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How to Make Mini Cupcakes from a Cake Mix

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Here are the instructions for making cute mini cupcakes from a cake mix, because they never seem to put them on the box. Check out a couple of simple ways to decorate them while you’re here!

hands holding 2 mini cupcakes decorated differently

     Little cupcakes are so much fun! They are a perfect way to get just a little something sweet or a great way to have one and still have room to try something else. Today I’ll share how to make them quick and easy from a cake mix.  Plus I’ll show you a couple super cute and fast ways to decorate them.

      Little Dude’s birthday has really been a drawn out affair this year.  He had a socially distant parade on the day of and several rounds of birthday treats along the way.

    We were finally able to have his birthday party at the gymnastics center recently. We kept it small to close friends and family… but of course that meant more birthday treats.

mini cupcake tray filled with paper liners

     He requested mini cupcakes for this adventure, lemon and vanilla.  Usually I would have whipped something up from scratch but with everything going on it seemed simpler to reach for a cake mix.

     They never think to put the mini cupcake bake times on the box! It’s really a shame too, because they are super cute and perfect for so many reasons!

tray of mini cupcake tins filled with batter

     So I thought I would share the directions with you to make it easier for you to whip some up. Plus I’ll show you how I decorated them.

What you’ll need

tray of mini cupcakes fresh from the oven

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Line your cupcake tin with cupcake papers
  • Make the cake mix according to the directions on the box
  • Use a small cookie scoop to transfer 1 Tablespoon of batter into each liner. Each well should be about 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. (If you are baking multiple trays at once or you have a hotspot in your oven, you’ll want to rotate them half way through.) The tops should spring back when lightly touched with a finger.
  • If you don’t have enough trays to bake them all at once, cover the remaining batter with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
hand holding mini cupcake with frosting coated in small sprinkles

Decorating your cupcakes

The funfetti cupcakes needed a fun sprinkle finish. So I whipped up some simple crusting buttercream and went to work.

You can either scoop or pipe the frosting on and then dunk them in nonpareils. The final look is super cute and it doesn’t take very long to whip through the whole batch.

hand holding mini lemon cupcake with swirl of lemon frosting

For the lemon cupcakes I used lemon sweetened condensed milk buttercream. That recipe is super popular so I knew it would be a hit.

I just used a large open star tip and let it do the work for me. Hold the tip straight up and down over the cupcake with about a half inch of clearance between the cake and the tip.

   Apply even pressure until the frosting blob is the size you want.  Release pressure before pulling up on the piping bag. Easy peasy!

tray of mini cupcakes some with sprinkle topping and some with frosting swirls
Yield: 72 mini cupcakes

How to Make Mini Cupcakes from a Cake Mix

tray of mini cupcakes with lemon frosting swirls or sprinkle coated white frosting

Here are the instructions for making cute mini cupcakes from a cake mix, because they never seem to put them on the box. Check out a couple of simple ways to decorate them while you're here!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cake mix and the ingredients called for on box

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Line your cupcake tin with cupcake papers
  3. Make the cake mix according to the directions on the box
  4. Use a small cookie scoop to transfer 1 Tablespoon of batter into each liner. Each well should be about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. (If you are baking multiple trays at once or you have a hotspot in your oven, you'll want to rotate them half way through.) The tops should spring back when lightly touched with a finger.
  6. If you don't have enough trays to bake them all at once, cover the remaining batter with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you're ready to use it.
  7. Cool completely before frosting.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

72

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Little cupcakes are so much fun! They are a perfect way to get just a little something sweet or a great way to have one and still have room to try something else. Today I'll share how to make them quick and easy from a cake mix.  Plus I'll show you a couple super cute and fast ways to decorate them.

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