Monday, February 23, 2015

Banned from Pinterest: Basketball Cupcakes (Kind of)

Life is Good: so let's have cake!

Well, the Little Kid's preschool teacher decided he should celebrate his "half birthday" with his class since he has a summer birthday.

So I asked him what kind of treat he would like to bring. He paused for a millisecond and then said, "Um, ketchup and mustard cookies!" Yes, that's right, folks. He lovvvvvvvvvvvvves ketchup and mustard and after a few questions, I surmised that he wanted ketchup and mustard bottle-shaped cookies decorated with red and yellow.

And, breathe...

So, of course, I was about to consult my best friend, Google, to find a bottle-shaped cookie cutter when I recalled that it was when the Big Kid was in this exact same preschool class that I thought I had been charged with the most difficult birthday treat request of all time. Cupcakes decorated to look like sheep. That's right. Sheep. We still don't know where he got this idea, but he did. And since I am my mother's daughter, I was bound and determined to make cupcakes that looked like sheep for that kid. I won't say that they were the most gorgeous creation ever, but they made the Big Kid happy.

So as I am starting to type, "goog-", I remind Grant of the sheep and then the Little Kid decides that he wants cupcakes, too. I was partially relieved and partly afraid to ask how he wanted them decorated. "Basketball cupcakes!" I breathed a half sigh of relief. Okay. I can do that. I guess...

He asked for pumpkin bread cupcakes. I think this is because my pumpkin bread is quite possibly the best pumpkin bread you will ever consume! Really! Go here for my recipe!

As with all of my recipes, this one is eggless because of my kiddos' allergies. It also happens to be vegan. The original recipe calls for eggs, but I have adjusted mine using applesauce and baking powder as the egg substitute.

The original recipe also suggests a much larger amount of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, which I have decided overpowers the flavor of the pumpkin, so I have adjusted that, too, in my own recipe. It need not be adjusted for cupcakes or muffins. Just change your baking vessel!

Well, all I can say least they tasted good. And thank goodness my livelihood doesn't depend on cake decorating! Here is a pic for your daily dose of laughter:

Yep, that's one lumpy basketball. Good thing no one needed to dribble it! I think they looked better inside of the cake carrier!

No they don't! ; )

Oh, you will never have to worry about me taking myself too seriously. My cake decorating photos are proof of it!

So you won't find these on Pinterest. In fact, I'm pretty sure if you try to pin these, you'll receive an error message and possibly a flashing thought bubble with the word, "WARNING!" inside of it.

It's a good thing that three-year olds aren't too discerning about their cupcakes. They had orange frosting from forehead to chin. And that's all they cared about. The end.


  1. I love these cupcakes! Making these original treats shows your adventurous side. I'm excited to try your eggless recipe.

  2. The ONLY way that I am adventurous is when it comes to our kiddos. For them, I'm willing to try anything! And clearly, I am more shameless than adventurous! ; )
    LMK if you try the recipe! Thanks for your comment. It means a lot.