My nephew turned one this week! I helped in his first birthday celebration by making Grover Funfetti Cupcakes. His parents did a great job decorating (although, Grover is not one the most popular Sesame Street characters, so it's difficult to find things with him). He got a lot of new toys, books, a hand painted chair, a personalized birthday music CD, and some new clothes.
He definitely enjoyed himself and his cupcake!
Grover Funfetti Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
¼ cup butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ tsp almond extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles/jimmies
Place liners in a 12 cup muffin tin.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until it looks creamy. Beat in the egg and the vanilla and almond extracts until mixture is smooth.
Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until almost combined. Add buttermilk and stir, again, until almost combined. Add the rest of the flour and stir until all ingredients are mixed in.
Gently fold in sprinkles (if you mix too much the colors will run and create a brownish green swirl). Divide batter evenly into muffin cups (you can even put some sprinkles on top before baking).
Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
Let cupcakes cool for 10 minutes and then remove from the muffin pan. Cool completely before frosting.
I used my favorite Vanilla Buttercream recipe and added blue coloring for Grover. I cut the eyes, mouth, and nose out of Wilton Sugar Sheets. I was going to use candy, but I didn't want my nephew to choke on anything, the sugar sheets were perfect.
If you have kids this would be a fun activity to keep them busy for at least a few minutes! Click the link: Cupcake Cut-outs