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Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

20 Apr

We are having a wonderful, busy Saturday.  We have been doing stuff around the house today and are just waiting on it to warm up a bit more so we can head outside.

Jason is outside already cleaning up from the awful storms we had last night.  I can hear the chainsaw running-we had several limbs down this morning.  We had to drive to Greensboro last night for a birthday party and had one of the scariest experiences of our lives.  It was storming terribly and we suddenly hit a wall of wind and rain.  Jason slowed down to about 5 miles per hour, but could barely keep the truck on the road.  There were tree limbs hitting the windshield and Jason said, “I think we’re in a tornado.  I don’t know what to do.” I told him to just keep going and maybe we would just drive out of it, so that’s what we did.  When we finally did drive out of the worst part of the storm, Jason pulled over on the side of the road.  I said, “Don’t stop now!  We need to get away from whatever it is!”  The whole time I was praying, “God, just be with us right now.”  I looked back at the kids and their eyes were so big! By the time we returned home we didn’t have power, but it turned back on around 2 this morning.  I am so thankful for those men who work on our power lines on rainy, dark nights!

We are having a baby shower at my church tomorrow afternoon and I decided to make a wreath for a decoration and gift for Chloe, the mommy-to-be.  I think it turned out quite nicely.  Make sure you check out our facebook page if you would like to order one!

This will be so cute on the door of our fellowship hall!

This will be so cute on the door of our fellowship hall!

I also made these tasty chocolate buttermilk cupcakes with white chocolate frosting.  The recipe is from my Cake Mix Doctor book and I changed it a little. They are not too sweet so you can eat at least a dozen at a time!

Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes.  You are also getting a sneak peek of our new paint colors!

Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes. You are also getting a sneak peek of our new paint colors!

Here’s the recipe in case you want to try these for yourself:

Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

1 package chocolate cake mix

3 tbs. cocoa powder

1 1/3 c. buttermilk

1/2 c. vegetable oil (I used canola)

3 large eggs

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 tbs. all-purpose flour

Mix all of these ingredients together until well blended.  Pour into the pan of your choice (I used mini cupcake liners in a mini cupcake pan).  Bake at 350 degrees until done (the mini cupcakes take 16 mins).

White Chocolate Frosting

6 oz white chocoate, melted and cooled slightly

8 oz cream cheese at room temp.

4 tbs. (1/2 stick) butter at room temp.

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 1/2 c. confectioners sugar

Mix the butter and cream cheese until combined.  Add the melted white chocolate and blend on low for 30 secs.  Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and blend until fluffy, about 1 min more.

These cupcakes are very rich and not too sweet, and would make really great muffins for breakfast if you added some chocolate chips and didn’t add the icing.  That’s my kind of breakfast!

Maddie’s 2nd Birthday Part(y) 1

25 Jan

Can you guys believe that our Madster is turning 2?  I know people say this all of the time, but time sure is flying by.  She is turning into quite a little “thang.”

Due to Mama’s surgery coming up on Monday, we are having Maddie’s birthday celebrations a little early this year, and today was party #1 at storytime.  I didn’t want to have all of her friends over to the house because it is too cold for them to be outside for very long and our house is just too small for 15 kids and their mothers to be wandering around.  The library was the perfect place for a little party.  Plus, I didn’t have to do any cleaning, just a little baking!

Everyone was there this morning, which doesn’t usually happen.  Normally only about half of the storytime group shows up on Thursdays, and I was really happy that everyone was there.  Maddie was happy, too.  She likes being the center of attention.  Here is Maddie when we sang “Happy Birthday.”

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You!

We did a little craft with everyone.  I didn’t want to make a trip to the store, so when I found this on Pinterest and saw that I had all the things to make them, I was pretty happy.  Here’s the link to the original source: http://howtodosomething.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-to-make-snowflake-ornaments-with.html

And here’s a pic of one Charlie and I made yesterday to take as an example:



Everyone had a great time, and it was pretty easy and not too messy!

Friends at the library

Friends at the library

Then we had cupcakes, strawberries, and goldfish.  Our strawberry cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese icing were a huge hit!

Strawberry cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese icing.

Strawberry cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese icing.

Every year around this time, my stepdad makes a trip to Florida and comes back with tons of fresh fruit and veggies, so we always have wonderful ripe strawberries in the middle of winter.  Everyone is always like, “Where did you find these strawberries?”  Maddie is one lucky girl because she gets strawberry cupcakes every year for her birthday!

It is a recipe from my favorite, most-used cookbook, “The Cake Mix Doctor” by Anne Byrn.  If you do not have this cookbook, you must get it today.  It is wonderful.  But don’t tell anyone that I have it or that you have it.  It’s a secret.  Here’s the recipe:

1 package plain white cake mix

3 oz strawberry gelatin

1 cup mashed fresh strawberries with juice

1 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup whole milk

4 large eggs

1 cup frozen unsweetened grated coconut, thawed

1/2 cup chopped pecans

*Since this was being eaten by a lot of children, I left out the coconut and pecans.*  Mix together the first 6 ingredients with an electric mixer on low for 1 min.  Scrape sides of bowl, then mix on medium for 2 more minutes.  Fold in coconut and pecans.  Pour into cupcake liners and bake at 350 for about 20 mins.

Frost with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing: 1 package cream cheese at room temp, 1 stick butter at room temp, 3 1/2 cups confectioners suger, and 1/2 cup mashed strawberries (drain well).  Mix together.  You can also mix in 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened grated coconut and 1/2 cup chopped pecans, but I didn’t for this party.

This was a great beginning to Maddie’s 2nd Birthday!