...bake! I'm baking. As a form of protest, I shall bake. And so it is how Kiss-My-Ass-Cakes* came to be, and those who can Kiss-My-Ass are the Alliance Defense Fund, the instigators and out-of-state influencers with money who argued to a federal court judge that domestic partnerships should not occur. And, they did this on a Friday afternoon prior to a holiday weekend just a few business hours before partnerships were to begin. But I digress. Back to the baking.
I ripped this recipe off of Amy Sedaris, who probably ripped it off of someone else (she pretty much admits to it somewhere in the beginning of her fabulous book). These are yummy vanilla cakes with vanilla buttercream frosting, and Amy's book is just what I needed to peruse the last few days.
Supah-props to Rozanne for introducing it to me a while ago (I still can't believe you made the Lil' Smokey cheese ball). The photography is soooooo good, and inspiring, really. Reminiscent of early 1970's feminine product ads, they are windows into a weird and wonderful world. A world of a woman who throws dinner parties and sets up a 25-cent for sale table for her guests to peruse. A woman who makes door art appropriate for the dinner party theme. A woman who makes ghost cakes for Halloween and sets their eyes afire (with eggshells and sugar cubes)--and gives directions in her book so I can, too. God damn, you know I will.
But before I give you the recipe for Kiss-My-Ass-Cakes, I have to give props to Karol for a wonderfully articulated response to the yanking of domestic partnerships. Karol visits here sometimes, and I just have to say, thank you, for writing such a beautiful response. We are so lucky to have you on our side.
Kiss-My-Ass-Cakes (especially you, Alliance Defense Fund!)*Thank you, PAgent, for helping to name these. And yes, I agree, the name would look GREAT on a t-shirt.
Preheat oven to 375. With mixer, whip 1/1/2 sicks unsalted butter smooth. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar. Whip more. Add 2 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla, 2 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 1/2 cups flour and 1 1/4 cups milk. Mix it all up. Line your cupcake pans with cupcake liners, and pour the mix in, about 3/4 of the way full. Should make 18-24 cupcakes. Bake for 20 minutes.
Let them cool, then frost. To make frosting, combine 1 lb of powdered sugar, one stick of softened unsalted butter, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 cup milk. Whip all of this up until it's as smooth as you can get it. If you want to separate some into bowls and add food coloring so you have different colors, do so. I didn't have food coloring, but I added some lingonberry juice from IKEA to a little side batch and it made the creamy color a little more pink. Not much.
Also, welcome to all of my new visitors and new commenters here at Lelo in Nopo. I love it when people comment, so welcome to The Mama, Lewis (whose form of protest is shopping), Frances, Wacky Mommy, Kathy, Mick, Fairy Dog Mother and Picture Lady.