I bake LOTS of cupcakes. I rarely eat them, but I bring cupcakes to work, or send them to Brad's office at least every 2 weeks, and for all birthdays and holiday celebrations. I love to bake them and decorate them!
Tomorrow, the staff members from all the Catholic Charities San Bernadino Counties are meeting for an all-day Staff Professional Development Day on "Self-Care in Service to Others". I am leading two of the breakout sessions on "Art for fun and Relaxation". We are doing watercolors, making mini-scrapbooks, and DECORATING CUPCAKES!
I baked 115 cupcakes, and am making seven batches of buttercream frosting this afternoon, in 7 different colors. ! I have 15 kinds of candy/toppings and 15 kinds of sprinkles. Participants will learn to use pastry bags with different tips.
I usually make my cupcakes from scratch, but you can make great cupcakes from a cake mix! Here are my two hints for perfect cake mix cupcakes:
Try this recipe from cupcake gurus Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, authors of Hello Cupcake!, What's New Cupcake? and Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh My!
One box of cake mix (French Vanilla, White, Yellow, Chocolate or Devil's Food)
Follow directions on the box, EXCEPT replace water with buttermilk, use the amount of vegetable oil it says on the box, and ALWAYS use 4 eggs or egg whites, regardless of the instructions. That's it! Perfect cupcakes!
I also want to share my handy new gadget called a "cupcake pen" (made by Tovolo)
There is less mess, cupcakes come out uniform in size, and it is great for mini cupcake, muffin or cake pop batter. Both ends open (for filling/cleaning), and it saved me LOTS of time on my five batches! Try it!