Colorful Easter Cupcakes and The Best Frosting I Have Ever Had

Happy Easter everyone!

My son and I made these cute cupcakes yesterday. We used a simple devil’s food cake mix. I added an extra egg and a box of instant royal pudding to make it extra moist. It was very easy for my son to help dump the cake and pudding mix in the bowl. He is learning to break the eggs. He has a method now which will break the yolk, but somehow he doesn’t get shells in the egg anymore. I’m really proud of my little chef. I turned on the mixer, and we put the paper cups in the muffin tins. We made these regular sized ones, along with some miniatures. He happily licked the spatula while I filled the cups. While the cupcakes were cooking, we started the frosting. I recently saw on Tasty Kitchen, a post by Ree entitled the best frosting I have ever had. I was extremely skeptical, even from the fab Miss Ree. I read the recipe and it called for flour. Yuck! I thought, that makes no sense at all. However, I trust Ree, so I believed in her good taste, and tried the recipe. I followed the directions carefully. I whisked the flour in the milk and cooked it until it was very thick. I let it cool. I let some butter come to room temperature and whipped it until light and fluffy with the butter in my mixer. I added the cooled flour and milk mixer to the whipped butter. I then whipped it until it was light and fluffy. The only changes I made were to add extra vanilla (Ree just calls for 1 teaspoon), and a pinch of salt. I stuck my finger in the frosting to test it. Oh my God, I was in frosting heaven. I have never tasted anything like it. It is beyond amazing. If you haven’t tried it, you have to. You must, it is sooo good. Not too sweet, so smooth, so perfect in every-way, and a perfect compliment to a delicious chocolate cake.

After I pulled myself away from dunking my finger in the frosting and licking it compulsively, I frosted all the cooled cupcakes. My son finished them with the cute Easter sprinkles. Kids love sprinkles so much! He was so happy to show his sweet creations to Daddy when he got home.

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The Most Fabulous Frosting Ever Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup whole milk
5 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons good quality PURE vanilla extract
a pinch of salt

Directions:

Place milk and four in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens. When it has thickened remove from heat and add vanilla. Whisk well.

Place room temperature butter, sugar, and salt in a large bowl or your stand mixture. Whip until light and fluffy.

When the mixture has cooled, add it to the butter and sugar mixture. Make sure the flour and milk mixture is cool! Whip until well combined, remembering to scrap down the sides of the bowl.

Spread over chocolate cupcakes or cake and get ready for the most fabulous frosting ever!

These are the cupcakes I made Easter 2009. This is also the first photo I started my blog with. Big difference, huh? I know I still have a long way to go, but its nice to look back and see how much I have improved.
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This is the first entry on my blog, on May 19, 2009. I made these cupcakes this past Easter. They were as delicious as they were pretty. I have tried many ways for simple chocolate or simple yellow cake, and I always go back to my Granny’s method, which is to add an extra egg and a box of instant pudding mix. This method will achieve the moistest cake you have ever had. It is absolutely delicious. After eating cake made this way, you won’t be able to eat store bought cake again.
Use a moist cake mix, such as Duncan Hines Moist cake mix in chocolate or vanilla and add one small box of chocolate or vanilla instant pudding mix. Also add 1 extra egg and cook according to package directions.

24 Responses to “Colorful Easter Cupcakes and The Best Frosting I Have Ever Had”

  1. 1
    Marnell — April 2, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    Easyer cupcakes are always so much fun to make especially with your kids, because they love to decorate them with tons of frostoing and little candy pieces.

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    Joanne — April 2, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

    I’m pretty sure Ree is a genius when it comes to all things. But especially frosting. As a verified frosting addict and hopeful connoisseur. I’m going to have to try this. In the name of research, you know.

    They look awesome! How cute and festive.

  3. 3
    Memoria — April 2, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    Okay, you have convinced me to try out this frosting. I must do it!!

    Your photos are DRAMATICALLY improved, not just a little. The first photo is very cute and nice, but your new photo is like on another level! Wow.

    • Memoria replied: — April 2nd, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

      “have DRAMATICALLY improved”, not “are”. sheesh!

  4. 4
    Karen — April 2, 2010 @ 11:40 pm

    Hi – Your recipe for “The Most Fabulous Frosting…….” is the one I use on red velvet cake. I love it too! I enjoy your blog.

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    Divina — April 3, 2010 @ 12:45 am

    Happy Easter to you too. Your photos are getting better and better too. 🙂

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    Ann — April 2, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

    Beautiful cupcakes! Will definitely have to give this a try. You sold me on the “not too sweet” part because I don’t care for the really sickenly sweet kinds. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Ann´s last blog ..Smoked Sausage with Peppers and Onions =-.

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    Kim — April 3, 2010 @ 2:14 am

    Oooooh, these are so cute!! I love them and sure I wish I had a few of these for our Sunday table. I’m bookmarking your frosting to make for myself one day soon- it looks yummy. Happy Easter to you and your family. ~Kim
    .-= Kim ´s last blog ..Sunday Evening, after a Soft Rain: Confetti Petals & New Blossoms =-.

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    MaryMoh — April 3, 2010 @ 2:42 am

    Very beautiful cupcakes. You must be having a lot of fun making these. Happy Easter.
    .-= MaryMoh´s last blog ..Chicken And Sichuan Preserved Vegetable =-.

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — April 3, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    I’d never heard of flour in frosting…I’ll have to try it sometime. And congrats on all your wonderful progress on your great food blog…you’ve done so much in not quite a year!! Your 1 year blogaversary is almost here…how exciting!!
    .-= Denise @ Creative Kitchen´s last blog ..A fresh spring mix salad with balsamic vinaigrette =-.

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    Bennie Niesen — April 3, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    I’m going to bookmark this blogg on Dilicious to get more clicks for you.

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    BNDQ8 — April 4, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    wow!! those look lovely and colorful!! wish u a very Happy Easter!!

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    Stella — April 4, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    Awe, these are so cute. I’m glad the little one had fun-I used to love when my Mom let me bake with her.
    Oh, and the best frosting ever? Got to take a closer look at that…

  13. 13
    Romona — April 11, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    Your cupcakes makes me hungry!

    Here is an excellent video on how to make a ladybug cake. My daughter and I had a lot of fun making this.
    It is only 11/2minutes long.

    Enjoy.

    http://familyfun.go.com/how-to-videos/familyfun-ladybug-cake-762341-v/
    .-= Romona´s last blog ..Home Styles Solid Wood top Kitchen Island Cart =-.

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    Rebecca Clerc — April 13, 2010 @ 2:57 am

    I am searching the web desperatly for a frosting recipe that I can make a cake for my 2 yr old for his bday. I am making a ball cake.

    This is the second time to see this recipe and I love REE, so I would love to try this, but I am wondering will it be thick enough to make a design?? (It doesnt look too thick on your cupcakes.)

    • Angie replied: — April 13th, 2010 @ 8:57 am

      No, it is not thick enough, look down at the easy buttercream recipe. I have made that with an Elmo cake and a cookie monster cake, and both times it was perfect. For more info I always go to Wilton’s website. Just do not use Wilton colors, especially red, it does not work. Go to a professional cake decorator shop, or order online. This year I am making a cars cake and will use this recipe.

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