Celebration Cupcakes for Two (We bought a house!)

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I am a huge fan of small-batch desserts. I love to bake and we love sweet treats, but when we’re trying to eat more healthily, we don’t need an entire pan of brownies in the house!

Desserts for two are perfect for those occasions when you just “need” something sweet. A treat to perk you up after a hard day at work or an indulgence to celebrate good news. We’re total chocoholics, so this XXL Double Chocolate Cookie from Sally’s Baking Addiction shows up pretty frequently at our house.

But for this occasion, I was looking for something a little more springy and celebratory. The cause for festivity: we bought a house!

My husband and I have been looking at houses for a while, and had even considered buying land and building. Then we stumbled upon this place. It’s been beautifully renovated, and has a great backyard, deck and landscaping. I’m so excited about the kitchen – it has an island, a pantry and lots of light for photography.

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We drove by today to see the “sold” sign – I hope all of that snow melts before we move it!

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This picture is from the realtor – I can’t wait to see if when it looks like this!

When we got the news that our offer had been accepted, I decided to make some cupcakes to celebrate!

You’ll need an egg white, sugar, butter or margarine, vanilla, flour, baking powder, salt, milk and sprinkles.

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Melt the butter and allow to cool slightly. I used Earth Balance margarine here so I could eat them!

Separate the egg. Put the egg white and the sugar into a medium bowl and beat with a whisk until foamy.

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Whisk in melted butter and vanilla.

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Stir in flour, salt and baking powder.

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Add milk. You can add up to 1 ½ tablespoons of milk if your batter is particularly thick, mine was fine with ½ a tablespoon.

Add 1 tablespoon sprinkles. You want the long, skinny kind of sprinkles, not the tiny dots (they’ll bleed color.)

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Divide the batter between two cupcake liners in a muffin tin and let the cupcakes rest while you preheat the oven to 350°.

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Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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For the icing, beat butter, vanilla and milk in a small bowl with an electric mixer. Gradually add icing sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency. This makes enough icing to frost both cupcakes very generously, with a bit left to lick the spatula!

Decorate with sprinkles or candies as desired.

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Celebration Cupcakes for Two

  • Servings: 2 cupcakes
  • Time: 10 min prep, 20 min bake
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Adapted from: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/03/one-bowl-vanilla-cupcakes-for-two/

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup flour
  • Heaping ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ – 1 ½ tablespoons milk of choice (dairy or soy)
  • 1 tablespoon rainbow sprinkles

Icing:

  • 2 teaspoons butter or margarine
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons milk, cream or soy milk
  • ¾ – 1 cup icing sugar

Directions:

Cupcakes:

Melt the butter and allow to cool slightly.

Separate the egg. Put the egg white and the sugar into a medium bowl and beat with a whisk until foamy. Whisk in melted butter and vanilla.

Stir in flour, salt and baking powder.

Add milk as needed to achieve a cake batter consistency (start with ½ tablespoon.)

Add 1 tablespoon sprinkles.

Divide the batter between two cupcake liners in a muffin tin and let the cupcakes rest while you preheat the oven to 350°.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Icing:

Beat butter, vanilla and milk in a small bowl with an electric mixer. Gradually add icing sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency.

Decorate with sprinkles or candies as desired.

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