how sweet

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




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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Yum : creamy lemon pudding {aka Lemon Mousse}.


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.


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.



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.

36 Responses to how sweet

  1. 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! :)

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

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

  3. 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!

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

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

  5. 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! :)

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

    this is ADORABLE!! I love the theme!!

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

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

  11. 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!

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  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  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. 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!

      • Diana Thompson May 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

        IT not I!!! sorry

    • 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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?

  20. 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!

  21. 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 :)

  22. 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!!

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

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

  24. 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 :)

  25. 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!

  26. 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! :)

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

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

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

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

  29. 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 :-)

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

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

  31. 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.

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