Monday, February 14, 2011

Bake Sale Cupcakes

At our IHSA horse show this past weekend, we had a bake sale to try and recoup some of the losses we were going to incur putting on the show. A ton of girls chipped in and we made around $60.

I personally made red velvet and carrot cake cupcakes. Since it was also my birthday, I took some short cuts since I had a bazillion things going on - riding 3 horses, getting into the city for dinner with the girls, etc.

Red Velvet - I used a yellow box cake and added a teaspoon of cocoa and red food coloring.

Carrot Cake - I used a box spice cake and added 3/4 cup of shaved carrot.


I have the hardest time finding good cream cheese icing recipies that aren't either too buttery or too runny. This one was pretty good.

1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

I decorated the red velvet with a little red sugar and made little carrots on the others.

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