TweetMali's week of 8th birthday festivities came to a close today, with two parties: one in her class, the other her "real" birthday party at a jumpy house palace. For the latter, she chose a Costco cake (score! from a labor perspective); for the former, she requested Nutella cupcakes. Um. OK. Commence Internet research.
The mini-cupcakes I ended up making (and which had folks on their knees) drew on three components:
- An appreciation for the nom nom ease of yellow cake mix.
- A realization that full-size Nutella cupcakes would be sugar WMDs. They'd take the tops off Mali's classmates' heads.
- A preference for speedy buttercream frosting as opposed to finickier double-boiler options
Get some yellow cake mix. (Oh, come on. Yellow cake mix rocks.) Mix it up. Make mini-cupcakes with it. I recommend a barely-oiled silicone mold or cupcakelet papers.
When your bitty cupcakes are cooked and cooled, cut a divot from each top:
(Quarter is for size context,
divot cribbed from Baked-In.com)
Hold cupcakes in front of you while proferring, or put on a table and stand back. You don't want to get trampled. These bites are amazing.
Irony: Mali didn't like them. But she likes nothing except quesadillas, fresh blueberries, and Nutella from the source, so.
Please share and enjoy and consider yourself warned.