Baking cupcakes at home is a fun and delicious activity for the whole family. With a few basic ingredients and a bit of know-how, you can create a sweet treat that everyone will enjoy. Here are the steps to follow to bake the perfect cupcake.
- 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk these dry ingredients together until well combined.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. This can be done by using an electric mixer, or by hand using a wooden spoon.
- Add the eggs one at a time to the butter and sugar mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Alternately add the dry ingredients and milk to the butter mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat until just combined, taking care not to overmix.
- Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake liners, filling each about 2/3 full.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
- Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing them and placing them on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, you can decorate them with your favorite frosting. Try different flavors, colors, and toppings to make each cupcake unique.
And that’s it! With these simple steps, you’ll be able to bake delicious cupcakes at home in no time. Happy baking!