Last day of school!!!!!! I'm sure I've mentioned this before, probably last June, but the last day of school is better as a teacher than it ever was a student. Teachers work incredibly hard all year long grading on weekends, late nights for concerts and conferences, and all the time spent in concern over our students. We know what it means to work hard and the joys of rest time! And a break means beach time! Cocktails! Naps! Reading for fun! Let the good times roll. Best of all most of my friends are teachers so I have plenty of people to keep me company with my "busy" schedule!
This last day of school is a little bittersweet - it's my last last-day-of-school. I made the decision earlier this year that teaching was no longer the right career path for me. I reached out to try somethings that unfortunately did not work out, but I still knew it was time for me to leave the classroom. Despite the disappointment and sadness, I plunged forward and found a new direction, one I'm truly excited about.
It is perfectly fitting I made these for a student, the last of my student monitors to receive her birthday treat. It's also sadly the last time I'll get make cupcakes for one of my "kids." There are a lot of things I won't miss about being a teacher, but after watching my students graduate last Thursday, most of those reasons were forgotten. Nevertheless, it is time for a change and as the tears well up in my eyes, I know what I did for six years mattered, at least mattered to me. Now I need a cupcake: cupcakes = instant smiles!
I'm not ready to go into details about my new direction since I was officially informed yesterday, but it changed a major move that was in the works. What I will say is that I will continue to be an educator, I will continue to engage students in science, but I will no longer be in the classroom. I have spent the whole day beaming ear to ear and getting lots of hugs; its been a
good, great, most fantastic day!!!
You know what else is fantastic? These cupcakes, obvi! There is nothing better than a moist, flavorful vanilla cupcake and frosting. This recipe is one of my favorites jazzed up with sprinkles! The sweet, but not too sweet frosting is light and fluffy and sits so nicely atop the vanilla scented, sprinkled filled cakes. A dash of sprinkles on top and you're done - happiness on a plate!
Funfetti Cupcake adapted from Tie Dye Cupcakes Yield - 17 cupcakes
1 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean 1 3/4 cup cake flour 1 1/2 tea. baking powder 1/2 tea. baking soda 1/2 tea. salt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 2 eggs 1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon vanilla 2/3 cup whole milk 1/4 cup sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line cupcake tins with liners.
- Add the sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Split open the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds with a paring knife. Smash the vanilla seeds in the sugar and set aside.
- Add the flour, powder, soda, and salt to the sugar mix slowly with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and beat for several minutes until the mixture becomes nice and crumbly.
- While the mixer is mixing, whisk together the yogurt, oil, and vanilla. Pour this in the mixer and combine.
- Slowly add the milk in and turn on high for a few seconds.
- Mix in the container of sprinkles.
- Use a standard size ice cream scoop to portion the dough.
- Bake 14-17 minutes until a toothpick in a center cupcake comes out clean. Cool on cooling rack.
1 1/2 cups whole milk 7 1/2 tablespoons flour 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup sprinkles + extra for garnish
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk and flour. Keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and thick resembling pancake batter.
- Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla bean paste, and allow to cool completely.
- Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy - the mixture will stay grainy, it’ll be ok, I was worried at first, too, but it really turns out wonderfully!
- Add in the cooled flour/milk mixture and beat until the entire frosting is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Add in the 1/2 cup of sprinkles and mix until just combined.
- Add to a piping bag with a large round tip, pipe, add some sprinkles, and enjoy!