Friday, June 15, 2012
One of the girls' favorite things to do is watch Cupcake Wars with their Grannie on Sunday evening. The problem with watching a show about cupcakes on a Sunday evening is we all get really hungry for cupcakes. They've been begging me for awhile to have our own cupcake wars.
So on Memorial Day we did.
I went easy on myself and bought 2 cake mixes rather than making the batter from scratch. I listed the "pantry" choices on the fridge and the girls each planned their cupcake. For the filling, I made a cream cheese & sugar base and let them stir in their flavor of choice. For the frosting, I made vanilla buttercream and again, let them add the extra flavor of their choice. They were thrilled.
Cupcake: butter or chocolate
Filling: cream cheese, chocolate (cocoa), peanut butter, strawberry jam
Frosting: vanilla, chocolate, caramel, lemon
Decorations: twizzlers, silver dragees, colored sugar sprinkles, gummy bears, star shaped marshmallows
Our theme (chosen by Grannie) was Girl Scout Camping.
Cherry Pie made a butter cupcake with chocolate filling and vanilla buttercream, topped with a twizzler camp fire.
Pumpkin Pie made a butter cupcake, no filling, with vanilla buttercream, topped with a smiling girl scout face made with twizzlers and silver dragees
Tamale Pie made a butter cupcake with peanut butter filling and vanilla buttercream, topped with twizzlers and marshmallow stars.
No one chose gummy bears, much to my amazement.
We made Uncle Eddie & his friend Kaitlyn be the judges. Everybody won and everybody was happy.
I made 2 dozen chocolate cupcakes with chocolate filling and salted caramel buttercream frosting. (Salted caramel seems to be the fad in desserts right now; it shows up a lot in cupcake wars. I've been dying to try it.)
I got the delicious recipe I used here at CHOW.com. (That's right, sisters, I didn't just pin it on Pintrest it, I actually made it.)
Many people who commented on Chow complained about the ratio of butter to powdered sugar. I personally prefer buttercream that has more butter than sugar, so I knew I would like this one! I did end up adding a little more sugar, but it was because I heated up the house with all that baking, and the butter was too soft.
Go make some cupcakes. You know you want to.