I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn’t have one. So I got a cake. ~ Mitch Hedberg
Baby’s birthday party yesterday went off without a hitch. Well, without any major hitches, anyway — yeah, the weather didn’t completely cooperate, and my mother-in-law had to make a last minute run to the store to get soda, due to the fact that I had been so focused on beer and wine that I had COMPLETELY forgotten that there are people in the world who don’t drink, and that I’m related to some of them.
BUT. Beer and wine were drunk (though we have lots of leftovers — who’s up for a random mid-week drink-fest? I know I am!) Cupcakes were consumed. Baby decided that he’s not so much a fan of cupcakes (a fact that makes this Mama pretty happy, lemme tell ya). Presents were opened, chewed on, flung around, and tossed aside. It was a blast.
So now that the birthday has happened, and Baby is officially a Big Kid (not really, he’s still pretty tiny, but this is what we tell him), my little man needs a new blog name. I polled my readers (all twelve of you — an elite group!) and came up with a list of suggestions. Here are my top five favorites:
Aaaaaaand … drum roll, please … the winner is …
Thanks to Dotty Headbanger of the hilarious Notes From A She-Hermit ©™® for my dear little Sausage’s new name! Dotty, you win … um … my gratitude? A crumpled Star Wars napkin with smudges of icing on? A dust bunny the size of a schnauzer? Sigh. I’ve got nothing. Hopefully, you will be pleased at having been chosen, and at getting upwards of one whole hit from my having linked to you. Huzzah!
And since this did at least start out as a food blog (no matter what direction it has since gone in), I want to share with you the wonderful recipe I used for our birthday cupcakes yesterday. Many thanks to Cauldrons and Cupcakes for this recipe! Click here for the original recipe — a lovely, cake-y banana cake with butter frosting, very conveniently noted in both metric measurements and our
backward provincial American ones. I adapted it a little to use ingredients that I already had, rather than purchasing new things just for one recipe, and I also adjusted it to be cupcakes rather than a loaf cake.
1 stick of unsalted butter
3/4 cup of sugar
3 very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with those ruffly cupcake papers. Or you could grease and flour all those little cups, but seriously, who wants to do that?
Cream the butter and sugar together (here’s a link that will tell you what that means and how to do it — I had no idea). Use the electric mixer, because again, we are not masochists (unless we are, in which case, you know, go for it). Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Peel the bananas and mash them in a bowl with the vanilla. Dump this into the butter mixture and use the beaters to combine well.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and baking soda into the bowl with the banana and butter mixture and use a spoon to gently combine. Do not beat, just fold through.
Spoon the batter into the cupcake cups (really now, what are those things called? They must have a real name, right?)
Bake for 25 minutes, then check for done-ness with a toothpick. If they’re not done, keep cooking in five minute increments until they are. I used two different pans, and the cupcakes in one were done after 25 minutes, while the others took five minutes longer.
Cool in the pan.
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
Beat the butter until soft and creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar (seriously, do it gradually, I screwed up and added it all at once and it made everything much more difficult) and the cocoa, adding the milk to get a smooth consistency. Taste it to see if you want more cocoa. Then taste some more, to make sure it’s right. Then lick the beaters. IT WILL BE DELICIOUS. MAKE SURE THAT YOU LEAVE SOME FOR THE CUPCAKES.
Make sure that your cupcakes are cool before you frost them. Mmmm, cupcake-y wonderfulness! A nice Moscato D’Asti makes an excellent pairing. After all, it’s not a children’s birthday party if the adults aren’t all slightly hammered, is it?
What are your favorite birthday party treats?