December 19, 2016


It's been awhile since I've baked.  It was actually before Thanksgiving.  I made a yellow sheet cake with chocolate frosting, which I made from scratch and wasn't extremely satisfied with the taste and a pecan pie, which was delicious but not pretty enough to share here!

And then we traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday and were gone 10 days, and when we got back, I was roasting a turkey breast and my element on my oven went out, and I had a new element put in, but when I prepared a chicken and dressing casserole for dinner and preheated the oven, guess what?  It didn't work.

So the repairman was back, and the electric panel in the range was bad, and we were going to have to have it replaced, and so I went to Lowe's and bought a new range; this time with a convection oven!  I'm very excited about this.  I've never had a convection oven, and I baked these cupcakes using it. 

So . . . it was almost two weeks that I didn't have an oven, and I finally got around to baking these cupcakes yesterday.

I used a cake mix from Aldi's and not my beloved Pillsbury cake mix.  Years ago, I was told by someone who made and sold decorated cakes as a business that she used cake mixes from Aldi's; so, I thought I'd give it a try.  It was good enough, but I didn't think it was as good.  I dearly love shopping at Aldi's, but I will stick to Pillsbury cake mixes in the future.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

1 Chocolate Cake Mix
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/2 cup sour cream
3 eggs

Combine all ingredients and follow directions on back of cake mix box for mixing and baking.

Cool cupcakes before frosting.

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

1 7 oz. jar of Marshmallow Cream
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
A pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of Half and Half

Cream butter and marshmallow cream together.  Add powdered sugar a little at a time on low speed on mixer.  Add in salt, vanilla, and Half and Half.  Continue creaming until smooth.

Frost cupcakes.  (This recipe for frosting was enough for me to frost a dozen cupcakes.  If you want to frost more, you will have to adjust the amount you make.) 

I used a large piping tip and piping bag and piped frosting on top.   I bought these cute little marshmallow Christmas trees at Marshalls.


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