One of my favorite author’s growing up was always Dr. Seuss. I loved the nonsense rhymes and the rhythms in his books. They were easy for me to follow and to read at a young age. Now that I am a special education teacher I enjoy sharing his books with my students because they find them funny, can predict the rhymes, and they are easy to read. Many of my students who struggle with reading are able to read his books.
March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s and usually this is the day we celebrate Read Across America. However, because Read Across America is part of the National Education Associations push to read to children, this year it will be on Friday, March 1 so we can celebrate the event in school. Many of the teachers in our school make Dr. Seuss and Cat in the Hat crafts, read books by Dr. Seuss, and just promote reading in general.
Since I love both baking and reading I decided to combine them into a fun day for my own students. We will be reading two of my favorite Dr. Seuss books, The Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. While reading my students will be enjoying Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes along with Pink Ink Drink. I know they are going to love the cupcakes!
Do you need some more information on Read Across America? You can visit Dr. Seuss’s Seussville Page or the NEA’s Read Across America page. Either way, make sure you pick up a book and read with your child tonight!
Thing 1 and Thing 2 Cupcakes (idea from Confections of a Foodie Bride. Cupcakes adapted from Betty Crocker’s Big Book of Cupcakes)
For the cupcakes:
2 1/4 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
3 T. cocoa powder
1 t. salt
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 t. Americolor Soft Gel Paste in Red (or 2 T. of regular red food coloring)
2 t. vanilla
1 c. buttermilk
1 T. white vinegar
For the frosting:
2 sticks butter
3 c. powdered sugar
1 t. meringue powder
1 t. vanilla
Red cupcake liners
Blue cotton Candy
Thing 1 Thing 2 tags
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place red cupcake liners in 24 muffin cups.
2. In a small bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
3. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time beating after each addition.
4. Stir in the food coloring and vanilla.
5. Mix in 1/3 of the flour mixture and then 1/2 of the buttermilk, stirring well until combined. Then mix in half of the remaining flour.
6. Stir in the remaining milk and then remaining flour, mixing until just blended. Beat in the vinegar.
7. Divide the batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 of the way full.
8. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
9. Print the Thing 1 and Thing 2 labels and stick them to the cooled cupcakes. I used double sided tape to do this.
10. To make the frosting beat the butter with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add in the vanilla and meringue powder. Add in the powdered sugar a half cup at a time until the frosting is smooth and at desired consistency.
11. Spread a layer of frosting on top of each cupcake.
12. Just before serving fluff pieces of cotton candy and gently press down onto the cupcakes creating hair.
**Do not add the cotton candy until you are ready to serve these cupcakes! It will melt onto the cupcakes. I timed it and my cupcakes were good for just over 30 minutes before the cotton candy started to melt. **