Written by Chris –
Being a mom is what I cherish most. I’ve watched my children blossom into such dear nine year olds. They don’t look alike, nor do they dress alike. In fact, they couldn’t be more different. They just happen to share the same birthday.
We have a standing tradition that each child gets to request any type of cake or cupcake for their special day. Last year, I got off easy – they all requested Red Velvet Cupcakes.
This year was a little different. Each child wanted to design and create their own cupcake. What a difference a year makes! And their creations really didn’t surprise me – all were very fitting to their different personalities.
This cupcake was created by my son who has a bit of a sweet tooth. His Grandmother introduced him to Oreos, not me (just for the record). An Oreo is placed in the bottom of each cupcake liner, and then chocolate cake batter is poured right over the top. This recipe reminds me a bit of what Picky Palate might create. This kiddo wanted to use prepared frosting – no homemade chocolate butter cream for him. But, he wanted to customize it (I gave him a high-five for that!). We stirred Nestlé Toll House baking cocoa into the vanilla frosting – so it went from a simple vanilla to a delicate milk chocolate. He chose the curly cue tip for piping – love that! And of course, we topped each cupcake with a mini Oreo.
This son says he wants to marry bacon – he has great taste! His cupcake is flavored with pure maple syrup and has bits of crumbled bacon throughout. The frosting started out as a delicious maple cream cheese frosting, but he ultimately decided he liked the prepared vanilla frosting better (ok, maybe my kids aren’t so different after all!). He too wanted to add his personal touch so he stirred a little maple syrup into it. He finished his cupcake with a piece of baked brown sugar bacon.
My daughter loves vanilla and chocolate swirled together in a cupcake – coated in sprinkles. She would put sprinkles on everything if she could! Her vanilla cupcake has a swirl of melted Nestlé Toll House milk chocolate right in the middle. She also chose prepared vanilla frosting over a homemade butter cream (no comment). But, she wanted to add a swirl of milk chocolate into the frosting, so that’s just what we did. We used Wilton Pink Sugar Pearls for the sprinkles – love those pearlized sprinkles!
All three cupcakes were a huge hit with family and friends. I poked fun of the prepared frosting, but in the end, I really liked the creative add-ins. When preparing three different cupcake recipes on the same day, I welcomed that extra bit of convenience.
My kids aren’t quite ready for their own blog like Recipe Boy (check him out, he’s adorable!), but as they continue to create recipes, I will be sure to share the outstanding ones!
- Cookie-Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes
- Maple Browned Butter Bacon Cupcakes
- Vanilla & Chocolate Swirl Cupcakes
Mini Morsel Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes