curls on each cake.
    Do not frost until serving.

    1 Reply
    1. re: cupcakeadozen

      I'm intrigued by the champagne vinegar instead of regular vinegar. Very nice :)

    2. Ina Garten's Chocolate Cupcakes with PB Icing are out of this world:

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      1. re: jazzy77

        Mmm. I might have to make a "Cupcake of the Month" club at my house!

        1. re: jazzy77

          Yes! My sister makes this recipe (IG's choc cupcakes with peanut butter icing). They are fantastic!!

          Here's a photo:

          1. re: jazzy77

            Another great Ina Garten cupcake is Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting:


          2. These made us forget about all other cupcakes:


            at least until we ran out of them...

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            1. re: geppetto

              I have been loving this Meyer Lemon cupcake and it tastes good even using regular lemon

              1. re: kayEx

                ooo.. gotta try this one. I'm in love with the Meyer Lemon cupcakes at Kara's Cupcakes in San Francisco. I think I could do this at home. thanks!

              2. Anyone have a great recipe for dense vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream? That's what I'm craving lately....

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                1. re: jenhen2

                  i would try magnolia's bakery recipe. I am making them for superbowl. sooo good

                  1. re: drewb123

                    I actually just made Magnolia's Red Velvet Cake cupcakes today..I think they came out very well. Only problem is they're more mauve then red because I ran out of food coloring! Oops!

                    1. re: krisrishere

                      Maybe you can start a trend..."Mauve Velvet Cupcakes"--the next big thing! ;)

                  2. re: jenhen2

                    the vanilla bean cupcakes with salted caramel icing on the recipes board are delicious little cakes; you could always sub out a buttercream icing for the salted caramel icing; I recommend using Ina Garten's cream cheese frosting (see my post above); despite the name it has 3/4 pound butter in addition to one pound of cream cheese, and it is a sinfully good frosting. here's the link to the vanilla bean cakes:


                    1. re: janniecooks

                      sounds sooo good. i am tempted to make these instead of magnolias now.

                      1. re: drewb123

                        they are super delicious and texture is perfect and you can play with the intensity of the caramel flavor. I also like the fact that they are vanilla so you can use it as your basic cupcake recipe to play around with flavors.

                  3. This might not be exactly what you're looking for, but I'll offer my suggestion anyway. If you search chow for "vegan chocolate cupcake recipe" you'll find one from Vegan Cupcakes Take over the World. It creates a deliciously moist cupcake and tonight I'm trying it with mint instead of vanilla extract. Give it a try, it'll surprise you=]