Birthday Cake Muffins

There’s a teenager officially in the house. I thought I’d be sad about that. But, he’s a great kid. He made me breakfast in bed this morning for no good reason at all. And at night he scoots a chair up next to me while I blog and puts his hand on my knee.  See? Great kid. So, I’m not terrifically sad to see him becoming a man. Because he’ll be a great man some day. Though, I’m afraid that will be sooner than I dare admit.

The little brother and sisters and I did a bit of sneaky shopping on Friday, the day before our teenagers birthday. We combed the store, pooled our pennies, gathered together a basket full of goodies. A mechanical pencil, lime green Crocs, spicy cologne to impress the ladies at school. We paid for our loot, sneaked the bags into the back of the car, and kept them hidden there until nigh until midnight Friday eve, when the birthday boy had fallen asleep.

With plans to string streamers and wrap presents, we began with whispered excitement until…I went out the to car to discover that we’d been given ALL the bags of purchased stuff, EXCEPT the ones with the birthday gifts. Awesome.

So, that great kid of mine woke early to an empty kitchen table, a few measly streamers that had drooped overnight, and no eggs in the fridge for a fabu birthday breakfast. Things were not looking impressive. Or festive. Or delicious. It was a low point in mothering.

Something had to be done. And fast.

So, I pulled five simple ingredients from the fridge and pantry, stirred them together, and conjured muffins that made that teenager of mine actually say, “mom! this is the perfect birthday present.” I totally think he was stretching the truth. But, if I’m gonna raise a good man, I’ve got to teach him how to make a lady feel good. Even if her behind does look big in those jeans.


Birthday Cake Muffins


1/2 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles


In an electric mixer, beat together the butter, yogurt, syrup and honey, and flour until smooth. (The batter should be light and fluffy, but thick enough to sit on a spoon. If it's too runny, feel free to add another 1/4 cup of flour to the batter. Sometimes the thickness of the batter will change when using brown rice syrup or honey as a sweetener). Fold in the rainbow sprinkles. If you want to add more that just a half cup, feel free. The more, the festiver.

Spoon batter into muffin tins lined with cupcake wrappers. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 17-19 minutes. Feed to your birthday teenager and enjoy!

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24 Responses to “Birthday Cake Muffins”

  1. mangiabella says:

    sweet bella Brooke, I’m so honored to be the recipient of your mega awesome giveaway ~ THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!

    ohhhh I so hate it when you leave the store without the best and most important bag of goodies and don’t realize it until THAT moment when said goodies are needed…this has happened to me a freakish amount of times…

    but what a recovery, you rock! I can’t think of any teenager that wouldn’t be stokked to wake up to birthday muffins such as these…awesomeeee

  2. Such a sweet way to start the birthday! Isn’t he such a handsome fella?!?! I know you’ll be squeezing on him all day for his birthday. The years just start flying by don’t they? Enjoy!

  3. Jiwon Sim says:

    Happy Birthday Andrew!!! You are going to be an awesome guy! :)

  4. Oooh … like the look of these. The next birthday celebration here is late June, but I don’t think I can wait that long. Maybe we’ll call them Mother’s Day Muffins this week. ; )

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  5. Betsy says:

    That is one handsome boy you’ve got there, mamacita! :) (But with parents as attractive as his are, it was sort of a given, I suppose.) Now then – today is not my birthday, nor is my birthday even sort of soon-ish…and yet…I somehow think these little babies will be making it to the table today. I could use some rainbow sprinkles in my life right about now! :)

  6. Amanda N says:

    Those muffins are so cheerful looking! Sounds like that guy had some good parenting. :-) So rare to meet a responsible, kind, thoughtful teenager these days it seems.

  7. Erin says:

    Ooo they look great!

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  9. Happy Birthing Day to you my friend. And to Andrew!

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  10. Katrina says:

    Cake muffins?! Hurray! These look lovely.

  11. What a sweet start to a birthday morning!

  12. Those are my kind of “crazy” ingredients, they muffins look delicious and very festive!

  13. Kristy says:

    YUM! They look awesome. Yay to having sons who still show you they love you :)

  14. Amy Allen says:

    So I’m dying to know if you were able to recover the other bags eventually. And I think that any young man who took it in stride is pretty much the kind of young man I would want my own lovely teenage redhead to marry someday. hmmm……..

    • Brooke says:

      Yes! We got them back the next day…went to the store and asked the clerk and she said, “well some lady left this bag last night,” (I tried not to snort and tell her I’d NOT left it, that THEIR cashier didn’t load it into my basket. Snort. Snort. Huff. But decided to be the nice person I am in my heart and smiled contentedly). Sure enough, our bag, filled with every one of the birthday boys gifts was right there a waitin’ for us!

      And, yes! Let’s get these two together. Any mama who can appreciate the goodness of my boy is welcome to share him with her daughter. :)

  15. Jamica WIlcox says:

    This is such a sweet post! I hope he had a great day! Welcome Teenage years!!!!

  16. Liz says:

    These look amazing! Thanks!!

    • *Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this website needs much more consideration. I’ll probably be again to read much more, thanks for that info.

  17. Tracy says:

    Is there a substitute for brown rice syrup? I read that honey is one but that would make 3/4 c. honey which is a lot!

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