Welcome Melissa today to the Cupcake Party! You may remember Melissa from last year’s Sewing Collective posts here on the blog. Not only does she have style and mad sewing skills, she knows how to make some pretty sweet treats! – Betz

Hello everbody! Isn’t it exciting that Betz has been stitching and sharing for 10 years!! I really think of her iconic wool cupcakes as the beginning of a conversation about sustainable stitches; a conversation that is still going and has expanded dramatically in the years since. I distinctly remember when her book Sewing Green was released. It felt to me like a revelation that using repurposed fabric and organic materials could be so beautiful. It wasn’t dumpy or dull, it was lush, gorgeous, colorful and fun. Thank you Betz!

Cool Whip Icing | Cupcake Celebration

I think of Betz as a leader in the movement toward repurposed materials in the DIY world and it’s been thrilling for me to get to know her over the years. For that reason I decided to throw a cupcake party and I’m sharing a family icing recipe for the first time!

Cupcake Celebration | a happy stitch

Most likely, you are imagining a complicated, all-natural icing that has been handed down for generations. And, I should start by shattering that myth. I grew up in the 80s when Cool Whip was king. There is nothing all-natural about this recipe but it does have many merits. One, it is gob-smackingly delicious. Seriously. It has just the right amount of sweetness, is incredibly light and so,so tasty. Two, it takes about 3 minutes to make. These are the reasons it is a family favorite. So, let go a little and enjoy this delicious and slightly naughty icing.

To prepare it, make your best chocolate cupcakes, at least a dozen. This icing is best on chocolate. Gather the following ingredients:

  • 8 ounce container of Cool Whip
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup milk

Prepare the vanilla pudding by adding the milk to the pudding mix and whisking for 2 minutes straight. Whisk in powdered sugar. Lastly, fold in the full container of cool whip. That’s it! Pipe that good sweet stuff onto your cupcakes and enjoy! It’s a cupcake party!!

cupcake celebration | cool whip icing | a happy stitch


You can find more from Melissa at A Happy Stitch! You can read about her amazing commitment to buying no new clothes for herself for over a year!

[P.S. Winners have been chosen and contacted for last week’s notecard giveaway! Thanks to all of those who commented!]