... and it was all about the cupcakes!
(I had had big plans for celebrating The Blessed Mother's Birthday today, but SB is just getting over being sick, Junie B. was running a fever of over 103 F last night, and Taz was complaining of a sore throat ... so we (ahem!) adjusted.) :)
We went with a blue Jell-O Poke Cake (recipe below) -- for the white and blue colors, of course, but also because I knew the kids would enjoy making it!
Taz was the Egg Man, and he did such a great job cracking those eggs with nary an excess piece of shell, and getting right to the usual task of whipping them up a little before adding them to the batter, that we never gave a thought to the fact that a white cake doesn't use egg yolks!!
Junie B. cried out in despair as we dumped the eggs into the cake mix, but of course by then it was too late.
"It's ok," I said; "Mary is 'a woman clothed with the sun.' We'll just let the yellow cake show that!"
Besides, I don't think there is a whiter food on this planet that Whipped Topping!
While the cupcakes baked, Junie B. and Taz worked on making a little bar soap box into a "grotto" for Our Lady. (Meredith's (of Sweetness and Light, of course!) beautiful Tea Box Shrines, made by her children, were the inspiration!) They coated the outside of the box with white glue and wood chips, and helped arrange some small stones on the inside of the box (which I adhered with hot glue). Then we added a tiny statue of St. Anne and a young Mary that we had on hand, and a votive light in front.
The effect is quite nice, I think!
We had a very small celebration at bedtime snack, singing "On This Day, O Beautiful Mother," and "Immaculate Mary" before indulging in our special treat.
Simple and sweet. Just right for our under the weather crew!
Oh -- here's the recipe, which will work with any flavor combination of Jell-O and cake that appeals to you!
- 1 box of white cake mix, prepared as directed (we made one layer for the freezer and 12 cupcakes for tonight)
- 1 (3 oz) box of Berry Blue Jell-O
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup cold water
Prepare and bake the cake as directed. After the cake has cooled, show the kids how to poke it several times all over with a fork -- straight up and down deeply, don't dig or twist.
Then dissolve the Jell-O in the boiling water; add the cold water, and then slowly pour all over the cake, taking care to be sure the liquid runs into the poked holes. (For cupcakes, use about 1 T of liquid per cupcake.)
Then chill in the refrigerator for several hours, or overnight.
Finally, frost with dollops of your favorite whipped topping! When you cut into the cake (or bite into the cupcake) you'll see the bright streaks of color from the Jell-O.