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31 Days {11} :: Snickerdoodle Cupcakes & Self-Esteem

making cupcakes w lexi+

Baking? And self-esteem?

Yes! By providing an opportunity to spend quality time with her. And by providing her with the opportunity to accomplish something successfully. And by providing the rest of your loved ones a chance to nurture her self-esteem through praise and admiration for bestowing sweet treats upon them. 🙂 Any craft or task, when given attentive, positive instruction will give her a chance to see that she is capable.

lexi with the mixer+

And she is capable.

Below is one of my favorite, simple cupcake recipes. We usually double the cake recipe, which also provides us with a chance to practice math {multiplication or addition of fractions… hello?}. But if you don’t have the ingredients or the time {truly, it doesn’t take that much more time}, a boxed cake mix and canned icing {c’mon people-make the buttercream!} will do. It’s all about time, and spending it together. And she can be creative with both cake mixes by choosing add-ins… coconut, chocolate chips, almond extract instead of vanilla… or a combination of ingredients. Let her make up a name, like Almond Joy cupcakes.


And licking the batter bowl is always allowed.

And let her choose how to display her creation… It doesn’t have to be a special occasion I Love You, Daddy halloween centerpiece {all items aside from the cupcake curtousy of Pottery Barn}. Maybe it is choosing a cakeplate, or just a cooling rack {which is our usual display platter, as these usually don’t last overnight}.


This is one of my favorite white cake recipes, taken from The Sweet Little Book of Cupcakes by Nicholas Peruzzi, with Courtney Forrester of Sweet Cupcakes, Inc.:

Vanilla Cupcakes
{makes 12 cupcakes; I usually double this recipe
for my sweet-loving, hungry family of 5}

1 1/2 C cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 C unsalted butter, room termperature
2/3 C plus 3 tablespoons of sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 vanilla bean, seeds only*
2/3 C whole milk

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
{makes enough for 12 icing-ladden cupcakes,
or 24 normally topped cupcakes}

1/2 C unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 C trans fat-free vegetable shortening
2 C confecioners sugar
1 T cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Bake at 300 degrees F for 10 minutes, rotate pans and bake for 12 more minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
*Slice vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Scrape out seeds using a paring knife and discard husk.





Have you done something fun with your little loved one yet? Do share!

Also, linking with Kodachrome Weekly at Adventures and MIsadventures of Daily Living, and 52 Weeks of Happiness, and Communal Global.

  • October 11, 2011 - 11:33 am

    edie - loving your series miss patty!
    and missing you {and that lexi too}

  • October 11, 2011 - 11:37 am

    secret mom thoughts - The cupcakes look delish. It is great you take the time to make them with her.

  • October 11, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    Marty - What a reminder of the simple things in life that mean so much to the ones we love. Your words are an inspiration and great “food” for thought. Thanks!

  • October 11, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    teachinfourth - Halloween, being my favorite holiday, makes this post even better…and cupcakes? Delish!

  • October 11, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - that’s one thing i’m not good at. letting them help me in the kitchen. always in a hurry. never want to take the time. thank you for that! need to do something fun.

  • October 11, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    Mia's Pearls - Yum!! They look delicious!

  • October 11, 2011 - 4:21 pm

    Sue Anderson - What a darling daughter! And it looks like she is becoming quite the baker, too.


  • October 11, 2011 - 7:35 pm

    Suzanne - I remember when my
    mom first let me bake
    on my own….I loved
    the freedom to create
    and then the great
    feeling of providing
    a treat for my family.
    This recipe sounds yummy.
    Your daughter is a cutie.
    xx Suzanne

  • October 12, 2011 - 12:44 am

    Natalie pozniak - Great photos. I am hungry now.

  • October 12, 2011 - 4:03 pm

    Kelleyn - I love snickerdoodles, so I am sure I would love these cupcakes.

  • October 12, 2011 - 7:39 pm

    Ruth - Patty~

    My mom rarely let me help her in the kitchen and I remember and cherish those times she did. My daughter has no interest in being in the kitchen, not even for baking or decorating, which is the most fun. Your daughter’s cupcake display is beautiful~very spooky and glam.


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