Hello everyone. This is my first time posting, but I really nead help. I'm not good with technology and I haven't spent a great deal of time on this site, so I'm sorry if I have silly questions. I've spent years and years wanting make decorated sugar cookies and I am finally able to make them well. Now, I'm determined to make delicious, bakery-style cupcakes. At first it didn't matter to me if they were from a box or from scratch, but I've have had no luck with either.
I've researched and tried numerous recipes from cookbooks and online. I've tried the WASC and other doctored box recipes, and scratch recipes from many bloggers and websites and they're still not what I'm looking for.,.Here's what I am looking for in a cupcake (I can make delicious frostings) but in the cake I want It: moist, dense, sweet - and gourmet I guess. I want it to taste like the ones I've had from cupcake shops. On my birthday last year, I went to five different cupcakeries (if there is a such thing) and I tried thier cupcakes - more than one from each. And I realized that even though they all tasted different, thier texture was the same, and not like what I've found using a box mix or doctored box mix, thus making me want to bake them from scratch.
About a week ago, I found a recipe from scractch that has the texture that I've been looking for and they come out very pretty with a nice dome every time.The problem is that they don't taste good!!! The flavor is bland, kind of like cornbread. So I tried adding vanilla bean and butter flavoring to add to the taste, but it didn't help. So my question is, what can I add, substitute, or change to make them more flavorful??? I was going for a base yellow cupcake- that I could modify to make other flavors. When I modified the recipe myself changing the all purpose flour to half ap flour and half cake flour and adding a pudding to mix, the batter was so good, but when the cupcakes baked, they were flat and didn't have the dome or the density. Please help, any and all suggestions are welcomed. Oh, and I've made sure that all ingredients were at room temp, and flour sifted once. These are the ingredients that I use:
*all purpose flour
*pure vanilla extract
*and cream cheese
I was also wondering if anyone uses King Arthur Unbleached cake flour? And could it be that I won't get the desired results unless I have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer? I have an offbrand- from Walmart that I've had for years. Thanks again!!