It was my son’s half birthday on Monday. Does anyone care? Not likely. He seemed to think this meant that he got a half birthday party this year. (He was in kindergarten this last year and they celebrated half birthdays for the kids in his class that have summer birthdays, so they could have their special day too).
Poor kid though, his birthday is only about 2 weeks before Christmas. He doesn’t really get a separate time of year that he randomly gets a lot of new toys. Needless to say, telling a six (and a half) year old that half birthdays aren’t really a thing doesn’t compute after having celebrated them during the school year.
Long story short, I made a deal with him. He got to have cupcakes and he was able to play Pokemon Go with his dad when he got home from work. (Usually Pokemon Go is only “allowed” and played on the weekend).
So instead of running to the store to get a box of cake mix, I whipped up this one from scratch with him. (Sidenote, I “hate” running to the store for just one or two things. It drives me crazy, especially when I have two kids with. Needless to say, I avoid extra trips to the store like the plague. It’s just not something I do. End rant.) Have no fear tho, I had all the ingredients to make cupcakes from scratch and they were tasty!
1 stick of butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1. Soften the butter, add sugar and mix together. Add eggs and vanilla, stir until mixed.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Slow add dry ingredients, mixing until well blended. Add milk and mix until combined.
3. Scoop into a muffin tin lined with muffin liners or greased. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-24 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
4. Remove from oven and allow to cool before frosting.
Notes: Makes 12 cupcakes. You could also bake this as a cake, but I can’t tell you at the minute how long it would need to be in the oven for.