Ok, so I have been having this debate with my husband. Do you serve food at a birthday party or are just a bowl or two of snacks acceptable? If they are…I go WAY overboard! I think that the host should provide something like small sandwiches, pizza or hot dogs to the kids at a kid’s party. My husband on the other hand thinks that that is overkill, especially if the party is at 2 pm. What do you think? Please weigh in. I need to know if I have been working myself to death preparing an elaborate themed meal for my kid’s party.
Here’s another question for you. How do you feel about bringing in a treat to class on your kids birthday? In my son’s school, his teacher has only allowed one day a month for the kid’s to celebrate birthdays and if they want to bring something in, it has to be watermelon or cheese. Now, I totally understand that kids have allergies, but no cake on your birthday? How in the world is my son supposed to brag about how good of a baker his mom is? I’m kidding…if any of you know my oldest he is anything but a bragger!
Luckily my daughter’s teacher allows cupcakes! I made these for her class on her birthday and the kids went wild! Sprinkles, Oreos and gum balls all in one?!? Needless to say, they were a hit!
Anyway, thanks for listening to me and if you commented thank you for your insight. I pretty much only have toddler discussions during the day and once my husband gets home and I can have an actual adult discussion I am pooped and can’t remember what I wanted to talk about.
- 2 sticks butter (softened)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or regular vanilla
- 2 whole eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk with a splash of white vinegar)
- 12 oreos
- 1/3 cup sprinkles (plus more for frosting)
- 2 sticks unsalted butter , softened
- 5-6 cups powdered sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste
- 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
- Pink food coloring (optional)
- Sprinkles and Oreo cookie crumbs for cupcake tops
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make sure all your ingredients are room temperature.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and soda and mix.
- In your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend butter, sugar and vanilla at medium speed until pale and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition.
- Reduce speed to low and add a cup of flour followed by 1/3 of the buttermilk.
- Repeat this 3 times, until you have incorporated all the flour and buttermilk.
- Stir in sprinkles.
- Put baking cups in pan and place an Oreo at the bottom of each cup.
- Fill cups with funfetti batter 2/3 full and gently tap on counter to remove air bubbles.
- Bake cupcakes for 15-17 minutes or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- Beat butter and extract for 2 minutes.
- Add powdered sugar and milk or cream.
- If the frosting still looks to wet, add more powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments.
- Beat with whisk attachment for 3 minutes on high.
- Add food coloring if desired.
- Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and top with ground up Oreos and sprinkles.