Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cupcakes are light and moist with a delicious buttery flavor. Easy to make with a box of yellow cake mix.
The cupcakes are done in less than 30 minutes. Perfect dessert for any occasion.
The homemade from scratch Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting is a variation of a tasty tangy recipe I discovered on Allrecipes. I omitted yellow food coloring and used less confectioners sugar.
These small bites of deliciousness are a variation of my super popular Cream Cheese Pound Cake. I’m often asked if the recipe can be used to make cupcakes. That popular question was the inspiration for this recipe.
Technically, this recipe is not a pound cake. The original recipe Cream Cheese Pound Cake is slightly heavy. The weight is the inspiration for the name “pound cake.”
What is a pound cake?
According to wikipedia.org, a pound cake is a made with a pound of each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar.Pound cakes are usually baked in a loaf or bundt pan. Although delicious plain, it’s good coated with a light glaze, frosting or dusted with powdered sugar.
Place two cupcake liners in the muffin tin’s cups. The cake batter is heavy. Two cups are stronger than one.
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.