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Come Party With Me: KatieSugar's First Birthday Party - Menu (Dessert)

Apr 24 2007 - 2:21pm

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear KatieSugar [1], happy birthday to you! Katie is almost one year old and I am busy planning her first birthday party. The invite [2] is pale pink and striped and the menu is classic barbecue style down sized. All of the food from the appetizers [3] to the main course [4] are pop-in-your-mouth good, miniature, bite sized pieces. This is after all a party for a baby so all things little will be celebrated. No baby birthday is complete without cupcakes and Katie loves classic vanilla. Wash the cupcake down with a mini milkshake (strawberry!) served in tiny shot glasses. Want the recipes, well please

Vanilla Cupcakes [5]

For the cupcakes:
1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
6 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
  3. In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  4. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat.
  5. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about two-thirds full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter.
  7. Once cupcakes have cooled, make the frosting: in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, milk, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy.
  9. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency.
  10. Use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve at room temperature.

Makes 30 cupcakes.

Mini Milkshakes [6]
From Martha Stewart [7]

1/2 cup heavy cream
3 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1 pint strawberry ice cream, softened
Pink sprinkles, for decorating

  1. Whisk cream in a mixer bowl until soft peaks form. Add sugar; whisk until stiff peaks form. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch plain round tip (such as Ateco #10); refrigerate up to 30 minutes.
  2. Process milk and ice cream in a blender until smooth. Divide among twelve 2-ounce glasses.
  3. Pipe spirals of whipped cream on top of milk shakes. Decorate with sprinkles. Serve immediately.

Serves 12.

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