This is so like us for this to happen. Dean went to feed the cows and check on them before we left for our Family Day activities. It was a beautiful, sunny day-a real change to the cold days we'd recently had. We were all looking forward to finally getting outside. Dean was taking a little while longer than normal which I knew could only mean one thing...something was wrong. And shortly after I had that thought, Dean came in and said the water bowl was frozen. Well we couldn't leave the cows without water and I had no idea how long he would be (nothing is ever an easy fix for us). So on the day we were suppose to be together as a family, I packed the kids up and the three of us headed out to a friend's camp for a sliding party (or coasting party for my East Coast followers) and left Dean behind to tend to the water bowl.
|Dean feeding the cows. The dreaded water bowl is the yellow box attached to the barn.|
I decided to take cupcakes so was searching for a good recipe. Typically I'll search for recipes on Pinterest but sometimes I find it overwhelming, there is too many to choose from. So when I feel like that I dig out my old reliable cookbooks. My favorite cookbooks are the ones that are typically put together by schools, churches and families as fundraisers. So for my cupcakes I used the Best Ever Chocolate Cake recipe I found in my church's cookbook which they published a few years ago and an icing recipe from my elementary school's cookbook they published in 2000/2001! And they didn't turn out too bad.
Best Ever Chocolate Cake (Makes 24 regular cupcakes + 12 mini-cupcakes)
2 cups white sugar
3 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp vinegar
1 cup oil (I used 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce to cut down on the fat content a little bit)
2 cups water
Original Directions (for cake): Mix first 5 ingredients in a 9x13 inch cake pan. Mix vinegar, oil and water together and add gradually to dry ingredients until all mixed. Bake for 1/2 hour at 350 degrees.
Raising Two Directions (for cupcakes): Mix dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients. Mix. Fill paper lined muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake about 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.
Peanutty Cocoa Frosting (double or triple recipe, depending on how you like your cupcakes iced)
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
3 Tbsp milk
Blend until smooth.
Dean did eventually get to join us. His mother (have I mentioned I have the best mother-in-law) came over to help him thaw the water bowl. We're looking forward to next year's Family Day holiday and hoping this can become an annual event-the kids had so much fun (minus the water bowl disaster).