Today’s Strawberry Buttercream Birthday Cupcakes post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. on behalf of Hallmark Cards. All opinions are entirely my own. #SendSmiles #CollectiveBias
I looooove sending and receiving happy mail. I will forever be old school and prefer sending cards rather than text messages or posting on a Facebook wall. There’s just something so delightful about opening up your mailbox and seeing a colored envelope inside. Rarely does junk mail or bills come colorfully wrapped so you know it’s probably something fun when you spot something other than white.
Unfortunately, as much I love sending those coveted colored envelopes, I’m also terrible with dates and never have birthday cards readily available when the mood strikes to send some happy mail.
That is….until now!
On a recent trip to Walmart, I decided to peruse the greeting card aisle for a get well card. I spotted an area of Hallmark cards for .97. Cards for less a $1? I was getting pretty excited. During graduation season, I spent a small fortune on greeting cards- spending close to $4 each on some. As I made my way over to check them out, I spotted what I was sure to be a misprint. There, right beside the .97 cards was an area for Hallmark cards costing less than 2 quarters. Only .47.
Forty seven cents!!!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. That’s all fine and dandy but I bet the options weren’t so great. I can totally understand your apprehension because, I, too thought the same exact thing. I checked them out expecting not to find anything that might possibly make its way home with me.
Immediately, I spotted my dog (not “my” dog obviously, but my dog breed and a spitting image of Stella as a puppy) so naturally I bought every single one they had of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. A little bit of fabric tape and I know of about 10 Cavalier owners that would love to get a random “happy” in the mailbox.
Then, I spotted the cute birthday cards with the fun little cupcake man on them. I knew, instantaneously, that they would be adorable with matching cupcakes for all the littles in my life. I knew I could potentially replicate that little cupcake man, and if successful, he would be my go to birthday “happy”
I mean, how cute is he??
Get creative using a cupcake wrapper to create your cupcake man, braided bakers twine for his legs, glue on some arms, etc. A really fun project to do with the kids, too!
I also grabbed several other cards while I was there since they were so inexpensive. I’m happy to say that now when a date creeps up on me, I’m armed and dangerous with a birthday card + Strawberry Buttercream birthday cupcake combo that is sure to delight its recipient!
- 1 box, white cake mix
- Strawberry Buttercream:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3 1/2- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon milk
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, pureed (or 4 tbsp preserves)
- 1 drop of pink gel food coloring
- In a food processor, puree 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries with a couple of tablespoons of water. Strain.
- Using a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar, beating until blended. Add the milk and vanilla and beat for an additional 3-5 minutes until smooth and creamy.
Do you keep a supply of birthday cards on hand? How to keep them organized and in sight so you don’t forget about them? I’m going to work on that part next and would love ideas!