Cupcakes are a food that can satisfy many cravings one may have. You can eat cupcakes at a festive party, birthday party, for breakfast or even for an on-the-go snack. And they come in a variety of flavors. You can dress them up with colorful icing on top, sprinkles, candy, or even write a small message with a tube of syrup. And how filling they are! You really just can’t go wrong with this tasty treat.
A major plus is that they don’t take very long to prepare. You just have to throw some ingredients together, mix, and bake. And kids even love to step in and help.
The first thing you do is make sure you have all the ingredients needed for your cupcakes. This includes your favorite boxed cake mix, icing, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. You may use round paper cupcake cups in a cupcake pan or use foil cupcake cups. The foil kind will stand on their own. You will also need a large mixing bowl, mixer, large spoon and a measuring cup.
First, set your oven to 350 degrees so it can begin heating while you mix the ingredients together. Next, in your mixing bowl, combine your cake mix, 1 1/4 cup of water, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, and 3 eggs. Then mix up everything with a mixer. Using a mixer makes all the difference. Mix on low speed for one minute. Now, scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a large spoon so that the ingredients can be completely mixed together. Resume mixing on low speed for one more minute.
Now that everything is mixed, place your cupcake cups into the cupcake openings of your cupcake pan. Fill each cupcake cup 2/3 full. Your oven should be heated by now, so go ahead and place the cupcakes into the oven and simply wait for 17 minutes. Time will vary at high altitudes.
When the time is completed, take out the cupcakes. Stick a toothpick or a fork in the center of the largest cupcake to test if they’re finished baking. If it comes out clean with no batter on it, then they are done. If not, place them back into the oven for a few more minutes. Let them cool for about 20 minutes before icing them. If you don’t wait, the icing will melt and run all over the cupcake.
Some people choose not to ice their cupcakes and eat them like a muffin. This is just as good. I am an icing lover, so I always put icing on mine.
My all-time favorite cupcake is one that I had at my school valentine party when I was in second grade. A mother brought strawberry cupcakes with strawberry icing and they had red hot candy on top of them. Oh my goodness, they were so incredibly good! And they are still my favorite to this day.
I will never forget the story my professional writing professor, Mel Odom, told us in class. His little girl was experiencing a hard time in school and was shy when it came to making new friends. Mel and his little girl got up early one morning, made muffins and she proudly passed them out to all her little classmates. The muffins were a huge success! This opened the door for much happy conversation and everything was better for her after that.
A parent could very well replace the muffins with cupcakes and it will make for quite a few smiles in the classroom. Happy baking!