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Cupcake Recipes

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Tangy Lime Cupcakes with Poppy Seeds

These delicious lime cupcakes are tangy and tasty, and the poppy seeds gives them a lovely crunch. The cupcakes are flavored with fresh lime zest and juice and the frosting features vanilla and lime. You can make the frosting ahead if you wish. It keeps in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Just bring it to room temperature and beat it for a bit before using, if you do wish to make it ahead.

Cupcakes can be made in many different flavors and perhaps you have made citrus ones before, using orange or lemon. Actually if you want to, you can swap some of the lime for orange or lemon in this recipe, just to alter the taste a little. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes so you can double it if you wish. These cupcakes are so yummy it is hard to limit yourself to eating just one at a time!

Because these cupcakes are so pretty they make nice birthday cakes. If you are looking for an alternative to the standard birthday cake recipe why not make a batch of these and put a candle in each one, the number of candles corresponding to the age of the person you are baking for (well, within reason!) That is a great idea for birthdays and there is no cutting involved either, since everyone gets their own cupcake. Continue reading

Pretty Vanilla and Almond Cupcakes

These flavorful little cupcakes are very easy to make, and they are perfect for a baking beginner. Pairing vanilla with almond extract gives these cupcakes a subtle flavor which is really appealing. You can use shortening instead of butter if you prefer, and just use either almond or vanilla extract instead of combining both.

Embellish the finished, frosted cupcakes however you wish. You will be able to find various types of edible decorations at any grocery store or specialist cake making store. You might like to pick out a color theme, perhaps pink and purple or red and blue, or you can mix and match a variety of different items to give your simple almond vanilla cupcakes a unique look.

If you do not have a piping bag, you can spread the frosting over the cupcakes using a palette knife. This is a knife with a large flat blade. The result will be more homemade-looking than if you were to pipe the frosting on, but do not let the absence of a piping bag stop you from making these delicious vanilla and almond cupcakes, because they are too good to miss out on. Continue reading

Cocoa Cupcakes with Raspberries

These wonderful cocoa cupcakes are rich and moist, and they are topped with a delicious creamy frosting. To finish the cupcakes off in style, you just need to add a sprig or leaf of fresh mint plus a fresh juicy raspberry (or a blackberry, or even a strawberry half if you prefer). The semi-tartness of the berry contrasts very well with the creamy frosting and the rich chocolate cupcake.

The secret to great frosting is to bring the butter and cream cheese to room temperature before making the frosting. If you do not do this, you will probably end up with flecks of butter in the frosting because it is harder to mix cold ingredients. The taste will be the same but it will look less professional. It is safe to leave butter and cream cheese out for an hour to soften.

You can freeze this cream cheese cupcake frosting too. Just put it in a Ziploc bag and freeze flat for up to three months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, then snip a corner off the Ziploc bag and pipe the frosting directly from there. Continue reading

Heavenly Honey Bee Cupcakes

These cupcakes are light and airy, and the frosting is honey-flavored and creamy. The frosted cupcakes are finished off with a drizzle of honey and some chopped mixed nuts, for a tempting and crunchy result. If you are looking for something a bit different to make, then you are sure to enjoy this honey cupcakes recipe. It appeals to adults and kids because of its sweet and yummy flavor.

Fans of honey will love these because you get honey in both the cupcakes and the frosting. It is up to you whether you drizzle extra honey over the frosting before adding the mixed nuts, but real honey-lovers will not say no to extra honey. You can balance out all that sweetness by adding a touch of lemon juice or zest to the recipe.

If you do not have a round piping tip then just use a small or large one. Since the honey drizzle over the top will distort your frosting shape a little anyway, it will not matter what size tip you use. You could even spread the frosting over the cupcakes with a knife or spoon if you do not have time to use a piping bag. The honey and nuts on top adds a homemade charm to this more rustic finish. Continue reading

Who Likes Unfrosted Cupcakes

Most of us look for an easy recipe that we can make for dessert. While some cupcakes can be a time consuming task, there are some choices you will have the chance to bake that will take almost no time at all. For this process, you are going to want to be sure that you have a solid recipe that offers quite a bit of flavor and does not require a lot of preparation of decorating time.

One approach will be the unfrosted cupcake. This tends to be a very sweet cupcake that does not require the additional topping to make it enjoyable. With this approach you do need to be sure that you focus on baking the cupcake for the right period of time. This is because these treats do end up drying out if they are left in the oven for too long.

Of course, whatever recipe you go with, you will be able to adjust the recipes for the cupcakes that you make. Just be sure that you focus on quality and flavor above anything else. That way, you can continue to enjoy your baked goods and avoid some of the standard problems that people end up facing when they make their own cupcakes. Continue reading

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