Baking, lifestyle

Happy Birthday… to the sun?

Ok let me explain, I watch the sweetest and weirdest kids ever.  One day last week while we were walking home from the park one of the four year olds noticed a banner/flag thing on the side of someone’s house.  Assuming it was a birthday banner she asked, Who’s birthday it was.  I had told her that it wasn’t for someone’s birthday, that it was for the sun.  From that she got that it was the sun’s birthday, a little bit later, she decided that the sun needed a cake.  So I told her next week we’d make cup cakes for the sun.

Hbd sun
The banner looked similar to this

So we did. Because I am made this with the little ones, I measured every thing out first, then they added the ingredients  You will need

HBD sun 1

  • 1 1/2 Cups of flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter at Room Temperature
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 2 Eggs at Room Temperature
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup of milk at Room Temperature

Preheat the oven to 350 ° F.
Whisk in the Baking Soda, and Salt into the Flour and set it aside.  Now Cream the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy.  Mix in the eggs one at a time, and then the vanilla.  When everything is mixed in well, add the milk and flour in parts and mix in between. I’m gonna suggest stirring in the flour before turning on the mixer.. Unless you want a big floury mess.

Once your little helpers (or you if you’re baking it you’re self) counts out 12 cupcake liners, and fills pan it’s time to pour in the batter, and bake them for about 35-40 minutes.

After they are done baking and while they are cooling it’s time to make the frosting. and for that You will needHBD Sun 2

  • 3 cups of powderd/confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cups of butter at Room Temperature
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla
  • a small amount of milk

Cream the butter and the vanilla until it’s well blended, then start adding the powder sugar.  Again I suggest that you carefully stir it in before turning on the mixer, you can add  milk (in tiny amounts at a time) if your frosting is too thick, but you don’t have to.  I added yellow and orange food coloring to make the cupcakes look like the sun.  Even if they look a bit flowerlike.Cupcake

After picking the big girls up from school, they decided we needed to have snack out side and even sing happy birthday to the sun.  We have started to give the sun emotions, when last year they asked who I had a crush on and couldn’t think of anything and said the sun.  So it made sense to them, to have a cake for the sun, I did, however, draw the line at them wanting to throw one up to the sun.

I do a lot of silly things for these kids,  I think that’s one of my favorite things about babysitting.  What types of silly/nonsense things have you done for kids?

XO Johnnielynn,

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