Sunday, February 12, 2012

Have a Cupcake!

I spent the better part of the day yesterday baking and
decorating heart-shaped sugar cookies only to hear as I
crawled into bed, I thought you were going to make me cupcakes...
So this afternoon I made him cupcakes. And, I baked these few
NY Times chocolate chip cookies I forgot were in the freezer
from the last time the Ranger was home. I intended to bake them
just before he left and slip them into his bag. But again... Forgot!
Now that my cupcakes and cookies are out of the oven,
let's make some of the best Cream Cheese frosting... Ever!
Get a pen or e-mail this recipe to yourself... Believe me, you'll want to keep this
one. For. Ever! And, by the way, when you read six teaspoons of butter, it's not a
typo. When I read it I panicked a little because I had no idea how to measure
six teaspoons. I mean, really... Who uses only a teaspoon of butter? But just
as I began to wonder how to convert tablespoons into teaspoons, there it
was... Teaspoon measurements right there on the package. Who knew!?
10 oz. Cream Cheese (chilled), 6.5 tsp. unsalted butter at room
temperature, 3 1/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar and 3 tsp. clear
vanilla extract. Combine cream cheese and butter in the bowl of stand
mixer, (hand mixer works too!) and beat on medium/high until fluffy,
about 3 minutes. Add sifted confectioners sugar and mix on low speed
just until incorporated. Increase speed to medium/high again and beat
for 3 more minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat another minute. To
avoid sugar-cloud, cover the head of your mixer with a towel for
the first minute after you add the sifted confectioners sugar!
That way, all your sugar will stay in the bowl!
If you can stand one more hint, I'll tell you this... Double the recipe!
This batch barely covered 15 cupcakes. And no, I did not come up
short because I ate frosting from the bowl. However... It is that good!
I love mini cupcakes! I also love these cute Wilton pink mini cupcake
liners and heart stick decorations, also from Wilton. I have a friend and
former coworker at Hanes that now works for Wilton. We have a deal...
I keep buying Wilton and he keeps buying Hanes. I told him this evening
that I expect to see a healthy bounce in Hanes POS this week in exchange
for the fact that I bought out four stores of these hearts sticks and liners!
Are you mixing butter and cream cheese yet?
Why not?
I know you want a cupcake!
So have a cupcake!
With the best Cream Cheese Frosting. Ever!
There's nothing cuter than mini-cuppies under Martha's birdie glass!
 Or a regular-sized cupcake propped up by a sweet little bunny!
My cupcakes are staying home but my cookies are hitting the road!
Because there are a few people at
work that deserve a little sugar!
Have a Great week!


  1. As a pharmacy tech, I know all of those equivalencies, Janet! Three teaspoons = 1 Tablespoon. See? Easy! I think I already have the exact recipe for the frosting! If you want a delicious variation, say for pumpkin or spice cupcakes, add a bit of cinnamon to it.

  2. Nancy!! You are the best! Now I can go to bed tonight knowing I learned something valuable! Thank you SO much!

    Oh, and cinnamon? Yum!

  3. I love reading your blog. I feel so at home if you've invited me into YOUR home and you're sharing all your secrets with me. And the photos are always so amazing!!!!!

    By the way, your cupcake and cookie photos in the new tent are incredible. Go Janet!

    I don't eat much sugar anymore.....but it is fun to see you bake and oogle your delicious looking treats, knowing they are incredible yummy, I'm sure. :)

    Happy Valentines Day to you and yours, my friend.

  4. That frosting looks amazing and strikingly so atop the red velvet cupcakes.

    P.S. Lucky co-workers at Hanes today receiving those cookies!

  5. Beautiful!

    Great trick on putting the towel over the mixer too.

    Thanks for the tip.



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