Early Birthday Post!
Well, tomorrow is my birthday, so even though it may sound pathetic, I always make my own cake/treats. There are a few reasons for this. I LOVE TO BAKE! That’s number one. Also, no one else I know is into baking, so if I didn’t make my own cake, it’d be store-bought or something. Lastly, there are few occasions where I get to bake & decorate full-on cakes, because a lot of my friends/family do not enjoy cake. Seriously. Sometimes my sister will eat cupcakes, but she doesn’t really prefer them. Mostly cookies/bars.
Anyhoo, I baked this stuff today, so that on my actual birthday, I can take it easy & relax. My sister is taking me to Vita Cafe, so that will be fun. Hopefully they’ll be open; they were last year. If not, we’ll just gorge ourselves on cupcakes! The cake will be for when Ethan & I celebrate together.
I made one batch of (Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World) chocolate cupcake batter & one batch of fluffy vanilla buttercream. The batter went into 12 mini cupcakes, & the rest got scraped into my mini cake pan.
Then I set aside a bit of frosting for the flowers, a larger amount was made violet, a tinier amount gold. The rest of it was mixed with an entire crushed,jumbo Chick-o-Stick (delightful peanut butter & toasted coconut candy, which tastes like a chocolate-less Butterfinger).
While the cupcakes & cake were baking, I made the flowers, each on their own separate parchment square. These then went into the freezer to harden. Usually I like to make flowers in advance & let them dry, but I procrastinated too much here.
After the cakey items were cool, I piped some Chick-o-Frosting on the cupcakes, then stuck a frozen flower (quickly!) onto the tops of each. The rest of the frosting went in & on the cake (two layers), then the remaining flowers (that survived my clumsy, warm fingers) were stuck onto the sides & top.
I’m really happy with how they all turned out & will try my best not to eat them till tomorrow. Of course I sampled the frosting along the way—it tastes just like a Butterfinger Blizzard, if you’ve ever had one from Dairy Queen.
Okay. Happy 4th of July, even though I am SO unpatriotic! At least a lot of people have a 3-day weekend out of the deal. Stay safe!