Make These No-Fail Large Batch Cupcakes for an Epic Party!

I keep seeing these cupcake cakes with a ton of cupcakes, so I decided I needed a recipe for no-fail large batch cupcakes so I could make my own massively fun cupcake cake!

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It’s so awesome to have a recipe for no-fail large batch cupcakes! Just a simple cupcake recipe ready for cupcake cakes!

No-Fail Large Batch Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have the best time making cupcakes and all the fun things you can do decorating one. But sometimes, you want to break out of the mold of making 10 or 12 to make a massive batch of 36 for a big ‘ole cupcake cake or other insane reason.


To be honest, I really just want to make a cupcake cake–and I wanted a recipe for no-fail large batch cupcakes that I knew would provide. So, if you’re ready to make more cupcakes than is sane (but totally logical if you need it), let’s get started.

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Don’t feel like you need a ton of supplies, ingredients, or even a lot of culinary experience to make a big batch vanilla cupcake recipe. However, there are a few things important to know, if you want a nice crumb on so many cupcakes. 


Cake Flour – No matter how many cupcakes your recipe can make, if you want your cupcakes to be high-rise and fluffy, use cake flour. If you don’t keep cake flour in the pantry, though, you can make your own cake flour with a little cornstarch. Or…

All-Purpose Flour – There’s a trick to getting that high-rise look in your cupcakes with regular flour that cake flour doesn’t want you to know: fill each cupcake liner with 1/4 cup of batter. It might seem like you’re overfilling a bit, but trust me. It’ll get you that puff top you’re looking for.


Ugly Cupcakes – Oh, don’t freak if your cupcakes didn’t get a high-rise…it’s ok. Buttercream is magic–covers all that right up. Even covers up if you’ve got cracked tops. Pretty much anything that you can call a “ugly cupcake”.

Browned Edges or Tops – See the easy remedy above (buttercream is magical). That is, unless you’ve burned them. If you’ve burned your cupcakes, give up. Seriously, toss them and try again. Oven temperatures can vary, altitude can throw everything off–or sometimes you think you measured something and you kind of duplicated it or whatever. Trying again might just be the best idea.

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Frosting Recipe – Definitely find a great buttercream recipe that you really love. Then, make it and learn the technique(s) of how to decorate in your favorite style. And keep in mind that not all buttercream recipes are created equally. You can always tweak them easily with a little more milk or a little more powdered sugar.

Soft Frosting – If you’ve ever frosted cupcakes with soft buttercream, you know what I’m going to say. Stop–add more powdered sugar. Nothing makes for a sad and sloppy-looking cupcake than frosting that’s soft. So, go for thick–just soft enough that it will work through the piping tip, but no softer.

For a wow-worthy effect, start watching this cupcake decorating video at 4:30 – it shows you how to pipe really impressive swirls. If you have a lot of cupcakes to make, need to pack them up in boxes, or want to extend your buttercream the farthest it can go, watch this basic cupcake frosting techniques video.

See More Cupcake Ideas

We’ve shared many cupcake recipes here on Ruffles and Rain Boots. Here are a few of our favorites :

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Make This No-Fail Large Batch Cupcakes Recipe

Below is our written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 36 Cupcakes

No-Fail Large Batch Cupcakes

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You are going to love making this no-fail large batch cupcakes. It's just too easy to make all these lazy cupcakes and then have 36 on hand to decorate!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 3 3/4 cup Flour
  • 3 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp Milk
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp Butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 4 large Eggs


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake tin or two with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. In a second bowl, combine the eggs, mixing them together with a fork. Add the remaining wet ingredients to the eggs and whisk until they start to become just lightly frothy.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar together and then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
  5. Fill each cupcake tin 2/3 of the way full and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the centermost cupcake comes out clean. Then enjoy! phtoo collage tutorial of how to make a large batch of cupcakes


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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  1. Just wanted to say that I completely messed up this recipe and they truly came out FANTASTIC! 100% foolproof :)

    1. It’s all-purpose flour to make it easy but you can use cake flour. If you use cake flour, be sure to adjust (ratio is 1 cup + 2 tablespoons).

  2. Thank you for the recipe. Used it to make cupcakes for my son’s birthday (to send to school) the night before… So one is always nervous to try a new recipe. These came out fantastic and made more than 36! Will use this recipe again!

    1. Yay, I’m so glad this worked for you, Karin. It’s a staple around here for exactly that reason! :)