Monday, March 18, 2013

Pirates, Mermaids, Lalaloopsies, & Cake!

    Pretty much all of my time lately has been devoted to making Big E's special day, well...special. This girl is convinced she is going to be a mermaid when she grows up! She even has a name, "Pink Tail." When asked how she will grow a tail, she says, "I will just walk into the sea, and there will be a tail." Magically, I guess? I love her creative imagination.
     Her favorite toys right now are Lalaloopsies, so naturally her party would be based around them. There is a Mermaid and a Pirate Lalaloopsy so that was the starting point on this crazy party planning process. Then, I got on Pinterest and started a party board to store all my ideas. You can find my board here.
    All the girlies got mermaid tails and the boys got pirate vests. There was going to be some outdoor activities like walking the plank and digging for treasure in the sandbox, but the weather didn't cooperate. We just had our treasures inside and they could pick out what they wanted. The pirates kept stealing the treasure from the mermaids as you would expect, I guess. In the end, everyone got to take home what they wanted.
    For food, we had a variety of themed food. There were lots of gluten free options since four of our guests have to eat that way. We had octopus (hot dogs), shells & cheese (mac and cheese w/ gf shells), rubies, emeralds, and sapphires (strawberries, green grapes, and blueberries), sushi (peanut butter banana roll ups), pirates gold (cheese), seaweed, (gold) fish and chips, and driftwood (pretzels). To drink we had sea water, muddy water (tea), and coral splash (pink lemonade). Of course we also had cake! The chocolate cupcakes were gluten free. The white cupcakes were angel food cakes made a little healthier.
     The white cupcakes were inspired by a Jessica Seinfeld recipe, and the icing was my own creation. I used the icing on both flavors of cupcakes and it was delicious and light with just the right amount of sweetness. It's fluffy like whipped cream and sturdy like cream cheese. I think I have found my go-to frosting! If you are interested in the nutritional information: each white cupcake had just 93 calories, 14 carbs, 3g fat, 4g protein, 10g sugar, and 1g fiber!

Angel Cakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

by Robin
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients (24 cupcakes)
10 large egg whites
1-1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup white whole wheat flour (almost...see instructions)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup yellow squash puree
2 tsp vanilla extract
8oz cream cheese, softened
1 tub whipped topping (I used Trader Joe's House Whip)
4 Tbl powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
  • Preheat the oven to 350*. Line muffin tin with baking cups.
  • In bowl of electric mixer, combine egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat until the eggs double in volume and stiff peaks form.
  • To measure flour, add 1 scoop of protein powder into your cup measure, then fill the rest of the way with white whole wheat flour.
  • Add flour, protein powder, sugar, squash, and vanilla to the egg whites. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold together until just combined.
  • Divide batter into muffin cups and bake until lightly browned and spring back to touch 18-20 minutes.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  • For the frosting, beat the softened cream cheese until light and airy. Add in whipped topping, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add gel food coloring if desired.
  • Use 1M tip to frost cooled cupcakes.
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