There’s been a big debate at preschool this year.
And it centers around food.
It turns out that many of the moms are concerned about their children eating healthy snacks at school. Now, I can totally understand where they are coming from. I like it when my children eat healthy, too. But sometimes, can’t it be okay to have a little treat?
Next week is my oldest’s fifth birthday. Since there’s no school next week, and Friday is their holiday performance, they are celebrating him on Wednesday. Now, I’m snack person all week, and on Monday I sent a very healthy snack. And I had planned to try to make something great and healthy for him for his birthday.
But, all he wanted is cupcakes.
I’ve tried talking him into muffins, healthy cookies, etc, but he was having none of it. (It doesn’t help that other kids have brought cupcakes, too – which I totally understand.) And I thought, why not. I’ll take the backlash if it makes his day. I know for sure that I brought in sweets for all my birthdays, and I turned out just fine, if I do say so myself.
Does that make me a bad mom?
I hope not, because it sure makes one happy birthday boy.
Vanilla Cupcakes, adapted from epicurious.com
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 c sugar
2 t pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
2 1/2 c flour
1 1/4 c milk
Turn oven on to 375 degrees F.
Put butter in mixer and beat at medium speed until somewhat smooth. Pour in sugar and beat well. Add 2 eggs. Mix well. Add: vanilla, baking powder, salt, flour, and milk. Beat until incorporated and pour into individual baking cups, about 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Light Cream Cheese Frosting, adapted from food.com
4 oz unsalted butter, softened
4 oz light cream cheese, softened
2 c powdered sugar
1 t vanilla extract
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low-speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.
My son insisted on helping out with the cupcake baking (which I adore). His favorite part is working the KitchenAid mixer. It makes me nervous because I just know one of these times, something bad is going to happen.
Today, though, he only turned it on super high-speed – right after I added the flour. The whole left side of the kitchen ended up being covered in the white powder. And he felt so bad. I would’ve taken a picture, but I was too busy trying to make him feel better.
But I discovered something that made him feel better really fast…
We finished the batter, poured into the cups, and baked away. The sun was nice enough to show up to light up our finished bounty.
After they had cooled completely (which seemed like an eternity to Mr. Almost Five), we made the frosting. (I was in charge of the mixer this time. His choice.) He insisted that the frosting be colored and really wanted orange, his favorite color. So a light orange frosting it became.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, the batter only made exactly 18 cupcakes – just enough for the class and teachers, so I haven’t had the joy of tasting one of these. I’m crossing my fingers one makes it way back home for me – because what little tastes I had of the batter and frosting were very tasty.
Now we’ll just have to see how it goes at school…
Edited to add: So far so good. No complaints. I also lucked out that it was my friend’s carpool day, so I didn’t even have to walk them in. 🙂 She said she didn’t get any dirty looks, so I’m crossing my fingers all is good.
Also, I did get to try one of these, and the cupcake was really good. Not what I was expecting from my previous experiences with boxed overly-sweet vanilla cakes. This one was very buttery with an almost crunchy crust on the tip top. It went really well with the cream cheese frosting which my oldest and I loved. Though, according to him, it wasn’t a big hit with the preschool set. Oh, well.