Go Fly a Kite Cupcakes

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Spring is here again, and the weather is beginning to warm up. (YAY!!)

Go to a park, fly a kite; then, come home and make these fun cupcakes together-  just for fun and just because time with your little ones is so short!

  • 12/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups M&M’s mini baking bits, divided
  • 24 graham cracker squares
  • 1 (16 oz.) container white frosting*
  • Assorted food colorings

*OR make your own Buttercream Frosting:*

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 to 2 tbsp milk

 

Mix powdered sugar and margarine in bowl with electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tbsp of milk. Gradually beat in milk to make consistency of frosting smooth and spreadable. Will frost a 9″ x 13″ cake or a round 9 ” cake or 24 cupcakes.

Cupcake Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly grease 24 muffin cups or line with foil or paper liners; set aside.
  3. In large bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir in sugars.
  4. Beat in shortening until well combined.
  5. Beat in buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla.
  6. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups.
  7. Sprinkle 1 tsp. M&M’s baking bits over batter in each muffin cup.
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks.
  9. Using serrated knife, gently cut graham crackers into kite shapes (do not press down on cracker while cutting).
  10. Reserve 1 cup frosting.
  11. Tint remaining frosting desired color, and frost the graham crackers and decorate with M&M’s baking bits.
  12. Tint the reserved frosting sky-blue; frost the cupcakes.
  13. Place small dollop of frosting at one edge of cupcake; stand kites in frosting on cupcakes.
  14. Store in tightly covered containers.

Makes 24

Marilyn

Marilyn is wife to Rick, Mom to 14 children, Nana to 16 grandchildren (and counting!) and homeschooler for 37 years. She and her husband own Character Concepts which they started for the purpose of helping others raise children with a strong, godly character and Biblical worldview.. They have developed character curriculumfrom preschool through high school, based on what they found worked whenteaching their own 14 children over the years. Her passion is to help young moms raise kids of character and enjoy the journey!
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About Marilyn

Marilyn is wife to Rick, Mom to 14 children, Nana to 16 grandchildren (and counting!) and homeschooler for 37 years. She and her husband own Character Concepts which they started for the purpose of helping others raise children with a strong, godly character and Biblical worldview.. They have developed character curriculum from preschool through high school, based on what they found worked when teaching their own 14 children over the years. Her passion is to help young moms raise kids of character and enjoy the journey!

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