Top 10 List: Favorite Cupcake Recipes

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[We continue to update the “Top 10” series of posts with cupcakes!]

Cupcakes have taken on a life of their own over the last five years or so. Chic little shops have popped up everywhere, there are numerous TV shows based on the handheld confections, and the flavor combinations seem endless. Aside from one cupcake shop (Baked & Wired in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC), I have yet to be blown away by any cupcake from any of those chic little shops. Most times I find the cupcakes to be rather dry and the frosting just okay.

As a result, I revel in making cupcakes at home. All kinds of cupcakes – chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin, red velvet, boozy – it’s all fair game. Below is an updated list of my 10 favorite cupcake recipes… Enjoy!

1. Coconut Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Frosting

Coconut Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Frosting | browneyedbaker.com

2. Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting | browneyedbaker.com

3. Guinness, Whiskey and Irish Cream Cupcakes

Guinness, Whiskey & Irish Cream Cupcakes | browneyedbaker.com

4. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes | browneyedbaker.com

5. Margarita Cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes | browneyedbaker.com

6. Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting | browneyedbaker.com

7. Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | browneyedbaker.com

8. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes | browneyedbaker.com

9. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cupcakes | browneyedbaker.com

10. Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes - The best moist chocolate cupcakes recipe made from scratch! | browneyedbaker.com

What’s your favorite cupcake recipe??

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150 Responses to “Top 10 List: Favorite Cupcake Recipes”

  1. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) on May 23, 2011 at 12:12 am

    They all look wonderful but I really want to try the Irish Car Bombs..anything w/ choc and bailey’s is an automatic winner!

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    • Ian Franklin on October 21st, 2013 at 7:43 am

      It is very sad that you are tasteless enough to call this cupcake an ‘Irish bomb’. Many of us lost friends and relatives to the Irish bombing campaign. Very sad. Utterly tasteless.

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      • Veronika on November 6th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

        You need to chill out. She isn’t tasteless. Have you ever heard of the drink the Irish Car Bomb? It’s common in the United States. I’m sure she didn’t refer to the historical events.

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        • J Combs on November 8th, 2013 at 12:36 am

          The shot is a “bomb shot,” but it is also named after the many bombings that took place in (mainly) Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The shot is only available in the U. S. and many Irish-native or ancestral bartenders refuse to serve it. I wouldn’t ask for it in N. Ireland, Ireland, or Europe unless you are into fisticuffs.

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        • J Combs on November 8th, 2013 at 12:37 am

          That said, she is just naming it after the shot. I doubt she knows the history of the name and its controversy.

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        • Linda Kluth on June 28th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

          You need to wake up Veronica! I wonder if you’re one of many insensitive US surbanites who have no clue what other parts of the world really live on day to day basis. I am ashamed of you. Naming a cupcake or drink after events that hurt and destroy the lives of others is heartless to say the LEAST.

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          • Jackson on November 30th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

            I agree. It was originally a terrible and tasteless name for a shot–there is no reason to replicate it on a cupcake. (think of a “9/11 cupcake” if you need a similar reference). I notice that the name has been changed, thankfully. Just a heads up–the picture caption has not been changed, and still comes up .

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            • thegrrrr8est on April 4th, 2015 at 1:16 pm

              Oh, for Christ’s sake. It’s a freaking CUPCAKE. Want to be outraged? How about getting your panties in a knot over child sexual slavery? Or the fact that people are being beheaded and burned alive by savages? Or the impending extinction of so many animals in the world? But, a cupcake? Get a frigging grip.

          • Angela on April 6th, 2015 at 7:17 pm

            She didn’t name the shot herself, and forgive her for not knowing, but I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t know every fact about American history if you weren’t born or raised here…and maybe not even if you were. Jesus people are crazy, back off! It’s what’s it’s commonly referred to in certain parts and though it may be a sensitive subject to you, being a total jerk about it is NOT the way to “spread awareness.” You’re just going to make more enemies.

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            • tracie on August 14th, 2015 at 10:05 pm

              Can not believe all this drama is on a cupcake website. What is wrong with people? Who wakes up, gets on a cupcake site and gets offended by the name of what sounds like an incredible cupcake? Rocky Road cupcakes offend anyone? Cause it offends the heck out of me. Was once walking on a rocky road when a truck past me and I felt the sting of a rock being propelled by the tire and hitting my bare leg. How about the famous Hurricane cupcake? Survived a hurricane as a child that cupcake just might put me in therapy. Turtle cupcakes. Aren’t some species of turtles becoming extinct? How dare they tarnish the name of turtles with a caramel chocolate nutty pastry. Screwdriver infused cupcake. Remember back in the 80s when screwdrivers killed all those people at the hardware store. Tragic! Last but not least the Christmas cupcake. Looks like a winter wonderland and tastes amazing but since its referencing to a holiday that not all people agree with then lets abolish it.

      • Stephanie on February 21st, 2014 at 9:47 pm

        These are the best I’ve ever made!! Everyone who doesn’t like them has no taste in cupcakes! They are delicious in every way and I’ve got taste, so there!!! 😀

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      • twy zeebyrd on February 27th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

        Oh good grief, give it a rest with the political correctness BS lady. This lady had no intent of offending your delicate sensibilities with a recipe named car bomb. I lost people in the twin towers. If somebody names a cupcake a twin tower cupcake I wont get my panties all in a twist and be all offended and bent out of shape. You progressive liberals need to grow up a little bit. Have you never heard of freedom of speech? I fully expect you to cuss me out now, for that is what politically correct types like you do……. but frankly, I could care less if you rant and rave.

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        • Mira on June 18th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

          Couldn’t have said it better ….liberals are like babies, everything they say and feel should be tolerated by others while others can’t say anything!

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          • Dean on December 27th, 2015 at 2:13 pm

            Why do you have to bring politics in to this? What purpose does that serve??

            I am liberal to the point of considering myself a Social Democrat (that’s democracy with a heavy dose of socialism, FYI). I’m a feminist, in that I think there should be gender equality across the board. I’m a humanist in that I believe religions are more dangerous to the future of this planet than anything else out there.

            That all being said, I’m not offended by the name, and am four-square against the overly PC culture that is being cultivated here in the US.

            Maybe (rather then blaming X on whatever group the media has convinced you are your enemies) you can take a moment to realize that these are individuals with individual problems with the name, since is references a tragedy that may have affected them directly.

            Not everything is politically polarized, and your insistence on posting things like this on the internet only illustrates how easily you’ve allowed yourself to be manipulated by those who profit on distracted masses.

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    • pago on November 20th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      same here i want to try it to

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  2. Mohana on May 23, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I love your red velvet cupcakes recipe and the tiramisu are also my favorites!. From other blogs I love Annie’s Eats “Triple Chocolate Cupcakes”

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  3. linda on May 23, 2011 at 5:59 am

    all your cupcakes look fabulous but, the mocha cupcakes are calling me! love the contrast of cake to frosting!
    quick q: do you ever use non-stick baking spray inside the liners?
    i am always concerned about the baked cupcakes sticking to the liners…but, i do not like the “greasy” appearance when sprayed.

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    • Michelle on May 23rd, 2011 at 9:00 am

      Hi Linda, I never spray the pan for cupcakes, I always use liners. I just think they’re easier/less messy (plus cuter!) to pick up and eat with liners. I do sometimes just spray and omit the liners for muffins though.

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    • Sarahbeth on March 5th, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      I have been spraying the inside of the liners lately and it works wonderfully to decrease the amount of cupcake lost to paper. If you are using colored liners, however, the spray may contribute to color fade!

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  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on May 23, 2011 at 6:14 am

    This just reminded me that I don’t make cupcakes often enough! So many delicious variations to choose from:-)

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  5. Hezzi-D on May 23, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I’ve made the tiramisu ones and they are out of this world! I’m looking forward to trying the margarita ones this summer-they look perfect for an outdoor BBQ!

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  6. Claire @ Claire K Creations on May 23, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Oooh chocolate with peanut butter icing sounds amazing!

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  7. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on May 23, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I can vouch for the deliciousness of your chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and red velvet! I’ve made both, to rave reviews. I really want to try the tiramisu ones!

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  8. corinne on May 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

    it’s nuts to me that Baked and Wired is virtually unknown, but two blocks away another cupcake shop has a tv show and lines out the door. as far as i can tell they only won the popularity contest because they’re on the main street, NOT because their cupcakes are better.

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  9. Evan on May 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I love me some cupcake roundups. Love this post! Those Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes look particularly tantalizing…they’ve been added to my baking bucket list.

    My favorite cupcake? That’s a toughie. But I’m going to have to go with carrot cupcakes. With ginger-cream cheese frosting. mmmm!

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  10. Tricia on May 23, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I always have cupcakes on the brain. I especially like any that have cookies or candy in the batter. I’m making chocolate salted caramel cupcakes for a party this week and I know just from the name that I will love them. Also, cupcakes that have a filling piped in…yum.

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  11. The Café Sucré Farine on May 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I think I’ll have one of each! It would be a hard call to pick a favorite,I love so many different varieties and yours all lookincredible! I guess if you twisted my arm I would say my favorite is a vanilla cupcake with raspberry filling and buttercream icing with a touch of almond extract and vanilla beans, okay I did it!

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  12. Melissa on May 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

    This is awful, but I’m a sucker for a good funfetti cupcake with rainbow chip frosting . . . *hangs head in foodie shame* 😉

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    • samantha on December 12th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      I understand. I call them ghetto cupcakes. I can make these wonderful creations, but for some reason those still still are wonderful to me…

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  13. Jenny Flake on May 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Wow, not even sure which ones I would choose first! They all look so delicious!

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  14. Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen on May 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

    My absolute favorite are these that I made about a month or two ago… Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cupcakes! YUMMMMMM! http://caleighskitchen.com/categories/Desserts.aspx

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  15. Karla on May 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I’ve made your mocha cupcakes with espresso frosting….oh-my-goodness-amayzingness!!! I seriously could eat the frosting a la carte! 🙂

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  16. Lori Lange on May 23, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I’ll take one of each please! They all look so delicious!

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  17. Maria on May 23, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I don’t bake cupcakes enough. I need to try all of these!

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  18. Erin on May 23, 2011 at 10:03 am

    The tiramisu cupcakes are gorgeous! My favorite cupcake that I’ve made is probably red velvet with cream cheese frosting

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  19. Jennifer @ Raisin Questions on May 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    You could open your own chic little cupcake boutique with these darlings! I was wowed the first time you posted your margarita cupcake! I haven’t done much cupcake baking before, but this list is inspiring!

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  20. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on May 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

    That’s a fun list! It’s a toss up for my fav depending on the day – spice or white, both with vanilla frosting. Mmm mmm.

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  21. Francesca on May 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Have you ever tried Georgetown Cupcakes? They have 2 locations–1 in Georgetown (Washington D.C.) and one in Bethesda, Maryland. I’ve only been to the one in Bethesda.

    They.are.AMAZING.period. The BEST cupcake I’ve ever devoured.

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    • Michelle on May 23rd, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Hi Francesca, I have been to Georgetown Cupcakes (their Georgetown location), actually on the same day we went to Baked & Wired, so it made for a good comparison. I thought their cupcakes were average to good – not bad but not terribly special either. In my opinion, Baked & Wired blew them out of the water.

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      • Cortney on March 13th, 2013 at 10:28 am

        I actually JUST went to Georgetown cupcakes last week and was so terribly underwhelmed. Expensive and just not very good. Dry and flavorless cake paired with sub par frostings. I’ve made many of your cupcake recipies and they are so much better.

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        • Ayesha on December 25th, 2013 at 4:16 am

          for a Arabian Travel Market Exhbition in Dubai they floe the chefs all the way to Dubai to try out DC cupcakes… Was a big fan the girls show but not so much after I got the chance to try thier cupcakes its avarage cupcakes with nothing special.

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        • Erica on February 1st, 2014 at 3:29 pm

          Are Georgetown cupcakes that bad?

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          • Kerry on February 10th, 2014 at 7:42 am

            They’re not *bad*, but they aren’t amazing, and they aren’t worth the price or the hype, in my opinion. I’ve had them on several occasions, and I found the cake to be dry and the frosting to be overly sweet. I’ve actually never had a moist cupcake from there before.

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  22. Holly on May 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I’ve made your recipes for the mocha, red velvet and vanilla. They’re all just wonderful. Thanks for the wonderful recipes, Michelle!

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  23. Cookin' Canuck on May 23, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I have to make those tiramisu cupcakes. They are absolutely gorgeous and packed with some of my favorite flavors. As for the gourmet cupcake shops, I agree with you completely about the dryness of the cupcakes.

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  24. sherri lynn on May 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I love cupcakes! So thanks for sharing all of these that look absolutely delicious!

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  25. Athena R. on May 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Yummy! The dark chocolate with peanut butter frosting would be my favorite ones.

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  26. kandyce on May 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    guinness chocolate cupcakes (or cake!) with whipcream/ cream cheese frosting are my all time favorite. the guinness lends a very unique, though subtle, extra something to the cake.

    design sponge has the recipe i use. it’s my go-to for anyone requesting a chocolate cake!

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  27. NanaBread on May 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    My favorite cupcake comes from a silver Airstream trailer on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas. The place is called Hey, Cupcake! Their 24-Karat cupcake is a revelation! It’s a world-class carrot cake confection with cream cheese frosting. For a few pennies extra, they’ll put a whipped cream “shot” right down into the middle of it. Have mercy, it’s fantastic!

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    • Erin on August 7th, 2011 at 11:10 am

      Hey Cupcake is the best! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes myself today. I love Brown Eyed Baker’s sugar cookies with royal icing. Taught me how step by step-thank you! Made the cookies for a bachelorette party this weekend that were not only cute, but everyone thought they tasted fantastic! Thanks Brown Eyed Baker!

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      • Marla on March 11th, 2015 at 2:40 pm

        I’ve always been a huge fan of Hey Cupcake! Once I left Austin I had to start learning how to bake cupcakes myself cause I missed them so much. We have Trailercakes up here in Dallas, and they have some really delightful flavors and combos. Their PB&J cupcake is amazing, and their Carmel Eileen is out of this world.

        I’ve made nearly every cupcake she has on this site, and have to say the Margarita and the Guinness/Baileys/Jameson ones are my favs, and always go over so well.

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  28. Hester aka The Chef Doc on May 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Your cupcake making skills are absolutely BOMB DIGGITY! How beautiful they all are! I’d have to say that my favorite would probably have to be my Annabelle Carrot Cupcakes: http://bit.ly/gOr2em They’re soooo flavorful and moist, the perfect couple of bites. Plus, they have a bittersweet story behind them.

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  29. Katrina on May 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Plain vanilla has always been my favorite! Great selection!

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  30. Beth on May 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I agree with you. I haven’t had any cupcakes at all these little shops that have blown me away. Always dry.

    Can’t wait to try making the dark chocolate peanut butter recipe!

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  31. Tina From Pa on May 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I’ll have one of each ,please! They all are beautiful!

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  32. Liz on May 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Hmmmmmm…which to make first? They all look and sound delightful! I think vanilla with vanilla may be first up 🙂

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  33. Julie on May 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    OMG, I think I may have to work my way through baking all of these!

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  34. Feast on the Cheap on May 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Love the look of those Lemoncello Cupcakes. My all-time favorites are pretty basic: Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes. They get me every time…

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  35. Heather at FarmgirlGourmet on May 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I’ll have one of each thank you! 🙂 They all look great especially the Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. Yum!

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  36. Candace on May 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    The tiramisu and pumpkin are calling me!! And I totally agree with you…most specialty cupcake places aren’t worth what they charge. Much better to make them at home. Can’t wait to try these!!! Thank you!

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  37. Happy When Not Hungry on May 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    All your cupcakes are gorgeous, but I especially love those lemon limoncello ones. Yum!

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  38. Tracy on May 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    These all sound delicious! Especially the ones with liquor, hehe. 😉

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  39. Jennifer on May 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I made the Irish Car Bomb cupcakes and they are AMAZING! I’m working on Almond Joy and Samoa ones as well…

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  40. Kelly on May 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Your cupcake recipes are always awesome! I was wondering though, have you ever tried putting heavy cream into the icing to make it fluffier? If so, how did it work out and how would it correspond with your existing buttercream icing recipes?

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    • Michelle on May 25th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Kelly, Yes, I have used heavy cream in my peanut butter frosting as well as a vanilla buttercream. It makes it silky smooth! You could add it a tablespoon at a time and see how you like it!

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  41. ScullyPA on August 15, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I completely agree with you about the cupcake shops. It did not surprise me to see “Dozen” close its doors — I could not believe how dry the cake was, and thought the same thing you did — mine taste so much better!

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  42. Laura K on October 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I have seen those gals on Foodnetwork put the hot cupcakes in the fridge to cool them off faster. My mother always told me the cakes get dried out doing that. Could that be why these professional bakeries are getting dry cupcakes?

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    • Michelle on October 10th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Laura – That might be it! I never refrigerate baked goods either for that exact reason. I didn’t know “pro” folks were doing it!

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      • Pat G on March 2nd, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        When I bake cakes for decorating I always put the cake directly into the freezer after removing from pan. I remove the cake the next day and skim coat with icing while frozen to reduce crumbs mixing with icing. My cakes are super moist and I believe it is from freezing them while still warm. Perhaps if cakes or cupcakes were in the freezer for more than 2 days they might become dry? I wait until the cake completely cools in freezer before wrapping with plastic wrap and foil. My favorite cake recipe ever is a banana cake that I found on allrecipes.com which is baked at 275 degrees and directions say to freeze cake right from the oven. It is delicious!

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        • Michelle on March 3rd, 2013 at 10:34 pm

          Hi Pat, Thanks so much for sharing, I am going to give this trick a try the next time I make a cake!

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        • Donna Smythe on February 6th, 2016 at 11:59 am

          Hi Pat: Good trick, but what banana recipe on Allrecipes @ 275, which one is it, never seen one baked at that temp. Can you provide more information.

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  43. Laura K on October 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Michele – Your blog is just wonderful! I just noticed all the pumpkin recipes! Also, I am waiting for my ice cream attachment for my Kitchen Aid from Amazon any day now. My college kids and their friends will think I am the bomb. Thanks so much for sharing so many good things!

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  44. Marissa on October 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    These cupcakes look so good. They were perfect because they were just what I was looking for. The Pumpkin ones looked so cute, and perfect for fall. Especially if you put them on a candy-corn platter. 🙂 All I can say is Mmmm!

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  45. Marissa on October 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Oh, and by the way do you have any tricks to make cupcakes extra moist, but not watery? Thank you so much!

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    • Michelle on October 16th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Hi Marissa, No tricks really, but I think you’ll find that all the recipes here stay very moist. I do make sure to store them at room temperature in an airtight container, which helps retain moisture.

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  46. Betty on November 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Wow! These all look delicious! My personal favorite is red velvet. A few weeks ago, I made some amazing red velvet cupcakes for a party. Someone said that they were comparable to D.C. Cupcakes! Although they were really flat and ugly without the icing, my daughters made some chocolate toppings to go with the cream cheese frosting. They were really good. I think I will have to experiment with the dark chocolate cupcakes with the peanut butter frosting! They look great and addicting! 🙂

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  47. jojo on November 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    this is something magnificent i might have to right about it on my blog p.s. im dying to try those chocolate peanut butter frosting cupcakes p.p.s. can you upload a recipe for veal pasta soup

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    • Michelle on November 22nd, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Thank you! I’ve never made (or eaten) veal pasta soup, but if you have a recipe you’d like to share, please send it along!

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  48. E Collins on November 29, 2012 at 6:32 am

    The name ‘Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes’ is bigoted and highly offensive.

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  49. Laura @ Read Dream Relax on December 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Oh wow, these all look amazing! I am so going to have to go shopping tomorrow and experiment!

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  50. Rika gatackic on December 29, 2012 at 2:35 am

    I’ve tried the peanut butter, banana & coffee espresso from your recipes. Its Niiice & really Thank You for sharing it. But i did a bit modification therefore the cake become softer & not cracking. I shared few of my cupcake recipe & photos in facebook for my friends…..LoL

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  51. Cupcake Jane on January 25, 2013 at 6:11 am

    I love your Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting! Its amazing and easy to make too. I wonder if ground cloves perform some magic to the taste. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

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  52. Linda Stewart on February 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Wow these are among the most delicious cupcakes I have seen so far online. Did you know that with a few modifications you can make them glow in the dark? It would be a hit on your next party! Anyway it is just an idea I came across.

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  53. Monet on February 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I would say, from a 14 year old’s point of view, a mocha cupcake with a milk chocolate chunk melted in the middle with vanilla butter frosting. Yum! they are so good! :3

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  54. s on February 24, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Wow. The list is so good and i like cup cakes.

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  55. fondants on March 23, 2013 at 8:31 am

    First of all I want to say fantastic blog!

    I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I have had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Kudos!

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    • Michelle on March 28th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you! Truly, it just all depends on my frame of mind. Sometimes the words come naturally and sometimes it’s more of a struggle, but I don’t do anything intentional before I start writing. Best of luck to you!

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  56. julie on April 3, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Mocha…. Well lets just say its so delicious I plan on making it all the time day in and day out

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  57. Karen on April 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Hi! You make such fabulous cupcakes! I can’t wait to try out all of them! I’ve got a problem with the cupcake casings going loose from the cupcake. Have you ever had such a problem? What am I doing wrong or not doing?

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    • Michelle on April 28th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Hi Karen, I’ve heard from other folks about similar problems, although I’ve never had an issue with it. Make sure you don’t use wax-lined cupcake liners. I’ve always used the cheap plain paper liners without a problem.

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  58. Willow on May 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I love these cupcakes! And, none of them are too hard to make. But how do I put filling inside a cupcake? I’ve never done it before.

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    • Michelle on May 2nd, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Hi Willow, You can do it a few different ways; usually I either cut a little hole in the middle and put the filling in, or I push a decorating tip into the middle and pipe the filling in. Each recipe will have instructions on how to do it.

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  59. meli on May 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

    woooow!
    hope someday i’ll have a cupcake home.

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  60. Culturally sensitive on May 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I am disgusted that you think it is appropriate to call a cupcake an Irish car bomb. Nearly 3,000 people were killed by terrorists during the troubles and yes a car bomb is a device used by terrorists. Rename your recipe and show some decency and respect for the people of Ireland. But most of all don’t trivialize terrorism!

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    • Victoria on August 10th, 2013 at 9:30 am

      The cupcake is named after a cocktail. It was not her intention to trivialize terrorism.

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  61. Mark T on June 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    As somebody who lost a cousin in the Birmingham (UK) bombings, bombs planted by Irish nationalists, I sincerely you never experience the pain, tears and loss our family endured. Next time you think to name a cake recipe – A CAKE RECIPE – after a terrorist device devised solely to kill and maim innocent people, I hope you’ve grown up a little and think again.

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  62. Kylie on June 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I tried making the Lemon-Limocello cupcakes and they rocked my family! They loved them and are always asking for more! I wanted to try fillling it with raspberry instead of lemon…would this work the same? thanks!

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    • Michelle on June 17th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Hi Kylie, I’ve honestly never tried making lemon curd with any other type of fruit. If you try it, let me know how it goes!

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  63. fatima on July 2, 2013 at 4:08 am

    wooow *
    someday i wiil also try all this types of cup cake
    recipes

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  64. terri on July 2, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I have a cupcake shop. My 2 most popular are Salted Caramel Chocolate – double chocolate filled with caraeml-chocolate ganache – buttercream frosting drizzled with chocolate then with caramel -sprinkles with coarse sea salt and hommade caramel crunchies and pina colada filled with homemade pineapple curd -made with coconut rum and oina colada mix topped with roasted coconut and cherries — yummy makes me hungry now!

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  65. abeera on July 5, 2013 at 4:20 am

    i love cupcakes,i love to made,its so much tasty

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  66. JEANIE HARDY on July 6, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I love ur COCONUT VANILLA BEAN CUPCAKES … but also love
    REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES….dark chocolate cupcake filled with
    peanut butter mousse … topped with chocolate ganache and crumbled Reese’s pb cup…
    Yum. 🙂

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  67. Karen Martin on July 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I can tell you from experience that the Margarita cupcakes are the best EVER!! My daughter made those as well as chocolate peanut butter cupcakes (filled with peanut butter egg filling) and the Margarita cupcakes went first. everyone absolutely loved them!! The cake is light, fluffy, and moist, and the frosting with the hint of salt perfectly complements the cake. Worth making!!!!

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  68. mizra on July 17, 2013 at 6:35 am

    i really love the dark chocolate cupcakes withpeanut butter frosting.

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  69. mihra on July 18, 2013 at 2:33 am

    i love cupcakes but i cant eat them because i am fasting.

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  70. Taous on August 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Magnifique ! Ils sont tous beaux et surement bons !

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  71. Ray on September 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I hope you know that “Irish Car Bomb” is offensive as many people died and suffered during the troubles here

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  72. Munawar khan on October 10, 2013 at 2:27 am

    I want to market the all kind of the above Cupe cake, and i sure this is very good products for business, I am more then 12years FMCG Experience (food& baverages) in Pakistan, please advcie how i will contact you even on email to discusses about that business, Thanks

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  73. Rosemary Clarke on October 25, 2013 at 1:55 am

    I am appalled that you would have the insensitivity to name a cup cake ‘Irish Car Bomb’. If you had the slightest idea of the misery caused in N Ireland by such devices you would hang your head in shame at the affront of such a name. My advice to you you is read Lost Lives that might bring some perspective to your idiotic stance.

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  74. Ale-Bri on November 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Red velvet

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  75. Jane on November 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I loved three of your cupcakes. The Mocha with Espresso Frosting were excellent and had great flavor, as did the Vanilla with Vanilla Frosting (I used vanilla bean paste in the frosting instead of extract). I loved the Dark Chocolate Cupcakes; I’m not much of a peanut butter fan, so I have substituted almond butter and pecan butter in the frosting, both of which were excellent. I plan to try cashew butter, maybe even macadamia/cashew. All three of these cupcakes have frozen perfectly.
    I don’t drink and I’m not going to buy a bottle of booze to make cupcakes, but eventually I might try alcohol substitutes, e.g. Torani’s Irish Cream.

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  76. wendyworldly on January 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Totally agree with your comments about the price and quality of cupcakes in “chic” cupcakeries! I am often disappointed…however I have tasted some fabulous homemade ones by the people I work with…namely a mud cake cupcake with chocolate ganache icing I had on Friday…to die for!

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  77. Margaret Smith on February 15, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I myself am only a fan of the banana cupcakes. There are lots of cupcake flavors I love, but off your top ten not so much. My absolute favorite was the ultimate chocolate cupcakes. In fact i’m baking a batch right now! Oops, thats the timer. I have cupcakes to eat!

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  78. Shannon on March 1, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I made the limoncello, banana, and chocolate with peanut butter frosting and the pumpkin for my daughter’s graduation. They were ALL moist and fantastic!! I may try the Irish bomb cupcakes tonight for a party with friends. I love these cupcakes!!

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  79. bharati on March 23, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Your cupcakes are so tempting!
    I am quite a novice in baking. I very much want to try this recipe. Could I use milk or curd instead of buttermilk in the banana cupcake recipe? Or how should I make buttermilk at home?
    Also, I normally do not use baking soda. Is it mandatory?
    Thank you so much.

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    • Michelle on March 23rd, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      You definitely need to use baking soda when it is called for, as it has specific leavening properties. I would not recommend substituting anything else for the buttermilk; if you need to make it yourself, there is a substitution listed on this page: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/substitutions/

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  80. samantha on April 19, 2014 at 8:38 am

    fhe irish one is the one that appealed To me the most but I also liked the red velvet

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  81. Althea on April 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I like the Lemon-Limoncello cupcakes, but I don’t think I will put the lemon on top. Jut have the lemon flavor in the icing and cake.

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  82. emey on May 5, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    i really like the red velvet on the irsh bomb comes in a close second

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  83. Moonweaver on May 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Definitely the Tiramisu.. I baked yummy vanilla cupcakes yesterday. It had been many moons since I last made them!

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  84. Shayne on May 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I would LOVE to try the Guinness, whiskey and Irish cream ones! Yummy. But I do love a great Hummingbird Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting 🙂

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  85. lovly on May 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    looks amazing

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  86. Rose on June 8, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Thanks a lot for these perfect recipes.All look delicious.

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  87. ChrisArmstrong on August 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I NEED (!) the recipe for Baked & Wired’s Coconut cupcake!

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  88. Stefanie Knox on September 25, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    “Best vanilla cupcakes ever!” This is literally what my brother said when I made your vanilla cupcakes for him. I have also tried the red velvet and loved them! Thanks so much for sharing. I don’t consider myself much of a baker, but your instructions were so easy to follow. I can’t wait to try some of the others!

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  89. Lana P. on November 29, 2014 at 10:12 am

    OMG! This is the best website ever! 🙂 Thank you for sharing these recipes!
    The other day I took my fiancé to our local and most favourite pastry place – Chocolate Brunette and I had the best cupcakes in the world.But they weren’t the classic chocolate cupcakes , they were whole chocolate without the paper thing surrounding the cake. My fiancé was like “When are you going to make something like this?” And I then I decided it’s time to try it. So, I found your website and I think I’m ready to make some now! I’ll try all 10 recipes! But I think I’ll start with the dark chocolate ones.

    Lana

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  90. Emily van Kampen on March 5, 2015 at 3:32 am

    They all look delicious to me! Some are really original too, so I saved them for later.

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  91. Jennifer on March 5, 2015 at 6:57 am

    What tip do you use to pipe such gorgeous looking icing?

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    • Michelle on March 5th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Jennifer, I typically use either a Wilton 1M or Ateco #827. I hope that helps!

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  92. Beachside Baker on March 5, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Michelle, are these cupcakes in any particular order?

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    • Michelle on March 5th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Alphabetical 🙂

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  93. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg on March 5, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Wow. I am speechless at the amount of cupcake love that is happening in this post. I want them all. I think the Irish Car Bomb cupcakes seal the deal for me, but Funfetti and Chocolate are a close tie for second place.

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  94. Johlene@FlavoursandFrosting on March 5, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I like all of them but I think my favorites are the funfetti and then the last one – that chocolate frosting looks amazing!!

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  95. Denise Zwit on March 5, 2015 at 9:52 am

    My fav is dark chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel frosting! YUM.

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  96. Emily @ Life on Food on March 5, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I honestly think cupcakes taste better. These all look delicious! My favorite though is chocolate on chocolate. Always and forever!!

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  97. Trang on March 5, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Love this list! I just made the red velvet last week and it was ahhmazing. I deviated from the cream cheese but the cupcake was bomb! Thanks for sharing.

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  98. Genie B on March 5, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I’ve made a few cupcakes in my time, but they never looked so pretty. How do you get the frosting to looking so good? What sort of device do you use?

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    • Michelle on March 5th, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Genie, I typically use either a Wilton 1M or Ateco #827 decorating tip. I hope that helps!

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  99. WMom23 on March 5, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    My favorite are the dark chocolate with pb frosting – I’ve made those several times now. The cupcake is so rich and chocolaty, and the contrasting pb frosting is a match made in heaven. Probably the pumpkin latte comes in second – even though I’ve only made them once. They were really yummy and unique.

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  100. Kari on March 6, 2015 at 12:22 am

    That Guinness cupcake is perfect for St. Patty’s Day!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  101. Elizabeth at Pineapples and Polka Dots on March 8, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Oh man, these are all definitely calling to my sweet tooth! Thanks for this post!

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  102. Deanna on March 8, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    My favorite cupcake is red velvet with chocolate chip cookie dough frosting! Just a random combo I like to make sometimes!

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  103. Selinda Mosred on March 25, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Ohhh your cup cake models are wonderfull and seems like soufle , i’ll do it on my son’s birthday party. Thanks.

    My Calorie Blog,
    http://www.caloriesabout.com

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  104. Cynthia on May 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    the ultimate chocolate cupcakes were the best tasting chocolate cupcakes I’ve ever made!!! Thank you for this recipe.

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  105. Shell on May 12, 2015 at 12:09 am

    can you use all purpose flour for the bread flour in chocolate cupcake recipe? They sound delicious. Thanks

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    • Michelle on May 19th, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Hi Shell, Others have commented that they have without an issue, but I have not tried it. The use of bread flour is to give the cupcakes enough structure to hold up to the ganache filling.

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  106. Dennis on May 21, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    all of this looks so good !

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  107. Houston Cupcakes on May 26, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    These look so good, wish I could actually make them lol

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  108. Sarah on August 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

    They all look so delicious! I’ll have to try them all.
    xoxooxox
    http://couturegal.com

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  109. Shelly on December 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Hi! Your dessert recipes are my go-to for every event I attend. I particularly love your cupcake recipes! I’ve made several & they all come out perfect. My question and/or suggestion for post: I am attending a New Year’s Party & plan to bring one of your cupcakes in mini form (for easy eating). Suggestions for which one to bring? I was thinking of the coconut cupcakes, but how could I decorate the frosting to look festive for the New Year’s? Thanks so much! I really love your blog/site.

    ~Thanks,
    Shelly

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