Chasing Butterflies – Recipe: Amazing White Cupcakes

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As I sit and watch the littles chase butterflies today, I am reminded that, as adults, we are always chasing things, too – dreams, children, housework, etc.  And, while the tasks as adults are obviously different, it has given me a moment of reflection watching my littles today.

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It takes work to catch a butterfly.

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There is so much joy once the mission is accomplished.

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There are mixed emotions when setting it free.

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So, while there are many differences between what we chase as children and what we chase as adults, there are always lessons to be learned when watching our children.  Mostly, what I learned today is that there is such beauty in the small things.  Sometimes work is fun, it is joyful, and the end result is so worth it.

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I have been chasing the dream of the perfect white cupcake for far too long.  When I read Lori’s post about her White Wedding Cupcakes, I felt very hopeful.  So, when I had a friend ask for 1 dozen chocolate cupcakes and 1 dozen white cupcakes, I knew that it was the opportunity that I needed to try RecipeGirl’s cupcakes.  Let me just tell you, it was worth the hours that I spent searching for that perfect white cupcake to be able to finally find this one.  I was filled with utter, complete joy, knowing that yet another mission was accomplished today.  I am not sure what was more joyful for me today – watching my littles chase and catch butterflies…or biting into this perfect, amazing white cupcake.

Amazing White Cupcakes

Amazing White Cupcakes

Ingredients

1 (18.25 ounce) box white cake mix

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated white sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/3 cups water

2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

4 large egg whites

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans. This recipe will make 34-36 cupcakes.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and beat for 2 minutes, or until well blended.
  5. Using ice cream scoop, fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 17-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Frost with your favorite frosting. I used this cream cheese frosting.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/04/24/chasing-butterflies-recipe-amazing-white-cupcakes/

Recipe from RecipeGirl’s White Wedding Cupcakes

Enjoy chasing…and catching…your dreams today!

I am linking up at the following:

The NY Melrose Family for Whimsy Wednesday

Mrs. Fox’s Sweets for Mrs. Fox’s Sweets Party

Lil’ Luna for Lil’ Luna’s Link Party

Sugar and Dots for What I Whipped Up Wednesday

Lady Behind the Curtain for Cast Party Wednesday

Polkadots on Parade for Wow Me Wednesday

Gratefully Belly for What’s New Wednesday

Happiness Is…Recipe: The Best Chocolate Cupcakes Ever

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Happiness is Friday!

Happiness is picking the littles up from school early on Friday.  It was not a planned thing, but it sure did turn out to be a fun thing.  They were all literally bouncing around with excitement.  In case you have not noticed, Friday is a big deal around here.

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Happiness is seeing these smiling faces after school.

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Happiness is a little girl who is excited to be a big Kindergarten girl next year.  Yes, I realize that happiness might turn into a sadness come August.  But, for today, I choose happiness.

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Happiness is having a husband who can cook and grill.  Before we had littles, we shared a lot of the cooking responsibility.  Now, it is a primary role that I love, but he likes to treat me to cooking breaks on the weekends.  And, I sure do enjoy eating his yummy food.

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Happiness is Smoothies…and sweet bloggers who make them.

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Happiness is Texas Bluebonnets.  I just love them.

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Happiness is cupcakes…especially when they are the world’s best chocolate cupcakes.  I have been making these cupcakes for at least three years, probably more.  I have tried to re-create them myself, not using a cake mix.  And, I just have not found that perfect combination of flavors, consistency, and moisture.  In my opinion, these truly are the best cupcakes.  I have not made them in awhile, so I was thrilled to make them today for one of my friends who is celebrating her son’s 6th birthday tomorrow.  Trust me, these chocolate cupcakes are pure, indulgent, delicious happiness.

The Best Chocolate Cupcakes Ever

The Best Chocolate Cupcakes Ever

I received this recipe from my mother. When she made it the first time, I honestly thought it was the best chocolate cake I had ever tasted. She found the recipe in the Spring 2006 Kraft Food & Family.

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1 box chocolate cake mix

1 box chocolate pudding mix

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Frosting

1/2 cup butter

2 packages cream cheese

2 pounds powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  3. Add cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil, vanilla, and water to mixing bowl, and mix until combined.
  4. Add the chocolate chips, and gently mix together until combined.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, add one small scoop to each of the muffin tins (should make 24 cupcakes).
  6. Bake for 22-24 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly in the muffin tins before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooking.
  8. While the cupcakes are cooling, mix together the cream cheese frosting.
  9. Add the butter, vanilla, and cream cheese to a mixer, and beat together until fluffy.
  10. Slowly add the powdered sugar, and mix until smooth.
  11. Once the cupcakes are cool, frost the cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/03/23/happiness-is-recipe-the-best-chocolate-cupcakes-ever/

Have a happy weekend!

I have linked up at the following:

Tidy Mom for I’m Lovin’ It

Alli ‘n Sons for Sweet Tooth Friday

Jennifer Cooks for Fusion Friday

Holiday Treat Recipes

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I still have a couple more holiday treats to share.  But, for now, I just wanted to give you some quick links in case you are still baking and looking for Christmas goody recipes.

North Pole Cupcakes

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Thumbprint Christmas Sugar Cookies

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Candy Cane Cookie Cups

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Brownie Muffins

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Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie Cups

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Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

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Christmas Truffles

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Nonna’s Gingerbread Cookies

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Happy Holiday Baking!

I shared this post with This Chick Cooks, Sweetology, and Add a Pinch.