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The Perfect Cupcake

Deliver heavenly cupcakes no one can resist. Combine creative cupcake flavors, fillings and frostings with gorgeous decorating for out-of-this-world treats!
The Perfect Cupcake is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay... i think its great and i love baking but its not for me
Date published: 2024-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun! Wow! Loved this presentation. So many wonderful ideas and recipes. One of the most enjoyable series I have ever watched.
Date published: 2023-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cakes! This was my first course since signing up. In our small town (pop 312) I am known as the cookie lady. But with my 25th anniversary coming up in a few days I decided to learn something new. If I can make these cupcakes look half as good as they taste I may have a new hobby! Thank you
Date published: 2023-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this class The instructor was very clear, easy to follow and helpful with explanations on what to do and what not to do. Unlike other cooking courses I have viewed here THIS documentation was clear and followed what was being show in the lessons.
Date published: 2022-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Course I likewise have been baking since I was a kid. Jennifer is an excellent teacher and does a great job explaining everything. I also really like the guidebook. I am definitely going to try some of these ideas. This course has extended my basic baking knowledge as well. One of the most interesting courses I have taken to date.
Date published: 2021-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cupcake Heaven "The Perfect Cupcake" Well done, very professionally presented. Inspirational designs
Date published: 2021-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The perfect cupcake This course is wonderful! Once the guidebook was posted I watched the entire course . The teacher takes you step by step through each lesson and each recipe. She is very easy to follow and points out mistakes to avoid. So far, I have made three of the cupcake recipes. The vanilla, that I filled with peach jam, the banana, and the pineapple cupcakes All were yummy although the pineapple cupcakes were a little messy to eat. I would sandwich the homemade pineapple jam I between the batter next time but the flavors of all the cupcakes were good. I would highly recommended this course As soon as I figure out uploading photos I'll send them along. Janice
Date published: 2021-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Course!! I really loved this course! I was never interested in making cupcakes, but I have to give it a try now.
Date published: 2021-07-15
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Bake and decorate scrumptious cupcakes every time with Trophy Cupcakes owner Jennifer Shea. Make your cupcakes moist and flavorful with fruit layers, such as caramelized pineapple or a blueberry reduction. Create s'mores cupcakes with graham cracker crusts, luscious lemon cupcakes with shortbread cookie crusts and even blueberry pie cupcakes bursting with bright flavor. Fill luscious lemon meringue cupcakes with lemon curd, and chocolate cupcakes with lavender pastry cream. Whip up Trophy's famous buttercream, and use it to frost your cupcakes by hand, roll your cupcakes in sprinkles and decorate them with perfectly piped swirls. Plus, amaze your clients with hi-hat cupcakes, lavender crème brûlée cupcakes and more. Deliver incredible cupcakes that make sweet dreams come true.


Jennifer Shea



A lifelong baker and party-maker, Jennifer Shea founded Seattle's Trophy Cupcakes and Party in 2007 with her husband. Jennifer and her desserts have appeared on "The Martha Stewart Show." Her cupcakes have also been featured in Vanity Fair and Sunset magazines, as well as on the Food Network. Trophy now has five bustling locations in the Seattle area.

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Meet Jennifer & Get Baking

01: Meet Jennifer & Get Baking

Meet your instructor, baker and cupcake shop owner Jennifer Shea, and get started baking the perfect cupcake! Jennifer will walk you through her famous vanilla cupcake recipe, pointing out proper technique and pitfalls along the way. You'll gain invaluable tips not only for mixing your batter, but for portioning and baking too! Never again will your cupcakes be tough, dry or underdone!

21 min
Adding Fruit

02: Adding Fruit

Take your cupcakes to the next level by adding real fruit flavor. Learn three different methods for adding fruit: mashed into the batter to make moist banana cupcakes, caramelized and layered on the bottom to make delicious piña colada pineapple cupcakes or cooked into a berry compote using fresh or frozen berries to capture the taste of summer!

17 min
Adding Texture With Crusts

03: Adding Texture With Crusts

Create cupcakes with crunch as you learn three different crusts to pair with your baked sweets. Learn the importance of and secrets to parbaking as you create a sweet graham cracker crust, a tender shortbread crust and a flaky pie crust. Pick up shortcuts for adding a textured base layer, even when you're short on time! Then, learn how much batter to add before baking your crusts and cupcakes to perfection.

25 min
Creative Fillings

04: Creative Fillings

Discover delicious, sophisticated fillings as you make a mouth-watering caramel, a sweet and tart lemon curd and a refined lavender pastry cream. Master techniques for cooking sugar, tempering eggs and creating a silky-smooth custard. Then, Jennifer demonstrates four different ways to hollow out and fill a cupcake, all using tools you may already own!

21 min
Trophy's Smooth & Creamy Buttercream

05: Trophy's Smooth & Creamy Buttercream

Master Trophy Cupcake's delicious signature buttercream. Learn how properly whip it up into a fluffy "cloud," as well as how to color and store buttercream if you're making it in advance. Finally, explore the delicious flavor variations you can create by adding extracts, fresh vanilla beans or even melted chocolate!

17 min
Decorating With Buttercream

06: Decorating With Buttercream

Learn several easy methods for achieving professional-looking results as Jennifer demonstrates how to frost your cupcakes by hand or using a pastry tip. Learn how to edge your cupcakes with sanding sugar or sprinkles, how to make domed cupcakes by hand or by rolling in sprinkles and how to tint sanding sugar any color you can image. Then, gain confidence using a piping tip to create low and high swirls as well as rosettes and ruffles!

24 min
Creative Icing Techniques

07: Creative Icing Techniques

Delve into advanced decorating techniques as you learn how to toast meringue swirls and make truly creative hi-hat cupcakes topped with a swirl of silky meringue and dipped in rich chocolate ganache. You'll learn the proper method as Jennifer shares her tips and advice for keeping your hi-hats in place. Then, learn Jennifer's own method for making crème brûlée cupcakes, complete with a baked custard layer topped with crisp caramelized sugar!

27 min