Sunday, February 28, 2016

Harold and the Purple Cupcakes

One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight."

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson was written in 1955! I'm not the only one who didn't realize this, right? It's one of my favorite children's books, and as it turns out, it's been a favorite of a lot of other people too, for quiet a while. It'S probably the simplicity of the story that makes it a favorite for me.

Armed only with an over-sized purple crayon, 4-year-old Harold draws himself an adventure--from exploring a forest with only one tree (so he doesn't get lost--great forward thinking for a boy of his age) to sailing in a tiny sailboat on a purple ocean. He gets himself in a few tight spots, but manages to keep his wits about him all the while.

The cupcakes had to be purple, obviously. But in the spirit of childhood, I also decided to incorporate another favorite from when I was a kid.


I hope you're all just as excited as my friend Jennifer was when I told her.

These cupcakes are just as simple as the book. Basically all I did was add some grape kool-aid to the my cake mix and called it a day! Next time, I'll probably use a little more grape to make the flavor stand out a little more, but these are still pretty good--it's hard to mess up when you're starting with boxed cake mix.

Harold and the Purple Crayon: 5 stars
Grape Kool-aid cupcakes: 4 stars

1 box of white cake mix
1/2 cup kool-aid drink powder, grape flavor
Additional ingredients from the box of cake mix; eggs, milk, butter, etc.

1. Mix together white cake mix and 1/2 cup kool-aid powder
2. Follow directions on your cake mix box, whisking in the other ingredients.
Note: You can add purple food coloring here to get the desired shade of purple.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes before you place them on a cooling rack.

"There wasn't any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight."

"So he left the path for a short cut across a field. And the moon went with him."

"The sandy beah reminded Harold of picnics. And the thought of picnics made him hungry. So he laid out a nice simple picnic lunch."

"He remembered where his bedroom window was, when there was a moon. It was always right around the moon."

Happy baking, everybody!