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Crazy Cupcakes: One Easy Cupcake Recipe with Endless Flavor Variations!

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Amazing, over-the-top cupcakes have been popular for years but my Crazy Cupcakes are a real game changer! Why bake a whole cake and slice it up when you can have little handheld cupcakes, piled high with frosting, filled with unique flavors. I am 100% on the Crazy Cupcakes train and I am taking it all the way with this master recipe for Crazy Cupcakes! Just like my Crazy Cookie Dough and Crazy Dough Recipes, this recipe for Crazy Cupcakes is one easy recipe with endless possibilities.

My Crazy Cupcakes start with a classic sweet sponge. This recipe acts as your Master Cupcake recipe. No matter what flavor you are making you will never need another cupcake recipe again. This cake is fluffy moist and sweet, making it the perfect canvas for whatever flavors you and your family are craving.

After you prepare the sponge you simply add in your choice of mix-ins. From classics like Red Velvet and Carrot Cake, to fun flavors like Chocolate and Peanut Butter, I have you covered.  My personal favorite is the Birthday Cake Cupcake!

All of these flavors are topped off with everyone’s favorite part, loads of frosting and extra toppings. These Crazy Cupcakes are a sight to behold, and perfect for a party or to bring to a friend. This recipe is one of my favorites as it takes something as simple as a plain cupcake recipe and transforms it into the little personalized mini cakes of your dreams!

Below are just a few of my flavor ideas but you can make so many more. Let me know in the comments below what you make!

Red Velvet Cupcake

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Cookies & Cream Cupcake

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcake

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Crazy Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Crazy Cupcake Batter
  • 1 cup (8oz/240g) sugar
  • 1 cup (8oz/240g) butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ⅔ cup (8oz/240g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • Carrot Cake Cupcakes
  • 3 tablespoons grated carrot
  • 1 tablespoon raisins, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped
  • Cream cheese frosting for topping
  • Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcakes
  • 1 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • Peanut butter frosting for topping
  • Reeses peanut butter cups for garnish (optional)
  • Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh blueberries
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Buttercream frosting for topping
  • Lemon zest for garnish
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  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon sprinkles
  • Buttercream frosting for topping
  • Sprinkles for garnish
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • ½ tablespoon cocoa powder, sifted
  • Red food coloring
  • Cream cheese frosting for topping
  • Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
  • 2 Oreo cookies, crushed
  • Extra Oreo cookie for garnish
  • Buttercream frosting for topping
Instructions
  1. preheat your oven to 350oF (180oC) and line a cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment beat your butter until fluffy.
  3. Add your sugar and cream together the sugar and butter until light and pale in color..
  4. Add your eggs one at a time, being sure they are fully incorporated between each one. Then add in the milk.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix until a smooth batter is formed.Do not over mix.
  6. To flavor your cupcakes: Scoop a ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) of crazy cupcake batter in a bowl.
  7. Next depending on which flavor you'd like to make mix in your add-ins.
  8. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool fully before frosting.
  9. Enjoy!

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63 Comments

  1. Aakash Sood on October 19, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Hi Gemma, is there an alternative for egg in this recipe?

  2. Gitanjali on October 18, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Hi gemma,
    Can this buttercream be made a day or two in advance. If so, do we store it in the freezer or the fridge section? Thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on October 18, 2017 at 1:41 am

      Hi there,
      Buttercream is best made and used. It can be stored in either the fridge, or freezer, but it must be brought back to room temperature and re-whipped before you use it. This is just to ensure that it is soft enough to be piped.
      Happy baking,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. Nyokabi on October 17, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Gemma, looking forward to trying this recipe. However, i noticed in 3 you talked about mixing sugar and cream but haven’t listed the cream in your ingredients? How much cream did you use and is it necessary for the recipe? Thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on October 18, 2017 at 2:42 am

      Hi there,
      I think you mean creaming the butter and sugar! This is an age old baking technique, where you almost dissolve the fine sugar in the butter to introduce air, and lighten the batter. Take a look back at the video, you will see this,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Vanessa Vissoto on October 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Gemma, your videos are so amazing!

    I would like to know if it is possible to make these cupcakes in the microwave.

    Thank you

    • Gemma Stafford on October 18, 2017 at 4:36 am

      hi there,
      I have a microwave version on the way!
      You can try this one too, use a cup cake liner on a flat plate, and try it! Do not overload it, a few at a time. I think it will be good if you watch the timing. When they look, and feel barely firm to the touch they will be baked. Standing at room temperature will allow the heat to continue to distribute, and the bake to finish out.
      Good question!
      Gemma 😉

  5. Nuwaira Al Munifi on October 15, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Gemma, I have tries this recipe with three flavors, blueberry, carrot and red velvet. they came out quit nice but I noticed when I removed them from the baking pan there was butter liquid in the cup hole, like a tea spoon size or little more. but the cup cakes tasted yummy but little bit heavy. What do you think I did wrong?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 16, 2017 at 2:32 am

      Hi there,
      The question for me is ‘did you change something in the recipe’?
      Other than that this is very odd, butter, once it has been incorporated into a recipe, really does not do this!
      Let me know,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Nuwaira Al Munifi on October 16, 2017 at 10:38 am

        Hi Gemma,

        I followed the exact recipe in gram measuring. The only thing I could think of is that I washed the blueberry and did not dry them well. the carrots were little watery too. The red velvet had less liquid than the others. This is the first time I have this issue. I will try it again and hopefully it will work out well.

        • Gemma Stafford on October 18, 2017 at 4:49 am

          Ah! It may also be to do with a different flour. Wash the berries by all means, dry them well, and coat in flour if you wish. This holds them in the batter too.
          Your flour may also be slightly less absorbent than mine, flour has different characteristics depending on where, when and how it is milled, and the type of wheat too.
          Try it again!
          Thank you for being in touch,
          Gemma 🙂

  6. Sikhumbuzo on October 15, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Hi miss Gemma, I’ve tried ur cup cakes, they are moisture, taste so delicious and I love them very much, even my family are just surprised with the taste. Especially the CHOCOLATE & PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKE

    • Gemma Stafford on October 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

      Yea! That is so good to hear, thank you for letting me know,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Scott on October 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Gemma, sorry to bother you but I was just wondering how much vanilla essence I would need to add to flavor the whole batter. Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on October 15, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Hi Scott,
      Really a teaspoon of vanilla adds flavor, it does not need to really taste in the finished cake. Yo ucan of course add extra if you wish, but it does not need it,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Chiqui Suarez on October 10, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Hi again,
    Sorry but I left an inquiry a few days ago but i failed to click on the “Notify” button below. I also dont remember which recipe that comment was attached 😀 How do I check on it back to see the reply?
    Thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 11, 2017 at 1:42 am

      Hi Chiqui,
      I have not found it! Can you repeat the comment/question. My firewall will not allow me to recover it without knowing the post, sorry,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Chiqui Suarez on October 11, 2017 at 8:25 pm

        Good BoldBaking Day!
        Thank you so much for patiently taking your time answering my querries. Reading through bold baker community’s discussions, the comments and replies of each bold baker answers most of my querries as well before I even ask 🙂 I may not find that post I previously mentioned but i think i have my answers now. Thank you bold bakers!!! I may not be able to watch live feeds on IG or youtube but I sure look forward to new episodes.
        Keep baking Miss Gemma! Thank you for haring your talent with us 🙂

        -chiqui-

  9. hania on October 9, 2017 at 10:33 am

    hi gemma! would be pleased to know the half of the recipe like what is half of 1 2/3 cups of flour

    • Gemma Stafford on October 9, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Hi Hania,
      The problem with dividing cups in this way is that the recipe becomes a bit unbalanced. it is a lot easier to divide metric measurements, or even imperial measurements accurately.
      1 2/3 cups is 5/3, and 1/2 of this will be about point 8 of a cup, or approx 3/4 of a cup. now you can see how it becomes confusing. You need to do the math! It is not my strong point 🙂

      • Chiqui Suarez on October 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm

        Hello Hania and Miss Gemma,

        may i comment as well 🙂
        i do mine “my traditional way” meaning like for half of 2/3 cup of flour, i would measure and put flour in a bowl and either do occular and divide it into 2 or weigh it. A conversion table really helps also. I went and search the net for such and it helped me a lot.
        Good luck with yours! 😉

        -chiqui-

        • Gemma Stafford on October 12, 2017 at 2:30 am

          Thank you Chiqui, for your kind comments, and for your suggestions for Hania, I appreciate your taking the time,
          Gemma 🙂

  10. CookieDough053 on October 9, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Made these cupcakes yesterday. They are amazing. I made double dark chocolate, pumpkin spice, fun fetti, apple oatmeal, and blueberry almond. They were awesome. I was just wondering when you are going to start posting fall recipes?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 9, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Hi there,
      Today! Here on the website there is a great Pumpkin Bread. I did not video this one, it a special here, take a look.
      There are many more under Seasonal in the recipe selector here too.
      Have fun with these!
      Gemma 🙂

  11. Tahli on October 8, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Hello Gemma, I am commenting on this for you to do another video but a milkshake one. I am interested in baking and mixing things together to get a beautiful finished product I am able to get beautiful tasting recipes that I can make easily and simply with your instruction but please can you make a milkshake one, Kind Regards Tahli 😀

  12. Sally on October 8, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Apologies if this sounds like a daft question but can I use this batter for a standard sandwich cake instead of cupcakes? Looks fabulous. Thanks so much for your inspiration.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 8, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      for sure Sally, it is perfect for cake. That’s actually what the recipe is 🙂

  13. Laurel on October 7, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I’m confused about instruction 6 & 7. Do I mix in the extra ingredients one at a time? You say to scoop out four TB and mix in extra ingredient. Are the add ins for one cupcake? If I wanted to make all 12 the same, would I times the add in by 12?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      yes you are right. It is the measurement for 1 cupcake so just multiply by 12. 🙂

  14. victo on October 7, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Hi Gemma your videos has made my pastry lessons easier.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 7, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      I’m delighted to hear that!!! thanks so much for being apart of the community 🙂

  15. Shruthi Achut on October 6, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I made pumpkin muffins. :’) For fall.
    Thank you for the inspiration Gemma :D.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you for being apart of the community 🙂

  16. Jade on October 6, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Dear Gemma, I’ve just baked half a recipe and got 8 cupcakes. Made chocolate cupcakes with chopped, chunky, dark chocolates. My kids absolutely loved them! The chocolate oozes out when we bit into the cupcakes. I’ll try other variations next time! I’m so glad I came upon your YouTube videos by chance! One downside is, I have to workout doubly hard now! 😀 Thank you for the lovely recipes xxx

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Jade,

      I’m really delighted you came across my channel and that you liked this recipe. If you haven’t yet check out my crazy cookie dough. That is one of my favorites.

      Unfortunately working out is becoming harder and harder for me too 🙂
      Gemma.

      • Jade on October 7, 2017 at 1:26 am

        I have checked it out and cookies are on my to-bake list next!

  17. Ravindra on October 6, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Mss Gemma, Hi
    Can we use any flavour less oil in the recipe Crazy cup cakes one easy cupcake recipe
    I am a big fan of yours & I follow your recipes
    the way you describe them & i am able to impress friends I am a Doctor by profession
    Thanks
    Ravindra

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2017 at 1:08 am

      Hi there Ravindra,
      It is good to have you with us. This recipe relies on the creaming of the ingredients, so you will need to use a margarine, rather than an oil if you are avoiding dairy. A baking one, not a spreadable one will be best. However if you can only get a tub one then use that. Most of these are hydrogenated fats. I do know that many people avoid animal sourced foods, so find one in your store which is suitable for baking, all will be well,
      Gemma 🙂

  18. Diana Menzies on October 5, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Enjoy going thru your recipes although I haven’t tried the cupcakes as yet.Thank you!

  19. Gina on October 5, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Gemma, these cupcakes look scrumptious!! This recipe is pure genius! I love the idea of being able to make multiple flavors of cupcakes from one batch of cake batter. Yum!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2017 at 1:51 am

      Thank you Gina, that is very kind,
      Gemma 🙂

  20. Jean on October 5, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Both the endless option cookie and cupcake recipes look great. Unfortunately, I am unable to print your recipes from my mobile devices. Would love to experiment but, modern technology is prohibiting me from doing so.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2017 at 1:53 am

      Ah! Jean, I am sorry to hear that!
      The recipes are always here though, and the website is optimized for ease of use on mobile, so you should be able to search for a recipe/ingredient easily.
      I hope this helps,
      Gemma 🙂

  21. Ellen Mulcahy Lynch on October 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Love your baking tips Gemma, have you any good gluten free tips?
    I live in Ireland & have 2 kids that are coeliac, it’s difficult to get gluten free bread & cakes that taste good.
    Thanks! Keep up the good work! 😇
    Ellen

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2017 at 2:08 am

      Hi Ellen,
      My cousin’s wife has a blog on called Gluten Free Cailin, where she tries and tests GF products in Ireland! That may be of some help to you.
      I do not specialize in this, though many recipes can be made GF just by using a good quality GF plain/all purpose flour, in a safe kitchen. Think about it like this:
      1. The only baked food which relies on gluten is that which uses yeast.
      2. Gluten, or the development of it, is the enemy of many pastries, as it tends to toughen it, though it does give some structure.
      3. Cakes love low/no gluten. That is what cake flour is, the gluten is reduced in this to give a soft, tender finish.
      So! I would say experiment! This recipe here will give you a great result, and I would be delighted if you would share this with me. I really do intend to get with this, it is a huge health issue all over the world. I do not like to dabble in matters of health, it is too serious, so will get there when I have the right advice.
      Thank you for being in touch, I believe you are having a late summer in Ireland, well some days!
      Gemma 😉

      • Ellen Mulcahy Lynch on October 9, 2017 at 11:21 pm

        Thanks Gemma, I am actually following your cousin “gluten free Cailín” on fab and find her a great help. I love your website & YouTube videos so I will definitely experiment a bit more with your recipes.
        Have a great day 😁

        • Gemma Stafford on October 10, 2017 at 1:13 am

          Hi Ellen,
          Great. There is such a lot of interest in this area now, so the learning is growing. good to have you with us,
          Gemma 🙂

  22. Smriti Jhamb on October 5, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Hi Gemma
    What an amazing recipe!
    Well, I’ll definitely give it a try.
    I just wanna ask that in your egg substitution chart, it is written that we can substitute egg for cakes and cupcakes with banana, applesauce, silken tofu and buttermilk.
    So I was just wondering, can we use flax in place of egg in cupcakes and cakes.
    Thanks☺

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2017 at 2:12 am

      Hi Smriti,
      Yes, but here is what you need to remember, they are oily! Flax egg will add to the fat in this recipe, and as the creaming of the butter is important here, I would not like to add any further fat, even this good fat!
      You can of course try it, do let us know how it worked out for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  23. LadyIreland on October 5, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Hi Gemma: We must be kindred spirits as our birthdays are ten days apart, we’re both Irish, both left-handed, dark-haired and a passion for baking! I took the cupcake batter and did 2 things with it. The first one I added mini chocolate chips and frosted them with a chocolate sour cream frosting. The second I took a little of the batter, added melted chocolate frosting to marble the cake and again used chocolate sour cream frosting. You have this ability to spur my creativity…I love it! What’s next?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2017 at 2:15 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, kindred is the word! There is no doubt that we Irish just know each other, somehow! Perhaps this is also true of other races, but I do not know, I am happy that oyu are here with us.
      Thank you for this suggestion, it is great to hear how you guys make these recipes your own, well done you.
      Onward and upward! Lots in the recipe bank to be getting on with. Do post a pic here of your production, it is a great way to encourage other Bold Bakers,
      Gemma 🙂

  24. Archana on October 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Hi gemma love your receipe very much. I always request for eggless cakes plz make some. I know you have a chart to substitute eggs but plz do make some eggless also

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2017 at 2:22 am

      Sure Archana, and we will be doing this soon. Thank you for being here,
      Gemma 🙂

  25. June on October 5, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Love this crazy recipe series! I prefer the homemade way over store-bought so I would like to ask about how to make the red food coloring from beets that you mentioned in the video. Thanks a lot!

  26. Bakhtawar on October 5, 2017 at 8:54 am

    4 eggs or 2 eggs? you have added 2 eggs in video

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2017 at 2:50 am

      The recipe is for 4 eggs. The video needs to be visually quick and clear, so you do not see every ingredient going into the mix, the important thing is to incorporate every egg into the butter/sugar mix as I show you, to avoid flooding the recipe, like making a mayonnaise really!
      If you wish to reduce the eggs you will need to bring up the liquid a bit, you can try it if you wish, it will not be a fail,
      Gemma 🙂

  27. Bharti on October 5, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Happy Gemma
    The recipe sounds fab😊
    Any replacement for eggs, we don’t have eggs!

    Thanks 😊

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2017 at 2:51 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, and I said this in the video. Applesauce/banana/silken tofu will be good in this recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

  28. Sufyan Majeed on October 5, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Hi Gemma, can you make a crazy microwave 3-layer cake batter just like your crazy cookie dough, bread dough and cupcake batter?

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