Simple Cupcake Base


1 box cake mix (any flavor)
1 (3.4 oz.) box instant pudding mix (any flavor)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup water
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin pan with cupcake liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, beat together cake, pudding, sour cream, oil, water, eggs, and vanilla on medium speed until well combined. 

3. Distribute batter in cupcake liners (you will have 24 cupcakes).  You can use an ice cream scoop or figure about 3 Tbs. of batter per cupcake.

4. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when lightly pressed.  Allow cupcakes to cool in muffin pan for about 10 minutes then remove to cooling rack.  Allow to cool completely before frosting.