This is my go-to cupcake recipe. It comes from the same cupcake cookbook as the Chocolate Buttercream Icing recipe– Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor. Her cupcake recipes are what I would call a semi-homemade, as they start off with a boxed cake mix, and as the name suggests, you doctor it up.
You’ll Need: 1 pkg plain butter golden boxed cake mix 1 8oz pkg reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup vegetable oil 4 large eggs 1 T vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix the cake mix, cream cheese, sugar, water, oil, eggs and vanilla in a large mixing bowl on low speed until well blended and then kick it up to a medium speed. I love to use my free standing electric mixer. Stop the mixer to scrape the sides if needed. Continue to mix until smooth and well blended.
Line your muffin pan with cupcake liners. I like to use a medium sized melon-type scooper to fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full. Usually this is one and a half scoops.
Bake for approximately 25 minutes. Use a knife or toothpick to ensure the center is done before removing them from the oven.
Transfer them to a wire rack where they will cool completely before you ice them.
This recipe makes 24 standard size cupcakes. They are dense and incredibly delish!
Once cool, ice your cupcake and decorate with a cool cupcake topper like these lego candies, or for an extra treat try cookies on a stick or even embellish with simple figurines and loot as we did for the pirate cupcakes.
Before the party add a fun candle and you’re sure to have an amazingly fun birthday party.
Do you have a favorite cupcake or birthday cake recipe that you just love and want to share? Do you prefer to try something new each birthday or grab something from the bakery? I would love your input!
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