So many of my recipes come from my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook as I have mentioned in the past, and this is one of them. Sometimes I bake use the Silver White Cake recipe, but today I made the Starlight Yellow Cake recipe. Super easy recipe and it only uses one bowl! That in itself makes the recipe worth using, not to mention the added bonus that it is yummy!
As you can see the cupcakes I made were transformed into bird’s nests for Easter. I think they came out pretty cute if I do say so myself. Here is how to make nest cupcakes:
First you need to bake the cupcakes.
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups milk
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Either grease a cupcake pan or use liners. I decided to use paper cupcake liners for my cupcakes today.
In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients.
With either a hand mixer or a stand mixer, beat for 30 seconds on low speed. If using a hand mixer make sure to scrape the sides constantly.
Turn mixer to high speed and continue beating for 3 minutes scraping occasionally. Since I was using a stand mixer I turned it off every minute or so to scrape the bowl.
That’s it! Could it be any more simple?
Fill each opening a little more than half way with the batter.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Once they are cool I frosted them with vanilla buttercream frosting. Here is the recipe I use, also quite easy.
Once you have your frosting made just spead some over each cupcake and dip into green sprinkles.
To make the nest I used melting chocolate and squeezed it in the shape of a nest on top. You can also use chocolate frosting. Here’s a tip for using chocolate, only do part of the nest at a time and let the chocolate set and then go over it with more chocolate. Otherwise the chocolate will just blend together.
Once the chocolate was set, only takes a minute, I used a tiny bit on the egg so that it would stick on top. I used large Robin Eggs candies so I only used one egg, if you are to buy the mini eggs you can fit more than one.
Starlight Yellow Cake
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease pan or use cupcake liners.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Beat on low speed for 30 seconds scraping constantly. Continue beating on high speed for 3 minutes scraping occasionally.
- Pour into pan(s) and bake for 20 minutes for cupcakes, 40 minutes for rectangle, or 30 minutes for rounds or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on wire racks.