Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dr. Seuss Inspired Cupcakes

There can never be too many excuses to bring cupcakes to class.  Recently we celebrated Dr.Seuss' 108th Birthday at the preschool I work at and I couldn't refuse my cupcake crave.  Unfortunately, cupcakes craves never seem to come at a convenient time.  So far, inspiration seems to hit between 10 and 11 at night but as a baking junkie I can't deny a good baking high.

A bottle of food coloring later I had these lovely Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes. I love baking for 4 year olds because it really takes the pressure off, bright colors and sugar, pretty much seal the deal.  Because I have a handful of food allergies in class these are basic vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. Also, since inspiration hit when I was almost out of flour I adapted a vanilla cake mix to make it actually worth eating.

Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • *red food coloring
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line one regular sized 12 cupcake pan with cupcake holders.
  2. In a large bowl combine cake mix, sour cream, and vegetable oil.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time and add in vanilla.  Mix until smooth.
  4. Fill each liner about 2/3 of the way full with batter.
  5. Bake for approx 14 minutes. When done, insert toothpick if it comes out clean they're done!
  6. Makes approx 18 cupcakes.
*If making red cupcakes add in almost one bottle of food coloring after step #3

Buttercream Frosting:
  • 2 lbs. Confectioner's Sugar (This is usually 1 bag)
  • 3 sticks unsalted, softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • *blue food coloring
  1. Put about 1/4 of the sugar in a large bowl with the butter.  Begin beating until combined. (Careful not to inhale all the powdered sugar in the air!)
  2. Incrementally, add in the rest of the sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Frosting should be stiff but still spreadable.
*If making blue frosting add in after step #2

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