White cake cupcakes, topped with a light and creamy vanilla buttercream, and decorated for spring!
How have you guys been? We have been crazy over here. I keep trying to scale back on my commitments so I can get caught up, but so far no luck.
About 2 years ago my husband got transferred with his job. And that meant we moved. We weren’t super familiar with the area, and we had to find a school for my kids to continue learning French, while being within a comfortable commute for my husband to go to work. We had the hardest time figuring out where to live, but eventually found a rental. It fit our budget, our location specifications, and the size we needed for a family of 6. It seemed perfect. Unfortunately we had a lot of problems with water flooding in the basement, and the owner was feeling as frustrated as we were. So he decided to sell. Which meant we had to move!
So stressful! We have WAY too much stuff. And finding the right house for a family of 6 is not easy. Especially when you are on a time crunch. We had lots of questions, rent or buy? This city or that? How far from the kid’s school should we look? Fortunately, after a lot of looking we have found something, and will be moving soon. So my days have been really busy, blogging, packing, and taking care of my family.
Despite the busy life we are leading right now, we have been spending a lot of time outside. Don’t you just love this time of year? It is starting to get nice out and we can’t help but soak up the sunshine. We have been having lots of park days, and I am having a really hard time getting anything done around here. So the to-do list is growing longer. But my sweet boy asked me if we could make a treat, and I figured everything could wait a little longer. So we went back inside to make some spring cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream frosting. These are pretty simple cupcakes, but they tasted great, and we had so much fun decorating them to be perfect for Spring and Easter.
We went to the store and got some edible grass, some marshmallow animals, and egg shaped candies. Then we colored our icing with some food coloring and piped it on top of our cupcakes. The kids had a blast making “nests” for their eggs, and grass for the animals to play in. Truth be told, our chicks were from last year’s Easter stash, and so they were hard as a rock. We ended up throwing them out, and sticking to the bunnies.
You do not have to be a that artistic to make these cute Spring Cupcakes. Trust me, I am about as far from artistic as it comes, but these were easy peasy. A few fun Easter shaped and themed treats, and a piping bag and you are in business. Trust me, if I can do this with my 2 and 6 year old, you can do it! And how fun would these be for a party or get together?
Are you ready for the recipe? Ok, I used a white cake recipe I found on I am Baker! She is a baking genius, me not so much. So I went with her expertise for the cupcakes. And they were delicious. For the frosting I experimented a lot, and came up with a delicious buttercream that was light and fluffy. The trick was the heavy whipping cream for flavor and a little bit of lemon juice!
- White Cake from I Am Baker turned into Cupcakes.
Vanilla Buttercream Icing
- 4 cups confectioners sugar sifted
- 1 cup room temperature salted butter
- 3 Tbs heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 drops food coloring of choice I used green
- Chocolate eggs
- Edible Grass
- Bake cupcakes according to directions. And let cool completely.
- Make sure butter is room temp, do not microwave, plan head and pull butter out of the fridge, then cream it together with half the confectioners sugar in a large bowl so it does not make a big mess.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients, and whip it all together.
- Put in icing bag and pipe onto cupcakes.
- Top with garnish.
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