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Cupcakes for Everyone

A classic cupcake topped with creamy white frosting.

Cupcakes

2cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
10 Tbs. (1 stick plus 2 Tbs.) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup plus 1 Tbs. Sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk

Vanilla Frosting

10 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 to 2 Tbs. Milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 18 muffin cups with baking liners. Coat liners with vegetable cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In large bowl, with electric mixer on medium-high, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating to combine. Reduce mixer speed to low, and alternately add flour mixture and milk.
  3. Divide batter among baking liners, and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. Prepare frosting: In large bowl, with electric mixer on high, beat butter until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Gradually add confectioners' sugar until combined. Add milk, a little at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.

These melt-in-your-mouth chocolate delights contain no gluten or wheat.

12 oz. semisweet chocolate morsels (1 1/3 cups), Nestle*
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar, divided
2 tsp. gluten-free vanilla extract*
Sweetened whipped cream
Mini chocolate chips, Nestle*

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 18 muffin cups with baking liners. Coat liners with vegetable cooking spray. Stir chocolate and butter in heavy saucepan over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm.
  2. In large bowl, with electric mixer on high, mix egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar until very thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Fold in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Using clean, dry beaters, beat egg whites and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in bowl until stiff but not dry, about 2 minutes. Fold egg-white mixture into chocolate mixture until combined. Divide batter among baking liners.
  3. Bake 28 to 30 minutes. Cool completely. Serve with dollop of sweetened whipped cream and chips.
  4. *For gluten-free vanilla extract, call Wilton Industries at 800-794-5866. Nestle has confirmed that its chocolate morsels are gluten-free.

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Flavored with mashed banana and orange juice and zest, these scrumptious cupcakes are totally dairy-free -- with no butter or milk -- and egg-free.

Cupcakes

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1/2 tsp. grated orange rind
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Glaze

1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
Sprinkles

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line 18 muffin cups with baking liners. Coat liners with vegetable cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in orange juice, oil, bananas, orange rind, and nuts, if desired.
  3. Divide batter among baking liners, and bake 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. In small bowl, mix sugar and orange juice until smooth. Drizzle over cupcakes and top with sprinkles.

This apple-spiced treat has 2/3 less sugar than our regular frosted cupcake.

Cupcakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. allspice
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg

Cream-Cheese Frosting

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
2 Tbs. Honey

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 18 muffin cups with baking liners. Coat liners with vegetable cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, combine flour, wheat germ, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, and allspice. Combine buttermilk and applesauce in measuring cup. In large bowl, with electric mixer on medium, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, beating well. Alternate adding flour mixture with buttermilk mixture, beating to combine.
  3. Divide batter among baking liners, and bake 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. Prepare frosting: In medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, butter, and honey until smooth.

Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the September 2001 issue of Parents magazine.