My baby is turning two tomorrow.
That’s a big deal.
So, in honor of his love of Elmo, and his love of cupcakes (or as he calls them ‘mmm-tasty, mmm-tasties’), I put together some fun treats for his party.
White Cake Funfetti Cupcakes, adapted from JoyofBaking.com
(Makes 12. I easily doubled this to make 24.)
2 large eggs
1 3/4 c cake flour, sifted
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 c butter, at room temperature
1 c sugar, divided into 3/4 c and 1/4 c
1 t pure vanilla extract
1/2 c milk
1/8 t cream of tartar
3 T jimmies-style multi-colored sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
While eggs are still cold, separate the eggs, placing the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another bowl. Cover the two bowls with plastic wrap and allow the eggs to come to room temperature before using (about 30 minutes).
In a mixing bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add 3/4 cup of the sugar and beat until light and fluffy(about 2-3 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla extract. Then, with the mixer on low-speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Add the sprinkles and mix well.
In a clean bowl of your electric mixer, with the whisk attachment, (or with a hand mixer) beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. With a rubber spatula gently fold a little of the whites into the batter to lighten it, and then fold in the remaining whites until combined. Do not over mix the batter or it will deflate.
Evenly fill the 12 muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 18 – 20 minutes or until golden browned and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Elmo Face Decorations
bright red frosting
orange peanut butter M&M’s
Oreos, cut in half and separated into 4 half-circles
mini chocolate chips
Using a star-shaped frosting tip, decorate the top of the cupcake. Add one Oreo piece for mouth, two marshmallows for eyes, and an M&M for the nose. Attach mini chocolate chips as eye-centers using a tiny dab of frosting.
I simply am impressed. The folding of the egg whites in at the end made such a difference. These cupcakes are so light and buttery – I’m sure they’re going to be a big hit tomorrow. I had to stop myself at my single sample, so that we’d have enough for the party, they’re that good.
And the sprinkles add the bright Funfetti colors throughout. Perfect for the Sesame Street Theme I was going for.
Here they are, pre-frosting.
And I freely admit that I just bought some red frosting this time (after the Grinch Santa Hat debacle of 2011, I was not going to chance it). It was so nice to just add the tip to the frosting tube and go. I’m lazy, what can I say?
Anyways, frosting and decorating 24 cupcakes takes a lot of time and patience.
But they do turn out awfully cute – and I know my little one will love them. And that’s all that matters, right?
An Elmo to be proud of = one happy two year old.