karl’s super 2nd birthday!

my son celebrated his 2nd birthday january 5th. we threw him a super birthday party. i made felt masks and sewed elastic to them. i also made karl a yellow cape for derring do!
the day before i made an yellow cake from an amazing recipe i found {see below}. it recommended using shortening in the place of butter and an extra yolk to keep the cake moist. i half and halved the shortening with butter bc i wanted a little more buttery taste.
the frosting was an orange buttercream that i’d made before by winging it. again, it uses half shortening and half butter for perfect whippyness!
the silver cat took pictures
super karl is on the scene!
waiting for the heroes
wonder woman, grey owl, orange owl, red phoenix~ older children’s masks younger children’s masks
crimson star, twilite cat, solar flare, grey hawk, green lightning, blue devil

sugar cookies and caramel cookies {recipes below}

yellow cake with orange buttercream frosting {recipes below}
 

ok, so this picture took a while to take. i usually take the photos so my husband isn’t familiar with our camera 😉 do you see my smile? my smile asks, “diiiiiiid yoooooouuuu taaaaake it yeeeeeeet?”

green wolf is on the prowl {for snacks}
mr. and mrs. owl, twilite cat, and the red phoenix. unfortunately i didn’t get any clear pictures of wonder woman 😦 and after this i put the camera down to socialize.
singing happy birthday to our wonderful little man!
 

good-bye til next year~ same cat time- same cat channel!

~recipes~
caramel cookies*
1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
1 c packed dk brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 3/4 c whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

preheat oven 400* F
with mixer, cream butter, sugar, egg, vanilla together. add remaining ing and beat thoroughly. Scrape dowl from bowl on plastic wrap. roll into log abt 2 1/2″ wide and chill in fridge an hour {i put mine in the freezer for 20 mins, then transfer to the fridge.} cut dough 1/8″ thick and arrange on ungreased cookie sheet. bake 8-10 mins. cool cookies on sheet 1 min then transfer to wire rack to cook completely.
*my mother in law got this recipe from weight watchers.

yellow cake
i used this recipe:
it was fantastic, except i used 5 egg yolks instead of 4. I beat the heck out of the mix while it was sugar, shortening, and egg yolks and then barely mixed it once the flour was in.
orange buttercream frosting
1/2 c butter softened
1/2 c shortening
4 c powdered sugar
2 tbspn milk
3 tbspn fresh squeezed orange juice {from an orange}
cream butter and shortening until super creamy. sift in powdered sugar slowly. cream well to prevent lumps. add milk and orange juice. continue to mix for at least 3 minutes until creamy. really, really creamy.
the biggest mistake you can make with homemade frosting and yellow cake is to skimp on mixing. baking from scratch is different from getting something out of a box. but when done correctly the texture and flavor of your cake and frosting will have a depth missing from commercial mixes. good luck!
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