Well, it went and happened this weekend. My baby and one and only daughter went and turned 5 on me this Saturday. I have no more babies or toddlers left. They are all now big kids to adults and while part of me is happy that with age comes a little less that I have to do for each of them, I am still saddened by not having any little ones anymore. I know 5 is not that old and she still likes her attention and cuddles from me but I know that these things will decrease as the years pass.
So how did we spend her birthday. Well nothing to exciting since it snowed all day Saturday (her actual birthday) and the roads were awful. It was also my brother-in-law’s birthday so we saw some of my husband’s family and I made her some chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow buttercream. On Sunday we went to my parent’s house. We always do a Super Bowl party and since Ellie was born during the Super Bowl we always do a Super Bowl/Ellie party. For that I made her a cake. I’ll go over the cake more tomorrow but it was pretty cute and the kids all loved it. She ended up with a really nice birthday weekend that was filled with her excitedly bouncing around, telling any and everyone she was 5 with a gigantic smile on her face.
I decided for Ellie’s birthday cupcakes that I would make chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow buttercream. Last week I had been over on another blogger’s site. It was Sara at Sensibly Sara and she had done an adaptation of a marshmallow frosting recipe. It looked really good but I am a buttercream girl through and through and wanted a stiffer frosting than her recipe produced. I decided I needed to tweak this to get a nice buttercream that I could pipe and would hold its shape. Now if you like whipped cream frosting then I would hop over to Sara’s blog and check it out because you will love her marshmallow frosting.
- 1 c. butter, softened
- 3 c. confectioner's sugar, sifted
- 1 7 oz. container of marshmallow creme
- 2-3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add 1/3 of the sugar and mix on low. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat until all of the sugar is incorporated. Stir in the marshmallow creme until combined. Add the first 2 tbsps. of cream and beat on medium-high speed for a minute. Check the consistency and add the last tbsp. of cream if you want a softer frosting. Once combined, mix at medium-high speed for 3 minutes or until the frosting is fluffy.
- I opted not to add any extracts because I just wanted to taste the marshmallow flavor. You could always add 1 tsp. of your favorite flavor.
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