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What's your favorite cupcake recipe?

krisrishere Jan 28, 2009 07:50 AM

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. cupcakeadozen RE: krisrishere Jan 28, 2009 12:06 PM

    Im a sucker for anything Velvet! i got this from creamcheese.com. 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.

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    1. re: cupcakeadozen
      krisrishere RE: cupcakeadozen Jan 28, 2009 01:01 PM

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

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      jazzy77 RE: krisrishere Jan 28, 2009 12:37 PM

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


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      1. re: jazzy77
        krisrishere RE: jazzy77 Jan 28, 2009 01:01 PM

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

        1. re: jazzy77
          Rabbit RE: jazzy77 Jan 29, 2009 10:51 AM

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

          Here's a photo:

          1. re: jazzy77
            janniecooks RE: jazzy77 Jan 31, 2009 07:35 AM

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


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              drewb123 RE: janniecooks Jan 31, 2009 03:19 PM

              absoultely fab jannie.

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            geppetto RE: krisrishere Jan 29, 2009 02:51 AM

            These made us forget about all other cupcakes:


            at least until we ran out of them...

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              kayEx RE: geppetto Jan 29, 2009 03:43 AM

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

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                EastBayShortcake RE: kayEx Jan 30, 2009 08:11 PM

                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. re: geppetto
                krisrishere RE: geppetto Jan 29, 2009 09:15 AM

                I love everything lemon! :)

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                jenhen2 RE: krisrishere Jan 30, 2009 03:32 PM

                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
                  drewb123 RE: jenhen2 Jan 30, 2009 04:35 PM

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

                  1. re: drewb123
                    krisrishere RE: drewb123 Jan 31, 2009 07:51 PM

                    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!

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                      kattyeyes RE: krisrishere Feb 1, 2009 12:22 PM

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

                  2. re: jenhen2
                    janniecooks RE: jenhen2 Jan 31, 2009 07:40 AM

                    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:


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                      drewb123 RE: janniecooks Jan 31, 2009 03:20 PM

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

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                        kayEx RE: drewb123 Feb 1, 2009 03:24 AM

                        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. marietinn RE: krisrishere Jan 30, 2009 08:25 PM

                    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=]

                    1. kchurchill5 RE: krisrishere Jan 30, 2009 08:37 PM

                      I don't make too many but my favorite is a chocolate one with a stuffed recees peanut butter cup and chocolate icing. Now you can make your own chocolate batter or I just bought some. I used coffee instead of some of the liquid and stuffed a peanut butter cut in the middle of the cub before I baked it. Rather tasty.. I used a combo of some chocolate drizzle rather than a solid icing. Really good. Not very gourmet I know.

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                        JudiAU RE: krisrishere Jan 31, 2009 10:29 PM

                        Food and Wine has a terrific recipe for peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes covered with ganache. Really flawless.

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                          kchurchill5 RE: JudiAU Jan 31, 2009 11:14 PM

                          I don't bake very often but always like a go to, thx

                        2. Calipoutine RE: krisrishere Feb 1, 2009 12:49 PM

                          Here is my favorite black bottom cupcake. So easy to make and delicous. I serve them cold. This recipe is from an old Taste of Home( at least thats where I got it). The cake recipe also uses no eggs.


                          1 package cream cheese, softened

                          1/2 c. sugar

                          1 egg

                          1/2 tsp salt

                          1 cup choc. chips(the mini ones work better)

                          mix all ingredients, set aside


                          1 cup sugar

                          1.5 cup flour

                          1/4 c. cocoa

                          1 tsp soda

                          1 cup water( I use coffee)

                          1/3 c. veg oil

                          1 tabls white vinegar

                          note that this recipe uses no eggs.

                          mix ingredients, fill muffin cups half fill, drop in tablespoon of filling. bake at 350 for 24-26 min.


                          3 3/4 c. confectioners sugar

                          3 tbls cocoa

                          1/3 c. butter melted

                          1 tsp vanilla
                          2-3tsp milk or cream

                          1/3 c. chopped toasted pecans( I leave these off and use sprinkles instead)

                          mix all ingredients in bowl.

                          Bake 350 for 15 min. Check w/ toothpick.

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                          1. re: Calipoutine
                            JudiAU RE: Calipoutine Feb 2, 2009 12:20 PM

                            I made this recipe about 500 times when I was a teenager. Haven't had them in years. I should make them again.

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                              Calipoutine RE: JudiAU Feb 2, 2009 12:29 PM

                              They're so good. I make them for parties because they're easy and I like to refridgerate them the night before. People really go crazy for them.

                          2. krisrishere RE: krisrishere Feb 2, 2009 08:53 AM

                            All of these sound great! Like I said, I think I'm going to start a "Cupcake of the Month Club"..or maybe every other month. Every month might be a little excessive :)

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                              Shinybijou RE: krisrishere Sep 3, 2010 02:00 PM

                              I love Kara's cupcakes from San Francisco, but cannot find the recipe for the Sweet Vanilla nor the Passion fruit one that I had last April. But I think Billy's Vanilla sounds very delicious. You can find on Martha's website.

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