Cup cakes are delicious treats that can be enjoyed on pretty much any occasion, such as birthdays, parties, get togethers, and holidays. These cakes are fun, fast, and easy to make, and can be flavored and decorated in many different ways to suit the individual tastes of the people who will be eating them.
A simple cup cake recipe starts with getting all the ingredients together you will need to make these little pastries. As far as hardware goes, you will need a baking tray made for cup cakes, paper trays in which to put the cupcake batter in, and an oven, be it a large oven or a toaster oven. Ingredients to make the cup cake recipe are sugar, baking powder, shortening, milk, flour, vanilla and eggs, but you may find that it’s simpler for you to just use a cake mix instead. Finally, frosting needs to be prepared to be spread over the cup cakes. Recipes for frosting are out of the scope of this article about cup cake recipes, but if you search the web or your grocery store you can find some recipes or good preprepared frosting. With all of the ingredients together, you’re ready to actually begin baking!
To actually prepare the cup cake recipe, begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all the dry ingredients, as in, 1 1/3 cups of sugar, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 2 1/4 cups of flour. Once that is done, add 1/2 cup of shortening, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 cup of milk. If vanilla is not available, you can easily substitute it with the same amount of maple syrup. Beat the new mixture for one minute, making sure to get everything off the sides before continuing. Now add the eggs, and beat the mixture for one minute again. You can now add any other flavors that you may like, such as chocolate. Pour the completed mixture into the baking tray, making sure not to forget to add the paper liners to the tray so that the cup cakes will have something to bake in and can be easily removed after being done baking. Depending on the size of the cup cakes in the tray, they may need to bake for different times, but generally 20 to 25 minutes should result in perfect cup cakes. If unsure, check periodically with a toothpick. When the toothpick comes cleanly out of the center, the cup cakes are finally complete!
Cup cakes are quick and delicious treats that the whole family will appreciate and that can be made with relatively few ingredients. Experiment with different flavors and frostings, and you will find that this humble recipe will never get boring.