Wow, 2 years!!  It seems like just a couple of months ago I was writing the post for my 1 year anniversary! A lot can happen in a year’s time- my site got a completely new (and awesome) redesign, I left Tuesdays With Dorie after 2 years of faithful participation (and even got a sweet email from Dorie herself!), I created a cookie that went on to win a contest, I helped to overhaul and revive an awesome pie-making club with my good friend Jessica, and surprisingly conquered my fear of yeast. Not too bad for a year’s work. But I’ve been thinking. All these things are great and all, but none of it, not one single thing, would be possible without my husband. Seriously- if he hadn’t been willing to build me a site (completely from scratch, mind you) two years ago and devote lots and lots of hours to it’s upkeep (really, you have NO idea all the problems we’ve dealt with because of this blog!), Sing For Your Supper might still exist, but it wouldn’t be nearly what it is today. Joel puts in so much work for me and my passion of food blogging; I feel like I should thank him, publicly, for his hard work and devotion.

So Sweetie, this post is for you! :-)

I’ve been thinking long and hard for months what I would make for my 2 year “blogiversary”. For awhile I thought I might try something really difficult and impressive…but the more I considered the idea, the more I realized that’s not me at all. Nothing about my blog or my food is “difficult” (or all that impressive, really) – just simple and tasty. I’m more of a “make-what-I-want-and-people-can-either-like-it-or-not” type of gal. That’s why I ended up choosing what I did: Lemon Mini-Cupcakes with Lemon-Vanilla Buttercream. Perfectly simple, sweet, and I’ve got to say it, down right delicious. I used Dorie Greenspan’s Perfect Party Cake as a base and sort of went from there. These were the perfect size- one bite of sweet, lemony goodness. Like a bite of sunshine. Which is why I decided to call them “Sunshine Bites”.  Joel even agreed with me- as soon as he walked through the door, he was greeted with a cupcake being shoved in his face and me saying, “here, try this. Doesn’t it taste like a bite of sunshine?!”, to which he happily agreed (through a mouthful of cupcake).  These turned out to be the most delightful, flavorful, happy cupcakes, and I’m perfectly thrilled with my choice! So, happy 2 year blogiversary to me and to my hard-working, sweet, thoughtful husband, Joel!

Sunshine Bites
-Cake adapted from Dorie Greenspan, buttercream adapted from the Magnolia Bakery

For the Cake:

2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
4 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
juice of half a lemon

Center a rack in the oven to 350 degrees. Fill mini cupcake pans with cupcake liners.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Whisk together the buttermilk and egg whites in a medium bowl.

Put the sugar and lemon zest in a mixer bowl or another large bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add the butter and, working with the paddle or whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light. Beat in the extract and lemon juice, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed. Beat in half of the buttermilk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the rest of the buttermilk and eggs, beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients. Finally, give the batter a good 2-minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and well aerated. Using a small spoon, fill each cupcake liner 1/2 full with the batter.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cupcakes are well risen and springy to the tough – a toothpick inserted into the centers should come out clean. Transfer the cupcakes to cooling racks and cool completely before frosting them.

Lemon-Vanilla Buttercream

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
juice of one lemon

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk, vanilla and lemon juice. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly (I used yellow). Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.

And now, to help me celebrate a fantastic 2 years of food blogging, I’d like to give you a little something! I got this to give away a few months ago and I’ve been saving it for just this occasion! I have one copy of Bob’s Red Mill Cookbook: Whole and Healthy Grains for Every Meal of the Day to give to you. This is FULL of great looking recipes; from things like “Bodacious Blondies” to Stuffed Pork Chops to Easy Mexican Lasagna.

All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. Flattery is accepted. Hehe, just kidding…..sort of. I’ll pick one winner randomly. You have until Thursday night 8PM Central Time.

*For extra opportunities to win, you can become a Fan of Sing For Your Supper on Facebook (there’s a little button just to the right of this screen that you can click).  Also, you can follow Sing For Your Supper on your RSS feed. If you already follow me on Facebook or through your RSS feed or both, all you need do is just say so for your extra chances to win! Good Luck and THANK YOU for helping me celebrate 2 years of food blogging awesomeness!!

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  1. I can’t believe I haven’t found your blog before! It looks great and congratulations on your blog turning two!! I hope that there will be many more “blog-iversaries” to come! And I have my eye on that cookbook ;-)

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    Comment by Jen — April 5, 2010 @ 1:47 PM

  2. Happy 2 years! Congrats on a great 2 years :)
    I’m a fan on facebook, and you’ve been in my RSS feed for a while!

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    Comment by Laura — April 5, 2010 @ 1:49 PM

  3. Cute cuppies! And Happy 2 Years! :)

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    Comment by Jessica of My Baking Heart — April 5, 2010 @ 1:54 PM

  4. Of course I follow you on FB… and have since the beginning!

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    Comment by Jessica of My Baking Heart — April 5, 2010 @ 1:55 PM

  5. Congrats on 2 years!! Your cupcakes look adorable in the flower pots.

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    Comment by Jade — April 5, 2010 @ 2:13 PM

  6. Yum! Those look so delicious…I love any kind of lemon dessert!

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    Comment by Sarah — April 5, 2010 @ 2:21 PM

  7. And I follow your RSS feed.

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    Comment by Sarah — April 5, 2010 @ 2:23 PM

  8. Those look great….I think I would just like to eat a bowl of the frosting….yum!

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    Comment by Jennifer — April 5, 2010 @ 3:12 PM

  9. I want your tiny, adorable flowerpots! These cupcakes seem like the perfect way to celebrate your first two years. =)

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    amy Reply:

    Stephanie- my sister actually painted those little flower pots! I put them out every Easter with Easter eggs in each one- aren’t they cute?! -Amy

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    Comment by Stephanie — April 5, 2010 @ 3:17 PM

  10. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary! I came over here from Foodgawker and am glad I did. Keep up the great work and I hope to see you around in years to come!

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    Comment by Kristen — April 5, 2010 @ 3:22 PM

  11. Congratulations on two years! I am gluten-free and use Bob’s Red Mill products all the time! They are wonderful!

    Your cupcakes look absolutely delicious! And that lemon-vanilla buttercream? YUM! Definitely just became a fan and added you to my RSS Feed.

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    Comment by Caitlin — April 5, 2010 @ 4:04 PM

  12. Cute cute cupcakes!!!

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    Comment by Marcia — April 5, 2010 @ 4:21 PM

  13. Love the cupcakes!! And I have to agree your husband is pretty sweet :) Happy Blogiversary!! Here is my comment to win the cookbook and I am already a fan on facebook. Lova you guys!!

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    Comment by Kelley — April 5, 2010 @ 5:05 PM

  14. Adorable cupcakes and congrats on your 2 year blogiversary!

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    Comment by Jamie @ My Baking Addiction — April 5, 2010 @ 5:08 PM

  15. Congratulations and happy, happy birthday! (You get two happies because you’re two!) I’ve loved reading your blog and hope to get to make something with you in person one day. Here’s to another great year!

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    Comment by Kelsey — April 5, 2010 @ 5:28 PM

  16. Congrats on the two years! Those cupcakes look delish and adorable!

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    Comment by Jen N. — April 5, 2010 @ 5:47 PM

  17. Almost forgot, I’ve got you on my RSS!

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    Comment by Jen N. — April 5, 2010 @ 5:47 PM

  18. Happy 2 yr anniversary. Hope the next 2 are just as great!!! These cupcakes look divine.

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    Comment by Jamie — April 5, 2010 @ 5:50 PM

  19. What a great way to celebrate, here’s to more creative and delicious years!

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    Comment by Kirstin — April 5, 2010 @ 6:09 PM

  20. Thank you, baby! I love you! Congratulations!

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    Comment by Joel — April 5, 2010 @ 6:10 PM

  21. Wow, 2 years! That’s awesome! :)

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    Comment by Rachel — April 5, 2010 @ 6:13 PM

  22. Oh, and I’m a fan on facebook, too. :) :) :)

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    Comment by Rachel — April 5, 2010 @ 6:13 PM

  23. Congratulations on 2 years! Your blog is great – I always find something fun here. I just became a fan on FB as well

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    Comment by Jen — April 5, 2010 @ 6:28 PM

  24. Congratulations on your blog’s second birthday!

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    Comment by Kate @ The Wooden Spoon — April 5, 2010 @ 7:54 PM

  25. Forgot to say… I also follow you on an RSS feed! Gotta love Google Reader.

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    Comment by Kate @ The Wooden Spoon — April 5, 2010 @ 7:55 PM

  26. happy birthday sing for your supper!! :-) keep up the great work Amy! and these sunshine bites look fabulous!!

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    Comment by ashley — April 5, 2010 @ 8:01 PM

  27. I absolutely love your idea of putting the cupcakes in the pots. Adorable!!! I do a Mother’s Day Breakfast for my mother and grandmother every year and WAY overdo it! These would look great on the table. I also appreciate the Easter ideas since many I use for the Mother’s Day breakfast. :) Thanks. Great site!

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    Comment by Janis Nunez — April 5, 2010 @ 9:41 PM

  28. HAPPY 2-YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!! Wow, another blogiversary!!

    I’m already subscribed to you, so I hope I’m counted twice :).

    Your husband did a great job on the blog layout. I look forward to another year!

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    Comment by Memoria — April 5, 2010 @ 10:22 PM

  29. Haha, well since you’re accepting flattery, these cupcakes look delicious. I love lemon zest in baked goods and when the frosting is nice and thick like that.

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    Comment by KW — April 5, 2010 @ 10:29 PM

  30. Congrats on your two year anniversary! Your cupcakes look delicious and are perfect in time for Spring :-)

    I also have you on my Google reader (that’s bonus, right ;-))

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    Comment by Liz — April 5, 2010 @ 11:10 PM

  31. I’m looking forward to trying these!

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    Comment by Heidi Phillips — April 5, 2010 @ 11:13 PM

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  33. Delightful looking little morsels. Congratulations on your anniversary.

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    Comment by Bev — April 6, 2010 @ 7:50 AM

  34. These look sooo cute!!!!!
    Happy blogaversary! :)

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    Comment by Sarah — April 6, 2010 @ 11:13 AM

  35. Happy 2nd anniversary! I have found the Magnolia Bakery recipe for frosting, and it’s become a regular in my recipe box. Yum! The cakes look scrumptious.

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    Comment by Chris Ervin — April 6, 2010 @ 11:18 AM

  36. Oh yum! I love anything lemon!

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    Comment by Linda in MO — April 6, 2010 @ 11:36 AM

  37. Congratulations! Thank you for all the hard work you (and your husband) have put into sharing this wonderful blog with us! Here’s to many more wonderful years of happy food blogging and recipes to come!

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    Comment by Jess — April 6, 2010 @ 2:56 PM

  38. These cupcakes look delicious! Thanks for sharing. I’m trying to eat healthier; I would enjoy the cookbook.

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    Comment by Gale Reeves — April 6, 2010 @ 10:03 PM

  39. I love your blog and have followed it since the beginning (thanks to your mom!) Congrats on 2 years! And, yes, I follow you on facebook!

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    Comment by Jill — April 6, 2010 @ 10:23 PM

  40. I love lemon desserts so I can’t wait to try this recipe! You’re on my RSS feed, too. :)

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    Comment by Jessica — April 6, 2010 @ 11:04 PM

  41. I can’t believe you’ve been blogging for 2 years and I just found you! These cupcakes look and sound wonderfully delicious!

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    Comment by Kathleen — April 7, 2010 @ 12:45 AM

  42. Congratulations on the two year anniversary! I love your blog!

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    Comment by Lindsay — April 7, 2010 @ 10:06 AM

  43. Yummy looking cupcakes! Thanks for the food tips and recipes for the last 2 years! Happy blogisversary!

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    Comment by Hayley — April 7, 2010 @ 2:28 PM

  44. Congrats on your 2 year Blogiversary!!! Your recipes are phenomenal.

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    Comment by Amy Brown — April 7, 2010 @ 2:51 PM

  45. Happy Blogiversary! The little cupcakes are adorable! Love them in the little flower pots!

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    Comment by pamela — April 8, 2010 @ 8:00 AM

  46. Happy 2 years of blogging! That’s almost as big as a commitment as marriage! Ha. These cupcakes are delicious. Tried it immediately because I love lemon flavored baked goods!

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    Comment by Jaymie Schmidt — April 8, 2010 @ 4:19 PM

  47. This blog, and the blogs you link to, make me so sad I found you AFTER I started my new healthy lifestyle :-) I still love it, though it makes me want to make every.single.thing. Happy blogiversary!

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    Comment by Chris — April 9, 2010 @ 1:26 PM

  48. These are so cute! I can’t wait to try them!!!

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    Comment by Marlene — April 11, 2010 @ 12:07 AM

  49. how do you get that wonderful frosting look? i always use a star tip but i love the smoothness you have here. do you use a round tip? or just snip the corner of a piping bag?

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    amy Reply:

    Stephanie- I used a Wilton #12 tip, held it straight up and down and applied lots of pressure. That’s how I got the smooth “bubble” look. I’m actually really terrible at piping icing with a star tip (for whatever reason!), so I tried this way and really liked it!

    -Amy

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    Comment by stephanie — April 22, 2010 @ 10:48 AM

  50. Wow-happy 2nd birthday to your awesome blog! These look fantastic, btw. Great job!!

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    Comment by Amy O — June 14, 2010 @ 11:35 AM

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  52. I am new to the blogging world and found you through bloglovin.com!! Your site is adorable!!

    Love those cupcakes. I’m looking for a delicious lemon cupcake recipe so I am going to try this one out!

    And I love cooking with whole grains so I am crossing my fingers!!

    -The Fashionista Foodie :)

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    amy Reply:

    Meghan- so happy you found me and maybe found some recipes you might like to try! Thanks for your sweet comment!

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  54. Just tried this recipe and they are really delicious!

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    Comment by SJ — February 12, 2012 @ 12:37 PM

  55. These look delish! How many regular-sized cupcakes do you suppose they will make?

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    Comment by Emily — April 9, 2012 @ 4:10 PM

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