Step 1: Choose a cake recipe to convert to a cupcake recipe
When making cupcakes from a cake recipe, choose a butter-style cake recipe (a cake that starts with beating butter and sugar together). Some of our favourite recipes for cupcakes derive from these cake recipes: red velvet cake, white cake, yellow cake, and chocolate cake. A two-layer cake recipe usually makes 24-30 cupcakes, while a one-layer cake will make a smaller batch of 12-15 cupcakes. You can also reverse this idea and bake cakes from cupcake recipes.
For a large party, get creative by baking a few different batches of different cupcake flavours.
Step 2: Line a muffin pan for your cupcake recipe
Once you've decided on the cake recipe you want to convert, line your desired number of muffin cups with paper baking cups, or grease and lightly flour the cups. If you don't have enough muffin cups to bake all the cupcakes at once, refrigerate the remaining batter while the first batch bakes.
Step 3: Fill the cupcake liners with cake batter
No matter the cupcake recipe or size of muffin cups, it's best to fill cups one-half to three-fourths full with batter. If desired, before baking the whole batch, bake one or two cupcakes with different amounts of batter in the liners to see which height you like best.
Step 4: Bake the cupcake recipe and cool
Bake the cupcakes at the same temperature called for in the cake recipe, but reduce the baking time by one-third to one-half (cupcakes usually bake for 15-20 minutes).
Check doneness by inserting a wooden toothpick into the centre of the cupcake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. If the toothpick comes out with moist crumbs on it, bake the cupcakes for a few more minutes.
Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
Step 5: Decorate the cupcakes
Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, get creative with frosting and decorating. One of the advantages of making cupcakes from a cake recipe is that you can decorate one batch in a variety of ways.
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