I feel like I haven’t been around in a while. Holidays are truly wonderful……but they throw me off-kilter a bit. It’s so nice to get back to normal. (Or so I tell myself, so that I can finally take down the Christmas tree today. Wish me luck!)
But let me share a little something I made a few weeks ago, that turned out so fun.
When I was a little girl, there weren’t many rules about bringing cupcakes to school for your birthday, like there are today. I always loved doing so but can’t remember many details about hauling cupcakes to my classmates………except for one year. That was the year my mom created magic in the kitchen and baked cupcakes inside of ice cream cones. I was in elementary school heaven. And my classmates……..oh, how they enjoyed the magic right along with me!
So, since my first child is now in her first year of school, I asked her teacher about birthdays and she said we could bring whatever we wanted. Yay! So I told Elli about these magical little cupcakes…….and she quickly agreed that she’d love to share some with her class. So I whipped up a quick batch for her. And the look on her face when they were complete, was priceless.
I explained to her that once she bit into it, the moist cupcake would be inside.
And one of her favorite things…….was the gumball “cherry” on top. (And after school, she said there was a whole lot of excitement once the class figured out these little red balls were in fact, gum. Maybe the teacher wasn’t as excited? Oops.)
It truly brought me right back to my elementary school years. Such fun. (By the way, I asked my mom and she has no recollection of making these for me. See? It’s the little things that count. :) )
And don’t worry…..there’s no extra work. Just pour the batter into your cones (about 3/4 full) and stand up close together on a cookie sheet, edges touching. Carefully place them in the oven and then bake per your recipe (or box’s) instructions but check on them a little sooner to see if they’re done sooner than the normal cupcake time. Then remove and let cool. They really bake just like normal……pretty cool! Frost with a nice swirl of whatever type of frosting, sprinkle with your sprinkles of choice (I found those cute balls at Target), then plop a little red gumball on top. Yum.
Worried about getting them to school? I cut a box in half and then traced circles on the bottom side that were big enough for the bottom of the cone to go through, but small than the widest point of the cone. (My husband actually cut the circles, while I frosted. He used a serrated kitchen knife but an exacto knife would work great too.) Then I covered with foil, taped down the edges, then slit open the holes and folded down around the edges of each circle.
Here’s a peek of the under side. It doesn’t need to be fancy.
Then each little cone was able to sit nicely and safely as we transported them to school.
The end result? One happy little Birthday Girl……..
…..ready to share a treat with her friends. Success.
Go on, impress your little ones.
Or wait, impress your adult friend for his/her birthday. There’s a little kid in all of us!