Chocolate Chip Cupcakes – fluffy chocolate chip cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting!
Oink! Cluck! Moo! The working mom’s version of a 2-year-old animal sounds birthday party. My son, whom we affectionally refer to as “the saurus” (or “saurus”, for short), just turned two. How on earth that happened, I have no idea. I’m not exactly sure how I went from labor and delivery straight to a 2-year-old birthday party in the blink of an eye, but such is life.
Being a typical 2-year-old boy, he communicates primarily in sound effects and is quite an expert on all things animal noises (the giraffe continues to baffle us…does anyone know what sound a giraffe makes?!). Considering his two loves in life (animal sounds and farms), it only seemed fitting to throw an animal-sounds-meets-big-red-barn themed birthday party for a few of his friends. Okay, a few Saurus friends and a bunch of ours. Whatever. Adults like animal crackers, too. And we don’t have parents to limit our intake. It’s awesome.
The party was a grand success, and something very easy to throw together, in case you’re like me and return from a business trip 12 hours before the scheduled start time. You can make it happen!
The invitations I made quickly on the computer and printed at home on cream paper to go in grey envelopes. And hooray – I even made a printable PDF version for you! Get it here –> invitation
These printable party hats greeted the guests and were a big hit
Animal crackers of all shapes and sizes – I just got several packages from the grocery store and dumped them in layers in a big bowl
Crock-pot pulled pork (recipe here)
Easy homemade macaroni-and-cheese (recipe here)
Applesauce pouches (left over from last fall’s apple day but you can just as easily buy them)
Cookies (recipe here – the secret is to always keep a batch of frozen dough in the freezer for such emergencies a bake sales and two-year-old birthday parties) and milk
Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (recipe below) made festive with easy animal sounds pennants – Just print this PDF –> animal sounds cupcake toppers, cut out along solid lines, tape around bamboo skewers, and insert in cupcakes!
- ¾ C butter, room temperature
- 1 C pure cane white sugar
- ½ C pure cane light brown sugar
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ¾ C sour cream, room temperature
- 2 C flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ C milk, room temperature
- 1 C mini chocolate chips + 1 Tbsp flour
- 5 Tbsp butter, room temperature
- 3 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 C powdered sugar, sifted
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 6 oz fine milk chocolate, chopped, melted, and cooled to room temperature
- heavy cream (or whole milk), as needed
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Whip together butter and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, and sour cream.
- Sift in dry ingredients, alternating with the milk. Stir just until combined.
- In a large ziploc bag, shake together chocolate chips and flour. This will keep them from all sinking to the bottom. Who knew?
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon into cupcake tin and bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Place on wire rack to cool. Make frosting while you wait.
- For frosting, whip butter and cream cheese together until fluffy.
- Gradually sift in powdered sugar and salt and continue beating.
- Stir in melted milk chocolate until well-combined.
- Add cream and beat until desired consistency is reached.
- Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
- Add cow sprinkles. Just because you can.
Since I wasn’t going to be around to do much DIY-ing of adorable things (like this awesome little blue truck photo prop – seriously, who has time for that?!), I ordered almost everything online and when I got home, pretty much the whole party was sitting on my doorstep. I even ordered the groceries online so I just had to swing by the store, saving precious minutes hours. (side note: if your grocery store offers online ordering and/or delivery, it’s worth every penny!) Day of, I set out the desserts, filled the balloons with helium, and stuck things on the walls. And still time to enjoy the party! That’s how it’s done!
Trail mix to-go: I filled terra cotta pots with a variety of snacks (dried cranberries, m&ms, pretzels, peanuts, etc) for the guests to make their own trail mixes to take home in paper sacks that I stamped (link to barn stamp) and scrawled on with a sharpie)
Hope you enjoy the Chocolate Chip Cupcakes recipe! For more about the party and two-year-old life in general, visit chuck&welly!