While you can certainly serve these classic vanilla cupcakes frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream as is, kids will love transforming them into festive clowns using gumdrops, cinnamon candy, and sprinkles.

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Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes 24
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated; scrape down sides of bowl, and beat in vanilla.

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  • Add flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.

  • Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about three-quarters full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan, and let cool completely on wire rack.

  • For the hat, score a circle in center of cupcake. Cut a cone with knife at an angle, rotating cupcake as you go. Using a wide round piping tip or a resealable plastic bag with one corner cut off, pipe buttercream into the cavity and on top for the head. Use gumdrops for the collar and a cinnamon candy for the nose; insert chocolate sprinkles for eyes. Use more buttercream and multicolored sprinkles to create a pom-pom for the hat.

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Reviews (6)

21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5.0 stars
07/31/2020
I made these cupcakes because I was bored living alone in my apartment and as they were baking, I heard a knock on my door that ended up being a horde of hot [filtered] craving my [filtered]. Thank you, Martha!
Rating: 5.0 stars
03/26/2020
This is actually the best cupcake recipe I’ve ever tried. My 10 year old and 12 year old actually made the cupcakes themselves and they were awesome:)
Rating: 5.0 stars
03/26/2020
This is actually the best cupcake recipe I’ve ever tried. My 10 year old and 12 year old actually made the cupcakes themselves and they were awesome:)
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Rating: 1 stars
02/04/2018
I made these cupcakes to decorate for a baby shower. Unfortunately, they ended in the trash can. They were dense, did not really rise and tasted like batter. I followed the recipe exactly. Won't be trying them again.
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2017
tasty and delicious are the only words I can find! Lilla
Rating: Unrated
10/12/2012
After watching my fave show '2 broke girls' I had the sudden urge to make cupcakes, so I figured I would see what great recipe Martha could give me. These cupcakes beautifully baked at exactly 20 minutes. I did find the cupcake heavy and bland, it needs a lot more vanilla. Wondering if it was something I did wrong to make the cupcakes heavy, I did use margarine instead of butter ( forgot to leave butter out of fridge) other than that these vanilla cupcakes were easy to make.
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