There is nothing in this world I enjoy more than a sweet treat (now and then, of course). Especially on lazy Sundays when I am procrastinating from doing real work. Today’s project was simple Spice Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. Simple, delicious, and quite photogenic. I won’t lie, I use Betty Crocker cupcake mix – it’s yummy and easy, how could I resist such a combination? But the frosting is all me! I’ve provided the recipe that I used, which I found on the Food Network’s website and then just doubled it to accommodate all my little cupcakes. Enjoy!
Admittedly, my favorite part of baking is the eating part: I eat it all – the mix, the cupcakes, the frosting – and enjoy every last bite. Spice cake is a particular favorite, I don’t know why but it was one of those few things I enjoyed as a kid that most other kids just didn’t get (raw shellfish was on that list too). I think I can blame my mom for my superior gastronomic taste, and I couldn’t be happier.
I also love the fun baking cups I found at Target – polka dots make everything better.
Hazards of combining academics with culinary arts: getting your pen covered in spice cake mix. The plus side: I then got to lick it off!!
By far the best part of cupcakes is the frosting. This cream cheese mix is to die for…literally: I think the amount of butter and sugar could probably kill you. The following recipe was taken from the Food Network, but I doubled it. This version is enough for about 24 cupcakes.
8 oz. unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
4 cups powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese (one small tub of Philadelphia)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Mash it all together, put in some elbow grease, and mix until smooth! Voila, the most delicious thing you’ve ever tasted.
I am so glad I made cupcakes. Nothing solves all of life’s problems like sugary goodness. Plus, all the measuring and concentrating and pouring and eating makes for a therapeutic activity sure to take one’s mind off of even the heaviest of thoughts. These certainly did! Now what to do with all of them…