A quick party
Jamie needed some rest and was looking for a chance to get out of the house so I told her to gather the kids just as they were, hop in the car and come and spend the day.
Thinking of how to throw together a plan for a houseful of children and remembering that it was my schnauzer, Raiders 9th birthday I told the kids we were having a Pizza Birthday Party to celebrate. A menu of frozen pizza, canned peaches and popped popcorn would have to cover the nutritional chart this day. I even found some cute napkins and cups and no one minded that there were snowmen on them.
The Sweetheart cupcakes are super easy because they are made using a cake mix. The book is full of fun decorating ideas and just right for kids in the kitchen. I think the book makes a lovely gift item for little girls who love Disney Princesses.
Well, the kids had a great time playing together, eating and celebrating Raiders birthday. I managed to keep them entertained and somewhat quiet and Jamie managed a few hours of needed sleep with her littlest one.
The cupcakes turned out so cute and a great cooking-with-kids project. Using a boxed cake mix and a tub of frosting, even the youngest baker will enjoy the experience. I didn’t have frosting on hand when Ella came, so we spent just a little extra time to make cream cheese frosting.
- 1 pkg, chocolate cake mix , plus ingredients to prepare mix
- 1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
- 3 Tbs. seedless raspberry jam
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 22 standard muffin cups with paper baking cups
- Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spoon batter into prepared muffins cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake about 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
- Blend frosting and jam in medium bowl until smooth. Cut off rounded tops of cupcakes with serrated knife. Cut out heart shape from each cupcake top with mini cookie cutter; reserve cutouts, if desired.
- Spread frosting mixture generously over cupcake bottoms, mounding slightly in center. Replace cupcake tops, pressing gently to fill hearts with frosting. Garnish with heart cutouts and sprinkles, if desired.
- I didn’t have a container of frosting so I made a batch of cream cheese frosting and then stirred in the jam.
- I piped the frosting onto the cupcake bottom and then, after adding the top, I piped into the hole with additional frosting.
- Instead of a small heart-shaped cookie cutter I used a round one. A heart shape would be really cute though.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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