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The World's Best Cupcake Recipe

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"The World's Best Cupcake" seems like a grand title, but that's the statement made by people that taste this recipe. Give it a try and see for yourself!

  • Hands-On Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour
  • Servings: Approximately 20 Cupcakes
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  • ( this works really well for any flavor! I am listing Red Velvet here, but you can easily do Chocolate or Vanilla. Just match the instant pudding flavor to the cake flavor that you choose : )
  • 1 box - Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups - Instant chocolate dry pudding mix (any brand as long as it's instant)
  • 2 cups - Water
  • 1/2 cup - Vegetable oil
  • 3/4 - cup - Egg whites
  • ( If you want a pre-made frosting try Duncan Hines Creamy Home-Style Cream Cheese Frosting with this. If you want an easy homemade recipe this one is delicious!)
  • 3 cups - Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1/2 cup - Heavy whipping Cream
  • 1 cup - Cream Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons - Vanilla

Baking Instructions

  1. FOR THE CAKE...
  2. Preheat the oven to 350. Pour all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat together until the batter is no longer lumpy. Batter will be thicker that most cake batter which is what you want. Distribute batter evenly into lined cupcake pans.
  3. Cook until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of a cupcake. About 20 mins. Cool cake before frosting.
  5. Pour all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat until everything is creamy.
  6. To thicken frosting you can add more powdered sugar until the desired consistency is reached.
  7. Cool frosting in the fridge until the cake is ready to be frosted. Have fun decorating!!!

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How to Fill and Frost a Cupcake | Duncan Hines®

How to Fill and Frost a Cupcake | Duncan Hines®

Perfectly level moist cakes

Perfectly level moist cakes

As soon as my cakes come out of the oven I place a clean bar towel over the cake. With a pot holder I then press the cake down slowly all the way around to make it level with the top of the pan. You must do this while the cake is very hot or it will crack. This makes the cake not only level with the pan but also makes the cake extra moist. Let the cake cool in the pan before turning out. Do not do this if you want a very fluffy cake. This makes a very dense but wonderful cake.

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