This is my go to cupcake recipe. I have literally been using this recipe for years. If you come to a birthday party for my kids these are the cupcakes you will be served.
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Years ago my mother-in-law gifted me with this amazing cupcake cookbook called he 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. I love to pair this recipe with with the Chocolate Buttercream Icing recipe or the regular Homemade Buttercream Icing recipe.
Here is how you make them.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. (Here are some more tricks to doctoring up your boxed cake mix.)
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.
Making the cupcakes for my kids parties is seriously one of my favorite parts of the party. I want them to always remember how much fun we have celebrating them. Just know, once your guests taste these, they will always expect them at every party!
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