cupcake tutorial

How to make perfect cupcakes using a mix.
Because even Saucy doesn't always have time for scratch cupcakes (and if she does, she uses this cookbook).

Pick your mix. Don't pay any attention to the package directions. Saucy is serious about this. It's her way or the highway.

You will need: one package of cake mix (use the good kind... Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines), three large eggs, one half cup of butter or margarine, and one cup of water. Saucy usually bakes with butter - she's a butter fan - but for a batch of cupcakes from a mix, margarine will do just fine.

Melt the margarine in the microwave.


Dump everything into the bowl of your mixer. Mix on low speed for a couple of minutes, scraping the bowl a couple of times. Then fire that bad-boy up and mix on high speed for a minute or so.


For this batch, Saucy is making red velvet cupcakes. She added about a tablespoon of vinegar and many, many drops of red food colouring. Actually, paste food colour (like Wilton no-taste red) is best for this if you can get your hands on it.





Cool them on a rack absolutely and completely before you do anything to them. You knew that.




In case you are wondering what Saucy's filling is, it's just a nice smooth mixture of some chocolate buttercream and vanilla buttercream leftover from the cupcakes for the bake sale, whipped up with some real cream until light and fluffy. It's very light and not too sweet. Really.



Red velvet cupcakes need cream cheese frosting! Saucy mixes one 8 oz package of cream cheese and one cup of butter or white margarine* (both softened to room temperature) in the stand mixer and gradually add four cups of icing sugar. A pinch of salt and a teaspoon of vanilla never hurt anybody. When it's all blended in, pour a tablespoon or so of whipping cream while the mixer is going full-tilt and the frosting gets super creamy. That's good.


Check out Saucy's really big piping tip, it's parked on the biggest pastry bag she owns - its 20" long.


And no, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you... she put a little blue food colouring into that frosting because she lurrves blue and red together. It's just snazzier.







* White margarine is sold in Canada at Real Canadian Superstore, Extra Foods, Loblaws, OK Economy or Zehr's... it's just margarine without the yellow colour and that's a good thing if you want really white frosting or a really pure colour.

73 comments:

Faye said...

SAUCY,THANKS FOR SHARING.THESE LOOK YUMMY!HAVE A BLESSED EVENING!

Cherie said...

That's awesome. But I've never heard of white margarine. Anyone out there have any idea of where you could purchase that in the US?

Suzy said...

Love the tutorial Saucy. I fill my cupcakes too, without a melon baller. Just stick your tip in deep through the top and squeeze to fill. I use jams or puddings sometimes.
Keep it Sweet, Sweet Saucy!

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Oh Saucy, you make everything look so perty.

I think I may have to frost Zack's cupcakes like that.

Saucy said...

I have a long filling tip that I can use sometimes to fill cupcakes without using the melon baller, if the cake isn't too dense.

White margarine: I'm not sure where you could find it in the US but is there a type of butter that has no yellow colouring in it? That would work.

Chris said...

Wait so what kind of cake is that chocolate that you use for red velvet ? never made it but have wanted to , I am gonna try this week.

Brooke said...

love a good tutorial! Thanks Saucy! Is icing sugar, confectioners sugar?

Jerri-Lea said...

More cupcake teasers!! They look delicious!! (We made Easter sugar cookies today and hope to ice them tomorrow... too busy today walking around the Forestry Farm.)

jkddz said...

I'm going to search for a cake mix right now!!! yummy... thanks for sharing

Cassandra said...

Seriously?? More beautifully made, perfect looking baked goods?? Making Betty Crocker herself look like a mere amature... :)

Saucy said...

Answers:

Confectioner's sugar = icing sugar, they are the same thing.

For red velvet cake, start with any light chocolate or milk chocolate cake mix and add the vinegar and red food colouring as I suggest in the tutorial.

Aspergertopia said...

Oh my goodness. They are gorgeous!!!

And in my 2 favorite colors together.

I am absolutely going to make them.

Thank you so much Saucy.

MJ said...

Park this in your "Oldies" box so I can locate it if needed.

I'm perplexed: why the vinegar with the red food dye?

I was thinking of you when I purchased Wilton cupcake icing bag/tips this past weekend. I was thinking, "Why am I doing this? Do I need something else to do?" but K and N would really enjoy the special icing. I'll make a note of the recipe book too!

Saucy said...

MJ:

Adding the vinegar with the red food colouring is just a coincidence. I add red to the chocolate cake mix to make the red velvet look red, the vinegar makes it smoother and a little less sweet. Every red velvet recipe I have seen has some vinegar in it.

the treat girl said...

Oh! thank you, thank you!! I am brand new to the world of baking cupcakes from scratch...so these are a perfect compromise for me to try!! I can't wait!!!!!....hmmm maybe chocolate with peanut butter in them too???

Leica said...

hey these look GREAT! I always wondered what Red Velvet Cake was, in the states they are everywhere, but never tried one. Must try it now~

catnip said...

~wipes drool off chin~

Mrs. L said...

those are so beautiful you are so talented...and creative...yummy... Lisa

Chandra said...

Ooh, I'm making these for a baby shower! Thanks for sharing your Saucy secrets with us:D

Anonymous said...

Thanks Saucy! I can't wait to try this. Dena

3rdEyeMuse said...

not only very informative, but so entertaining, too - and thanks for the photo's!

tidymom said...

Saucy YOU ARE THE GIRL!!! Thank you!!!!

I added your post to my Tumblr - TidyMom Finds, and I plan to post it on my blog soon!

~TidyMom

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh Saucy, you have skillz. YUM!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Awww that's just mean showing them to your room mate lol

Tammy said...

Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering! These look so yummy. I am definitely going to try out your recipe for both the cupcakes and the frosting. Thanks for sharing!

Sonya said...

Those look so GOOD! And tell me you gave one to the dog.

adrienne said...

Those look fantastic. I have a real weakness for cupcakes.

Angela said...

I Lurves me some of your tutorials!
Thanks again,

Angela

The Girl Next Door said...

This is totally awesome. I had no idea "box cupcakes" could be so good. And sprinkles? The fabric of life....

sassy studio said...

looks amazing....thanks for the tips...tea soon? must start planning sprouts bday!

Bradpetehoops said...

Delicious cupcakes!

Junie Moon said...

I appreciate the tutorial, it's useful but a fun read at the same time. The end results are fabulous. Thank you!

Babsarella said...

Serious yummers!!! I am SO makin these cuppie-cakes. Maybe for the company coming for dinner on Saturday. mmm mmm good.

Gabriela said...

Hello,

How cool is this? Loved this cupcake tutorial!


~ Gabriela ~

MJ said...

N loves your cupcake photos and specifically requests to visit your blog so she can "page down" through the cupcakes in this and your previous post! She's one kid with a sweet tooth!

Bridget said...

Oh, yum! If only I could reach through the screen! It would be a great nightcap! :)

mlafayette said...

Thanks saucy... My husband was asking for cream cheese icing for the cinnamon buns I made last night. I am glad I was able to get into your blog and print out the recipe for him :)

Chandra said...

I'm making these beauties for Easter...thanks so much for the delish recipe!

Trace Geworsky said...

I will now be on the hunt for white margarine.
Where do you guys come up with these great recipes?
TRace G
scrapper_t@mts.net

Amanda said...

Red Velvet Elvis! Love it! Just like the name of Nick J's dog, Elvis!
:) sabkhowell@msn.com

Caroline said...

Tried this today. It's awesome. Love the cupcake love the frosting love the look! One question though - how big is your icing tip. The biggest round one I could find was a Wilton #12 but there was also a huge jumbo set that was much bigger...

amandasmom said...

I have to make these!! Anything cream cheese and I'm in love.
amandasmom
allustoms@shaw.ca

Joanna said...

Oh yummy! I love red velvet, but I've never had cupcakes made from it before. And cream cheese frosting!! I should head to the store and get the stuff to make them!

specialksmommy@yahoo.com

Genette said...

Wow - these look so good and I like the way you scoop out the middle to put frosting inside. That is a neat trick I never knew!!!

loving your blog more and more..

gimonkey111@att.net

michelleb. said...

The 10yo and I made these over Spring Break. I AM NOT A BAKER, but figured we'd give your recipe a try. Guess what? I AM A BAKER, now! I took all the credit. They were delish! Our decorating skills need a bit of practice, though.

Mariie-Piier said...

This tutorial is awesome! But I don't think I'll try it because obviously I'm too bad and too lazy to try and then realize how bad they look xD I'm gonna keep it at admiring them right here in front of my computer :P
marie_cool78@hotmail.com
Can't believe how you have a huge imagination...

michelleb. said...

Ok...I'm a little slow to catch on. Blogger does not show my email and I never left it in my comment from 4/25
mblaise29@yahoo.com

Catharine said...

Amazing. Thanks for the tip, I'm making cupcakes for my daughter's birthday and I'm going to use your ideas...

mikeandcatharine@gmail.com

cgarcia0x said...

your seriously amazing at cupcakes! Im going to write down all your recipes you post!
cgarcia0x@hotmail.com

Tina Maharath said...

DELIC!
tmaharath@yahoo.com

mblaise3 said...

My mom makes thoes except puts chocolate icing in the middle. They're very good with that little surprise in the middle!!
mblaise@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Wow, those look delicious I am going to bookmark this post and make them.
Shelley
beaumontwoodworking@sympatico.ca

Christine said...

So I printed this off and now I'm going to have to try it because I love cupcakes, icing, cupcakes WITH filling and lots of sprinkles. TASTY!

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com

Solanaceae said...

What size open round tip do you use for frosting this way?

Vone said...

I made them for my daughter's 4th birthday. I don't think I will make cupcakes any other way anymore.
Thanks.
I tweeted about this post and linked you in my blog.
http://howtodosomething.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-throw-4th-birthday-party.html

Jennifer said...

How do you get the cupcakes to rise so beautifully? I made cupcakes today using your recipe and the cupcakes just kind of spilled over the top of the muffin tin. It definitely wasn't pretty and I'm open to suggestions on how to correct the problem. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! Saucy your the best :D

Tiffany said...

What kind of icing piper are you using? It doesn't look like a bag....looks easy to clean, lol.

Allison Moffitt said...

I just made the cupcakes and cream cheese frosting. So far I have just tasted the frosting....and it is hands down the BEST CREAM CHEESE FROSTING that I have ever had!! This recipe is a keeper!

Lillianna Grace said...

Great great tutorial! Thanks for putting it up. Do you find that it matters whether or not there is pudding in the mix?

Patricia said...

Saucy, where did you find your jumbo piping tip for the icing? I've searched all over without success! Please tell! :)

kkgoh said...

Thank you Saucy for sharing, looks very tasty and yummy

Kate said...

I love the idea of putting the icing in the middle! So fun!

new york door hangers said...

Just added this blog to my favorites. I enjoy seeing your designs and hope you keep them coming!
Thanks for sharing with us.

Renee said...

For some reason I read this entire tutorial in an elmo voice..because of the 3rd person stuff lol.

RevitaDerm said...

It's awesome. Love the cupcake love the frosting love the look!

Anonymous said...

http://tidymom.net/2007/the-perfect-cupcake-using-a-mix/
looks familiar...

Saucy said...

Anonymous,

Yeah. I know. I posted it here first, whatever. That's life. She's running with it now.

Saucy

Vone said...

I just wanted to share that this is the only way I make cake now. Thanks for the variation it's so yummy.

Here's the latest cupcakes I made for my daughter's 4th.
http://howtodosomething.blogspot.ca/2012/04/how-to-make-disco-cupcakes.html

Idiot baker said...

Saucy, if you're making this with butter instead of margarine, can it also be melted?

Saucy said...

Yes, it can be melted or softened... I actually use real butter when I'm baking these for the family but I use those little handy bricks of margarine when I have 20 cheerleaders in the kitchen baking for a bake sale. Buying enough butter for 800 cupcakes would bankrupt me!!

Use the same amount, a half cup!

Saucy

bedroom set said...

Hey People,
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Home run! Thanks for creating something worth reading!

Anonymous said...

Made these for a cookout a month or so ago (my sister told me about your recipe). They were a HUGE HIT!!! Everyone raved about them all day! I'm making them again tonight for a tailgate tomorrow! Thank you for sharing!!