It is now time for my happy dance. Ellie was better today and was able to go to school for her first day of her final year of Pre-K. She was so happy! She was bouncing, skipping, hopping and twirling all over the house telling everyone that she got to go to school since her tummy was better. It was adorable.
In the 2.5 hours that she was in school I was able to run to Target, do dishes, wash three loads of laundry, shower and enjoy a nice cup of tea while working. It was heavenly! I always forget how much I can get done when I don’t have kids gumming up the works.
Now, as to what I was working on besides email? I was working on a sweet treat for the kids to celebrate all of us making it through the start of a new school year. A little while ago I found a super cute Wilton Cupcake Decorating Kit at the store and decided that I would use it for just this very thing. The cupcakes came out adorable and I used a one bowl yellow cake recipe and basic vanilla buttercream recipe to make them.
I have used this cake recipe a bunch of times now and it always comes out perfectly. A basic vanilla buttercream paired with the cake and a heap of blue food coloring and they came out so cute! The kids were amused by the shark cupcakes and happily walked around the house with blue mouths.
One Bowl Yellow Cake
2 c. self-rising flour
1 1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. salted butter, softened
1 c. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 lrg. eggs
Preheat oven to 350° and line cupcake pan with liners or grease and flour or spray with baking spray cake pan(s).
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment sift together the self-rising flour and sugar. Add the butter, milk and vanilla. Beat on medium-low speed for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and add the eggs. Once incorporated, beat at medium speed for 2-3 minutes.
Bake for 20-25 minutes for cupcakes, 30-40 minutes 9″ round cake pans. Cool for ten minutes in pan and then remove and cool on rack the rest of the way and frost.
Basic Vanilla Buttercream
1 c. butter, softened
4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp. vanilla
3-4 tbsp. whole milk
food coloring optional
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter until light in color. Add the powdered sugar in two batches scraping down the bowl after each additional has been incorporated. Stir in the vanilla. Add the first two tablespoons of milk and mix well. Add the rest of the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency. Beat on medium-high speed for 3-5 minutes until fluffy. Add food coloring and mix if tinting.