Tomorrow is kid #1 (Matt's) 17th birthday (yup -- 17 years ago my husband got a baby boy for his very first Father's Day present -- do I deliver or what !?!). Anyhow, the kid has requested chocolate cake with peanut butter icing -- so, I looked through my recipe box and found my Aunt Irma's recipe. (Aunt Irma and Uncle Tom have a little cabin with alot of land /woods and a little lake. When we were kids, we spent many, many Sundays there slopping around in the mud, chasing ducks, catching frogs, being eaten alive by mosquitoes , rowing the boat out to the little island, doing cannonballs off of the little floating dock and always having a piece of Aunt Irma's chocolate cake with peanut butter icing for dessert .)
As you can see from the 2nd picture , the birthday boy tried to snatch a cupcake before I had a chance to get the icing on (I decided to make cupcakes instead of a cake since the birthday boy also wants to spend the day racing his dirt bike in a race that's about a 3 and a half hour drive from our house --so, I figured cupcakes would be easier to transport AND easier to handle at a dusty , noisy dirt bike track).
Here's the recipe (this is not low fat or Weight Watcher friendly, but if you can stop at just 1 cupcake, I think Weight Watcher's would approve!)
Aunt Irma's Peanut Butter Icing
1 pound confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup softened butter or shortening
1 tsp vanilla
milk (enough to make the icing spreadable -- about 4 or 5 Tbsp)
1/4 cup peanut butter (or more)
Mix all ingredients together with mixer until smooth and spreadable.
Oh -- yea -- (last picture)--Elsie (my sewing machine) and I had a little bit of time to work on my niece Maura's quilt today -- with the supervision of Daisy (kitty) , of course! (her job is to test the quilt for comfort and coziness -- I guess the quilt passes the test since Daisy is looking pretty content!)
Mary Anne (aka Mare)