Babycakes for my baby

So today Adelaide bamboozled me. Yep … sure did. I’ve prided myself in the past on knowing when she’s faking but this morning she got me. She started to complaining that her “tummy was going in circles” when we were in the middle of breakfast. She (like her dad) can think her way into her sickbed and this has been a thing before. I figured it was the Monday-morning-don’t-want-to-go-to-school blues so I employed my usual tactic and encouraged to her continue getting ready for school. But when she told me 30 minutes later, “Mommy I’m 1000% I don’t fell good,” I second guessed my tough-love approach. So I told her she could stay home. But I DID make her pinky promise (that is the ultimate level of promise between us) that if she started to feel better that she would go to school.

Well … by 10 a.m. it was pretty apparent whatever “ailment” she had wasn’t there so I sat her down and reminded her of the pinky promise. By 10:30 a.m. we were in the car headed for her school. As I drove home, I just shook my head. I couldn’t believe she fooled me. She’s only five years old!

We also discussed why she didn’t want to go to school. It is heartwarming that my little girl wants to spend her days next to me, but it’s also heart-wrenching because she wants to so that she doesn’t have to feel the ache of separation anxiety  when we have to say goodbye for a little while.20160908_173218

So after school I busted out the Babycakes cake pop maker for my baby girl. Grandma gave this little gem to Adelaide as a Christmas gift and it has been a lot of fun. For a while my creativity was stunted and I just made plain ol’ cake pops using a box cake mix because they were easy to make with Adelaide and our decision to make them was usually spontaneous. A few weeks ago clouds lifted from my creative brain matter as I pondered the usual dinner dilemma and I thought, “Wait! I bet you can make all sorts of stuff in this thing!” And sure enough … you can. I found a ton of ideas online and have tried a few already.

Well … today we stayed simple because I was dying to try brownies in the cake pop maker! It was amazing. I used a box brownie mix and followed the directions to make cake-like brownies (I added a tiny bit more water because I like them a bit lighter) and viola! Delicious brownie balls. Some came out looking a little odd but delicious all the same. The brownie balls didn’t last the night and two-year-old Oliver definitely approved.

I recommend the Babycakes cake pop maker because, really, the options are endless with what you can do with it. It’s easy with kids who want to help make whatever you’re making, and the end product usual earns you extra cool-mom points and is just as impressive to adults.

Here are links to three of my favorite cake pop maker idea generators:

6 Things You Can Make in A Cake Pop Maker – Besides Cake by OneGoodThingByJillee

14 Things You Can Make For Dinner In A Cake Pop Maker by Diply

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Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

These are DIVINE. A great chocolate-on-chocolate recipes that always wows. Plus … it’s my Mother’s favorite so they have a special place in my heart. Thanks to Beyond Frosting for the recipe!

Chocolate Cupcake
Easy doctored-up cake mix recipe. Yields 26 Cupcakes

1 Box Betty Crocker Chocolate fudge cake mix

1 C Reduced-fat sour cream

3/4 C Water

1/2 C Vegetable oil

1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

3 Large eggs

  • Mix all ingredients until well incorporated.  Fill your lined cupcake pan 2/3 full per cupcake. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of your cupcake and if it comes out clean, then they’re done. You may have to adjust the cooking time based on your oven.

Brownie Batter Frosting
Adapted from Beyond Frosting

2 Sticks butter at room temperature

2 tsp Vanilla extract

1/3 C + 1 tbsp  Unsweetened dark cocoa powder (I used Hersey’s Special Dark)

2/3 C Powdered brownie mix (from a box)

2 tsp Milk

3 C Powdered sugar

1/3 C Light corn syrup

2 tsp Hot water

  • If you have a stand mixer, combine the softened butter and vanilla extract, beating on a medium speed until smooth. If you are like me and use an electric hand beater, you get an arm workout until the butter is light and smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, sift cocoa powder and brownie mix together. Yes, you must sift this! The fine powder ensures it will properly mix into your batter. Add to your butter and mix on medium speed until well combined.
  • Next, add 2 tsp of milk and beat into the frosting. I added the milk because it adds a real creaminess to the frosting. The frosting will be a little grainy, which is very reminiscent of actual brownie batter.
  • Continue to slowly add your powdered sugar while beating on a medium speed. Your batter will be come very thick. Once you have added all of your powdered sugar, quickly add your corn syrup and continue to beat until well combined.
  • Lastly, add 2 tsp hot water and increase speed to medium-high for 30 seconds until well mixed. The speed at the end to help make the frosting a little bit lighter.

Top your frosted cupcakes with crumbled bits of brownies.