Trying to open a retail store while running a wholesale operation is enough to make any baker crazy, but when you combine it with my perfectionist personality it is a recipe for a melt down. I am completely overwhelmed, and all of this stress has torn my mind and body apart. I had the flu for the last 5 days of my vacation, and my body has made it clear that enough is enough. I need to relax and remember what it’s like to have fun.
After resting for a few days, I got rid of my flu and built up my desire to bake again. I wanted to do something that wouldn’t tax my brain or create a mound of dirty dishes, so I decided to make old-fashioned American cupcakes for the 4th of July. By American, I mean Betty Crocker. In the semi-homemade spirit of Sandra Lee, I bought Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix and frosting at my local supermarket and kept things as simple as humanly possible.
For a red, white and blue theme I bought fresh strawberries and blueberries to add to the cupcakes. I made the mix as directed, filled each muffin cup with the batter, and added chopped strawberries in half, and blueberries in the other half. After baking, I frosted each cupcake with my canned frosting and threw some more fresh fruit on top. The baking and frosting took less than one hour to complete, and only one bowl was dirty in the end. I brought the cupcakes to my neighbors (and did not mention Betty Crocker), and I felt happy again. This is what baking is about! The cupcakes are fun to look at, tasty and brought no additional stress to my life.
If you’re out of time but want to make something special this 4th of July, give these easy cupcakes a try:
1 package Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake Mix
1 can whipped vanilla frosting
1 package fresh blueberries
1 package fresh strawberries
Make the cake mix as directed on the box. Line a cupcake pan with white cupcake liners. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full with batter. Cut the strawberries into bite-sized pieces. Drop 6-8 strawberry pieces on top of the batter in the cupcake liner. Do this for half of the cupcakes. Fill the other half of the cupcakes with blueberries.
You should end up with about 10 strawberry cupcakes, and 10 blueberry cupcakes. Bake as directed on the package, or about 20 minutes at 325F. Once the cupcakes are cool, frost each cupcake with the delicious canned frosting and add more fresh fruit on top. Easy!
Happy 4th of July.