Blue Cupcakes

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When we’re bored, we bake! And of course Liam wanted something blue so he got EVERYTHING blue 🙂 He actually did most of the preparing for these blue cupcakes besides pouring the batter into the pan and piping the frosting. I know, I know… it looks like a 4 year old did it but I don’t have anymore piping bags and the ziplock bag I was using sprung a leak!

It did not take long to make these little guys. They are mini cupcakes (not sure if you can tell by the pictures) and I used a box of Pillsbury cake mix. Half a box of cake mix actually. I needed to use it up and you know I LOVE cake so here we are! Super BLUE cupcakes. I will give the recipe I used below, but you can also just use an entire cake mix and add food coloring. Same with the frosting.

So… here we go! Start those ovens…

What you will need: 

Cupcake tin lined with cupcake liners

Half a box of Pillsbury Yellow Cake Mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 egg
Food coloring
Note: White cake mix would be better, obviously. Ours came out a little on the green side since the batter was yellow.

For the frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Food coloring

Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, beat all ingredients for the cake until well blended. Pour into prepared cups about halfway full. Bake for about 12-13 minutes for mini cupcakes, longer for regular size.

Allow to cool on a wire rack before removing the cupcakes from the pan. Cool completely out of the pan while you make the frosting.

For the frosting, beat butter and 1 cup of sugar until smooth. Add in milk and vanilla and beat until combined. Add in food coloring and more powdered sugar until you reach desired consistency.

Frost cupcakes, decorate and enjoy! Store covered at room temperature.

Cookie Monster Cake

Here is Liam’s 2nd birthday cake 🙂 So cute! And not too difficult to make. It’s just a chocolate layer cake with buttercream frosting dyed blue. In this post I will tell you how to do it so you can make it, too! We had so much fun celebrating with family and friends this weekend. Having kids is so much fun around this age. Seeing his eyes light up when he opens a present is priceless. I’m glad Christmas is right around the corner 😉 Well, onto baking a birthday cake…

What you will need:

Two 9 inch round cake pans sprayed with non-stick spray and then round parchment paper placed on the bottoms

For the cake:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup warm water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting, eyeballs, and mouth:

1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blue food coloring
Piping bag
Wilton specialty tip #233
2 Oreos
2 brown M&M’s
1 1/2 ounces white chocolate
A few cookies (I used Chips Ahoy but you can really use whatever cookie you want, or even bake your own if you have time)

To make the cake: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together eggs, water, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until combined. The batter will be thin. Divide evenly between the prepared pans and bake for 26-30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes on wire rack before inverting to cool completely.

To make the eyeballs:

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate. First for 30 seconds, stir, then 10 second intervals until melted completely. Dip the tops of each Oreo in the white chocolate and then place an M&M on top. Place in fridge to harden.

To make the frosting:

In a large bowl (or bowl of your electric mixer), beat butter until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in vanilla. Add in blue food coloring until you get desired color. I used 25 drops of liquid food coloring. Beat until frosting is nice and smooth.

You can frost the cakes however you like, really. To get the hairy look, I used a Wilton #233 tip. My hands were killing me by the time the top of the cake was done. So the sides were not “hairy.” I need cake decorating skills, for sure 🙂

Fo the mouth, I just broke up Chips Ahoy cookies. Super easy and tasty. Enjoy and have fun with it!