Cupcake Ideas

Today's cupcakes have massively evolved to fit every flavor that your pallet craves. From classic chocolate to raspberry meringue, cupcakes have become an iconic pop culture symbol in culinary today and people just can't get enough of the little taste of goodness that fits in your hand. Who doesn't love to bake cupcakes? There is always a new and scrumptious recipe or an unimaginable creative technique of decorating to try out and enjoy! Here are few ideas on how to boost up a conventional cupcake that will have everyone around you begging for more.

Taking an old recipe to new heights - From vanilla to red velvet, many of us fall in love with a taste and stick to that recipe when baking cupcakes for special occasions. Why not put a spin on your already expected flavor by playing dress up with your cupcake? Try new decorating techniques like creating an underwater army with these cupcakes disguised as fish. Using food coloring of your choice and a bag of M&Ms, transform a normal batch of cupcakes to an under the sea theme.

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Your kids will have so much fun eating these cupcakes that look just like burgers! In order to pull this creative spin on a cupcake together, you will need to bake two different batches of cupcakes in a vanilla or yellow cake mix and chocolate. The lighter colored cupcakes will be cut in half to form the surrounding "bun" around the "burger" that is the chocolate. The right food coloring added to a mixture of frosting can complete the look for the cupcake's "condiments" and help the separate pieces stay together.

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Top it off with tasty toppings - If you are looking for a more simple way of presenting your cupcakes, or you are looking to please a more sophisticated crowd, expand your arsenal of recipes for simple frosting. Try this recipe for a quick and easy Vanilla Butter Cream frosting:

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Ingredients:

  1. 3 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1 cup butter
  3. 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Using a mixer, whisk together the sugar and butter on low speed. Once the mixture is well blended, increase the speed to medium for 3 minutes.
  2. Add in the vanilla and cream as you continue mix on medium speed for an additional 1 minute. Add more cream as needed to get your desired spreading consistency.

What's in a cupcake? - For the health conscious individual looking to sneak in more of a healthy snack than one loaded with unnecessary sugars, recreate this recipe for these strawberry cream surprise cupcakes:

Ingredients:

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  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of topped, peeled, and grated zucchini
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup of almonds
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • Strawberry jam
  • Steps:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 F
    2. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl until fluffy.
    3. Mix in the zucchini and the vanilla extract into the mixture until well blended. Then, whisk in the flour and remaining ingredients.
    4. With a large spoon, drop your mixture into your cupcake pan lined with cups and add a teaspoon of jam in the middle before you fill the rest of the cup. (2/3 cake mixture first, then the jam, topped off with 1/3 cake mixture).
    5. Bake for 20 minutes until golden on top.

    These ideas for cupcakes can be your stepping stone to branch out in trying new recipes and preparation techniques. Your neighbors will be impressed and your whole family will appreciate the special treat.

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