Oct 23, 2011
On Girls and Cupcakes
My niece and I made some cupcakes yesterday, in honour of the season. I'm not much for cake making, so we cheated by buying an easy cake mix, but I did insist on homemade icing. She was shocked that icing could taste so creamy - she'd only ever had the store-bought kind.
It reminded me that the things I take for granted, like baking with my mom on weekends and holidays when I was little, are things that many kids don't have any concept of. They think all food comes from the store - from boxes and from behind glass cases.
My nieces have been out in the garden with me since they could walk, and have stood on a chair in the kitchen and 'helped' bake whenever I felt the urge to whip something up. I want them to know that food you take the time to grow or create from scratch tastes better than something you buy from the store.
Having said that - I don't do it all. I can't. I don't have the time my grandmother had to spend in the kitchen. So I ocassionally make exceptions by grabbing a box of cake mix, or a frozen pie shell. But I always add something of my own to it. Some part of it has to be created from home and kitchen, and a place of care.
It just tastes better!
Super Easy Buttercream Icing
3cups of icing sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick/8tbsp) room temperature
I'm sure there is some 'expert' way of mixing icing - but I just toss the ingredients into a bowl and go to town with a fork. It's easier to use a hand-mixer of course. But not as fun!