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How to Make the Perfect Cupcake

I’m going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies.

And if you think I’m joking–you be in the process of making cupcakes for your kid’s party and have them crater.

Or be dense.

Or basically fall flat.

Cupcakes can suck.

This thought is a no-fail cupcake recipe.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

How to Make the Perfect Cupcake

I won’t pull any punches with you. I am not the queen of all baking things.

My mom just didn’t have time to teach me too awful much about baking and, frankly, I don’t think her mom spent a lot of time in the cake-making-department either.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

And, at the end of the day, I don’t think learning How to Make the Perfect Cupcake is something you can really, truly understand from being taught by your mom anyway.

Moms are awesome and all, but when you’re a teenager and you’ve got the hand-to-eye coordination necessary to make a cupcake, you’re too angsty to listen to mom about anything at all.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

So, in case you’re in the same boat I was, let’s talk now about how to make the perfect cupcake.

Because it’s not that hard, once you kind of figure it out.

Step one is to start with a much larger mixing bowl than you think you need.

See? Easy.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

Now, I know a lot of recipes call for oil or an egg.

Both are great, but frankly, I prefer butter.

I know! Who would have thought?!

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

I always go ahead and put in my vanilla with my butter, salt and then sugar.

That way all the smell-good stuff is going in first.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

And then, with the butter at room temperature, when I cream it with the vanilla and sugar, you get this creamy, beautiful combination that smells amazing.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

It’s at this point where you need to combine all your other dry ingredients (baking soda and flour) together into a separate bowl.

Lots of people do this by sifting–I just stir them together with a fork.

Then combine in thirds with the butter mixture.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

Super simple so far, right?

Yeah, this is where the crazy part happens.

I don’t use milk.

Water is the key here–just enough to make your batter thin enough to pour.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

Mix it up good, making sure there’s not a single lump.

But it should never, ever be soupy or heavy.

Just thick enough to hold it’s shape on the surface.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

Now, don’t over mix. If you do, the cupcakes are not going to turn out light and they’ll be tough.

So, keep it just to that point of the batter being consistent without any lumps–and no further.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

Now, when you fill your cupcake liners, I recommend using a scoop or a measured spoon tool.

The thing is you want each cupcake to have exactly the same amount of batter so that they all cook at the same rate–you don’t want some burnt and some undercooked, that would suck.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

From there on out, it’s just the magic of waiting while those cupcakes chill on the middle rack in the center of the oven.

Having cupcakes in the oven for 30 minutes is my norm for my oven, then I only pull them out when a toothpick inserted into the center-most cupcake comes out clean.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

Oh, and I always try to frost riiiiiight up to the edge if I’m serving them immediately.

But if I’m waiting to serve them until the next day or whatever, I go ahead and frost all the way over, covering every exposed millimeter of cupcake surface, so that none of it dries out during the wait.

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies. #cupcake #nofailcupcake #basiccupcake

Now, be sure to pin this post, so you can refer back to how to make the perfect cupcake the next time you’re in a cupcake need.

Oh, and drop a 5-star rating on this recipe for Simple Vanilla Cupcakes if you dig it and want to see more easy recipes like this!

How to Make the Perfect Cupcake

How to Make the Perfect Cupcake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

I'm going to be honest, cupcakes are not as easy as they seem. This is How to Make the Perfect Cupcake from a novice baker to all the newbies.

Ingredients

  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tspn baking soda
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 1 tspn vinegar
  • 2 tspn vanilla
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 batch of your favorite frosting
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g
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