Pollyanna Cupcakes

Glad this. Glad That. Do you have to be glad about everything
~from the motion-picture, Pollyanna (1960)~
While crafting this blog entry, I’ve been interrupted five times.
Mom? Oh, Nevermind.
(the oldest son pats my back, sees that I’m blogging, and decides to wait)
So, are we eating cupcakes for supper?
(the hubby asks through his post-Sunday-nap grogginess.)
Do you like pancakes? Yes, I like pancakes.
Do you like waffles? Yes, I like waffles.
Do.do.do.doop. Can’t wait to eat at Sonic…
(youngest son sings in my ear through a mouthful of cinnamon toast)
Mom? Did you get something for dad for Valentines day?
(Oldest son returns, unable to save his burning questions until the end of my blogging session)
Yes, I reply.
Oh, what did you get him?
A iTunes gift card, I say.
Oh, that’s nice. What did he get you?
A workout jacket, I absentmindely say as I continue to craft a coherent sentence.
Oh, wow, Mom. That’s great. Happy Valentines Day.
Mom? Can you come sit by me now?
(Oldest daughter calls from the couch, a warm spot waiting underneath her
Whoops. Did I say there’d been 5 interruptions?
Mom, I need a bandaid for my neck.
(Youngest daughter arrives at my side, chin stretched up high, pointing to a pale pink spot the size of atomic square pea which is, apparently, in dire need of medical intervention.)
Mom, this frog I colored is really good. Just look at it?
(Neck bandaged, youngest daughter now seeks a seasoned art critic to offer an opinion.)
Mom, do you want to do yoga with me?
(Youngest daughter shouts, now, from the living room. Art critic position now closed. Yogi master now needed.)
Mom, dad said I can stay up late tonight.
(Youngest son smiles through his fifth piece of cinnamon toast.)
Mom! They said this guy in the Olympics trained in Colorado Springs! Cool, huh?!
(Oldest son shouts from a sprawled position on the carpet, where youngest daughter is also now attempting the Half Moon pose.)
Life is busy.
Constant motion. Constant chaos.
Someone constantly needs to be fed, filled, snuggled, kissed, watched, warmed, worked with, loved.
It makes me feel so very, truly glad to be
yoga buddy.
secret keeper.
art adorer.
So very glad, indeed.
Perfectly Pollyanna Cupcakes
I’ve always related to the world through dessert. When I remember my grandfather, I think of pink peppermints. When I imagine visiting my sister, I think of all the bakeries we’ll visit side-by-side. And, when I watch a movie, I can barely remember the storyline, but I can remember a the color and texture of a specific cake stuffed into the face of the heroine. Thus was this Pollyanna cake born, when I remembered how mezmerized by the scene in the classic Disney flick when Pollyanna Whittier, hiding behind a leafy plant at her aunts luncheon devours a pure white cake with the palest green frosting sealing it together. These cupcakes are light, delicate, and beautiful. The batter whips up sheeny and cooks up gorgeously. They are lovely cupcakes. I promise you’ll be quite glad to have made them.
3 egg whites
1/3 c. butter
2 T. sour cream
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. marshmallow fluff
1 1/3 c. flour
1/3 c. boiling water
1 tsp. vanilla
In a large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add remaining ingredients and beat together until nicely mixed. Spoon into 6 large cupcake holders, lined with cupcake wrappers. Bake 30-32 minutes for large cuppies.


*Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting
The gentle lemon-mint flavoring in this fluffy frosting makes a beautiful addition to the pure-white Pollyanna Cupcakes. Tint with a single drop of green food coloring and a single drop of blue food coloring for a breathtakingly gentle frosting.
4 oz. marshmallow fluff
1 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1-3 T. whole milk
1 drop peppermint oil
1 drop lemon oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
In a large bowl, beat marshmallow fluff and butter. Slowly add powdered sugar and milk a little at a time, beating until fluffy. Continue to add until desired texture is achieved. Add more milk, if a thinner frosting is desired.
What are you feeling glad for today?

25 Responses to “Pollyanna Cupcakes”

  1. Ginny says:

    So *glad* to know there are women out there who don't take those little things for granted!

  2. Marisa@make*happy says:

    What GORGEOUS photos! And where did you find that little cupcake pedestal? It's precious.

    Of course, the cupcakes look yummy, too. And I can definitely relate to the interruptions while posting… :)

  3. Teresa says:

    Well I must say…
    POLYANNA is one of my all time favorite movies Brooke!
    Favorite part…when they are at the Bazzar and they bring out those HUGE like 5 layers…20 inches around CAKES!!!!
    Oh I adore the look of an old timey cake…and I must write down this cupcake recipe…
    Sounds divine!
    What am I glad about…
    well let me see…
    I am glad that I live on this little bit of heaven called Bainbridge Island…we had a lovely walk today with the sea lions barking in the distance!!
    Happy Heart Day!

  4. screwdestiny says:

    Oh man, I couldn't handle all that needing. But that's why I'm not a mom.

    I do have a question though–why on EARTH would your son be excited to eat at Sonic *said disdainfully* of all places, especially when he has you as his cook?!

  5. Natasha says:

    I love the film Pollyanna it always makes me weep like a baby!
    Totally with you on the interruptions as well, sometimes I feel I must walk miles in a day just in and out of the kitchen answering questions and helping with games/toilet etc.
    Love your pictures and the cakes sound gorgeous!

  6. The Cookie Girl says:

    I love the Movie Pollyanna! I always seem to miss it when it comes on the Hallmark channel during the holidays. Oh well. These cupcakes look delicious.
    I am *glad* that I have a wonderful husband and daughter that need me. It can be overwhelming at times but I cherish every minute I have with them.

  7. WizzyTheStick says:

    Great photos and fabulous food styling. I am *glad* I found your site:-)

  8. annelisep says:

    Thanks so much!! Gorgeous photos & wonderful, witty commentary!! I may try the vanilla high alt. cupcakes today.

    It's Family Day where i live so I'll c if my 4 yr old has any attention span left to help!

  9. oneordinaryday says:

    Awesome post. : )

  10. Amy (Sing For Your Supper) says:

    Oh golly, these are just delightful!! I love the name! I absolutely must try these soon!!


  11. Chablis says:

    crap. I don't have any marshmallow fluff and I. must. have. one. soon.

    I'm so "GLAD" to that you shared this recipe! :)

  12. scrapwordsmom says:

    I love this post and I am so GLAD I found your Blog. It just speaks to me and I LOVE it!!!!:)

  13. Eliana says:

    This all sounds so gosh darn tastey!

  14. katie says:

    hello there!
    i have been following your blog for a quite some time now. i love it! your recipes are wonderful & your photos are nothing short of amazing. thank you for sharing your talents through your blog. :)

    love, katie mcpherson

  15. Megan says:

    These sound delicious-and they look absolutely adorable! Any recipe involving marshmallow fluff is a winner in my book ;)

  16. Monique Boblin says:

    I know some one has already said this – but what wonderful photographs!! Really stunning!! The idea of marshmallow icing just made my belly giggle a little. What creative ideas, the fact that you have time to do all the ‘normal’ things in life and have such a professional blogging page is amazing. I am going to be following you and your blog for sure!

  17. cookies and cups says:

    These look so good! I will definitely try them! I love your site and that picture of you in the killer yellow heels is awesome ;)

  18. Kat says:

    These cupcakes look delicious! And your "interruption" stories made me smile. :)

  19. Christiana says:

    I adore your blog, your photos are so beautiful and such an inspiration! Not to mention those cupcakes look mouth watering!

    I recently just started my own blog and would love to know what you think!


  20. Donna says:

    Somehow I missed the movie Pollyanna. But I made these cupcakes this weekend anyway and they were delicious. Except I didn't have any oils so I used lemon flavoring and at some point in the last 20 years they have changed the lid from a dropper to a pour spout and I accidentally poured in too much lemon. I was worried but everyone here said they tasted great. Whew! I love all your recipes and your pics are wonderful!

  21. Tami (Pixeltrash) says:

    Hey, Girl! I love your blog and thought that you might like the free cupcake wrappers I have on my site. www(dot)foodartparty(dot)blogspot(dot)com.

  22. Jamica says:

    Polyanna was a favorite movie of my mom's. she always had crystals hanging in the windows to remind us to have a "polyanna attitude". I remember one grumpy morning of my teenage years, being SO annoyed by the rainbows that floated around the room while I wished I were still in bed sleeping. (I bet I wouldn't have been as grumpy about life if my mom had chosen to use cupcakes with light green frosting to remind me to have a 'polyanna attitude' instead of non- edible crytals!)

  23. doreeen sia says:

    Haha wows. I'd love to be a mum soon :P I mean, in time to come. HAHAHA. Nice cupcakes by the way! :D

  24. doreeen sia says:

    Haha wows. I'd love to be a mum soon :P I mean, in time to come. HAHAHA. Nice cupcakes by the way! :D

  25. margee says:

    what is the temp at which to bake these cupcakes?

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