My kiddo has recently decided that mini is fun, so of course, I perfected no-fail mini cupcakes that we could make for high tea or just for funzies!
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love baking. It’s a great way to bond with the kiddo. So, her new obsession with “little things” mean we could play around with our favorite cupcake recipe to make one that works for the tiny version of our favorite treat.
And the resulting soft, moist, perfect crumb for a ridiculously little cupcake, well, it’s perfect. So, if you’re ready to make mini cupcakes for tea, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make This Miniature Cupcake Recipe
Making tiny mini-cupcakes is not an overly complicated activity. Just a few things to keep in mind and you’ll have a perfectly wonderful miniature cupcake to convey icing (the true purpose of cupcakes, LOL!).
Cake Flour – To get the best high-rise, fluffy cupcakes, I recommend using cake flour. If you don’t have any, you can make your own cake flour with a little cornstarch. Or…
All-Purpose Flour – Not into that? Use regular all-purpose flour and just fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full with cupcake batter. You won’t be overfilling at all, but you will get that fluffy cupcake top you’re looking for.
Common Cupcake Mistakes
Ugly Cupcakes – If you have a bit of a lump on top of a cupcake or a crack or even a droopy center, frosting is this magical tasty treat that cover all of your cupcake “mistakes”. Seriously, any “ugly cupcake” can be covered and made pretty with plenty of buttercream.
Browned Edges or Tops – Buttercream is instrumental in covering everything, unless the cupcakes are burned. If they’re burned, toss that batch and try again.
Oven temperatures can and do vary sometimes and altitude can throw everything off. Maybe your little one helped and the measurements were off. Sometimes, trying again is the best idea.
Frosting A Cupcake
Frosting Recipe – Definitely try out a few recipes for frosting and find a great buttercream recipe you love. Then use it to practice all the fun and unique the technique(s) to decorate in your favorite style(s). Practice makes perfect, seriously.
Soft Frosting – Soft or even soft-ish icing is so hard to frost nicely with. But if you add a little powdered sugar to stiffen it up, it will work beautifully. Even if you’re using canned frosting, it’s ok to add more powdered sugar–it won’t ruin the flavor at all.
If you’re looking for some great inspiration for frosting cupcakes, start watching this cupcake decorating video at 4:30 – it shows you how to pipe some super impressive swirls. If you’re just starting out, though, watch this basic cupcake frosting techniques video.
See More Cupcake Ideas
We love to share cupcake recipes here on Ruffles and Rain Boots. Check out some of our favorites that would be so amazing in mini-cupcake form:
- A little coffee and cream makes these Tiramisu Cupcakes absolutely wonderful.
- I love fun Pineapple Cupcakes and can just see a whole table of tiny mini ones marching across the party layout.
- Dragonfruit Cupcakes are one of my favorite treats this summer and I love the idea of tiny cupcakes with dragonfruit!
How Do I Make Mini Cupcakes?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup Sugar
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a mini cupcake tin with mini cupcake liners.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then make a well in the center.
- Add the wet ingredients into the well in the center of the dry ingredients, then, using a hand mixer, combine the cupcake batter until smooth.
- Fill each cupcake tin about 1/2 full (if you used cake flour or 2/3 full if you used all-purpose flour).
- Place the cupcake tin into the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the centermost cupcake comes out clean.
- Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.
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More Cupcake Recipes You Might Like
- Small Batch Cupcakes for Two – If you want a fun cupcake but you don’t want to make a TON of cupcakes, well, let’s break it down and make this mini-micro-itty-bitty cupcake recipe!
- Cappuccino Cupcakes – Want a cupcake that you’ll absolutely love? Guess what? This one is cappuccino flavored and decadent decadent decadent.
- Sherbet Cupcakes – Cupcakes and ice cream are kind of a given amazing combination that needs to be made more often.
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