Whenever I bake cupcakes for the kids' birthday parties, my husband always stuffs the inside with extra frosting...well, this time, I was determined to make them so moist, he wouldn't need to do that, and I finally succeeded! Serendipitously, I also perfected my signature frosting :)
1 18oz Box Pillsbury Moist Supreme Strawberry Cake Mix
6oz Strawberry Jell-O (big box)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup strawberry jam
8 oz cream cheese, softened
8 oz butter, softened
1-2 cups powdered sugar (to taste)
2 t vanilla
2 T half and half
2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a large bowl, combine all the cupcake ingredients with a mixer until smooth (2-5 minutes).
3. Fill cupcake liners in muffin tin about 3/4 full (I used a 1/4 cup scoop).
4. Bake for 20 minutes or until done.
5. Repeat. You may have batter leftover (I froze it).
6. To make the frosting: combine all ingredients with a mixer until smooth.
7. Just before serving, frost cupcakes.
Optional toppings: sprinkles, shredded coconut, blueberries, morello cherries
*Keep unfrosted cupcakes in an airtight container on the counter - frosted ones should go in the fridge if they are being stored for overnight.
**Disclaimer: I'm not much for measuring, so amounts are approximates - adjust as needed.
Who's responsible for all this food in my house? I smell a conspiracy...
Al-Caeka is the mastermind behind the latest bioterror attack on the United States. Their ingenious and insidious strategy can be summed up in three words: Keep America Fat.
They planned the first strike on the national holiday when the digestive systems of Americans were the most vulnerable: Thanksgiving. Al-Caeka's gastronomical operatives slowly reintroduced starches into our diets—mashed potatoes, yams, stuffing, rolls--paving the way for the most toxic carbohydrate of all. Millions have been infected with the white granular poison referred to as “dehydrated cane juice” but more commonly known as “sugar.”
U.S. health officials became aware of the situation in early December and the country was put on high alert, but it was apparent that the it could not be contained until after the holiday season. We were hit the hardest on our nation’s most religious celebration—Christmas—and the attacks continued through New Year’s Day. Low-carb experts predicted that our diets would be free of all fattening substances by January 2nd, 2004.
It turns out we underestimated Al-Caeka. In our panic to rid ourselves of cookies, cakes, pies, truffles, candies, and Almond Roca, we have spread the lethal sweet substance from household to household. And in some instances, household to workplace to household. The most extreme cases reported have been in multi-generational families where food is brought in from multiple sources, as well as manufactured in-house.
One household under close surveillance received two portions of cheesecakes in the same day—one from work and another from a parent living outside the household. This is just one of many such incidences plaguing this family over the past three weeks. The person most susceptible to these attacks is a woman who stays home all day blogging (often about food) and caring for her small child (now a chocoholic).
In a desperate attempt to purge her home of these lethal consumables, she has fallen into the terrorist trap of attempting to eat up all the bad food. For every forbidden morsel she consumes, another one appears out of nowhere. It is January 3rd and a tin of assorted candies, as well as a jar of toffee, has been detected in her laundry room, a bag of ghiradelli dark chocolates is perched atop the frig, a piece of cheesecake, a jar of pitted cherries, pumpkin pie filling, and four soft french rolls lie in wait in the refrigerator. Mint chip ice cream hides out in the freezer. Surely more fattening food is surreptitiously lurking nearby.
Her skinny jeans can’t be buttoned and her fat jeans are no longer saggy around her thighs and butt. If she doesn’t recover by the spring, she will attempt a new regimen of exercise known as “sexercise.” Her shapely figure will look great when she suits up for combat in…maternity clothes. Al-Caeka’s strategy will have backfired and a new little army of semi low-carbers, armed with protein, produce and whole grains, will rise up (not out) to defeat him.
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