Mondays We Cook: My First Cupcakes

February 23, 2015
 
When I made my first muffins I mentioned the intention to go one step further and make cupcakes. They are one of today's most popular desserts. These small delights are perfect for every occasion whether you offer them to someone else or you need some comfort food for yourself. I also love the fact that you can get creative when you decorate them. The possibilities are endless!



 In order to get inspiration and see every detail I bought some "professional" cupcakes. They are the ones you can see in the photos below. The ones in the first photo are mine. Even though they are quite easy to make I found that mastering the topping using a pastry bag is not as easy as it seems. But you know what they say: practice makes perfect!
 


Without further ado, here's the recipe.

Ingredients

• 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
• 1 1/3 cups sugar
• 3 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup shortening
• 1 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 large eggs
 
Directions
 
Preheat oven to 350ºF/170ºC. 
 
Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
 
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Add shortening, milk, and vanilla.  Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Add eggs to the mixture.  Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Beat on high speed for 1 minute 30 seconds until well mixed.
 
Spoon cupcake batter into paper liners until 1/2 to 2/3 full.
 
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
 
Cool 5 minutes in pans then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.
 
Once cupcakes are completely cooled, frost with your favorite frosting recipe or decorate as you desire.


Enjoy,
Cristina xo
 

15 comments

  1. These are so cute! Great job! I love cupcakes..too bad they're not good for your health but they're definitely great for putting you in a good mood :)
    xx
    Kenzie
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  2. Hey, that's actually a great idea. Buying something professionally done and using it as a guide and inspiring. That's great and it looks like your cupcakes came out great, too. I wish I can bake like that.
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  3. Yum these looks delish and I think look just as good as the "professional" ones.

    Abby
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  4. OMG great job!! They look delicious!
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  5. Yours look really great too!
    xo
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  6. These look amazing and delicious!! Now I need to try making something like these!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  7. Yummy cupcakes.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    XO

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  9. OMG. These look amazing. I can't believe this is your first time making these. They look perfect!
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  10. OMG look so good!
    love it

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  11. They looks so yummy!

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  13. Those cupcakes look delicious!

    - Liz
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