Thursday, January 13, 2011

A pink cupcake day (thank you Dr. Oetker)

So....yesterday was a snow day.

We'd already done the 8:30 am "playing diggers in the snow" thing.

Next on the agenda...

cupcakes :)

I think every day should be a cupcake day, personally.

So....since we had limited time while Finn was napping, we pulled out a trusty Dr. Oetker Organic Vanilla cake mix.

If you haven't tried this....I would recommend you do. In my opinion, it's the best, most home-made tasting, moist cake mix out there.

My little secret...add a good dollop (sort of like a heaping tablespoon) of mayo or sour cream to the mix. Moist and delicious every time :)

And don't bake it as long as it says on the box. For mini cupcakes, I find that 13-14 minutes is perfect. For regular sized cupcakes, 18-19 minutes is good. Not the 20-25 that they suggest.

Now....we all know that the icing makes the cake, right?

Well.....there's nothing quite like a frothy, whippy, vanilla raspberry frosting! :)

I don't use a recipe for icing generally, but it went something like this:

3 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp organic raspberry jam

Oh was gooood!

I actually originally added the raspberry jam because Toby had requested pink icing, and I was avoiding food colouring (it doesn't agree with him).

Just look at this little man....icing away like a pro ;)

He said "I'm the "sprinkler", mom, so you don't have to worry about sprinkling...I'm so good at it" ;)


I can just see it on his resume...."Excellent cupcake sprinkling skills"

I sure know how to raise 'em ;) Good skills and all!

And there they are....the "sprinkles"..

and yes....they're organic and coloured with beet juice and the  like. 

There is such a thing....can you believe it?

Aren't they just so darn cute? :) cute I ate 4 right away....

and then about 6 more this morning.

Oh dear.

I thought...well, there's eggs in them, right? ;)

And then little Finny spotted them.

"cooookie...coookie" (his new word after Christmas)

Not cookie, Finny, but close enough.

So, like any self-respecting, organic-freak mother...

I licked the icing off and handed him a cupcake.

I know.

I know.

awful mother.

Someone please come over and eat the rest for me!

I simply don't have it in me to resist them.


  1. mmmmmm! dr. oetker is wonderful! another discovery for healthier alternative? applesauce instead of the 1/2 cup of oil or whatever it is...i find that the little applesauce tubs are perfect size (and any flavor works)!
    your cooking/baking photos in last two post have me salivating!!!

  2. Your cupcakes look so delicious! Its no wonder you had to have 4!.. making me hungry now!
    have a lovely day,
    laura c xxx

  3. Those looks so good! I will have to try that recipe :)

  4. What a gorgeous post about a glorious day! Loved it :) x

  5. Look at you in your house full of boys making pink cupcakes & sprinkles!!! I think you may have found a new way to get your 'pink fix'!

  6. NOMMMM..... you can send some over to yer lovely sis ANYTIME!
    Sorry i didnt make it out to the taverna.... i felt bad cancelling on mom seeing as she was being so nice and going with me before her an gayle left... and it got the groceries done....come over for an ezekiel bread an hummus sandwich? i am EXPERT at them...

  7. Just bring them to our get together, I'll help you eat them! I am *shocked* you licked the frosting, I would never do that...... ;)

  8. Can you guess what I'm craving now?

  9. they look delicious.
    we made some last night...
    I'm eating one with my coffee right now. :)


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