Mar 13, 2012

Vanilla Birthday Cupcakes



My baby boy is 5... years... old. *sniff* He has always had a special place in my heart. I got pregnant with him 2 months after my mom passed and 4 months before my daddy passed. We named him after my dad. I like to think that my son was sent to us with a little extra sweetness from my parents. He is super sweet, super snuggly, adores his momma, and has the most warm, big, brown eyes I've ever seen. His favorite color is pink. He loves Legos. And flying kites. Most days he can do no wrong. But on the rare occasion he does, he sure knows how to get out of it. 

So when my angel boy asked for pink birthday cupcakes to take to his preschool friends, I happily obliged. I even spruced them up a bit by adding nonpareil sprinkles to the insides, making them like Funfetti cupcakes. I adapted a recipe from my favorite blogger, Jessica. They were just right!


INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup assorted nonpareil sprinkles + more for top of frosting
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add the milk. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients. Fold in assorted sprinkles.
Pour into cupcake tins and fill 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool, then frost.
 Vanilla Buttercream
2 sticks of butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of milk, if needed
Cream butter in the bowl of an electric mixture until completely smooth and creamy. With the mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar slowly. Gradually increase mixer speed and add vanilla, then beat for 2-3 minutes, scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl. If frosting is too thick, add milk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached If it’s too thin, add sugar gradually until it thickens. Frost cupcakes and top with sprinkles. 

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