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2hrs 50mins
12 mini cupcakes

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 mini cupcakes with buttercream frosting (smaller cupcakes work best, full-size cupcakes may not stay on the stick)
  • 8 -12 cups vegetable oil or 8 -12 cups peanut oil, quantity depending on your pan
  • 1 12-2 cups flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  1. Start out by peeling the wrappers off of your cupcakes, and spear each one with a popsicle stick, so that it is embedded into the frosting but does not poke through to the top. Freeze them for at least 2 hours, or even overnight--you want them to be like little rocks.
  2. When your cupcakes are nearing the end of the chilling period, it's time to start heating the oil for frying. Pour about 6 cups of vegetable oil into a medium saucepan, so that it is about 4-5 inches deep. The exact quantity of oil required will depend on the size of your saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-high, and insert a candy or frying thermometer. The oil needs to reach 375°F on the thermometer, which will take about 10-12 minutes.
  3. While the oil heats, prepare the batter. Place 1/2 cup of flour in a shallow bowl and set aside for the moment. Place 1 cup of flour in a small bowl and stir in the baking powder and salt. In a mixing cup, stir together the milk, vinegar, and oil. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until smooth and free of most lumps. The batter should be thicker than a pancake batter--if it seems too liquidy (as if it might drip off when you dip the cupcakes in it), whisk in the remaining flour until it has reached the desired consistency.
  4. Remove the cupcakes on sticks from your freezer. It is best to fry one cupcake at a time, so take them out of the freezer a couple at a time so that the cupcakes fried later on don't get too warm while sitting out.
  5. Dredge the cupcake in the flour, covering it completely. Tap off excess and roll into the wet batter mixture until it is completely coated on all sides (the bottom may be bare; this is okay).
  6. Quickly dip the battered cupcake into the oil, holding the stick from the very end (do not drop it or you might get oil spatter!). You will only be dipping each cupcake for a very short time, so keep a careful eye on it. NOTE: since the oil is very hot, it might be a good idea to wear an oven mitt to decrease the likelihood of getting spatter on your hands.
  7. Once the batter has reached a pleasing golden hue, remove the cupcake from the oil and transfer to a plate covered with paper towels to soak up the excess grease. Repeat the battering and frying process with the remaining cupcakes, battering them one at a time directly before dipping in the frying oil. While frying, be sure to monitor the temperature of the oil and adjust your heat up or down accordingly so that it remains at 375°F If the oil is too cold it won't fry quickly enough and the cupcakes will soak up too much grease; if it is too hot, the outside will get dark before the inside is fully warmed, leaving you with a delicious shell but a partially defrosted cupcake inside.

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