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Jul 30, 2010 09:19 PM

Cupcake Help! Please:)

Hello my name is Joseph and i'm 17 years old and am an aspiring cook/actor. I am the only close thing to a cook in my family so i have questions. This one is my biggest question.
What is needed as a base for cupcakes and frosting.
What ingredients do i need and how much flavoring do i use?
Also how long do i let them bake in the oven and at what temperature?
My goal is to be able to make different flavored home made cupcakes and frosting.

Thanks so much in advance I hope my question was clear enough. =)

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  1. You can do a Chow search by entering "cupcake recipe" into the search box.
    There is this collection at Food Network

    1. I agree with Maxie. What you need are recipes. Any search engine can find you hundreds.

      I do find this one particularly inspiring, but bear in mind that to a certain extent, the recipes are written for people who already know a bit what they're doing (for example, they don't clarify how many cupcakes each recipe makes). But give it a shot.

      1. Baking from scratch is mostly a matter of following directions, measuring correctly, and having the correct ingredients on hand (for most baked goods, flour, sugar, salt, butter, eggs, baking soda and/or baking powder). Once you know the basic techniques, it's easy. But since you mentioned that nobody in your family cooks and you're not familiar with some basic cooking techniques, have you thought about trying a box mix first? This will give you an idea of how to mix and bake the cupcakes, with easy-to-follow and specific instructions. After doing a practice run with a mix, you can branch out and try a few recipes on your own. Just a suggestion.

        1. What they said.

          Also, don't overfill your cupcake tins, or they'll come out looking like this.


          1. ok thank you all! and i have made cupcakes from a mix i just have to experiment now. just one more question, do they bake for 14 or 15 minutes?

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            1. re: DumbDiddly

              You need to check the individual recipe and check them as the recipe states.