A themed party can be made infinitely better with color-coding. This means keeping the napkins, drinks, straws, plates and cups all one color. In this case, that color is lavender, and the theme extends to the cupcakes. Turning your formerly bland colored cupcakes a lovely shade of lavender involves starting with a white or vanilla cake mix. (White cake mixes will work better than vanilla, simply due to their base color.) Add in a few drops of food coloring before combining the ingredients, and voila!
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If you like salted caramel then these cupcakes are your dream come true. The cupcakes contain a mixture of vanilla extract, sugar, butter, milk and a few other ingredients. Once they’re baked, warm caramel sauce is poured over and into them, thanks to a series of holes that are poked into each cupcake beforehand. They are then topped with home salted caramel buttercream frosting. Sprinkle on a little course salt before serving in order to continue the theme.
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The trick to making a tasty copycat “Twinkie”- like cupcake involves mastering the sponge cake. While sponge cakes aren’t overly hard to make, their recipes do contain several tricky steps that baking newbies may need some time to master. Separating egg whites from their yolks, are one of these. However, following this recipe to the letter results in some tasty sponge cake cupcake stuffed with marshmallow-fluff based filling and topped marshmallow buttercream frosting. Very sweet indeed!
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a. Simple yet elegant and tasty, vanilla cupcakes are timeless treat. These delicious vanilla cupcakes are topped with rich and creamy, colored butter cream frosting for that melt in your mouth texture. A light sprinkling of metallic dressage gives these cupcakes a casual but classy look. These are great for any occasion and, because of the basic look and ingredients, you have the freedom to make the butter cream frosting suite any of your needs.
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These vanilla snowman cupcakes are rather healthy, that is, until you add in the “snowman” decorations! The cupcakes are made from a boxed mix that has yogurt, water and egg whites added to it. This keep the low-fat factor fairly high. The frosting is made from vanilla extract, sugar, water and unsalted butter. Once the cupcakes are baked and iced, the fun begins – the mini-marshmallows and other candies that go on top aren’t exactly low in fat, but they sure taste great and make these treats look adorable!
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Sure, you can add sprinkles to a vanilla cupcake mix (this turns them into Funfetti cupcakes) or chocolate chips (which makes them chocolate chip cupcakes), but crushed up chocolate? Yes, it is possible – if you follow this recipe. Rather than adding cocoa powder to the mix, the crushed up chocolate remains suspended in the batter, turning these treats into vanilla cupcakes with chocolate, hence the name. Top off with some buttercream frosting and few sprinkles before serving them!
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The classic red velvet cupcake contains just a hint of unsweetened cocoa powder, as well as buttermilk, white vinegar and vanilla extract. Once you have those in the batter, the cupcakes can be tinted any color – including the classic red, which is where the cupcakes get their name. However, you can also combine blue and violet gel food coloring to get these unabashedly patriotic blue velvet cupcakes. Once they have been coated in white vanilla buttercream frosting and some colorful sprinkles, they are ready to be enjoyed!
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A perfect, classic vanilla cupcake is something worth snacking on. This particular recipe for them “take the cake” – pun fully intended. The batter consists of classic ingredients like flour, vanilla extract, buttermilk, eggs, sugar, salt, butter and baking powder. After they’ve baked, top them with some homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, and a sprinkle or two. Or, if you’re feeling daring, add on some fresh fruit, a few gummy candies, or anything else that strikes your fancy!
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With so many different potential cupcake flavor combinations, sometimes the simple ones get overlooked and taken for granted. For example, look at these golden vanilla dream cupcakes. They don’t have any unusual ingredients (no fruit, no tea powder, no herb infused butters). Just simple flour, buttermilk, vanilla extract and the like. They are topped with vanilla buttercream frosting and a few round sprinkles. Place them (liner and all) in an outer paper cupcake holder and serve. They’ll look just like presents!
Snickerdoodles are delightfully cinnamon-y cookies that can be enjoyed year-round. These snickerdoodle cupcakes follow suit, and are flavored with cinnamon, a tiny bit of nutmeg, and vanilla extract. The rest of the batter is made from a mixture of flour, cornstarch, salt, vegetable oil and several other things. Once these cupcakes have had the chance to bake and cool, top them off with a homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, just to add a little more sweetness to go with all of the cinnamon.
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