Whatcha Makin' Now?: Happy Birthday Leap Day Peeps!


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Leap Day Peeps!

My friend, Sierra, celebrated her 8th birthday today (or 32nd birthday for you math haters).  She is the first person I’ve known that was born on Leap Day.  This gave me a perfect excuse to make her some cupcakes.  I have had my eye on this recipe and knew it would make a perfect birthday cupcake. 

I found this picture on Pinterest, so I adjusted the heat to 325 degrees and increased my baking time.  The cupcakes rose up nicely.  I love all the color from the sprinkles and the buttercream is a perfect complement to the cake. 

Putting this one in my recipe book.  Enjoy and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SIERRA!!! 

Funfetti Cupcakes

½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
½ tbsp Cream Bouquet (if you have it)

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup colored sprinkles (you’ll need more for the frosting)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add eggs, vanilla, and bream bouquet, and beat until combined.

Whisk dry ingredients in another bowl.  Add half of the dry ingredients and mix until combined.  Add the milk, combine, and then add remaining dry ingredients.  Fold in assorted sprinkles – don’t over mix or the colors will bleed. 

Pour into cupcake tins and fill ¾ of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Allow cupcakes to fully cool before frosting. 

Vanilla Buttercream

2 sticks of butter, softened
2 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp of milk, if needed

Cream butter in the bowl of an electric mixture until completely smooth and creamy.  With the mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar slowly.  Increase speed and add the vanilla, then beat for 2-3 minutes, scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl.  

If frosting is too thick, add milk 1 tsp at a time until desired consistency is reached.  If it’s too thin, add sugar gradually until it thickens.  Frost cupcakes and top with sprinkles. 

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