General Mills Makes Birthdays a Breeze

I know with warmer weather that most people are hunting for BBQ ideas, not me.  May is birthday month in my house and that means cakes, cupcakes and how to decorate them. When I am stuck for ideas and need a little inspiration I head over to Life Made Delicious. It’s is a great place to get all kinds of inspiration for kid’s birthday cakes, appetizer ideas and so much more.  I can easily spend an hour browsing around their site getting hungry.

Since my birthday is sandwiched between Hubby and my oldest Daughter I decided to make my birthday cupcakes 2 weeks early using a gluten-free Betty Crocker cake mix I had saved. The only problem, no gluten-free icing.  I searched around the net for a few ideas and stumbled upon a post in a celiac forum that had a few ideas.  I ran with one that included peanut butter as the base and modified it to work with my Peanut butter cups craving by adding in a bit of cocoa!  Oh my it’s rich, creamy and easy. I used water for my attempt, but I suggest milk for a creamier texture.

What you will need:

1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 -3/4 pound of icing sugar
2 tbsp shortening
2-3 tbsp milk or water
1 tbsp Cocoa

In bowl mix together peanut butter and shortening.  Add in 1/2 lb icing sugar and cocoa. Mix well adding in milk/water a tablespoon at a time.  If icing is too thick add more, if it’s too thin add in more icing sugar. Will cover a dozen cupcakes. Refrigerate any extras and use up within a few days.

I’d suggest using a star-shaped tip or butter knife to apply icing to avoid the pile o’ poop look..

By the time my oldest daughter’s birthday rolled around, not only was I fresh out of ideas for her cake, but my arthritis had done a number on my hands.  I knew she wanted an animal themed cake, but I also knew that my ability spend hours decorating a cake like the one I did last year was going to be out.  My hands ached at the thought. Poor equipment made it that much more distasteful since I still haven’t found a replacement for my cake decorating syringe.  So, I ended up doing the next best thing, using a Betty Crocker Cake mix and icing and topping it with Littlest Pets Shops to save the day. Miss G was thrilled with her cake and Mama’s hands were happy.  Sometimes taking the easy way out works.

Do you have a favourite way to decorate cakes?

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