Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sharing some sweetness

On a hot Saturday afternoon this June, we invited our family over to celebrate Arley Rae's first birthday. The theme was Enchanted Forrest, and the plan was simple: eat cupcakes and ice cream - and don butterfly wings.

What inspired Arley's theme was this fantastic butterfly cupcake recipe I found on the web when she was less than a month old. Being an overly ambitious mommy, I had to make the cupcakes. (After all, I made my three-year-old son's first cake - a dog, because that was his first true word - and his second and third birthday's car cupcakes - he LOVES cars.) The recipe appeared challenging to a cake decorating novice, but I enlisted the assistance of my husband and mom, so I knew we could tackle it.

In addition to the butterfly cupcakes, Dylan suggested we have owl cupcakes. So I found a terrific - and easy - recipe.

I must admit, we produced some pretty impressive - and tasty - treats!

I have to tattle on myself - I enjoy decorating cakes/cupcakes, but not so much the baking part. Therefore, I followed some tips my mom gave me and modified boxed cake mixes to taste more homemade. For example, for both types of cupcakes, I added 1 cup of sour cream. Also, I ended up making some cupcakes a super-duper chocolate with chocolate chips and instant chocolate pudding; while the others were made from white cake with instant pistachio pudding added. YUM.

To make delectable celebratory treats, what other tips or tricks do you have up your sleeve?

Mandy Forbus is a Sr. Marketing Specialist at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst Euless Bedford, mother of two, and cupcake making enthusiast.

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