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Basic Cake/Cupcake Recipe, Toppings and Ideas by claremanson Basic Cake/Cupcake Recipe, Toppings and Ideas by claremanson
I am always being asked for the recipe of various cakes and cupcakes i make and here it is. The basic recipe i base most of my cakes on with some ideas to give you some inspiration too with chocolate ganache, whipped cream, butter cream and more. Also some photos of what i have used the recipe for making myself.
I only started baking obsessively since early Spring 2011, so i am definitely no expert, i have a great deal to learn but it just goes to show if you are passionate about something and want to learn you will go along way whatever it may be.
The recipes and ideas are quick and simple, they have to be as i have two young children so can't be in the kitchen hours on end making complicated dishes.
The aim of these recipes is to inspire you to get baking, show you how easy it can be and maybe even get you obsessed with it like i am now!
Apologies for any spelling and grammar errors, i know this can bug a lot of you but writing has never been my strong point!
I have allowed download for this one for easy use and because the text is a lot clearer downloaded thanks to DA losing quality upon upload.
OTHER USEFUL INFO
:bulletgreen: For gluten free baking add a tsp of Xanthan gum
:bulletgreen:All purpose flour can be substituted for self raising flour
:bulletgreen: granulated/regular sugar can be substituted for castor sugar
:bulletgreen: If adding summer fruits to your cake mix the juices from the fruit will increase the cooking time slightly.
:bulletgreen: you can use vanilla flavouring or vanilla extract
:bulletgreen: in many cases milk can be replaced with soya, rice milk etc if required.
:bulletgreen:Whipping/double cream is known as heavy cream in some countries.
:bulletgreen: 50 grams = 1.7636981 ounces
:bulletgreen: If you need to convert any of the ingredients from grams, ml etc, here is a really good conversion site [link] but many modern digital scales have the measurements in oz and grams etc so i hope this will not be a problem for you.
:bulletgreen: When covering a cake with butter cream, always crumb coat first! Crumb coating is when you add a very thin layer of butter cream to your cake to seal in all the crumbs and is left to harden for a while so when you add the rest of the butter cream you shouldn't get any crumbs ruining your presentation.

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UPDATED
thanks to :iconraitoyami: and a few other chocolate lovers out there on DA, i have updated the part on simple chocolate as you can make chocolate shine when set with a nob of butter or a drop of oil :)
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:iconcelia94:
Celia94 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why using butter instead of margarine? I'm curious xD 
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like my food as natural and with as little ingredients as possible, the whole idea of margarine for me is not nice.
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:iconcelia94:
Celia94 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it less natural than butter? I thought it had a vegetal origin
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes butter is just cows milk, that's it, simple.  Margarine however depending on the brand has a long list of chemical ingredients made by a chemist. It's best to check the ingredients if you really want to use margarine to find the slightly better stuff, if you see ingredients you have no idea what it is, then keep well away.
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:iconcelia94:
Celia94 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okk thank you!
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TollersTree Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing this recipe! You are awesome!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I hope you enjoy :)
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:icontollerstree:
TollersTree Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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:iconvawkis:
Vawkis Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Oh good, I was wanting to do some baking, recipe time!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle:
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:icontayzbell:
tayzbell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This is so fun to experiment with. I've tried this recipe with lindt choc centres and I've tried white choc raspberry!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay glad you like it, I am forever experimenting with it :)
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:icontheawesomeone888:
TheAwesomeOne888 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome! It helped me invent Orange Blueberry Cupcakes :iconohohoplz:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome!
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:icontheawesomeone888:
TheAwesomeOne888 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! and Thanks for the llama!
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:iconmimidong:
MiMiDong Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so great :'D I can't wait to try it
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
enjoy :)
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Maplex3 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
wahh *__* but do you know what would be good replacement for self raising flour?
Living in germany and I don't rly heard about somth like this :I Or ist ist just normal flour? :I ~
How would it be If I would use simple flour for this recipe ?
would it work? :x
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it will be fine if you have a raising agent with it such as baking powder :)
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:iconsakuyahashimoto:
SakuyaHashimoto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
is it possible to use just one baking tin instead of two? or is it too much sponge?
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
if you have a deep tin it should be fine as long as it does not fill up more than 3/4 the way up else it might spill over while baking. It will take a little longer to cook and the top will brown more, if it browns too much cover it with some foil.
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:iconsakuyahashimoto:
SakuyaHashimoto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
okay. thanks :)
gonna try it tomorrow
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:icontfsakon:
TFSakon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Brilliant, I can't wait to try it.
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
enjoy :)
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:iconiamkathybrown:
iamkathybrown Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Let's hope I remember where I put this recipe so I can use it...
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:iconxsilverdawnwarriorx:
XsilverdawnwarriorX Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Just take a screenshot or favorite it
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:iconmshumptey:
MsHumptey Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome! I just tried to do some cupcakes and they came out marvellous! ^^
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great to hear :)
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:iconroboticalpaca:
roboticalpaca Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll be making some blueberry cupcakes using this, so let's see how they come out. <3
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh yummy, what topping are you going to be adding?
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:iconthemeanapple:
theMeanApple Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Where do I find Xanthan gum? :(
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i get it in the gluten free section in supermarkets but you can buy it online too.
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Illuminating-Dreams Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One day I'll make these... one day...
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle:
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:iconvinea:
Vinea Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Thank you so much for the recipes !
Do you have any advice to set the ganache on top of the cupcakes without a ... pastry bag (?) ?
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you can spoon it on before it's fully set, it would look a bit like this i made [link] but once it's set it's not so shiny.
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:iconvinea:
Vinea Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Oh, okay, I see. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer me :iconcutecupcakeplz:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
that's okay, enjoy :)
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Siilverbass Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I love your tips
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:iconafess:
Afess Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student General Artist
For the chocolate ganache, what if you only have regular chocolate chips? would it become really sweet?
Also do you happen to have the measurements in US measurements? if not, it's ok.
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i use all kinds of chocolate for ganache, dark, milk, white, i like them all. Sorry i don't have US measurements, there are lots of conversion websites around the internet which are great though.
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:iconafess:
Afess Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
just wondering, how long does it take for the ganache to set? it's been 2 hours and it still hasn't set yet, and i'm done with everything else.
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:iconafess:
Afess Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
alright thanks! (:
I'm gonna be making a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and strawberries today.
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Clojo-733 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
Mmm, all these look delicious! A very useful tutorial, whatever kind of cake you decide to make. :meow:
I'm definitely going to try your cupcake recipe, but I'm probably gonna use lemon curd for the topping, because it's my favourite baking ingredient ever! :drool:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh yummy, that sounds great, i love it when people add there own things to the recipe :)
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:iconafess:
Afess Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
omg this is so awesome! Everytime I make cakes they always end up being really heavy and I always have to look around forever to find a good recipe for icings and things like that. Thank you so much for posting this, I will definitely try this out next time! :aww:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you :) these are lovely and fluffy, i hope you enjoy :)
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:iconafess:
Afess Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
you're welcome! I'll let you know how they turn out ^^
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:)
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Moonidiot Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I want to try this sometime... They seem delicious!
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