Butterfly Cupcakes

Ok, so I’m a little late posting these, but whatever.  Suck it, fools.

So I made these little cupcakes for my niece’s first birthday party.  They turned out both adorable and delicious.  I mean, not to brag or anything but these were probably the best cupcakes in the entire world at that party.  My sweet chubby niece’s birthday is at the end of dreary horrible January.  What little girl wants a slush covered dull January grey birthday party?  Probably none.  Well, what 1 year old wants any kind of birthday party.  None.  One year olds can’t even not shit in their own pants, so you know, I think planning a birthday party is a little over their heads.

So… the party.  It was a super girly pink/pastel butterfly themed party.  I wanted everything colorful and bright and sweet and spring time.  I couldn’t think of a more light spring time cupcake than a lemony cream cake with raspberry icing.

mmmm lemony!

Cakes:
Lemon Supreme Cake

12oz cream soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine soda and cake mix and scoop into cupcake liners.  Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Icing:
1.5 small boxes of raspberry jello, unprepared

2 sticks of butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Whip butter, jello, and vanilla until fluffy.  Seriously, do I need to say it.  About 3-5 minutes.  Stir in raspberry jello until combined.  I needed a lot of raspberry jello to get the flavor that I wanted, you can add more or less.  Or you can add some raspberry preserves or jelly instead of the jello powder.  My mom is kind of a baby about the seeds in raspberries so I had to add the flavor without putting seeds in.  The jello powder worked perfectly and it made the icing the most perfect vibrant pink color.

I piped the icing on the cupcakes once they were cool using a 1M tip.  Then I topped with some confetti sprinkles and a white chocolate butterfly.  I made a ton of those chocolate butterflies as candy for the party so I just stuck them on the cakes too.  They were an adorable addition.  Cute decorations with like, no effort.  I used a microwave and a freezer.  So easy, a baby could do it.  But they don’t because babies are notoriously lazy.

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BFF Birthday!

Happy Birthday BFF!

My best friend turns ** on Wednesday and so, of course, I made her a birthday cake.  (The number has been concealed since we’re old as shit.) I stealthily found out her favorite cake (by asking, uh, hey, whats your favorite cake?) and thought about how exactly to go about making it for weeks.

She wanted a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting.  Totally plain, but seriously delicious.  I bought a french vanilla cake mix (on sale! boom!) and I made a filling for between the layers out of instant pudding and then decorated it with royal icing flowers.  I seriously panicked about the decorations because my original thought was to make her Futurama-themed cupcakes but I had to change my idea when she said she wanted girly rainbow sprinkles to make the cake all precious and adorable, like she is.  So I mixed it up and wanted to make it as girly as I could – a cameo, flowers, pink, putting-a-bird-on-it, etc… so here is how it turned out!

Cake:
Duncan Hines French Vanilla – prepared according to directions.

Filling:
Instant vanilla pudding mix prepared as the ‘pie’ filling on the back of the box

Icing:
For the cake:

Vanilla Icing:
1 stick butter

4oz cream cheese

1/4 cup dry vanilla instant pudding

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups powdered sugar

3 tsp water to thin icing

For the flowers and cameos I used royal icing – the recipe is here : http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Royal-Icing and I just dyed it using some neon and regular food coloring.

Here are some close ups of the decorations!

Not properly made pansies, whateva

I made some roses and purple pansies.  I thought they were cute.  I mostly just wanted to play with my petal tip.  (hur hur hur)

The roses turned out really cute!  The icing I made was thinned out too much so the roses kind of melted a little bit.  It created this weird and really pretty melty type texture.

See the tiny yellow birds?

Also, these pictures have been instagram’d like crazy.  I can’t stop pretending I am into photography and photo-editing them.

I’m pretty proud of this cake.  Its my third ‘real’ cake and not cupcakes so I’m really happy with how it turned out.  I skipped a lot of steps – like making sure the icing has been smoothed and not all wrinkley.  But thats mostly because I didn’t have the time to let it set.  I mis-calculated how long an entire cake would take me and ran out of time to make it to the party.  So it is what it is, and I think it was pretty nice.