Monday, May 17, 2010

Food, House Parties, and Yummy Chocolate Cupcakes

Here's the spread from the House Party I threw yesterday for our small group. (If you're interested in free food...ahem, who isn't? you can go here to register and find out about hosting house parties of your own.) Quite a bit of the food you see was completely free. Plus Kraft (through House Party) sent us beach balls, frisbees, plates, napkins, shopping bags, an apron, and tons of coupons. Others from the small group brought fruits and veggies and there was (free) Digiorno pizza that's not pictured here as well. It was fun!
See those cupcakes way in the back with the ugly icing job? That was my contribution. They were YUMMY!! and I'm going to share the recipe.
I've already explained what I do to recipes, so I won't go into all that, but this recipe was my inspiration for the cupcakes. For the actual cake part I borrowed a recipe from a friend (thanks, Stacie!) 
So here it is:
1,2,3-1,2,3 Cupcakes
1 cup of chocolate chips
2 cups of sour cream (I used reduced fat and they turned out fine)
3 eggs
Chocolate Cake Mix

1 stick of butter
1 cups of peanut butter
2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
3 T milk

Mix first 4 ingredients well and pour into greased or lined cupcake pans (I used large mini muffin pans, and the recipe made 38. We won't speak of how many I ate while I was making them.) Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of your cupcakes. Cool completely before icing. (Unless you pour the icing on.)
Cream butter and peanut butter well. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Put milk in 1 T at a time until you reach your desired consistency. 
You can ice the cakes one of two ways: warm the icing for about a minute in the microwave and carefully pour it on your cupcakes OR just spread it on with a knife.

Oh, and here's the (very loose) plan for this week's menu. Don't be expecting fancy or healthy this week; I'm taking it easy in between ballet recitals.
Monday: hubby has late meeting, so we're sandwiching
Tuesday: black beans, sausage, and rice
Wednesday: spaghetti
Thursday: pigs in a blanket
Friday: go out to buy a new dishwasher as a family (HALLELUJAH!) and probably eat out
Saturday: leftovers for lunch and breakfast for dinner

Linked to Menu Plan Monday.


  1. Im hosting the Shrek Party this weekend! I love those Crackers & the Homestyle Mac & Cheese is yummy to. A friend hosted a party & I got to try those things!

  2. Those cupcakes sound like they would hit the spot right now... AND I think I have all that in my house.
    If you don't hear from me in the next few days, I'm in a chocolate comma. Send help.

  3. Dude, those muffins sound fabulous!! And what a spread! I'm sure everyone had a wonderful time. :)

  4. Hi! This sounds like so much fun! Is this the first House Party that you've thrown? I'm heading back to check out more of the site right now. - Any hitches you found in the whole process? Would you do it again? Thanks in advance for the advice! I can't wait to give this whole process a try :-)

  5. Thanks so much for your reply! I went and signed up for two house parties already! Now I just have to wait and be patient to see if I'm selected... Did you apply for many before you were selected to host?

  6. Thanks for your response! I've already gone and signed up - as well as applied for two parties. Did you have to apply to quite a few before you were selected? Now the hard part...waiting :-)