This is the final post from Rachel & Courtney, our 2012-13 nursing students. Even the healthiest of eaters enjoy a treat now and then. Thanks for all your hard work!
With the month coming to an end, we decided to surprise the kids at the St. George’s Youth Net by choosing to celebrate all of the birthdays in the month of January. As it was our last cooking workshop of the year, we wanted to do something special, out of the ordinary and fun-filled that they would remember!
Due to time constraints, we decided to bake the cupcakes from scratch beforehand in order to have enough time for the birthday party. We lucked out with the easy task, as we left all the decorating up to the kids! Each member made their own coloured frosting (blue, pink, red or multi-coloured) and used decorative candies for design; there were no two cupcakes alike! The kids made cupcakes for themselves and for someone special they wanted to share with. Everyone was included and everyone got their hands sticky!
When we were finished everyone gathered upstairs to sing happy birthday, chow down and play games! Having everyone participate was a great way to end our experience with the staff and children at the St George’s Youth Net!
• 1 cup (250 mL) unsalted butter, softened
• 2 cups granulated sugar (500 mL)
• 4 eggs
• 2 tsp vanilla (10 mL)
• 3 cups all-purpose flour (750 mL)
• 1 tbsp baking powder (15 mL)
• 1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
• 1-2/3 cups milk (400 mL) (You could use the East Coast Organic milk we discussed last week!)
Into a large bowl mix butter and sugar; beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla.
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture alternately with milk, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of milk. Spoon into paper-lined or greased muffin cups.
Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool on rack. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)