It was a hard decision because the weather was absolutely perfect for lying in bed, curled up with a donna and watching movies… but I have kids so that was never going to happen. Lets be honest. I might have made it to the lying in bed part but that would have lasted maybe 2 minutes before the children realised I was no where to be seen. They would have stalked the hallways hunting me down like some type of wounded prey. They would have found me wrapped in my cocoon of blankets, enjoying the sounds of the rain on the roof. Thats where it would have all ended. No one relaxes in bed on their watch.
I also had no choice but to bake, because we had no snacks or lunchbox fillers and there is only so many times I can fill the 7 year olds lunch box with 3 sandwiches and a scratch and sniff picture of a cupcake.
I won't lie and say I enjoy baking. I don't. I can think of a thousand other things I would rather be doing then baking, but this lifestyle doesn't exactly mean you can bolt down to the shop and buy a bunch of fructose free baking. If you want a fructose free biscuit you have to make it yourself.
As I mentioned previously, I had been really slack with the baking lately and had used up my stores of frozen goods from the freezer.
Usually when I do my big bake up, I choose one thing for each of the kids that I know they love, 1 thing for myself and then some easy staples. However the 7 year old has been really fussy lately. Nothing seems to gain his nod of approval:
Choc Chip Cookies - No
Coconut Crack - No
Banana Cake - No
Scones - No
Choc Chip Muffins - No
Marshmallows - No
The head of a unicorn - Yes
Imagine my surprise when I made up some plain old vanilla cupcakes with leftover frosting from my banana cake (I always freeze any excess and then defrost) and he declared it to be the absolute best thing to enter his life of late. He asked if I could put two in his lunch box. One for little lunch and one for big lunch. I told him to settle the cupcake down and that he can only have one.
He then went into some rant about the 2 year old eating all of them when he is at school, because he won't be able to stop her and that I will even eat them. I told him that yes, there is a large chance that I would eat 9 cupcakes in one sitting and that yes I would most likely blame it on the two year old BUT I can make more. He then asked if he could have 5 of them to hide in the fridge, so that no one can find them. I told him that was basically a challenge to the 2 year old to find and destroy his cupcakes.
I basically had to sign a contract in my blood to get him to lay off the whole cupcake issue. I mean you eat a whole cake by yourself just once and everyone thinks your some cake monster that can't be trusted.
I suggested to him, that maybe he should just lick each cupcake so that no one wants to eat them. Of course he instantly agreed to this. Sarcasm doesn't seem too work well with my children. I could see this idea ticking over in his mind, as if I was some type of genius who had solved all of life's problems. I threatened him with with never making these cupcakes again if I find out his tongue has touched a single cupcake and that I would lick every item of his food before I served it to him, if he even thought about doing it on the sly. This is because I have super mum powers that can detect even the smallest hint of 7 year old saliva on a cake. I think I just fuelled his nightmares for the next month.
Therefore, I thought I would share the recipe of the cupcakes that are so amazing, they turn you into a selfish little mofo who would lick each and every one of them so they didn't have to share.
Cupcake Addict Recipe
130gm soft butter cut into pieces
100gm full cream milk
1 tsp natural vanilla extract (we have made our own)
120g of dextrose
180gm of self-raising flower
1 tsp baking powder.
1 Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease cupcake trays and set aside
2 Make sure butter is soft and add to bowl
3 Add eggs, full cream milk, vanilla extract, dextrose, self-raisin flower and baking powder and mix until mixture is
combined and smooth.
4 Pour mixture into cupcake tray. Bake for 25 min or until a skewer when inserted, will come out clean.
5 Allow to cool before transferring to wire rack.
- 250g cream cheese, softened
- 180g butter, softened
- 100g dextrose (Add more depending on sweetness you like)
- 100g sour cream (Add more if you have made it too sweet)
- 1tsp vanilla extract
Whip all icing ingredients together
I hope you enjoy them as much as the 7 year old did!!