White Wedding Cupcakes

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Well, today marks my little peach’s 2 year birthday.  Deep breath.  My goodness what a ridiculous amount of joy this child has brought to our lives and our home..I cant even think about it for a second without completely melting down so I need to stop before the tears overflow this keyboard and my computer crashes.  Bottom line:  she makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world to have her in my life and I am so grateful.  So, SO grateful.

We’ve been talking to her about her birthday for quite some time now, trying to prep her and help her understand why we are celebrating and how we are celebrating.  And although I have a giant fear of overindulging my children, I wanted to remember her with a gift or treat of some sort just to make her feel special.  So we talked about presents.  “presents are special things we buy for people when we want to treat them and make them feel happy”….”what kind of special treat would you like to have on your birthday?”  and do you know what her answer was?  Cake.  Every. Single. Time.  I took her down every aisle of dolls and toys at Target and she looked and looked and fell in love with many of them.  But the minute I asked her, “Georgia, would you like mommy and daddy to buy you this doll for your birthday” she answered, “no, I want cake”.  No joke people…it’s all she would talk about any time the word birthday or present was mentioned.  And she did not want any ordinary cake, she wanted pink cupcakes and sprinkles.  So guess what, I was going to do absolutely everything in my power to make this child the best pink cupcakes she could possibly get her hands on.  And I think I did.

There are only a few times each year that I really love to go all out on sweet, naughty food and birthdays are one of them.  Refined flour?  Fine.  Sugar?  Of course.  Food coloring?  You want pink you got it, kiddo.  For goodness sakes it was all the poor thing wanted!  After all, we are celebrating life here..so lets live a little 😉

As you all know, I am not much of a baker, nor sweet lover.  These cupcakes were as simple as it gets and the moisture content is off the charts.  The taste?  Well, lets just say I’ve eaten a fair amount.  And by fair I mean out of control.

So, mission accomplished my dear friends.  I officially granted Georgia her birthday wish and I would have to say she was very pleased.  I mean, look at this face!  This is the Oh Mommy You Really Did It This Time face she gave me after one bite.  Clearly I will be making them again for her next year 🙂

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White Wedding Cupcakes

recipe found here

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

1 16.25 Ounce Box White Cake Mix

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

3/4 Teaspoon Salt

1 1/3 Cups Water

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Sour Cream

4 Large Egg Whites

Buttercream Frosting:

6 Cups Powdered Sugar

2 Cups Butter, at room temperature

2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

For the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 375 and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.  Whisk together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Attach the paddle attachment, add the rest of the ingredients and mix on medium speed until well combined.  Divide batter among muffin cups and bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.  Set aside to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

With a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.  Slowly add in the vanilla and mix until well combined.  Frost cupcakes when cooled.

Cupcakes keep well in an airtight container for up to 3 days.  Makes 36 cupcakes.

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