Our sweet Carmen celebrated her special 6th birthday yesterday. We had a lovely party with our family & many special friends. She has no idea how lucky she is to be loved so much. And with that love she returns a quirkiness & sweetness unlike any other. We love her to the moon & back.
♥ Our Muffin Face ♥
In our house, birthdays mean you get to pick your favorite dinner, choose your birthday dessert, and create your list of party guests. Carmen chose spaghetti & meatballs, which works perfect for all type of eating preferences. We have one grandma that is vegetarian, so she can leave out the meatballs. Another grandma that is allergic to wheat/gluten, so I used zucchini ribbons for noodles and tortilla chip crumbs to replace the bread crumbs in her meatballs. If everyone is happy, I’m happy. Carmen is happy too since she also worries about all the little details of entertainment as well. Next, she was very specific about what sort of cupcakes she wanted. Chocolate cake, with rose pink frosting, and bright pink sugar sprinkles. I thought, pink on pink? That’s not gonna work? As all good mamas should, I did it anyway. What a shock, so totally cute! They were a hit at her party and she also ordered them for her classmates at her school celebration. This time I added little heart gobstoppers for the munchkins. I couldn’t resist with all the sweet valentines decorations in abundance. Do I dare share the most splendid & scrumptious cupcake recipe I have eaten to date? But of course darling…
Dark Chocolate Cuppycakes & Cream Cheese Frosting
One-Bowl Chocolate Cuppycakes
3/4 c cocoa powder or special dark cocoa powder
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c white sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 c warm water
3/4 c buttermilk
3 TBS oil
1 tsp vanilla
Makes 18-24 cupcakes
1. Sift all dry ingredients together in mixing bowl
2. Add everything else and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes
3. Fill cups 2/3 full
4. Bake at 350° for 15-20 min
1 block of cream cheese
1 stick of butter
1 tsp of vanilla
Up to 1 box of powdered sugar (to taste)
1. Blend all ingredients at room temperature.
2. Color with food coloring if desired.
3. Put into piping bag (or plastic bag) and decorate.
Now these are sinful, so I’m warning you now. Make sure you have a lot of mouths around to help you eat them or you’ll gain at least 5lbs because you won’t be able to stop. TRUST ME!
Happiest of Birthdays to our Sweet Carmen. We love you mucho grande!
Did you think I came up with these recipes myself? Oh, I so did not! Another big thanks to Sarah. I adore you & appreciate your willingness to help me shine in mommyhood!
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