When I was in grade one, I had a crush on this guy. He was a grade two student in my split-level class (apparently this thing for older men started early).
I’m not sure what the point of having a crush is when you’re six years old. I remember lying in bed at night, hoping he’d come in and be like “hey, I have a crush on you.” And then we’d hold hands and he’d share his fruit-by-the-foot with me.
I no longer keep in touch with him (that’s actually a fairly misleading statement. I’m not entirely sure we ever had a longer conversation than three sentences – if we ever had any conversation at all. I was super shy as a child) but I did run into his brother a few weeks ago, who informed me that my long ago crush was now single, you know, just in case.
I’m no longer interested (don’t worry, C), but if my six-year-old self had known how to bake, I totally would have made him these cupcakes, because, adorable.
And probably left them in his desk without a note and never told him who made them, because, scary.
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a muffin pan with paper liners.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Add vanilla and stir until combined.
- Sift dry ingredients into a separate bowl. Alternately add one third of flour mixture into the butter mixture and one half of milk until everything is in one bowl. Stir until just barely combined.
- Spoon batter into muffin liners, about three quarters full. Bake for about 22-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before icing, but these are best served the day they are made.
Notes: As always, I used the Wilton buttercream recipe. This time I decided to dye it blue and top the lot with chocolate sprinkles, because I was feeling festive.