Archive | April, 2009

Snacktime {recipe: white cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting}

29 Apr
From AM’s 2nd Birthday cupcakes

When I was, I think ages 4-8 we lived in a house in west Houston on a street with a lot of kids. It was great. We would play street-wide games of freeze tag and all gather at the house with a trampoline and do things that would never be done without a trampoline safety net today.

Our moms organized field trips for us to places like the zoo and the Blue Bell factory, and we would all take our lawn chairs to the junior high down the street on the 4th of July and watch fireworks from the parking lot.

It was fun.

There were neighbors who lives across the street and down a few houses who had four kids. I, oldest of two, was friends with the youngest of their four. I tell you about the age order thing because I think there is some factor of looseness in parenting rules that naturally happens with each subsequent child after the fourth. Each child typically gets to do some things earlier in life than its prior sibling, simply because it is there and around for the opportunity. Anyhow, I really loved going to their house. Especially after school.

Naturally, after school comes snack time. Snack time was one of my favorite times of the day, and at their house, it was the best. There were no rules for snack time. There were no carrots, no raisins, no wheat crackers or even goldfish. Instead, there were poptarts, and frosting. And that spray aerosol american cheese.

Poptarts were eaten two at a time and frosting was eaten by the spoonful. The cheese was eaten on those buttery club crackers, so I think the cheese was most healthy. Not really. None of it was healthy. It was actually really gross.

I didn’t know that yet, though. I thought spoonfuls of frosting for a snack was so fantastic that I told my mom we should have that at our house. And then I wasn’t allowed to go over there for snack time anymore.

So, if you made it through this whole story I am going to tell you a secret. The cupcakes below? They are fine. There is nothing special about them. Make the frosting. That is special and it doesn’t even really need a cupcake. It just needs some other leftover cake that you have, or a cookie to sit beneath it. O, you could smash it between two cookies for a double-doozie. Or, you could just use a spoon. Or, let’s be honest, your finger.

From AM’s 2nd Birthday cupcakes

Butter White Cupcakes

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter

1 3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 egg whites

1 1/3 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350F.

Grease and flour a 9×13 pan, or 24 cupcake tins.

In a medium bowl cream together the sugar and butter.

Beat in the eggs in, one at a time, add in vanilla.

Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and stir in well.

Finally, stir in the milk, and beat until batter is smooth.

Pour mixture into pan and bake: 25-30 minutes for a 9×13 cake, or 12-18 minutes for cupcakes.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1 cup butter

4 cups powdered sugar

1 t.vanilla

2 T. milk

Cream butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.

Add in vanilla and milk.

Add additional milk or powdered sugar for desired consistency.

From AM’s 2nd Birthday cupcakes