My darling little Eden is no longer in the Ones…but she is now in the Twos…She is TWO now!!! When did this happen? How dare I let time come in and steal my daughter’s youth :( Can you tell I’m having a difficult time with this? I am and we (Josh and I) are. Josh and I have had many conversations about Eden turning 2 yrs old and the thought of her getting older…scares us. I think it’s because she is still so young acting whereas her big sister has always seemed older and more mature. Eden is the very essence of what a 2 year old should be like. She is at such a fun age and I felt that she was worthy of something as playful and beautiful as she is. Cupcakes!
I have to admit though, cupcakes were not my original idea. I was going to buy another store bought cake. But I changed my mind when I decided that are budget wasn’t really friendly towards that idea. Then I thought about having my mom and mother in law make yummy Texas Sheet Cakes…and well that idea quickly fizzled out too. So…completely frustrated, I decided on a whim…and late at night that I, Chelsia…mother of two, was going to make homemade cupcakes with homemade frosting to go along with it! That idea didn’t exactly scare me as I feel pretty confident in making homemade goodies now. The only thing that I was a little nervous about was A) finding the right cupcake (that I knew I could successfully pull off) and B) having enough time to bake and frost all of the cupcakes.
The first thing I had to was scold myself for not buying the cupcake book I found on the bargain shelf at Barnes & Nobles last time I was there. I fell in love with this adorable little book and thought, “eh…I don’t make cupcakes that often.” Have you ever done that…? Wanted something you thought maybe you wouldn’t need and walked away from it…only to discover that 3-4 weeks later you could of definitely used it? Yeah…that was me, plain and stupid. So…I got over my pity party and dove head first into the world wide web to find the perfect cupcake for Eden’s party.
The first website I went to was All Recipes, and though they had some nice recipes…I needed something more. So I turned to Martha Stewart! She has like 4 different sections for cupcakes and they are all gorgeous and all beautiful and all very exquisite looking…and most of them, a bit over my heads in terms of baking. I do not know how to make Fondant…although one day I would love to learn. So after browsing the recipes and finding a few that I loved…such as the caterpillar cupcakes or the monkey cupcakes (which all involved fondant) I finally settled on something a bit more simple but something I could customize for Eden’s party. The Vanilla Letter Cupcakes were perfect. The recipe included two other recipes one for frosting and one for iced letter cookies. If I had all day to bake and bake and bake, I would of definitely made the cookies and the cookie frosting recipe. But I didn’t have all day. So I decided to just make the delicious Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe instead.
After deciding on my plan of action…I then encountered a problem, so to speak. The Cupcake recipe only made 2 dozen cupcakes! That’s not going to go very far when you have 25+ people coming to a party. So…please forgive me, but for lack of time, I had to cheat. I did use one store bought cupcake mix…which gave me another 2 dozen cupcakes and even though I still felt guilt over cheating…I didn’t have another option. I’m a busy party planning mom of a two…sometimes you have to improvise…right?!
I said I was going to make the cupcakes and frosting day of right? Yeah, so we were having the party at the church since it seemed like big enough place for everyone and it was pretty close to everyone’s locations, ( Oh how I wish I owned my home so I could throw b-day parties in my yard) but that meant I had to use the big bad scary oven the church owns. Oh my gosh this thing is massive and completely intimidating. It’s like this huge gas convection oven…like the kinds they use in bakeries and restaurants…and I had never really cooked with it before. All I knew was that it gets way hotter than your average oven so you have to basically halve your cooking time. I really should of taken a picture of it…otherwise…you just don’t really understand the gravity of fear I had towards it. Haha!
So once I got to the church, I got baking right away while Josh was getting birthday balloons for Eden. Thankfully, my sister in law, Jewelissa came down to keep me company and help out wherever she could and eventually she helped calm my nerves of this black monster of an oven seeing as though she cooks with it nearly every sunday for food for after church! The monster cooked my cupcakes beautifully…but because of the huge amounts of power backing this thing up…all the tops of my cupcakes came out looking like the Leaning Tower of Pisa! That and they weren’t as moist and soft as I hoped. But perfectly edible and beautiful looking even if they had that sideways look to them. All I could hope for was that the frosting which I was about to make would carefully disguise the waywardness of the cupcakes.
I was really excited to get started on the frosting part because well, who doesn’t like frosting? I remember as a kid…I would always only eat the frosting off of my cakes and when the grown ups complained that the frosting was to sweet or to rich, I was always willing and ready with my plate stretched way out and take all that beautiful fluff and eat it to my heart’s content…C’mon, you know you did it too as a kid maybe once or twice ;)
If you look at the frosting recipe…don’t balk and fall over backwards at how much butter is in this recipe. Did you read the title? BUTTERCREAM….yes, buttercream generally means there will be some butter in the ingredients…but don’t let that scare you off. Are you going to eat all the frosting yourself…or maybe one or two cupcakes? See, it makes the butter seem less scary right? When all the cupcakes were cooled there was a total of 48 cupcakes…4 dozen…and I had to frost them all…which I didn’t mind, I actually kind of enjoyed it…even though my wrist and fingers complained the whole time.