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Celebration Cupcakes

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 18 mins
Cool time 30 mins
Yield Makes 2 dozen
Fill cupcake liners two-thirds to three-fourths full—no more, or the batter will spill over the top during baking.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Food coloring (red and blue)
  • Fluffy White Frosting
  • Garnishes:
  • colored sprinkles
  • Star Cookies

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Beat in egg whites.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in extract.

  3. Divide batter into 3 bowls. Tint 1 bowl with desired amount red food coloring, and 1 bowl with desired amount blue food coloring. Layer blue, white, and red batter evenly into baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

  4. Frost cooled cupcakes with Fluffy White Frosting; garnish, if desired.