Thursday, August 19, 2010

Shortcut Cupcakes

Sometimes you just don't have the energy to make cupcakes from scratch. Or the ingredients. Sometimes people are coming over and you need something quick. Here's my solution:

Use a Betty Crocker-like cake or brownie mix. Make as directed. Before spooning it into cupcake or cake pans, add half a cup of white chocolate chips, and half a cup of regular. Or whatever you have handy. You could even throw in some nuts. But the REAL secret to making them seem scrumptiously home-made is the flavoring. I am a big fan of orange extract flavoring. But others are great too -- almond, hazelnut, peppermint, etc. Put in a few teaspoons of flavoring and no one will guess they're technically store-bought. Remember to hide the box!

Top creatively, and remember sprinkles can make up for a lot.

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