Have you ever had one of those weeks where by the end of the week you just don’t know if you are going to make it? You know what I’m talking about. One of those weeks where you planned so many events, meetings and appointments that you have no idea what you were thinking at the time or when you thought you had become two people or if you were just so clueless and disorganized that you just didn’t realize the mess you had scheduled for yourself.
This past week I had two I.E.P. meetings for my two special guys and an awards luncheon for one and two doctors appointments for me. There was also a field trip to the beach and driving out to move the oldest home from college. (That was a whole day event.) Friday was my wedding anniversary and Saturday was Jackson’s 6th birthday, complete with Superhero birthday party with his friends. The week was non-stop crazy and to say that by Saturday I was a wreck pretty much sums it up only to have our central air go out and complete the whole wreck.
I was smart enough though to book our park district’s superhero birthday party for Jackson’s birthday. This meant I only had to make cupcakes, cupcake toppers, goodie bags and capes. There were going to be masks too but even I know my breaking point and there was just not enough time or energy for those. The goodie bags were just your standard, run-of-the-mill candy trinket filled bags. The capes were made out of felt, velcro and more felt. The cupcakes were chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and some super cute toppers.
For the capes I had bought six different colors of felt. It was inexpensive with coupons for the craft store and gave the kids a nice dress-up thing to take home. The idea for them and the pattern I used came from the Jolly Mom blog. For the backs of the capes I just cut out stars and attached. The pattern and instructions can be found here.
My son Jackson’s favorite cake in the world is from a food chain in the Chicagoland area called Portillo’s. The cake is extremely popular and my mother used to buy whole cakes from there for family events. The cake is so popular in fact they actually make a chocolate cake shake there too. (Yes, a chocolate milkshake with cake mixed in it!) A year or so ago I embarked on a search to find out how to make this cake from scratch. I was able to locate the recipe. Imagine my surprise when I learned that it is just Betty Crocker box mix and frosting. Of course the recipe does not follow the box to a tee but it is a great cake and several moms at the party asked how to make it because they love Portillo’s cake.
For the cupcake toppers I found these free printables that I customized on the Let’s Panic blog here. I just had them printed out on card stock at the office supply store and then attached them to colored, plastic toothpicks.
Portillo’s Chocolate Cake
1 Betty Crocker Super Moist Devil’s Food cake mix
3 lrg. eggs
1 c. water
1 c. mayonannaise (use regular, not light)
2 cans Betty Crocker Chocolate Frosting (original, not whipped or anything else)
Preheat oven to 350° and prepare pan(s).
Place cake mix, eggs, water & mayonnaise in a bowl and mix on medium speed for four minutes. Pour evenly into pans or fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full and bake according to package instructions.
Cool completely and then frost with thoroughly stirred frosting.