Friday, July 03, 2009

Let Freedom Ring!

Today I made some cupcakes for a small get together we were invited to for July 4th. I wanted to try something new. It had been awhile since I made cake from scratch so I went on the hunt for something that sounded delicious. In my search for something special, how could I pass up a cupcake recipe that claimed to be "famous". And it called for lots of strawberries. You can find the recipe for the cake portion here.

I made a cream cheese frosting for the top. The site on which I found the recipe for that had this to say, "We all know the real reason why cupcakes are so popular. Cupcakes are basically an edible utensil for eating frosting." Well I sort of agree, but really it depends on the frosting... and this is one of those frostings! I could have eaten spoonfuls of this if I didn't know it was a serious mixture of fattening butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Taylor, on the other hand, doesn't have to worry herself about those details yet. I made a couple batches and she got to lick all the whisks and spoons when I was done.

I couldn't wait for the first batch to cool before sampling a "famous" cupcake. One of the steaming strawberries seared my tongue as I bit into it... but it was oh so worth it! These things are heavenly!

Since all three of us have a major sweet tooth, I always have to make an extra batch of dessert just for us. Today that meant I made about 45 cupcakes. Luckily, I only had to decorate about 30.


  1. These are so adorable! What a great idea! I love these and can't wait to copy your idea next 4th. (imitation is the highest form of flattery, you know)
    Your blog seems to be expanding a bit in subject matter. It is fun to see the other stuff you are doing. I like it!

  2. Thank you. The cupcakes were a hit with kids and adults alike! I noticed shortly after I made these that you had posted a recipe for strawberry cupcakes on one of your blogs. I should have thought to look there first, since you are quite the Susie Homemaker! I mean that with the deepest respect! You are a woman to aspire to for sure! I started this blog with high hopes right after Taylor was born, but it became more of a photo album until I could spend decent time on it. When it comes to writing I can be quite a perfectionist and if I don't feel like I am conveying my thoughts the way I want to, I give up. I also often end up writing too much (as now:), but I decided to get serious about it, since I know scattered family would like a better view into our world.