Persons born on leap day, February 29, are called "leaplings" or "leapers." Leapers have 75 percent fewer birthdays and the chance of being born on February 29th is 1 out of every 1,500. It was once thought that leapling babies would inevitably prove sickly and "hard to raise," though no one remembers why.
Leap year occurs every four years to help syncronize the calendar and solar year. Or the length of time the earth takes to rotate the sun. And it also gives us an extra to put off doing our Taxes!!
Since I don't know of any Leap Year recipes off the top of my head, I think the Birthday Cake should be special and fun to make. Might I suggest a frog...
Here's a fun and easy way to show your "Leaper" how much you care - Leap Frog Cupcakes.
3 tblsp. Green Buttercream Frosting (see recipe below)
1 standard Classic Vanilla Cupcake (see recipe below or use a box mix)
2 green mini jelly fruit slices
2 green licorice pastels
1 watermelon jelly fruit slice
Green ribbon strip candy, cut into 2 triangles
Frost cupcake. Gently press mini jelly fruit slices into cupcake, for eyes. Push licorice deep enough into cupcake so only tips poke out, for nostrils. Trim watermelon slice to form a smile and place on cupcake. Tuck strip candy triangles under cupcake, for feet.
1 cup shortening
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, orange extract, or almond extract
4-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar (about 1 pound)
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
In a medium mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Slowly add half of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar and enough remaining milk to reach spreading consistency. This frosts the tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers. (Halve the recipe to frost a 13x9x2-inch cake or cupcakes.) Makes about 3 cups.
Classic Vanilla Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups all purpose four
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 fine sea salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup whole milk, room temperature
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a cupcake pan with wrappers.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing just until blended. Beat in vanilla. Add the flour mixture and milk.; mix thoroughly.
Fill each cup 2/3 full and bake for 18-24 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely and frost as desired. Makes 12 cupcakes.
Happy Birthday, Leapers and Leaplings!