Half Cupcakes for Half Birthdays
Around here, half-birthdays don’t usually involve gifts, but they do include Half-Cupcakes!
When my oldest was six months old, I got wild and crazy in the kitchen and tried this:
Yellow Cupcakes (Duncan Hines is usually my go-to mix.) annnnnnd…..(Here’s where the wild and crazy part comes in to play.) chocolate chips for my “icing”. Yes, you heard me correctly – nothing but chocolate chips atop these cupcakes, and it is heaven!
We love this combo so much that we made them again when my middle kiddo turned 6 months old…and now again for our 6-month old baby girl!
Let me tell you how I do it! It’s fast and easy – I promise!
While my baked cupcakes are cooling a bit, I toss a cup of chocolate chips (any size will do) in to my double boiler and let them melt completely.
As the chocolate chips melt, I grab my [slightly cooled] cupcakes and start cutting them in half. Yes, I leave the paper on, and if my knife gets a little out of control (Now that I think about it, that sounds a little scary.), I just use scissors to trim the paper up nicely.
Then as soon as the cupcakes are sliced in two, I spread the melted chocolate chips on top of each half cupcake.
Next, I throw them in the fridge and let them get nice and cold! This helps to perfectly harden the chocolate, and I just have a thing for cold cupcakes. (Maybe I’m weird.)
This time around, I displayed the cupcakes on a pretty cake stand…added some sprinkles…and served them with some fresh strawberries…all just a few extra frilly touches for my girl!
Disclaimer #: We typically just do this at the 6-month old mark – not for every.single.half.birthday that comes along, but I’m thinking of changing that…just kidding…well, maybe not.
Disclaimer #2: The 6-month old does not partake in the eating of the cupcakes…they’re actually for the rest of the family…which now that I think about it seems a little cruel.
If you liked this recipe, I know you are also going to love my Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips: