My oldest son is turning 4 this weekend so it's time do make some cupcakes! I have enjoyed baking for quite a few years now and my specialty is cupcakes. I love decorating them for my kids birthdays and love the excuse to do so for friends or family. This year my son asked for a Toy Story cake and buzz and woody coloured cupcakes. I tend to use the same vanilla lemon cake recipe as it seems to please most at the party and the vanilla frosting allows me to decorate based on the theme. The lemon flavour adds a bit of zest which cuts the sweetness.
I try to bake guilt free when I can..coconut and lemons make them healthy right?!
I have shared my birthday cake recipe below and I hope you enjoy as much as we do!
Bake at 350 for 18 to 20 minutes.
1 1/4 cups flour
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup of butter or substitute apple sauce
1/2 cup of yogurt or unsweetened coconut almond milk (keeps cake moist)
3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or more for tartness
2 teaspoons lemon zest
You can also use lemon extract but I like real thing.
1/2 cup butter.
3 cups icing sugar.
1 tablespoon of milk of your choice.
To make the cupcakes combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, I add the lemon juice once the cake batter is all mixed together. I also find cupcakes always taste lighter when the batter isn't over mixed.
While the cupcakes are baking you can prepare your amazing frosting and then once cooled start decorating!