_When hosting a birthday party, it is always a nice gesture to give birthday treats for your guests. Cupcakes make great birthday treats. They are not just delicious, but they make the party more memorable for both you and your guests. They are easy to make as well. Below are a couple of simple cupcake recipes that everyone will enjoy.For Easy Cupcakes, you need to prepare 2 ¼ cups of flour, 1 1/3 cups of sugar, 2 eggs, ½ teaspoon of salt, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, ½ cup of shortening, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 cup of milk. First of all, preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). If you want to know more about this, check out Cupcakes. Prepare a dozen of muffin molds and line with cupcake liners. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar salt, and baking powder. Add shortening, vanilla extract and milk. Using a mixer beat the mixture on medium speed for 1 minute. You can use spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl. Add eggs to the mixture and beat it again, maintaining the same speed, for 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl again. Then, beat it for 1 ½ minutes on high until well mixed. Pour the batter carefully into the lined cupcake molds. Only fill 2/3 of each mold. Bake the cupcakes for 20- 25 minutes. Remove them from the heat and let them cool in the molds for 5 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the molds and place them on a wire rack and let them cool completely. Frost the cupcakes with your favorite frosting recipe and decorate as you desire.For Cola Cupcakes, you need to prepare two mixtures. For the first mixture, prepare 1 cup of cola, ½ cup of butter, ¼ cup of powdered cocoa, ½ cup of vegetable oil, and 22 marshmallows. For the second mixture, prepare 2 cups of flour, 2 eggs, 2 cups of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 cup of buttermilk. First, preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Prepare a dozen of muffin molds and line with cupcake liners. Prepare the first mixture mix cola, butter, cocoa and vegetable oil in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then, remove from the heat and add marshmallows. Place lid on the saucepan and leave it until the marshmallows melt. Stir well. Then prepare the second mixture: mix flour, sugar and baking soda in a bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract, and beat using a mixer. Next, combine the first and second mixtures in the bowl. Pour the batter into the lined cupcake molds until they are 2/3 full. Bake cupcakes for about 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool at room temperature. After they are completely cooled, frost with cola frosting. For more info, visit Cupcakes.