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    The Best Birthday Cupcakes

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    Chris from Kansas's Note:

    These cupcakes have a firmer texture, more like a poundcake and wonderful flavor. After making these, I have a hard time eating the plain ones from just cake mix. Everyone I have made these for loves them. The recipe is from the Cupcake Doctor.

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    • 24 paper cupcake liners, for cupcake pans
    • 1 (18 1/2 ounce) package plain butter recipe cake mix
    • 1 (8 ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
    • frosting, of your choice (optional)


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350.
    2. 2
      Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
    3. 3
      Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and blend on low speed with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl; increase mixer speed to medium and beat for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes more. The batter should be smooth and thickened.
    4. 4
      Fill each cup 2/3 full and place in oven.
    5. 5
      Bake the cupcakes until they are golden and spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, about 15 to 20 minutes.
    6. 6
      Remove pans from oven and cool on wire rack for 5 minutes before removing cups from pans. Cool completely before frosting.
    7. 7
      Eat as is or frost as desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 28, 2013


      When i first tried them out of the oven I was underwhelmed. They were good; but not "special" like I hoped.I had made 6 dozen for an event so I baked them 2 days ahead, frosted 1 day ahead and then served them. I was so shocked, I was was given so many compliments! I tried one of the few leftovers later and they were good. I think they actually got better over time. lol ate the last one about 1 week after they were baked and it was fabulous. Will be using again- thank you!

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    • on February 16, 2010


      Fabulous! We made these for my son's birthday party. Frosted them with white frosting and used red gel frosting to make "stitches" for baseball cupcakes. Very cute and very yummy. Thank you for posting!

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    • on February 01, 2013


      My first time making cupcakes for my son 1st Bday. I used this recipe, it came out so delicious! all the kids loved it! One thing not good was the topping that I made, i mixed peanut butter w/ whipping cream, it was too sweet :(. Thanks Chris for the delicious recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for The Best Birthday Cupcakes

    Serving Size: 1 (1316 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 183.3
    Calories from Fat 83
    Total Fat 9.3 g
    Saturated Fat 2.0 g
    Cholesterol 36.5 mg
    Sodium 200.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 22.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 14.2 g
    Protein 2.7 g

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