What's short and sweet and cute as a button? Cupcakes! And everyone loves 'em! Trusted favorites at picnics, potlucks, and bake sales, cupcakes go equally well at relaxed and informal gatherings or at elegant parties. Here are 50 scrumptious ways to bring smiles and those nostalgic memories back faster than a kid can lick the batter off a beater. Try a Cinnamon Sugar Puff Cupcake—they go from mixing bowl to oven to one happy taker in less than an hour. Who needs a peanut butter cup when there's a peanut butter cupcake in the house? Ethereal Lemon Angel Cupcakes soar even higher when served with some fresh seasonal fruit. With tips and techniques for perfect cupcake-making, basic "head-start" recipes, and gorgeous photographs, it's time to get out the baking pans and join the cupcake craze. These diminutive cakes may be small but they stand tall in the world of sweets.
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1⁄2 teaspoon 12 REGULAR CUPCAKES 20 minutes CUPCAKE almond extract baking powder baking soda brown sugar Carefully place center comes chocolate chips chocolate cupcakes cinnamon sugar comes out clean cooking spray cool completely Cool the cupcakes covered and stored cream cheese cream of tartar cup of batter cup sugar cupcakes top side cups unbleached all-purpose cups with paper double boiler egg whites electric mixer Fill each paper flour mixture hands with pot holders and holding holding the pan large bowl large eggs low speed minutes CUPCAKE BAKING muffin tin cups pan and rack paper cupcake liners paper liners place the wire Position a rack pot holders powdered sugar Preheat the oven Protecting your hands rack on top recipe refrigerate release the cupcakes room temperature Sour Cream spatula spoon stir Stop the mixer tablespoons teaspoon vanilla extract toothpick inserted tops feel firm Turn the cupcakes unbleached all-purpose flour whipping cream wire rack