How to cook a birthday cake with a cupcake instead

You might be wondering what’s in a birthday cupcake?

I’m glad you asked, because this year I decided to make one myself.

I thought this recipe would be a good starting point for someone who is new to baking and would like to try a new cake style.

And since I’m a cake aficionado, I figured I would share it with you.

Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 teaspoon salt (for sprinkling) 2 tablespoons milk, warmed 1 cup sugar, sifted and cooled 1 cup milk, cooled 1 1/8 cups confectioners’ sugar 2 eggs, at room temperature (for decorating) 1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin pan with butter and flour.

In a small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and baking powder.

In another small bowl mix together the milk and sugar.

Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the egg and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients.

Mix on medium speed for about 3 minutes.

Add eggs one at a time, alternating with the cocoa powder mixture.

Add milk, one at time, and mix until combined.

Remove from mixer and stir in the vanilla.

Pour batter into the prepared muffin tins.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


Cake Notes Recipe adapted from Sweet Cupcake by The American Bride and Groom.

This recipe is for a cupcakes only, not a cake cake.

You can bake a cake and make it cake-only.