Instead of a boxed cake mix, try this easy recipe for homemade, cream cheese frosted cupcakes Wonderful to make them for kids birthday parties.
Ingredients:2/3 cups margarine
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, unsalted
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Grated chocolate or sprinkles, for topping
In a large mixing bowl, cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
Spoon into paper-lined muffin cups, two-thirds full.
Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes , then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
To make frosting, in a large mixing bowl, cream together, cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla, and gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until creamy.
Fill a bag with frosting and beginning near the edge of the cupcake, pipe frosting in a spiral pattern over the top. Decorate top with grated chocolate or your favorite sprinkles.
Variation: To make chocolate cupcakes, half the recipe; replace 3 heaping tablespoons of flour with 3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa.
Makes: 2 dozen cupcakes