I love to cook, sew, take pictures, have dance parties in my living room, eat, sing loudly to songs I don't know, decorate, throw parties, make messes, host playgroup, bike, kiss my husband, eat, play the piano, visit new places and scrub my bathroom floors with a toothbrush while my kids whine and complain.... anything but laundry. This here blog is dedicated to everything a mom can do, except (heaven forbid) that basket of clothes that needs folding.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cream Cheese Vanilla Cupcakes

2 egg whites

8 oz soft cream cheese
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 classic white cake mix (For this recipe I prefer the blue box-Pillsbury)
1 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix cream cheese, oil and egg whites until flluffy. Add everything else. The batter is thick! Add desired color. For best results use the Wilton Gel (can be found even at Walmart... I only used food coloring and they turned out great. Also, it was fun to mix two colors aka two separate bowls) Bake 350. For the mini cupcakes 10 minutes, full size 18 minutes.

(recipe from my friend Heather... who got it from her sister... who got it from her grandma's uncle's mother great Aunt Ruth)

Buttercream frosting

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 butter (I used butter only)
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 bag powdered sugar
2 tbs milk

1. cream shortening, butter and vanilla (i use just butter, make sure it's softened)

2. add sugar one cup at a time, make sure it's blended after each addition

3. add milk (one T. at a time, add more or less depending on desired consistancy)

(this recipe came from the same friend above and I smooshed it together with my other friend's recipe, Hilary- yum).

This is the perfect birthday cupcake. My hubby (who's not a big fan of cake), LOVED these. I loved them, the party boys loved them, my neighbor loved them and you will love them.

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