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Like Food? Then you are in the right place. I love food. I love to see it, smell it, and taste it. I like to try to make it too. This my kitchen and my cooking. It's not always perfect, but it's made with love. Take a peek and try some out. Welcome to The Tiny Kitchen That Could

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Birthday Cupcakes

Christopher turned three a few days ago, and he helped me make cupcakes that he brought to school to share with all his classmates and teacher, Miss Tina, who happens to share the same birthday as him!

He told me he wanted to make a chocolate cake with yellow frosting. So I got all the stuff and he helped me out. We went ahead and made a box mix this time, but I always add a box of pudding in the same flavor to make it moist and so much more delicious. The frosting, however, is all mine! I have played around with frostings for a while and finally came up with my own, and I like it better than all the others. Get this; no shortening. Not to say it isn't, uhhh, high in that word, but it's better than the cup of shortening most frostings call for.

As I hope you can understand, I did not take pictures of the ENTIRE process. Silly me, I was distracted by my now three year old. So I am going to post a picture of the finished cupcakes I made for Valentines day. They are the exact same recipe, but the frosting was a different color.

The recipe for the frosting is at the bottom! Enjoy!

Ok, now just imagine these with a sunny yellow frosting!

OK, here is how that frosting is made:

You need
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temp
  • bag of powdered sugar (2lbs, but I didn't need the whole bag)
  • vanilla
  • heavy whipping cream

  1. Mix the butter with the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until you get small pebble size granules.
  2. Add about a teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half of vanilla.
  3. Add the cream, a table spoon at a time, mixing thoroughly with each addition, until you get the consistency you want. (because I usually make this the might before I deliver the cupcakes, and I put on cupcakes that are probably still warmer than they should be, I like it somewhat thick, so it doesn't slid right off)
This frosting, is sweet, but not overwhelming, and it will create a nice little crust by the next day, something I love when they have to travel and little fingers are going to be the cupcake receivers.