Simple cupcake recipe for beginners

Simple cupcake recipe for beginners

Simple cupcake recipe for beginners is not hard to find but you don’t even need to search: they are all here, gathered into a selection of the most delicious and easy to make. If you are not experienced in cooking, these recipes are exactly what you need. What’s more, you will see how diverse cupcakes can be and, maybe, you will invent something of your own!

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The very best simple cupcake recipes

Cupcakes are very much like muffins and simple cakes but they are different due to the plenty of tender delicious cream used for decoration and other ingredients used for the pastry. Let’s see how you can bake come cupcakes at home even if you are not an experienced pastry chef.

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So, the best simple cupcake recipe requires the following ingredients:

  • 100g of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla-flavored sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

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Easy and straightforward steps on how to bake cake

It’s necessary to take the butter and eggs from the fridge in advance: they need to be of the room temperature when you start preparing the pastry. Then, turn on the oven. By the moment you have the pastry ready for baking, your oven needs to be preheated to 180 degrees Celsius.

Prepare the baking molds. Cupcakes are normally made in silicone, paper or tin molds. Silicone or tin ones need to be greased thoroughly before you put the pastry into them. If you take paper ones, it will be enough to rub them from the inside with greased fingers.

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Now, melt the butter slightly (not completely!) and mix with sugar. Then, start whisking it through until the mass is airy, white and puffy. The evenness is not the only criterion: the mixture needs to have the look of whipped cream.

Now, it’s time to add eggs. If they are cold, the consistency of the pastry will be grainy and it’s not what you need. Add milk and vanilla. If you want, you can add other flavors: orange and lemon peel, cinnamon, cognac or whatever else you want to use for the flavor.

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Sift the flour together with the baking powder and salt and add to the butter with eggs. Then, fold the pastry accurately with a spatula. Take the pastry with a spoon and put into the prepared molds filling them at 2/3 of their height. Then, bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

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The readiness of cupcakes is checked with a finger. Press your finger gently on the top center of a cupcake. If it’s springy, the cupcakes are ready. Take them out of the oven, cool down at the room temperature, and then decorate with any topping: a cream, chocolate, and so on.

You can also use any filling like jam, chocolate, nuts, berries, and so on. You can also add cocoa powder to a part of the pastry and mix it with the white part when putting it into the molds. Unleash your imagination and you will see that decorating is a cool thing!

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The fastest cupcakes for beginners ever!

This is a super quick recipe for those who want something tasty but have no time and even no oven.


  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar and a pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of any vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
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Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl with the help of a mixer at a low speed. You will receive the pastry that looks like dense sour cream. Put it into solid ceramic mugs filling them by a half. Put into a microwave oven for 3 to 4 minutes but keep an eye on the cupcakes because the pastry can overfill the cups.

Take them out, cool down a little and serve without taking out of the mugs. You can add some dried fruits into the pastry, like raisins, prunes or dried apricots. It’s also possible to add fresh or dried berries, nuts or citrus peel.

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Decorate the cakes with caster sugar, low-fat whipped cream or any sweet cream of your choice. This is one of the best cupcake recipes without oven, a really simple one and with the most affordable ingredients.

Apple cupcakes with cinnamon

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These cupcakes will amaze you with a classical combination of apples, nuts and cinnamon in a small dessert.


  • 60ml of vegetable oil
  • 2 apples
  • 300g of flour
  • 225g of yogurt
  • 100g of cane sugar
  • 100g of hazelnuts (or any other that you like or can afford)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Salt to taste

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt. In another bowl, mix the yogurt with oil and egg. Then, by and by, add the dry ingredients into the yogurt mixture. Mix thoroughly or whisk slightly.

Peel the apples, cut them into small cubes and add to the pastry with nuts. Prepare the molds and fill them with the pastry by 2/3 of their height. Season each one with cinnamon and bake in the preheated oven (200 degrees Celsius) for 25 minutes.

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Now to the cream. The simplest topping for cupcakes is ganache. The ingredients are as follows:

  • 170g of dark chocolate (min 62% of cocoa)
  • 180ml of the richest cream you can find
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

Put all the ingredients into a heatproof bowl and melt on a boiling-water bath until the mass becomes even. Keep an eye on it all the time and never let the mixture boil. Then, pour the ganache over the cupcakes and leave them in the fridge until the cream gets solid.

Banana cupcakes with raspberries

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You can replace the raspberry filling with anything else you like: more bananas, chocolate, dried fruits, jam, or whatever you like.


  • 3 bananas
  • 150g of sugar
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 110g of butter + 100g of butter for the cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml of milk
  • 20ml of olive (or any other vegetable oil)
  • 20g of honey
  • 500g of flour
  • 10g of baking powder
  • 10g of salt
  • 350g of cottage cheese
  • 125g of caster sugar
  • 50g of fresh raspberries

Mash the bananas with a fork, add soft butter with all the sugar, eggs and milk, olive oil and honey. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and whisk slightly. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix again and whisk slightly.

Put the pastry into prepared molds and bake in the preheated oven (175 degrees Celsius) for 15 minutes.

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Mix the part of the butter spared for the cream with the cottage cheese and caster sugar, and whisk at a high speed with a hand mixer. Add raspberries previously mashed in a blender.

When the cupcakes get ready, take them from the oven and let cool down for a while. Use a spoon to accurately remove the center of the cupcakes (turning them into cups actually) and fill the space with the prepared cottage cheese cream. Decorate the tops with remnants of the cream.

Easy cupcakes without fat

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These cupcakes are a perfect dessert for those people who want to lose weight but need something sweet from time to time.


  • 3 eggs
  • 125g of sugar
  • 10g of baking powder
  • 180g of flour
  • 10g of vanilla-flavored sugar

Put the eggs into the fridge for a while to cool them down. Then break them into a bowl and whisk through with sugar until the mass turns into an even smooth foam. Add baking powder, vanilla, and flour. Fold the pastry gently with a spatula.

Put the pastry into prepared molds and bake in the preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) for 25 minutes.

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These are several delicious basic cupcake recipes for beginners. Some of them may seem somewhat complicated for you but this is only an illusion. Mixing all the ingredients together and leaving them to bake is not complicated. Try these recipes and amaze your guests and family with your baking talents. They will definitely love your efforts and the desserts you will offer to them.

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