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

Hi Bold Bakers!
Do you remember my crazy cookie dough?
One dough that made loads of different flavors
of cookies.
I also made a crazy bread dough.
Now these things were a huge success, so I
thought to myself, why not share another one
with you, this time, crazy cupcakes.
So let’s get started.
So before we get started, the recipe for these
cupcakes can be found on,
along with all my other recipes, so make sure
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Okay, let’s start with our cupcakes.
Now I am using a stand mixer, but you can
also use a hand mixer, and the best thing
is, you can actually even make these by hand,
just make sure that your butter is nice and
soft at room temperature.
Into your mixer, add in your room temperature
butter, then all you want to do is turn on
your machine to medium speed and just loosen
up that butter until it’s nice and soft.
So after around two minutes, you want to go
ahead and pour in your sugar.
Now we’re just gonna let this whip up until
it’s really light and fluffy.
This is an important stage to making these
So this method is called creaming, and I like
to do this on a high speed so you get a lot
of air in there, and it gives you lovely light
Okay that’s looking good, now we’re gonna
go ahead and add in the eggs, one by one.
So this recipe is kind of like cupcakes 101,
the reason you want to add in the eggs one
at time is because you want to make sure it’s
fully incorporated into the mix, then you
can add in the other one.
If you add them all in at the same time, it
can curdle your mixture, and you don’t want
So high speed, one at a time.
Okay, so all our eggs are in there, it’s
looking light and fluffy, so now I’m just
gonna turn off my machine, and add in the
rest of my ingredients.
So go ahead and add in your flour, a little
bit of baking powder to make them rise, and
then a small amount of milk, just to give
you a nice, light cake.
So now at this stage you know my rule, we
never want to beat in flour to a mixture because
it ends up toughening our cakes and our cupcakes.
So turn your machine on to just a low speed,
until you fold in all of that flour, and then
So now if you don’t eat eggs, don’t worry,
you can still make these cupcakes, you can
add in any of my substitutions from my chart,
like mashed banana, apple, tofu, you’ve
got lots of different options there and you
can still make lovely cupcakes.
So there you go, that’s it, simple, easy
cupcake batter, now this is where things get
really crazy, you can take this and make any
flavor of cupcake that you want, and I mean
I’m gonna show you some of my top favorites
now, we’re gonna start out with my personal
favorite, a flavor that I think should never
be overlooked, it is a birthday cake cupcake.
So now this mix makes 12 cupcakes, now to
flavor each one you want to take a quarter
cup of your cupcake mix which is around a
generous four tablespoons, just go ahead and
add that into your little bowl.
So now birthday cake has a very distinct flavor,
it has a little bit of vanilla and almond
Now if you don’t have almond extract, you
can always leave it out, but I always recommend
putting in a little bit of vanilla.
So in you go, some vanilla first, and then
a little bit of almond extract, and then of
course, you cannot have birthday cake without
loads of sprinkles, so in go my sprinkles,
Then all you want to do is mix it up until
it’s all folded in.
Just look at that, how simple it was to make
a Funfetti cupcake, now you can make just
one or you can multiply the recipe to make
as many as you want.
So now I’m just gonna set this aside and
we’re gonna move onto our next exciting
flavor, it is a classic, and I absolutely
love it, it’s a lemon and blueberry cupcake.
So just like before, add a quarter cup of
your batter into a small bowl.
Next I’m going to zest over some fresh lemon,
who does not love fresh lemon?
And then scatter in a few blueberries.
Now with the blueberries, you can use fresh
or frozen, that is totally up to you.
Then, mix it all together.
Already this smells amazing.
So now just in case you actually haven’t
seen my crazy cookie dough video, you have
to check it out, it is one simple cookie dough
that makes loads of different flavors, double
chocolate, best-ever chocolate chip, Funfetti,
so many cookies, I know if you like this video,
you’re going to love it.
And there you go, another cupcake flavor in
no time at all.
Absolutely lovely.
So now I’m gonna set this aside and we’re
gonna move on to our next cupcake, and this
one will really show you how crazy this recipe
is, we’re going to make a carrot cake cupcake.
So our cupcake batter goes into our little
bowl, next I’m going to add in some freshly
grated carrot.
Now for my carrot cake, I love raisins in
my carrot cake, you don’t like them, you
can leave them out.
But I’m definitely adding a few in there.
And then, chopped walnuts.
Not everybody’s cup of tea, I love them.
It gives nice texture, so I’m gonna add
a few in there too.
You don’t like them, leave them out.
And then of course a little bit of cinnamon,
because carrot cake has to have cinnamon.
And then just mix all these ingredients together.
So now you can see by now why I call this
crazy batter.
You can add anything you like into it.
Your favorite flavors, come up with your own
combinations, whatever you like.
It’s only going to make these cupcakes better.
So there you go, one lovely carrot cake cupcake
ready to go.
Now I’m gonna set this guy aside, and we’re
gonna move onto our next flavor, this one
is a huge fan favorite around here on Bigger
Bolder Baking, it is a cookie and cream cupcake.
So just like before, go ahead and add your
little quarter cup of cupcake batter into
your bowl.
Into our cupcake batter we’re gonna add
in crushed Oreos.
Now I love Oreos, as you know, you’ve seen
me use them a million times on Bigger Bolder
Baking, but you can use any type of cookie
you want, remember, get creative.
That’s what Bigger Bolder Baking is all
Once they’re in there, just go in with your
spoon and mix them in.
Now after doing a few flavors, I’m sure
that your creative wheels are turning, and
you can think of so many different flavors
and I’m excited to see what you come up
Because the ones that I’m showing you are
just suggestions, you make whatever you like.
Okay, so set this guy aside and we’re gonna
move on to our next flavor, it’s an oldie
but a goodie, it’s a chocolate and peanut
butter cupcake.
So you know the drill now at this stage, into
this we’re going to add in our cupcake batter,
and then we’re gonna add in some cocoa powder.
Now I like to use unsweetened, dark cocoa
And then just go ahead and stir that in.
Now if you’re wondering where the peanut
butter is coming in, it’s going to be actually
in the frosting, so if you don’t like peanut
butter, you can use a different frosting.
What this is making here is just a regular
chocolate cupcake.
Now I’m gonna set this guy aside, just like
the others, and we’re gonna get started
on our next flavor, this one was hugely requested,
it is a red velvet cupcake.
So now the beauty of this flavor is that it’s
very similar to the chocolate cupcake.
So into our bowl we add in our batter, we
add in a little bit of cocoa powder, and then
we add in some red food dye.
Now I’m using my homemade food dye, which
is really easy to make, it’s made with beets,
or you can use a good quality store bought
And then all you want to do is just stir these
Now add in as much color as you want to get
the desired color that you’re looking for.
A lot of people don’t know that red velvet
is actually a cocoa based cake, it’s not
a red cake, it’s cocoa based, that’s why
you get that lovely dark rich color and flavor,
perfect, look at that.
So now I know my Bold Bakers are really creative
and here’s a fun thing you can do, you can
make the whole batch chocolate, and then divide
it, add food coloring to one side, and then
not to the other, so you get red velvet and
chocolate cupcakes out of one batch.
Okay, so that’s our red velvet cupcake,
now we’re gonna pop these guys into our
cupcake tin.
Line your tin with cupcake liners, and then
go ahead and add in all over your batters.
Now I like a really big cupcake, so go ahead
and fill these until they’re three quarters,
if not a little bit more full, because you
want nice, big height from our cupcakes.
This is such a fun idea for a party or even
a sleepover, where everybody gets to make
their own flavor.
Okay, these are looking fantastic, now these
guys are ready to be baked off.
Bake your cupcakes off at 350 degrees Fahrenheit,
or 180 degrees Celsius, for roughly 16-18
minutes or until firm on top.
The cupcakes turned out even better than I
could’ve imagined, and I love how they’re
all different colors and flavors.
Now you can tell when your cupcake is done
if you push down in the middle and it’s
firm, that means it is perfectly baked.
Now I’m gonna set these guys aside and let
them go totally cold before we decorate them.
So now decorating, this is my favorite part,
I’m gonna use two different types of frosting,
my buttercream frosting, and my cream cheese
Both fantastic recipes, make sure you check
them out if you haven’t already done so,
but you can decorate yours any way you like.
I’m gonna start out by decorating my red
velvet cupcake.
Now traditionally, you would have cream cheese
frosting, which is what I have, and I’m
gonna pipe a big swirl on top, gorgeous.
And here I just have a few crumbs of red velvet.
I’m just gonna sprinkle those on top of
a little bit of extra color, to make it look
really pretty.
So next we’re going to move onto chocolate,
now I said this was chocolate and peanut butter,
so this is where the peanut butter comes in,
I added it into my buttercream frosting, and
I’m gonna go ahead and pipe and nice, generous
swirl on top.
I don’t know about you guys, but the frosting
to me is as good as the cake, so I like lots
of it.
Then I’m gonna sprinkle over a chopped up
peanut butter cup.
Just so you get that extra chocolate peanut
butter thing going on.
Gorgeous, look at that.
So next up, our lemon and blueberry cupcake.
Now I’m gonna top this guy off with some
of my homemade buttercream frosting, and then
for extra flavor and just to make it look
even prettier, I’m going to zest over some
fresh lemon, and then finish it off with a
few fresh blueberries on top.
Just look at that, it’s so pretty!
Almost too pretty to eat.
Okay, now let’s decorate our birthday cake
So here I have some buttercream that I colored
with a little bit of green coloring, and I’m
gonna pipe that on top, and of course finish
it off with some sprinkles.
Now for my little Oreo cupcake, I’m gonna
go double Oreo, I put some in the frosting,
and I’m just gonna pipe a big swirl on top,
and then just so you know for sure it’s
an Oreo cupcake, I’m gonna place an Oreo
in on top.
I think that says it all, doesn’t it?
And then last but not least, our carrot cake
Now traditionally it is always served with
a lovely cream cheese frosting, so that’s
what I have here, gonna pipe a nice big amount
top, lovely.
Then I have some crushed walnuts, nice.
And then just for extra color and so you can
tell what it is, I have a little bit of grated
carrot that I’m just gonna sprinkle on top.
Just looking at these cupcakes just goes to
show you how crazy this recipe is.
Whether you love chocolate, red velvet or
Funfetti, there is a cupcake here for everyone.
Okay, I know I can try any of these but I
think I’m gonna try the chocolate and peanut
Oh, my gosh.
This is my favorite cupcake recipe, and I’ll
tell you why.
It is really light and moist.
It’s not dense and it’s so easy to make,
and best of all, as you saw, you can flavor
it any way that you want.
I really hope you try out this crazy cupcakes,
and actually of my other crazy videos, and
I’ll see you back here really soon for more
Bigger Bolder Baking.

  1. I was thinking on doing side income and thought of selling cupcakes then I found this helpful video. Thank you so much for your sharing.

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  3. very cool, i'll have to try this, i just got done making cupcakes, well… i hadn't made them in along time so i forgot that they rise, so when i got them out i couldn't actually get a full cupcake out, so i had an idea, i cut off the tops of them (very perfectly) and placed one on a plate, i got some icing and spread it on it, then i spread it on another one, and basically made it like a sandwich, it was pretty good, i call them muffin tops (even though they're cupcakes) and for the rest of it i just call it muffin stuff, i'm pretty good at baking so they turned out good, nice and moist

  4. Your tutorial video is just awesome !!! It's so easy to follow. Thank you so much. Shall look forward for your new recipes.😍😍😍

  5. Made your crazy dough cookies yesterday they were awesome! I want to make these but wondered if I want to stop using normal flour for my baking world almond or oat flour work?

  6. Hi Gemma I came across your page and I can't stop watching your videos !!! Is there a video for the cream cheese frosting??

  7. I’m not a baking expert and decided to try this recipe. Turned out amazing!! Couldn’t believe i did it 🙂 thank you so much

  8. Can this batter be made and stored in the fridge for few days? Then bake the cupcakes day of the event? Or do people usually make cupcakes night before?

  9. I just made a batch of these. Did a chocolate cake with choc chips. It seems a little dry. I added 4 tsp of cocoa for a more chocolatey cake. Should I add a little more milk to my batch?

  10. Why my cupcake turned out so buttery and greasy 🙁 I used for sticks of butter which is one cup as the recipe says :/

  11. I’ve been waiting for someone to do this..I’ve been thinking about it but thought it’s crazy…but thank u Gemma for making it happen….i can make a fruit cake from it too…?? 😊👍👍❤️👏👏👏👏

  12. Aw myyyyyyy😮😮😮😮
    Love love lovoooove this🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
    Mind opening to beautiful and yummy creations. Woooww

  13. I’m just starting my cake/baking journey and you’ve been my saving grace in this! Thank you for your channel and all the work you do!

  14. I tried the red velvet cupcakes with chocolate shards in them and they turned out beautifully! Just the right amount of sweet for me.

  15. What is the model number for your stand mixer …great cupcakes…m gonna try it soon …do u think it will work well with a regular beater attachment???

  16. Gemma, thank you very much for the wonderful recipes and that you actually specify in your recipes the amount in grams for the ingredients and temperature in Celcius! Lots of recipes I saw had only oz and cups, and it was so hard for me to figure it out, because in Russia we only use grams and litres (millilitres) and Celcius.

  17. so this might get lost in all the comments you get but can you please do a video of how to make a strawberry cupcake because I like the way you do it than others.

  18. So, I need to add 3 tsp vanilla and 3 tsp almond extract if I want to make the entire thing birthday cake batter? Seems a lot..

  19. I tried to make a batch of all chocolate and the cupcakes did not turn out how I expected them to. They were dry and hard, eatable but not heartwarming.

  20. I love your recipes, but your website sucks, it is slow, glitchy and jumpy. Really took away from my experience with you. But again, I love your recipes.

  21. Thanks for this Gemma! How would I double the recipe? I see the recipe online is for 12 cupcakes. If I wanted to make 24 would I just add double of everything or is there another way that is done?

  22. I loved this video . Made it so much easier to make different flavors best suited for kids birthday parties . Definetly trying these recipes out .

    Thank you 🥰

  23. Hi first time on your channel, great idea, but have u got full weight of the extra ingredients if I was to make a whole batch of them.

  24. I have always hated baking tutorials on YouTube they are always bad but this was recommended to me and I loved this channel.i also don’t subscribe to people most of the time but I subscribed here because this was just so easy but so good recipe

  25. I never thought I would bake in life..coz before ur recipe I tried many n failed..after trying ur recipe I would not stop baking 😁 kids luved the cupcakes..thanks for making it so simple

  26. Bad bad recipe I was so disappointed 😕 waste of ingredients! I knew I should of used unsalted butter. I tried her buttercream frosting and it tasted like butter I didn’t like it but I decided I’ll try one more of her recipes and it was a fail! Side note I am a really good baker but this recipe didn’t do it for me.
    I’m not trying to be rude or mean I’m trying to spare other people from trying it 😏

  27. I want to make the whole batch of carrot cupcakes how much of cinnamon and carrot should I add? Also plz me the recipe to make 18 cupcakes because I want to bake them for bake sale

  28. I really adore your baking sense and style. It would be helpful if you could include the measurements of the recipes you are baking.
    Thank you 🙂

  29. Did anyone see and try the recipe from the site? A single batch called for 4 eggs! Did it taste slightly eggy?

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