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Over the Rainbow to Sophie’s 3rd Birthday

November 9, 2010

My sweet Sophie turned 3-years-old today.

She (physically) came into this world at 8:49 a.m. on November 9, 2007. Sophie was not budging after 24 hours of induced labor. So the doctor went in and grabbed her via C-section (a full story for another day). And from that moment, life hasn’t been the same!

She’s certainly not a baby anymore. Or a toddler. I guess the proper term for her now is preschooler. Whatever you call her, Sophie is growing up so quickly, right before my eyes.

Sophie is a joy. She’s my friend; my sunshine. She makes me laugh and she makes me cry. I’m in awe of her and I can’t wait to hear what her voice will say each day. I love being her mommy and I can only hope she likes being my daughter. I can’t imagine life without her.

I was very lucky to celebrate her birthday in her preschool classroom today, along with five of her little friends and her teachers. I made cupcakes in honor of the celebration. Of course, I couldn’t make (or buy) ordinary cupcakes. I wanted to do something fun and different, and something that symbolized Sophie. So when I came across this amazing rainbow cake on a blog I love, I decided to try it as cupcakes. It seemed perfect for Sophie considering how often we watch The Wizard of Oz.

Let me say this: These cupcakes were not difficult. But they were time-consuming and required a lot of bowls, mixing and dishes to clean up. But if you want to try this at home, here’s what I did.

I prepared one box of plain white cake mix and then divided it (somewhat) evenly into six bowls. And in each bowl, I added the appropriate rainbow food coloring. I then lined a cupcake tin with white liners and put about one tablespoon of each color – starting with purple and ending with red – into the cup. It won’t look like much until you pull them out of the oven.

The next day, I made this amazing frosting (also inspired by the Whatever blog). I creamed together two sticks of room temperature butter with a few tablespoons of milk, vanilla extract, and a pound of powdered sugar. Once that was mixed, I folded in about a half of container of Cool Whip. I know, sounds weird. But it made this frosting truly amazing! I don’t think I’ll ever make frosting without the Whip again. Then I piped the frosting onto the cupcakes with a frosting tip (because it’s easier for me than using a knife). And topped each cake with sprinkles that Sophie herself picked out.

So happy birthday to my Sophie. I hope she always finds happiness over the rainbow!

By the way, isn’t that crown so cute?! Sophie’s teacher makes a crown for each kid’s birthday. Sophie proudly wore her crown the entire school day.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Wendi permalink
    November 10, 2010 5:23 am

    Those cupcakes look amazing, Leah! What a great job. Happy Birthday to Sophie!

  2. November 10, 2010 9:15 am

    The cupcakes look great and Sophie looks so grown up! Can’t believe how quickly time’s going by.

  3. November 17, 2010 9:51 pm

    Those ‘cakes are DARLING even with the stars! 😉 I need to get me a star tip for piping my frosting ~ makes all the difference! I too, have been wanting to try Meg’s frosting…thanks for the reminder!

  4. May 21, 2011 10:32 pm

    Aw, Sophie sounds like a sweetie pie! Thanks for sharing this post on SITS today. I’d love for you to stop by and read mine when you get a chance. I wrote about a perfectly wonderful letter from my perfectly wonderful teen. Like you, I’m so proud to be a mommy. 🙂 Here’s the link: Also, those rainbow cupcakes are adorable! I make rainbow pancakes for the kids on the weekends. (Let me know if you’re interested in getting the recipe!) Anyway, I’m going to give those cupcakes a try! 🙂

  5. Harley permalink
    July 27, 2013 10:35 pm

    These look like a great idea to go with the cake that I’m going to be making for my daughters 1st birthday. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂
    Great Job


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