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Happy Birthday Cupcakes

October 31st, 2011 · 4 Comments · cupcake, Just for Fun

A running/work friend recently asked me to make cupcakes for her little man’s 2nd birthday and these little bright babies were the result. What speaks more to a 2nd birthday – bright, bright colors of course! This recipe is also fairly basic so it’s a good recipe for anyone on the go. So let’s get to the recipe and together say: Happy Birthday Little Man.


  • 1 box of cake mix (I used chocolate)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
Mix all above ingredients together, beat until smooth and pour into cupcake liners and bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
The icing itself is a basic buttercream and a true Carlene recipe – meaning that you start with a basic shell of a recipe, taste and add more depending on what you think is missing. Here is my basic buttercream recipe:
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 4-5 cups of icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp of whipping cream
  • 2-3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Wilton butter flavouring
  • yellow Gel Wilton food coloring
Wait until the cupcakes have fully had a chance to cool and ice the cupcakes using the Wilton 1M tip and sprinkle with colored sprinkles (I got mine from Bulk Barn).
Enjoy & Happy Birthday Celebrating!

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden

    These sound easy and look very beautiful,I like the bright colors of your birthday cupcakes. I’ve featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don’t mind! If you don’t agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.

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  • Ashley

    How do you make your buttercream so perfect? Mine always turns out running or too buttery tasting. Any suggestions? Thank you! 🙂

    • bsinthekitchen

      Hey Ashley,

      Are you using milk or cream as your liquid? Try using cream if you are using milk. I find that thickens things up to a nice texture. As well, if you are finding it runny, add more icing sugar until you find your desired texture. Also, make sure to whip the buttercream really well! You can also try adding a tablespoon of shortening – that will bind things together, however, I don’t like adding shortening to my icings as I find it has a slight waxy taste to it. Hope that helps! Let us know if you would like more information.


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