Take time to get out the ingredients, bake cupcakes and make frosting, then feel disappointed by the end result. Has it ever happened to you? It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. Today, that changes for good! With only three elementary tips, my 3 Keys to Cupcake Success, you can overhaul your methods and make cupcakes great again. By simply following these pointers, you will elevate any cupcake you make to superstar status. Just. Like. That.
1 – Start with a superb cake recipe.
My Best Buttery Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes are stellar, out of this world, moist, buttery and I’ve yet to serve it to anyone who didn’t say, “I could eat just the cake, it’s so good.” Having said that, there are millions of awesome cupcake recipes out there, so find one you love. If you’re after chocolate cupcakes, check out these Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes (or the vegan version, which is equally delish!).
2 – Top with frosting that’s as good as the cake.
Forego the crusty over-decorated cupcakes and get down to business with an honest- to-goodness frosting that tastes like something besides confectioners’ sugar. Use real ingredients, real flavorings and take as much care making the frosting as you did the cake. I love this secret ingredient Superfood Fudge Frosting on vanilla cupcakes (or right off a spoon!) and I don’t think you can ever go wrong with 2-Ingredient Mascarpone Frosting. For a delicate, old-fashioned taste, make a batch of Old Fashioned Cooked Frosting (it’s the famous red velvet cake frosting!). If you’re a cream cheese fan, you will love my Best Cream Cheese Frosting.
3 – Remember, frosting to cake ratio is crucial.
Frost those babies like you mean it! Aim for a nearly 1:1 ratio of frosting to cake, then tweak that depending upon the type cake you’re using. Skimpy frosting is just that… skimpy. It leaves us wanting. When you use a great frosting that is well-suited to the cake beneath, people want to have enough. I adjust down a bit when I make filled cupcakes, and use a touch less frosting, but otherwise, 1:1 works best, in my opinion.