Five Wedding Cupcake recipes

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When my cousin told me she wanted to do cupcakes for her wedding I about cried.  I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m NOT a cupcake fan.  BUT for family, esp a wedding, they get what they want!  In the end it wasn’t so bad!  I used a new tip and it went pretty fast!!

five easy cupcake recipes, made from doctored cake mix - red velvet, lemon, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry

My cousin wanted 14 dozen and she picked 5 flavors.  Strawberry with Cream cheese frosting, Chocolate with Chocolate buttercream, “Blue” red velvet with Cream cheese frosting, Vanilla with Vanilla buttercream and Lemon with Lemon buttercream.

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Now cupcakes and cakes are totally different.  You want your cakes dense, moist and fairly FLAT for frosting.  Cupcakes should be light, moist and NOT flat…  So I have totally different recipes for cakes and cupcakes.  Don’t use these recipes for cakes. I use my Bosch mixer with the whisks to beat the batter up. BUT if your going to eat a cupcake these are delicious, AND I’ve PERFECTED my frosting recipes!

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Lemon Cupcake, box mix adaption recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 1/3 C dry lemon pudding
  • 1 C water
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C mayo
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon extract

Directions

  1. Mix everything, beat for 2 mins.  Pour into cupcake liners, bake at 350 for 15-18 mins
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Vanilla cupcake cake mix adaption recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 1/3 C dry vanilla pudding
  • 1 C water
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C mayo
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Mix everything, beat for 2 mins.  Pour into cupcake liners, bake at 350 for 15-18 mins
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Red "blue" velvet cupcake recipe

Ingredients

  • adapted from One Sweet Appetite
  • 2½ cups cake flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp turquoise food gel

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl combine the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt, whisk to blend. Add the eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, vanilla and vinegar. Beat on low speed until well blended. Add the food gel 1/2 tsp at a time until your happy with the color. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour into cupcake liners, bake at 350 for 15-18 mins
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Chocolate cupcake cake mix adaption recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (I like devils food)
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 1/3 C dry chocolate pudding
  • 1 C water
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C mayo
  • 4 eggs

Directions

  1. Mix everything, beat for 2 mins.  Pour into cupcake liners, bake at 350 for 15-18 mins
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Strawberry Cupcake, cake mix adaption recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 1/3 C dry strawberry jello
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C mayo
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. puree water and strawberries in the blender until smooth. Mix everything, beat for 2 mins.  Pour into cupcake liners, bake at 350 for 15-18 mins
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We made each cupcake look as different as possible so people would be able to recognize the different flavors.  AND a menu!  I suggested a “chalkboard” picture frame menu.  My sweet cousin was so smart!  she did it on black construction paper!  So we didn’t have to worry about it rubbing off, it looked amazing!

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Comments

    • says

      is there a difference between a cube or a stick? I think it’s a regional thing, like pop or soda. 1/2 C butter is a cube/stick, AKA 8 Tbsp, AKA 1/4 of a lbs… Does that help?

  1. DeAnna says

    Hi, had to stop by again real quick to let you know I did use your recipe for the Vanilla Cupcakes and Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. I made them for my grandsons 5th birthday as I wanted something special and they were…Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I was so happy with how they turned out. Everyone loved them. I did the icing blue for water…printed off some sails and flags and stuck them in a mounds bar for the ship. He had a pirate party. :-)

  2. Amber says

    these look outstanding. I am dying to try! But, I am confused because I can’t find the *perfected frosting recipe*… what am I missing? would ya mind giving me a hand in finding this recipe?

    thanks!

    • says

      Just the cupcake recipes here, sorry, I took down the frosting recipes because they are so unique I don’t want people stealing them (saving them for my cook book when I get famous ;)

  3. Jennifer Y says

    HI!
    YOU ARE TRULY TALENTED! CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT TIP AND TECHNIQUE YOU USED TO DECORATE THESE WITH?
    THANKS!

  4. Maria says

    Love the look! Congrats! Thank you for the cupcake recipes but I don’t see the buttercream frosting recipes? Where are those?

    • says

      their aren’t any, just the cupcake recipes. My buttercream is very unique and I don’t share my cake business recipes. I’m saving them for a book deal someday.

  5. Beatrice says

    Hello there, your pics are beautiful. I bake a lot and wanted to know, do these recipes from the box mixes require a 15.25 or 18 or any specific size box?

    • says

      Ummmm I use whatever box is on sale? I don’t usually care too much, but Betty Crocker is my first choice. I assumed all boxes were the same size (I only use boxes for cupcakes and I almost NEVER make cupcakes.

    • says

      I’m talking about the Universal mixer, the big machine, not a hand mixer, so i use the whisks, not the cookie paddles. If you use a hand mixer the traditional beaters work fine.

    • says

      as a professional cake decorator I don’t share any of my from scratch cake and frosting recipes. I’m saving them for a cookbook someday. Sorry.

  6. Edna says

    I was just wondering what type of pudding mix is called for in these recipes? Instant pudding mix or Cook to Serve pudding mix?

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