After one false start, I have made cupcakes! And they are lovely. I used the Magnolia Bakery's vanilla cupcake recipe and their vanilla buttercream recipe.
I do need a bit more practice with the piping bag, as I've not worked with one since my catering days while at university (I won't say how long ago that was!), and I'm woefully out of practice. But practice makes perfect. Sadly, it also makes for a huge backside if one isn't careful. :)