Happy Birthday Mr. President! No, I did not say it like Marilyn Monroe in case you were wondering! Presidents’ Day is an American holiday to celebrate George Washington's birthday which is February 22nd. We observe this day on February 18th so that workers can have more three-day weekends.
As a history major whose favorite area of history is American history, it is safe to say that I love learning about the different presidents. Here are a few facts about George Washington that are totally not true!
1. He cut down a cherry tree.
No, no, no. I seriously can’t help my eyes from rolling when I hear this myth being said and repeated every year! He never cut down a cherry tree!! This is a myth that was created about him by the first person to write a biography about him after his death in 1799. People were so interested in him and his life they were going crazy for a book. Mason Locke Weems, delivered this book but added many fake stories to the book so he could get it to the people faster. For whatever reason of all the myths in the book, the cherry tree myth stuck. *eye roll*
2. He wanted to be president.
After the revolutionary war, Washington wanted to focus on his farm, Mt. Vernon and living life as a citizen. However, the people had already begun talking about Washington being president and they wouldn’t leave him alone. Washington has many reasons for not wanting to be president some being, he was too old, someone else could do the job and his love of being retired. Unfortunately for him, the people wore him down and he accepted the presidency.
3. He had teeth made of wood.
This is by far one of my favorite myths about Washington. Everyone knows that Washington had teeth made of wood. I remember hearing this in 1st grade and being completely flabbergasted that someone could have teeth made of anything besides, well, teeth! The truth is he did have false teeth, but they were never made of wood. He had different sets of false teeth for different occasions but they were made of ivory, other human teeth (creepy), horse teeth (also creepy), lead-tin and copper alloy. The myth came from some of his dentures taking on a worn, woody look after excessive use.
Aside from just Washington alone, Presidents’ Day is an important day in the U.S. to remember our leaders (good and bad).
I certainly love quite a few different presidents. Who is your favorite president? Did you know any of those myths were myths? Share this with others, because I’m sick of hearing about that cherry tree… now here’s a cherry cupcake!
Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil.
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour.
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk, at room temp.
- 1 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
- 2 tbsp. pure vaniila extract
- 1 stick unsalted butter at room temp.
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 4 eggs, at room temp.
- Cherries, fresh or canned
- Optional, food coloring
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 4 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 4 sticks butter, unsalted at room temp.
- Optional, food coloring
For the cupcake
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the cupcake tin with liners.
- Whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Combine milk, vinegar and vanilla in a small bowl.
- Beat the butter, oil and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 5 to 7 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time; beat until thick, 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium low; beat in the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk mixture. Beat just until smooth, then finish mixing with a rubber spatula.
- Fill the liners 2/3 way up with batter.
- Bake the cupcakes for 16-18 minutes.
For the frosting
- Beat the butter and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium- high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Reduce speed to low and beat in the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, increasing the speed to medium-high.
- Repeat with the remaining 4 cups, beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla and milk.
- Fill plastic piping bag with frosting with the tip of your choice.You can use any tip like this 7pcs Set Stainless Steel Sphere Ball Tips Russian Icing Piping Nozzles Tips Pastry Cake Fondant Cupcake Buttercream DIY Baking Tools. Begin piping on each cupcake! Place your cherries on each cupcake. Enjoy!
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