Monday, August 20

Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting

Life has been crazy lately. The days that I would love to be cooking, decorating, and blogging, I am busy with life's little crazy moments. The days that I have free, I end up not feeling great or busy playing catch up around the house. This last week I have been shamelessly absent from The Domestic Curator.

Part of last week was spent with Ms.E's boyfriend's family, the Bufords.
Bradley began college and is a Cadet in the Corp at Texas A&M.
We are so proud of him, but Elizabeth will miss her Brad.

Now I have laundry in the wash. I've dusted...ever-so-lightly and the breakfast dishes are in the dishwasher. I have walked through the house, picking up in general and took down all of our Summer flags....I decorate with American flags during the Summer. You can find them in every room of our house. I made 'MeMe's Chicken Salad', every one's favorite. It's in the fridge and  they are on their own for lunch. Now what fun thing can I bake?

I think I will go for something easy and delicious. Cupcakes are a staple in our home, year round. They can be decorated for any occasion.

 

School is about to begin and cupcakes are a great idea for class parties, the teacher's lounge, birthdays,


 HaLLoWeEn and even for the marching band at Friday night football games. This is where our cupcakes will be....Ms. E is a squad leader in the band this year.


We are the Poteet Pirates!!

She will be taking goodies and snacks for the Freshmen on Friday nights.


These trusty recipes for vanilla and chocolate cupcakes are so EASY because they start with a basic boxed cake mix. By adding a few extra ingredients you can turn these cupcakes into a variety of flavors and for any occasion.

Basic Vanilla Cupcakes
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Ingredients
  • 1 (18.25-oz.) package white/vanilla cake mix with pudding
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • cupcake liners
What To Do
  • Beat first 6 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer just until dry ingredients are moistened. Increase speed to medium, and beat 2 minutes or until batter is smooth, stopping to scrape bowl as needed.
  • Place paper baking cups in muffin pans; spoon batter evenly into baking cups, filling each two-thirds full. I always use my trusty ice cream scoop.
  • Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans to wire racks until completely cool.


Basic Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 1 (18.25-oz.) package German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (16-oz.) container sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Paper baking cups
What To Do
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Beat first 5 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer just until dry ingredients are moistened. Increase speed to medium, and beat 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth, stopping to scrape bowl as needed.
  • Place paper baking cups in muffin pans, spoon batter into baking cups, filling two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans to wire racks, and let cool completely.
vanilla buttercream recipe
Vanilla Buttercream
Ingredients
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 (16-oz.) packages powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
What To Do
  • Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. 
  • Gradually add powdered sugar and next 3 ingredients, beating at low speed just until blended.
  • Increase speed to medium, and beat until well blended and smooth. This icing can be colored using icing color. Decorate and design your cupcakes in a fun fashion.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes can be made
starting with the vanilla cupcake batter.

Gourmet Cupcakes

Now this is where the fun begins, you can take these two cupcake recipes and create almost any flavor, design and theme. Today  cupcakes are showcased at most local bakeries. Do yourself and your pocket book a favor by creating your own gourmet cupcakes. If you can't think of any original ideas of your own.....'GOOGLE' it!
Information is power my friends! If you can master these recipes there is no need to buy cupcakes from the bakery ever again.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes can be made
starting with the chocolate cupcake batter.

Your possibilities are ENDLESS!

Let your imagination run wild
.......you'll be glad you did!

ENJOY!

The Domestic Curator  
Ronda

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