Round 3 of Back to School and One Bowl Yellow Cake - My Sweet Sanity

Round 3 of Back to School and One Bowl Yellow Cake

by Jennifer Wieland

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.

Ellie Pre-K 13

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.

Wilton Shark Kit

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

One Bowl Yellow Cake & Vanilla Buttercream
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6523 calories
931 g
1134 g
298 g
50 g
184 g
1735 g
4294 g
737 g
11 g
92 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6523
Calories from Fat 2621
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 298g
Saturated Fat 184g
Trans Fat 11g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 78g
Cholesterol 1134mg
Sodium 4294mg
Total Carbohydrates 931g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 737g
Protein 50g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the One Bowl Yellow Cake
  1. 2 c. self-rising flour
  2. 1 1/4 c. sugar
  3. 1/2 c. salted butter, softened
  4. 1 c. whole milk
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla
  6. 2 lrg. eggs
For the Basic Vanilla Buttercream
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. 4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
  3. 2 tsp. vanilla
  4. 3-4 tbsp. whole milk
  5. food coloring optional
For the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line cupcake pan with liners or grease and flour or spray with baking spray cake pan(s).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
For the Buttercream
  1. 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.
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

37 Responses to “Round 3 of Back to School and One Bowl Yellow Cake”

  1. 1
    Shell Feis says:

    What a cute decoration! Also, you now have me totally PSYCHED for school to start on Monday! My dude’s never been in school & I am totally looking forward to having 3 hours to myself three days a week {almost as much as I am sad he’ll be gone}!

  2. 2

    I pinned this so I would have the recipe! I love the idea of not using a box!!

  3. 3
    Vanessa says:

    That is so cute! I love these wilton kits!

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    Courtney says:

    What a little cutie she is! I adore this kit. WOW. talk about all you need

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    Angela says:

    This is the first I have seen the Wilton shark kit. I must look for this at the store. Super cute and what an adorable pre-k girl you have.

  6. 6
    HilLesha says:

    That is super cute! My son would definitely love this.

  7. 7
    Stefanie says:

    The shark cupcakes are adorable!

  8. 8
    Jenn says:

    So cute! Yours looks just like the package picture. Great job!

  9. 9

    ok this is so stinkin’ cute and I love that you got it to look exactly like the packaging!

  10. 10

    I love the shark decoration of the cupcake. I’m not so great at cake decorating, so something like this would be perfect for me.

  11. 11

    Your daughter looks so adorable on her first day. And the cupcakes complete with the decorations, so neat.

  12. 12

    Super cute — my kids would have eagerly endured blue mouths for those!

  13. 13

    these are super cute luv the blue cup cakes

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    annecrane says:

    Those cupcakes are adorable. What a nice treat for the kids!

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    Kathleen says:

    So glad she was feeling better and able to go to school. That cupcake kit is definitely adorable!

  16. 16

    She is so cute so are the cupcakes! 🙂

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    Amber K says:

    I’m so making these!!!

  18. 18
    Angela S says:

    I love this kit! I’ll have to look for it.

  19. 19
    Mellisa says:

    Awww those turned out so cute.

  20. 20
    Penelope says:

    Those are CUTE!, You did a great job!

  21. 21
    Colleen says:

    She looks adorable in the dress glad she is feeling better and you did a great job on the cupcake.

  22. 22
    blm03 says:

    That cupcake is awesome!

  23. 23

    OMG!! Super cute! That cupcake looks totally awesome!

  24. 24
    Lolo says:

    You did great! So super cute!

  25. 25
    Marcie W. says:

    Great cupcakes and I really like that you didn’t use a box mix. My youngest started half day Kindergarten today and the short span of alone time I had was wonderful!

  26. 26

    How cute is that cupcake! And she is just as cute as a button!

  27. 27
    Penelope says:

    She is a cutie and so are the cupcakes!

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    Tammy says:

    I so need to try that cake! Sounds delicious and super easy!

  29. 29

    What? That is so much fun and you say your recipe is always a hit? Ok then! Count me in.

  30. 30
    LyndaS says:

    It looks just like the picture! It is cute. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  31. 31

    Love the cupcake package, that will make my life so easy.

  32. 32
    Leilani says:

    So cute and yellow cake is my fave!

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    Stephanie says:

    Those are so cute!!! I haven’t seen that Wilton Kit before, but I’m going to look for it.
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