One of these days I’m just going to buy a cake…

I say it every year, the night before my kid’s birthday “next year I am buying a cake!” but for some reason I never do. Well, there was that year when my son turned 2 and my twins were a month old. That year I ordered a “Blues Clues” cake but other than that I have made them all. I even looked at the pre-made cakes at the supermarket but none of them were what I, or rather my son, wanted. He wanted to take “Angry Bird” cupcakes to school and, well, Angry Birds are pretty simple and I figured I could whip up a batch post-haste:

 

Many times I make my own cakes because being a vegan I cannot eat store-bought cakes with eggs and milk in them. I had no desire for my normal, heavy, dense cupcakes so I made Jackson’s cupcakes with fresh eggs from our chickens. I was a bit afraid because someone told me that fresh eggs bake differently but luckily the were light and fluffy, what a concept!

 

I used to make my frosting from scratch, the stiff, untasty, decorating stuff but a couple of years ago I decided that the kids would rather have frosting that, I don’t know, tastes good so I went over to the dark side and embraced the Pillsbury! I took 2 tins of vanilla icing and divided them (BTW I made a batch of chocolate and white cake-that’s why the 2 containers of frosting) and tinted it blue, green, yellow and red and iced the cupcakes a solid color. The eyeballs were flattened mini marshmallows with a chocolate chip stuck in. The beaks were candy corn dipped in yellow frosting (fancy, I know), the angry eyebrows were black licorice…a note about black licorice: buy licorice whips and not Twizzlers unless you want to spend a lot of time cutting the thick ropes into this strips. The Zombie pig teeth were flattened mini marshmallows cut into 8ths and the snouts were the marshmallows dipped in green frosting, I only had mini marshmallows left over from my homemade marshmallow shooters (don’t worry, it was a fresh bag!) but I think the snouts would be better from standard marshmallows. I am a make-do kind of girl especially the night before a birthday LOL!

So, there you have it, easy angry bird cupcakes! Now I have a year to forget that I hate baking before I make another batch LOL! I hope everyone in the path of the “Superstorm” heading up the east coast is prepared and safe, I have heard we may get a few inches of rain AND snow but it won’t be the first year I’ve taken the kids trick-or-treating in the snow, plus, I’m a Mainer ans we are pretty hardy folks! Stay safe and til next time happy crafting!

11 thoughts on “One of these days I’m just going to buy a cake…

  1. Fresh eggs are better than store bought eggs because they are heavier and not runny. Free range chicken eggs are the best. They make food taste so different. Don’t know why people think they cook differently. They cook the same. They are just healthier for you.

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  2. I say the same thing every year on my dd bday. I finally took the first 3 wilton cake decorating courses. Love your cupcakes! but, IMHO, homemade buttercream icing is way better than store bought. I gag when I bite into store bought.

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  3. The cupcakes look so good Lindsay…but how did you know it’s my birthday today??? (LOL) Hope your kids enjoy eating them as much as I enjoy seeing them…so cute!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  4. Well, Lindsay don’t know who told you fresh eggs don’t bake as well – it is not so.. all my mother ever cooked with was fresh eggs and the fresher the light the cake, as they beat much better…. she won prizes for her ultra light sponge cakes and scones.. so on,,,
    ..all from Mrs Stride the butcher’s wife just few doors down from where we lived…(not that you needed to know that :D)
    … and love the patty cakes,
    Shaz in Oz.x
    PS thanks so much for the lovely welcome to OSA too!

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