He really is a doll!
To mark such a special occasion my MIL is hosting a small dinner shower with some close friends (28 of us)this evening up at the cottage (or the "summer home" as we like to call it). We will be having a larger shower with many friends and family members at the end of the month however so if you're reading this please comment on some other treat ideas you may have used.
For this event we will be having Oreo pudding stuffed cupcakes!
I find that cupcakes are much more desirable that a big ole piece of cake slathered in oodles of icing.
You can grab it in your hand and don't need to be dainty about shoving it into your mouth - it's expected!
Now, my son's chocolate cupcake recipe (listed in the blog list) is fantastic but we wanted something a little different.
Like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, the stuffed cupcake really "takes the cake".
In a few short steps you have a wonderfully unique treat that can be made with different fillings, toppings or flavors.
Oreo Cream Stuffed Cupcakes
makes about 18-24
1 box Oreo instant pudding mix
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. whipping cream
1 c. softened butter
2 1/2 c. icing sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
tinting color of your choice - in our case, sky blue
Make the cupcakes as directed on the box (I am still cringing that I didn't make them from scratch!)
Let them cool completely. With a serrated knife cut a hole in the top of the cupcake and save the top.
I remove the excess cake from the top and save those for samples. The lid fits on better when you do.
In a bowl add the milk, cream and pudding. With an electric mixer beat for about 2 minutes on high (start slow so you don't splash!) or until the pudding mixture is thick and smooth.
Spoon the filling into the holes you've dug by teaspoon - you can always add more.
Place the tops back on and you're ready to frost!
For the frosting:
Beat the butter with an electric mixer until soft and fluffy. Add in the icing sugar a cup at a time. Next add in your vanilla and beat until smooth. I like a thicker consistency to pipe with so I do not add milk to my mixture as some do. Add in your colouring and mix again.
Place in a piping bag with the tip of your choice (I used a star tip) and let your creative juices flow!