Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Carrie!

Last night, my sister came over for a belated birthday dinner. We had a good time eating, talking and opening presents. My blog background is very appropriate for the dessert I made. Nothing fancy folks. Just a boxed cake mix! However, I got to use my cupcake pan! I swear, I need to find more reasons to use it. It is so stinkin' cute! Anyone have a baby shower coming up? How about a birthday? I need more excuses to use this thing!

My sister requested a Funfetti Cake. She used to love them as a little girl, so I was happy to oblige. If you aren't familiar with what a Funfetti cake is, picture a vanilla cake with sprinkles mixed into the batter. It isn't bad and I guess you can make cookies out of the mix as well. There is a recipe on the side to do so.

I also made our family spaghetti sauce. Oh my, I haven't had it in over a year and I had forgotten how good it is! If you follow my blog, it is one of the very first entries I ever did. Sorry, no recipe here. My mom might disown me. Instead, I will leave you with a tasty cake pictures since I was a heathen and used a boxed cake.

Okay okay, I will post a recipe too. In honor of the cupcake cake, here is a recipe from Everybody loves cupcakes right? After all, I can't post an entry without a recipe. That would just be wrong. My Memere used to make these when I was a kid. They are made with ice cream cones and cake mix. They are super cute, although not as cute as my cupcake.

Cone Cupcakes

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
24 flat bottomed ice cream cones

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Cream butter and sugar together well in mixing bowl. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in vanilla. Measure flour, baking powder and salt into small bowl. Stir. Add milk to butter mixture in 2 parts alternately with flour mixture in 3 parts, beginning and ending with flour.

3. Fill cones about 3/4 full leaving the batter 1/2 inch from top. Place filled cones on a baking tray. Bake in oven for about 15 to 20 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

4. Ice with any type of frosting you wish.

So, I leave you with pictures of yesterday. Cake, sauce and presents.
Yummmm, spaghetti. Jealous?
Baked, disassembled cake
Completed Cupcake Cake. Cute right?

Happy Birthday Carrie!
Pretty flowers and a picture of our tiny living room.


yellowfreesia said...

Those little cupcake cakes are adorable. I need to make one of those sometime!

N and N said...

wow! where did you find the cupcake cake pan?? that is awesome, I love cupcakes, just love them a bit obsessed with their cuteness and that cake is fantastic!

Rachel said...

Thanks N and N! The cupcake pan came from Michael's, but I know you can buy them in several different places. It's by Wilton. I know Target was selling them at one point also.