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My littlest niece turned one this past week and so her momma threw her a sweets party.

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{my mom always bakes the kids their own birthday cake for their birthday – isn’t this one cute?!}

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For favors, Hillary made cake pops {from this recipe} and the booklets {from here}.

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My contribution to the sweets table were the same filled cupcakes we had at the Summer Boutique that were such a hit.

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So I thought I’d show you how easy they are.

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To make the lemon-filled cupcakes, you’ll need:

a boxed cake mix, tub of frosting, box of instant lemon pudding, whipping cream and sprinkles.

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I found this pack of cupcake liners at Marshalls a while back and couldn’t resist. They were perfect for Hadley’s birthday party so I was glad I had them.

Okay, so first make the cake according to the box and bake in a mini cupcake pan. I used double liners {one fancy, the inside one white} so that the fancy one would stay dry during baking}.

The filling is a take on Lemon Mousse {only the completely cheating version}.  First, whip the whipping cream. I like to add a teaspoon of vanilla and a bit of powdered sugar to flavor.

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Next, mix the pudding mix and cold milk in a resealable container. Then shake. Or get your active boys to help. Shake for a few minutes until the pudding thickens.

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I have no idea what kind of chemicals they put in this pudding mix to make it thicken so quickly, but I’m just going to pretend like its healthy. Blissful ignorance.

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Now add about a cup or two of whipping cream into the pudding and fold together.

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Yum : creamy lemon pudding {aka Lemon Mousse}.

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To fill the cupcakes, use a pastry bag and round tip. Insert the tip into the center of the cupcake and squeeze the filling in until it begins to come out of the top.

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Then use a fancy tip and pipe on fake frosting from a tub. No one will be the wiser. Sprinkle with sanding sugar and you have some darling little cupcakes.

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So sweet.

P.S. Thanks for the nice comments about our family photos. We had a fun time and thankfully the kiddos enjoyed themselves long enough to get a few great images.  As you can tell, I have taken to skinny jeans {even though I never thought I would}. I’m a little afraid that I’m going to regret my outfit choice in 15 years when we look back at the photos, but I guess that is part of the fun. My sisters and I have had some good laughs at our old family photos – banana clips, Esprit, layered polo shirts with the collars popped, side ponytails with scrunchies, keds : oh man, I should dig up some of our old photos to share with you all. Anyway, ya’ll are sweet. Kinda like those cupcakes.

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36 Responses to how sweet

  1. Andrea May 10, 2011 at 4:18 am #

    Such a cute little party! If I had the ingredients on hand, I’d make those cupcakes for breakfast. They look so yummy.

  2. kelly May 10, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    Beautiful AND delicious! yum…what more can you ask for?!

  3. Alli May 10, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    Looks Amazing! Congratulations on your 1 year old’s Birthday! How much fun this next year will be :-)

  4. Melissa May 10, 2011 at 5:24 am #

    What a fun party for a one year old and those cupcakes look yummy.

  5. Rachel Gill May 10, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    Mmmm. These look so yummy! Can’t wait to make these!

  6. Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt May 10, 2011 at 6:01 am #

    Wow, that is a lot of sugar!!! So funny, I picked up that box of cupcake papers at least three times at Homegoods a couple of months ago. (Bought something else in the end.) They are fabulous.

    And I was going to come back and comment yesterday – I didn’t realize until the very end that I have that purple LOFT dress! I’m about to pop in maternity clothes right now so it’s not on my consciousness but thanks for reminding me about that dress! A girl’s gotta have a goal, right?! LOL

    They really are great photos! :)

  7. cailan May 10, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Wow – what a beautiful party! She must have had fun gathering all of those colorful sweets. :) And thanks for the filling recipe!

  8. Kelsey May 10, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    That is so cute! Great job momma! This is the type of thing you would see at a wedding :)

  9. Gloria May 10, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    That table looks beautiful!! My stomach is already growling this is torturous to me!

  10. Angela May 10, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    looks like hillary took some notes from her sister. ; ) adorable! are those the tablecloths from her wedding? way to repurpose, hill! happy birthday hadley!!

  11. Erica May 10, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    So very beautiful and creative! What are the “cookie-like” treats in front in all those great colors? Getting some great ideas for my daughter’s birthday coming up–she is turning 13 and would LOVE this :)

  12. Lesley May 10, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Love all of the special touches. I also like to see a fellow Lock & Lock fan! Those containers surely are leak-proof!

  13. Danielle May 10, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    LOVE this idea. Just may steal it for my own little girlie’s 1st b-day. Can I ask what time of day the party was?

  14. susan May 10, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    the sweets table is adorable! love the cupcake liners you found too! i love making cupcakes i might have to try these :) have a nice day! susan

  15. Deanna May 10, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    They look delicious! What’s the raspberry filling for in the picture? Do you mix that with the filling? I bet that would be superb!! I might have to try these ones!

    • Diana Thompson May 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

      I was wondering about the raspberry filling too. I probably would taste yummy folded into the lemon mousse!

    • emily May 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

      I was planning on making raspberry filled cupcakes too {mixed with whip cream so that it was sort of mousse-y} but I ran out of time. I’m sure they would have been yummy!

  16. Brittany May 10, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Popped -collar polos are still cute, even layered… :) (just maybe in different colors than 15 years ago)

    • emily May 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

      I totally pop my kids’ collars on their polos … but just don’t combine hot pink and aqua with matching scrunchie socks :)

  17. Sue Christianson May 10, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Hey Emily! I love that you share with us all your fun treats and your adorable craftiness! What are the little cookie pastel things on the two trays? They look yummy!

    • emily May 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

      The pastel round cookies are white-chocolate dipped oreos. My sister just tinted the chocolate with food coloring.

  18. Hannah May 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    YUM! and i feel ya on the old fashions :) i use to LOVE Esprit and scrunchy socks and omgosh… banana clips *memories* p.s. those too cute dipped oreos look just like little macaroons!

  19. Miss Hannah B. - Kathleen May 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Love all of the ideas for b-day party. I am gathering ideas as I speak (reply) to you for my daughters b-day party. Thanks so much, got some good ones today!

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  21. Erika B May 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Love the look for the party! We made these this afternoon and they were fantastic….couldn’t stop at one:). I printed out the pumpkin cupcakes for another day. Thank you so much for your beautiful blog!

  22. Molly May 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    What a cute party! i love the little booklets. and those cupcakes look good!

  23. Kelly May 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Oh my gosh, thank you for taking me back…..banana clips and scrunchie socks (double layer, with multiple colors, oh yeah!). Sounds like we are about the same age :) Love it! And today was the first time in a long time that I wanted to pull my apron out and bake…thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Lauren Gibson May 11, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    These cupcakes look so delicious! My favorite color is yellow and pretty much what i always use to decorate with and my husband LOVES pudding so i think this was made for me ;-D Thank you sooo much for all your wonderful ideas!!! Such great inspiration!

  25. laura May 11, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    what an adorable theme!!!! it all looks delicious!

  26. Abi May 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    this is ADORABLE!! I love the theme!!

  27. Heather May 14, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    for some reason my mom dressed my sister and I in the same outfit for family pictures.. we are 2 years apart. We never let her live that down! :)

  28. Melissa M May 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    i LLLLLooooVVVVeee A GIRL who shares her secrets!!! thank you!!!!

  29. Michelle Webster May 15, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    My daughter’s turned three and wanted strawberry cupcakes (mostly because they were pink). Plain strawberry cupcakes just seemed boring but when I saw your post I knew I had the perfect way to add some fun to her cupcakes. Instead of lemon pudding I used banana. We had strawberry banana cream cupcakes at her party and they were a huge hit!! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Becky May 19, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Mmmm, yummy!! Do you think it would work with chocolate pudding too?

  31. tammy Ludlow July 9, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    sue made these yummy lemon cupcakes for the 4th and we could not stop eating them!! Thanks! :)

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