Special Day Cupcakes

A very special sister-in-law had a milestone birthday, and her dear and thoughtful children threw her a surprise celebration.  I offered to help with dessert, and here was their request:

Betty Crocker white and chocolate fudge cake mixes yielded 36 cupcakes.  I followed the back-of-the-box instructions and watched them very carefully while baking to ensure that they didn’t cook a minute too long and become too dry.  My favorite frosting recipe (tweaked a bit):


2 sticks butter, room temperature

2 cups Crisco

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. Wilton’s butter flavoring

1 tsp. clear vanilla extract

1 tsp. almond extract

8 – 9 cups unsifted powdered sugar

1 tbsp. meringue powder (Wilton, Just Whites, etc.)

1 – 2 tbsp. water or milk, if necessary, for thinning

Combine butter, crisco and salt.  Mix on low speed for 5 minutes.  Add butter flavoring, vanilla and almond extracts, and mix together well.  Add 4 cups powdered sugar and the meringue powder.  Mix until blended.  Add the remaining powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.  (note: you may not use all the powdered sugar).  Continue mixing on low for several minutes.

I used a disposable pastry bag and the Wilton 1M tip to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.

Everyone said they were yummy, but, in the interest of quality control, I was forced to sample one of each for myself.  (how else would I know for sure????)  The result:  worth every stinkin’ calorie!


9 thoughts on “Special Day Cupcakes

  1. …looking at that picture as I munch my Weight Watchers toast….I’m in for a day of longing…did you take ALL of them to the party???

  2. So, it sounds like to me that you needed your favorite secret service agent there to SMACK your hands as you reached for that second cupcake!

    The other Lisa

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