I was mentioning to my niece that today is “Go Purple” Day in Texas. This is where people are asked to wear purple to support victims of domestic violence and bring awareness to the issue.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and since I’ve been working for a domestic violence organization I’ve tried to make sure the kids know all about it. I asked her to wear purple to school and then I quickly realized I didn’t have anything seasonal that was purple.
Oh what a dilemma. So, what do I do? Bake cupcakes of course! This is my way of bringing awareness to the issue.
1 in 4 women in the US will be affected by domestic violence in her life. It’s an issue that doesn’t discriminate and can be emotional, physical, mental, or financial in nature. Domestic violence is also something that many people don’t want to talk about. A lot of people think it’s a private family matter. It’s not.
No one should live with abuse. And if you see it going on, speak out if it’s safe to do so, call the police, or just ask the one being abused if they need help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 to provide assistance. Call them at 800-799-SAFE (7233).
If you’re in Austin, you can also support The Hotline by going to the Painting with a Purpose painting class at Painting with a Twist this Sunday, Oct. 21 in North Austin. It’s a fun time to have with your friends, drink a little wine, and donate to a great cause. You can sign up here. This is the painting we are making.
Now, back to the cupcakes. This is a recipe I found on a blog that uses a cake mix and a few other ingredients. Simple and they are good if you are in a pinch. I’m going to have to keep a box of cake mix around just to make these when I want a quick cupcake.
Domestic Violence Awareness Cupcakes (recipe slightly adapted from Saucy’s Sprinkles)
1 box yellow cake mix (Or any flavor cake mix)
1/2 c butter, melted
1 c water
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients. Using a mixer on low speed, beat for 2 minutes. Switch to high speed for 1-2 minutes to fully incorporate.
Place cupcake liners in muffin tins and fill about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 mins.
Let cool and decorate.
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