Monday, October 12, 2009

Vanilla Cupcakes and a Birthday celebration

Hello everyone... Thank you so much for your well wishes. I thought I would be able to get back into the blogging world in a few months but boy was I wrong.. it's been super hectic to say the least and before we even realize that a day has dawned it's drawing to a close. 2 kids are definitely a handful and they constantly keep us on our toes. That didn't stop us from having a small celebration at home in view of my daughter's 4th birthday on October 10th. She also had a small party and a Montessori ritual at her school so I baked some vanilla cupcakes for her friends and decorated it with a light pink icing and she put the sprinkles on top and was positively excited about it. For the 'cake cutting' at home, I baked a carrot cake and again enlisted Anushka's help to decorate it with her favorite candy - m&ms. She was all smiles and said that she loved the 'celebragens and decoragens' :)

SIMPLE VANILLA CUPCAKES - makes around 12 to 15 cupcakes


Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour - 1.5 cups
Butter - 1/2 cup (1 stick), at room temperature
Sugar - 1 cup (slightly more if you want it sweeter)
Eggs - 2
Milk - 3/4 cup
Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
Baking Powder - 1.75 tsp

Method:
1) Preheat oven to 350F and line muffin tin with paper cups.
Sift together the flour & baking powder.

2) In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. I used a hand beater and kept at it for a good 6 to 8 minutes.

4) Beat in eggs one at a time, beating really well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract next and beat really well again.

5) Now stir in the sifted flour + baking powder until almost mixed. Add the milk and beat till the batter is smooth.

6) Spoon it into the paper cups - 3/4 full is good because they rise quite well. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes clean.

These are great plain or with an icing of your choice.. since my daughter likes Cream cheese I used that to make this icing and topped with some sprinkles. "

Here's a picture of the other carrot cake also topped with cream cheese icing


and also one of the birthday girl, the baby brother & my mom.

36 comments:

  1. Belated B'Day wishes to Anushka :) They are cute :)

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  2. aaw! love that picture! Happy birthday to Anushka! she has a promising future as a cake decorator!!!

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  3. Hey Happy birth day to the cuttie.. cake and sweet baby looking smart.

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  4. nice picture..happy birthday Anushka!! n nice cake too :)

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  5. Happy Birthday to your daughter

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  6. Happy B'day to Anushka! Love the picture..

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  7. yeay! u r back! :)

    a bunch of girls started a food blog and i have joined it too... u shd visit us sometimes! :)

    http://girlsgonecookin.wordpress.com/

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  8. Welcome back and Belated wishes to Anushka, both of them are such cuties! the cake looks very inviting....

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  9. that looks so cute..happy birthday to your daughter...

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  10. Welcome Back yaar, wishing many many happy returns of the day to ur princess, cupcakes looks fabulous..

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  11. Wishes to the birthday girl. The delightful cupcakes a must for a celebration at school :)
    The baby keeping you busy?

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  12. Belated wishes to Anushka! Nikhil and Anushka look cute together with amma of course. Nice cakes Laav.

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  13. Belated wishes to Anushka... Lovely cupcakes!

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  14. lovely cake...please do participate in my first cooked food event...check my blog for details

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  15. Belated Birthday wishes to Anushka... love the picture :)
    welcome back!

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  16. Hi Laavanya,good to see your post :) thanks for sharing that lovely picture :) Hugs dear ;)

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  17. b day wishes to dear anushka...soo cute..therez a small gift for u..plzz receive it..

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  18. Hey Laavanya!
    Long time. How are you? Belated birthday wishes to Anushka. The cup cakes look so pretty! I want to have one!

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  19. thnks for this lovely post....cupcake looks yum...

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  20. hey laav..you are back!...the pics are great and the cake and cupcakes look delish...i love the black and white pic...

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  21. Please pass on my belated birthday wishes to A. I am so late!

    That b&w pic is a beauty!!

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  22. That is a cute pic! Belated bday wishes to Anushka!

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  23. belated wishes to anushka.She looks cute in her new dress, little also one looks very cute. and it is absolutely true,managing 2 kids is a great task.Cake loks so yummy lavanya.

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  24. Its been a long while since I came by Lavanya..Belated birthday wishes to Anushka and that's a very nice family pic. :)

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  25. Dear Laavanya, my heart congrats to you. I can imagine how busy you are now with two little ones. My belated b'day wishes to your daughter. Nice to see her also. Take care and I really miss you my dear. Wishing you a all success. Your pal Viji.

    The cakes are tempting really. Carrot cake with cream cheese toping, nothing can beat this taste.

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  26. Belated Birthday wishes to Anushka. the cup cakes look delicious.you have a nice blog. you can visit my blog and give ur comments.

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  27. oh laavanya! here i was searching for just the thing for the past hour and then finally i decided to go with pound cake. the cake is in the oven and i was checking posts in reader and see this one of yours..

    sigh..

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  28. Belated B'day wishes to Anushka ! Lovely pictures...

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  29. Belated bday wishes to Anushka...love the cute cupcakes!

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  30. Belated b'day greetings to ur little one.
    Lovely cup cakes and the decoration looks so cute.
    Way to go anushka :)
    Have a great time!
    TC

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    thanks,

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  33. Anushka was thrilled to get all your best wishes - thank you so much.

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  34. Oh not sure how I missed this cute post!..Anushka looks so pretty!..and lil baby is adorable!

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