Sometimes you just need to make a plain old weekday special. You don’t have to go over the top and put out a huge gourmet feast for your family and match the decor. Sometimes just keeping it simple is enough to show how much you care and turn a plain old Thursday into a FABULOUS Thursday.
I decided to make cupcakes yesterday just kind of spur of the moment. I usually am a from-scratch kind of gal, but I wasn’t feeling it and again, wanted to keep things simple. I knew I needed a couple of things at Walmart so I loaded G and myself into the car around 9am and headed out. First, I needed a new baby/pet gate since ours broke. Blah. Then it was off to the Halloween section to get some inspiration. I knew I wanted a Halloween themed cupcake and Walmart had a cupcake liner and topper set for less than $2.00! Then I grabbed a box of cake mix and was looking around for frosting. I could easy whip up some buttercream, but who feels like it? I was browsing up and down the aisles and even went into the refrigerator/freezer section of the grocery department. Then I saw it…Cool Whip Frosting! Cool Whip is a name I grew up with. In fact, I can remember eating it right out of the container…while it was still frozen!
There were three flavors to choose from chocolate, cream cheese, and vanilla. At less than $3.00 each I could have bought all three, but I chose the vanilla since I wanted to tint the frosting a Halloween-ish color. You can view the rest of my shopping trip with G here in my Google+ album.
Once we got home I quickly got to baking up the cupcakes with little effort. In less than a half an hour we had vanilla cupcakes baked and cooling. The Cool Whip Frosting suggests you defrost it in the refrigerator for 4 hours or on the counter for 1 hour prior to use so I put it on the counter as soon as we arrived back home. To frost the cupcakes I tinted the Cool Whip Frosting orange with food coloring and I mixed it right in the container. Love that! Then I put the frosting into a zip top bag and cut the tip off so I could frost the cupcakes. It doesn’t take much effort to make these boxed cupcakes look and taste delicious. I remember my mom frosting cupcakes with a butter knife…what a hassle when you can just use a bag!
What I like about this Cool Whip Frosting is that you can keep it fresh in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or you can refreeze it for longer storage. That way you don’t have to worry about wasting food.
One 10.6 ounce tub will frost:
- (1) 13×9-inch cake
- (1) 8 or 9-inch 2-layer cake
- (24) cupcakes
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