A hurricane and cupcakes

September 16, 2008 at 11:11 pm | Posted in Cupcakes, Fun, kids | 3 Comments

Sunday, the kids were with us and apparently, the hurricane Ike decided to pay southern Indiana a little visit.  I never in my life would have thought that I would see what a hurricane could do while living here!  We have everything else here – tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, why not a hurricane right?!  The weather Sunday was bizarre – it was EXTREMELY windy but not really rainy or stormy.  We had gusts up to 70mph and there was damage everywhere.  There were about 80,000 people without power.  Luckily, we were not in that group.  Our power flashed off and on all day but was only out for about 5 minutes at it’s longest point.  The kids kept wanting to go outside and play but no way in hell was I going to let them out when I kept seeing trees fall, limbs fly by, and trash cans rolling down the street.  Sheridan decided to go through all of the many sprinkles that I have in the cabinet.  She asked if we could bake something since she was bored so I thought about what I had here and decided cupcakes were a possibility.  I went to my good friend Clara’s cuppycake blog for inspiration and I KNEW I would find something easy that we could whip up.  Sheridan just basically wanted to be able to put icing on them and use all the sprinkes in the cabinet so I went with a basic vanilla.  She managed to make every cupcake different I think! I used the following recipe from Clara’s blog: (disregard the lighting in this picture.  It was even worse than normal that day due to the storm outside)

Ingredients

For vanilla cupcakes | Recipezaar.com
Makes ~18 cupcakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar (can use 1-1/4 cup for a less sweeter taste)
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening (very soft but not melted, Crisco is best)
3/4 cup half-and-half cream (or milk)
1 tablespoon vanilla (or use 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract)
2 large egg

For vanilla buttercream | Recipelink.com
Frosts ~12 cupcakes
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

To make cupcakes—
Set oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour with sugar, baking powder and salt until combined.

Add in the shortening cream or milk, vanilla and eggs; beat on medium speed of an electric mixer scraping the bowl constantly until just blended (the batter will be thick, if desired you may add in a few more tablespoons cream or milk).

Pour into paper-lined regular size muffin tins filling under just three-quarters full. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the cupcakes test done (do not overbake as they will be dry).

Cool completely before frosting.

To make vanilla buttercream—
Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.

Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Mrs. Pig Rating:   Yummy easy vanilla recipe!  I will definitely save this one and use again.

Little Pig Rating:  Both little pigs really liked these!  My littlest pig is in the stage where he only eats the icing off of cakes though, but he licked it dry so it must have been good.  HA!

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  1. Cupcakes and hurricanes! Now thats *MY* way to spend a Sunday. Not. HAHA. Glad you and the kiddies are safe and liked the cupcakes. I giggled when I read about Will’s love of frosting. Thats totally me! Can you say frosting shots?! wheeeee…
    /Clara

  2. Yeah, definitely NOT my way to spend a Sunday either. 🙂 You and Will have the same love of frosting, that is for sure. 🙂

  3. Yummy!! I LOVE vanilla cupcakes!


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