NEON CUPCAKES/ Wish I could ....

… be a kid again! Childhood is much more fun now than when I was a kid. These days elementary school is something to look forward to, not dread. I cannot imagine as school back in my day was anything but fun. Nuns in scary outfits were mean, picking on us all day and telling us we were dunces. Now, it seems children are treated with respect and kindness. At school my grand nieces and nephews wear costumes at Halloween, green on St Paddy's Day, have Valentine's Day parties and even get decked out in patriotic colors on opening day of the Olympics. Catholic elementary school sure has changed… for the better! 

The best thing is everyone's birthday in class is celebrated. Back in my day, no teacher, classmate or even the bus driver knew anyone's birthday. It was a day like all the others except Mom sent us off to school with a Happy Birthday. There was no celebration until that evening at home with our family. How fun is it now to celebrate your birthday all day with your classmates. On those special days there are donuts, brownies or cupcakes and classmates sing to the birthday kid. Booo hoo….I wanna be a kid!

These neon cupcakes had to be chocolate and were made for a special boy turning 6 to share with his kindergarten mates. Sporting a special birthday crown, no doubt it was a fun day for the birthday boy!

Devils Food Cupcakes
2/3 cup Crisco Shortening
1½ cups Sugar
3 Eggs
2½ oz Unsweetened Chocolate, melted & cooled
2¼ cups Softasilk Cake Flour (or 2-1/8 cups Flour), sifted
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1¼ cups Buttermilk
Buttermilk Substitute: Add a little over 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice to 1¼ cups milk 

In a separate bowl mix Flour, Baking Soda and Salt. Set aside.
Cream Shortening and Sugar until fluffy. Add Eggs. Add melted Chocolate.
Stir in flour mixture alternately with Buttermilk. Pour into cupcake liners.
Bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes. Makes 24 cupcakes.
[This is the Popular Devils Food Cake recipe from the 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook]

Creamy Buttercream Frosting
1½ cups Butter (3 sticks), softened
6 cups Confectioner’s Sugar, sifted
½ tsp Vanilla (optional)
1-4 tbsp Milk
Wilton Star Tip #1M

Beat butter for 8-10 minutes until pale and double in volume.
Gradually add the sugar ½ cup at a time beating well after each addition. Add milk.

Color half of frosting Bright Green with AmeriColor Electric Green.
Color other half of frosting Bright Blue with AmeriColor Electric Blue.
Fill piping bag and swirl frosting with star tip #1M.

Hint: Don't pipe too hide if placing in cupcake carrier.
Place unfrosted cupcakes in carrier tray before piping to avoid moving frosted cupcakes.







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  1. I agree. Growing up my daughter had a birthday party every year until high school. I had one my entire childhood. When I was young mom didn’t send treats on my birthday and no one school knew it was my birthday. So different!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. It definitely is a good thing that kids today are made to feel special on their birthday. I do enjoy seeing the delight and excitement of my nieces and nephews.

  2. Being a kid again would be great for a multitude of reasons! Love the colors of the icing on these cupcakes!

    1. Hi Amy, These colors were fun to decorate with. I'm looking forward to your next post as you capture such beautiful scenes.


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