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Cupcakes From Scratch

Below is a typical cupcake recipe that can be used if you are doing these from scratch.
First, always set the oven to 350 so it’s ready to pop the cupcakes in as soon as you are done preparing them for baking. If you are using a dark pan or non-stick pan, reduce the heat to 325, so the cupcakes don’t over-bake or burn.

Ingredients
  

  • 6 Cups Flour
  • 8 Eggs
  • 4 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Tsp Baking Powder so cupcakes rise
  • 2 Cups Butter
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla you can use different flavors if you so choose, and/or food coloring

Notes

Mix the flour and sugar together, add the baking powder and salt.  Cream together the butter, milk, eggs and flavoring until light and fluffy.  Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
The batter will be “cake-like” so don’t panic.  Put the cupcake wrappers, if you have them, on the pan (or in the muffin spots). If you don’t have a muffin pan, that is perfectly fine, you can still set up the cups and pour the mixture in to them.
Separate them about an inch apart.  Use a medium sized measuring cup for regular sized cupcakes and a ¼ cup for the smaller ones. Only fill the cups up half way or 2/3 of the paper cup; if they are completely full of batter before baking they will run over the top, which results in cupcakes that are misshapen and very difficult to fix and usually flat .
We don’t want that to happen.
They need to stay inside the cup for easy decorating. Once you have filled all the cups up, put them in the oven on the top shelf, for 25 – 30 minutes.  You will be able to check if they are done by sticking a toothpick in the middle of the cake.
If it comes out clean, they are done. If the toothpick still has a little batter on it, leaving them in for 1-2 minutes more. Once they are done, pull them out and let them cool (in the pan) for about 30 minutes before you attempt to pull them from the pan.
You want to be sure they are completely cooled off before you attempt to put any frosting on them, as it will melt and run all over the place if they aren’t cooled.