These Cupcake Crowns are easy, versatile, and the perfect way to celebrate
the Octave of the Assumption: The Queenship of Mary on August 22nd.
The Queenship of Mary is August 22nd (the octave of her Assumption), and I’m even more excited for it this year than I usually am (I love Marian feasts).
You’re probably not surprised, but my 2-year-old daughter is obsessed with everything Disney princess. If you’ve been out of the loop lately (I wouldn’t blame you), new age Disney princess are actually decent role models for young girls–they advocate love of self, love of others, and always doing the right thing.
My daughter is also developing a love for Mary: whenever we see her statue at church she always points to Mary and says “Mary so pretty.” She also knows that Mary is Jesus’ mommy, and why wouldn’t anyone love their mommy? Toddler logic is simple, but can lead to great revelations.
The “crown cupcakes” we’re making for the Queenship of Mary is very easy (I don’t think I could even mess it up). Just take any cupcake recipe, and decorate it with “jewels” (gumdrops, kisses, colored chocolate chips). Because I’m a sucker for Reese’s, we’ll be decorating ours with mini ones (when I bought them I actually thought they were mini cup style… turns out they’re Reese’s pieces, but they’ll still work).
You can use just about any cupcake recipe. I used the following and got a nice, creamy, lemon frosting to put on top. Here’s what you’ll need:
Unsalted Butter: 1 ½ Sticks.
Sugar: 1 ½ cups
Eggs: 2 large
Vanilla Extract: 2 Tsp
Baking Powder: 2 ½ Tsp
Salt: ¼ Tsp
Flour: 2 ½ cups
Milk: 1 ¼ cups
Preheat the oven to 375, and line your cupcake tin with liners. Use a mixer on medium setting to mix the butter. Add sugar and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients while you mix (crack the eggs before you put them in so you don’t accidentally get eggshells in).
Fill each cupcake liner about three-fourths full. Bake for about 20 minutes, keeping an eye on them and accounting for oven differences. Remove from oven, and let cool. Frost them with delicious frosting goodness, and crown them with “jewels”.
It’s that simple!
As we were baking, the conversation with my daughter went something like this (keep in mind she’s only 2):
Me: We’re making crown cupcakes. Do you know who wears a crown?
Her: Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes! Does a little dance.
Me: Yes, cupcakes, with a crown. Who wears a crown?
Her: I wear crown sometimes.
Her: Princess Philomena. Does a little ballerina twirl.
Me: Yes! And Queens also wear crowns. Queens are mommies to princes and princesses. Do you know who your Mommy in heaven is?
Her: Mommy’s at work.
Me: Yes, but who is your mommy in heaven… she’s Jesus mommy too.
Her: I don’t remember.
Me: Mary! Mary is your mommy in heaven because she’s Jesus’ mommy and we’re part of Jesus’ family. She’s Queen of heaven because Jesus is a King. And that makes you a real princess too! How does a princess or a Queen act?
Me: How else?
Her: I loooooove you soooo much!
Me: I love you too honey, and yes, a princess and Queen Mary in Heaven loves everyone so much.
Her: Cupcakes. Cupcakes. Cupcaaaaaaakes!
I hope the lesson sank in there somewhere. Whatever you decide to talk about while you make these, here is a prayer to the Queen of Heaven to end with:
Queen of heaven, rejoice. Alleluia. The Son whom you were privileged to bear, Alleluia, has risen as he said, Alleluia. Pray to God for us, Alleluia. Rejoice and be glad, Virgin Mary, Alleluia. For the Lord has truly risen, Alleluia.
O God, it was by the Resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that you brought joy to the world. Grant that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, we may attain the joy of eternal life. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.