Recipe by Chris from Kansas
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.
Top Review by amykareena
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!
- 24 paper cupcake liners, for cupcake pans
- 1 (18 1/2 ounce) packageplain 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)
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
- 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.
- Fill each cup 2/3 full and place in oven.
- Bake the cupcakes until they are golden and spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove pans from oven and cool on wire rack for 5 minutes before removing cups from pans. Cool completely before frosting.
- Eat as is or frost as desired.