Thursday, February 4, 2010

Basic Homemade Yellow Cupcake Mix

This is a basic recipe for yellow cake/cupcake mix made from scratch. The recipe comes from
Elinor Klivans’s book Cupcakes!


  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Using a large bowl and an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the egg and egg yolk with the sugar until thick and thoroughly combined, about two to three minutes.
  4. Turn the mixer speed down and add the oil and vanilla.
  5. Add the sour cream, and continue mixing until completely blended.
  6. Add the flour mixture in three intervals, and mix until the batter is smooth and all ingredients are combined.
  7. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick test comes out clean.
Will make 12 regular cupcakes or about 40 mini cupcakes.

To make chocolate cupcake mix, add cocoa or melted chocolate. You can add just about any flavoring you like to the basic mix to change the flavor, such as fruits, almonds, and chocolate chips.


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