Thursday night is Grandkids Night. No matter what other hubbub and chaos are happening the rest of the week, I know that Thursday night is just going to be smiles, hugs, fun and laughter and I never get tired of it. I love having this established tradition and feel so blessed to have the grandchildren living nearby. There are certain things that are a given about going to Grandma’s — playing Barbies or watching movies with Aunt Rissa, snuggling with Grandma and Grandpa, playing hide and seek around the dining room-kitchen-front room “loop” with Uncle Michael AND dessert! 🙂 It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular to impress and dazzle, but when it IS something out of the ordinary, the oooohhhs and aaahhhs and happy giggles put Grandma’s Thursday night fun over-the-top.
Tonight, I decided to take everyday cupcakes and make them something special using the new Cool Whip Frosting I found at Walmart. You can check out my Google + album if you want to see my whole shopping trip. Cool Whip Frosting comes in three varieties: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Cream Cheese and wow! is it delicious! I discovered that it is comparably priced to other pre-made frostings, but the light, whipped cream texture, with the delicious creamy flavors is sensational and very different from others we’ve tried. You can pick it up in the freezer case, right next to Cool Whip. I let mine thaw in the fridge overnight, since I didn’t need it until the next day, but I’m sure it would thaw much more quickly on the counter. With my favorite chocolate cake recipe, Cool Whip Vanilla Frosting and a few sliced strawberries our everyday dessert for Thursday Night with the Grandkids made Grandma a rock star!
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 tubs Cool Whip Vanilla Frosting
- 1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Add eggs, vanilla and milk and beat hard to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until blended. (Batter will be very thick and fluffy.)
- Beat in the boiling water.
- Grease or line 24 muffin tins and use the batter to fill cups about ⅔ full. This recipe should make 24 cupcakes.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
- Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.
- When cupcakes are cool, slice off and set aside the tops.
- Place a generous dollop of Cool Whip Vanilla Frosting on the bottom portions of the cupcakes.
- Arrange strawberry slices over the frosting.
- Using a small amount of frosting as "glue", attach the cupcake tops over the strawberries.
- Frost the tops and decorate with more strawberry slices.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!
If you’d like more information about Cool Whip Frosting or ideas for making your own everyday dessert something special, be sure to check out these recipe ideas from Kraft and like Cool Whip on Facebook.
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