Hi sweet teeth.  I hope you had a nice weekend.  Mine was lovely.  It was my best friend’s 30th birthday and we had a party for her.

 Me and my bestie Naomi

It’s funny how we go through different stages in our lives when it seems like all of our friends are going through the same thing.  A few years ago, I had a lot of weddings to attend as several of my friends got married within a couple of years of each other.  Now, its Baby Mania!  At the birthday party yesterday, in a group of about 25 adults, my husband and I were definitely in the minority not having a baby.  I love babies.  I could just hold a new baby and stare at it all day.  I also love returning the babies to their respectful owners when they squeak, smell or wiggle too much.  So although I am within a couple of years of a landmark birthday, I am not panicking about the ticking of that biological clock.  Someday I hope to have little sweet teeth, but for now, my cupcakes and cookies are my babies.

Speaking of cupcakes and now that you know my 5 year plan (:)) let’s get on to the sweet stuff.  Naturally I was thrilled and honored to be in charge of Naomi’s birthday cake.  Red velvet is one of her favorite flavors and I just happened to have a recipe I have been anxious to try to it worked out well for everyone!  I made the cupcakes quite large because if you remember my theory, the bigger the better with all baked goods.  After making the batter, I was a bit nervous.  It looked sticky almost like a biscuit dough.  But I was so pleased to see them turn perfectly glossy and red once they had baked for awhile. I really wish I could have one of those time lapse cameras that they have on cooking shows in my oven to record the wonderful process of a messy batter becoming a beautiful, perfect cupcake.  Anyway, the cream cheese frosting was possibly the best part of the cupcake as frosting often is.  It was thick, smooth and so creamy.  My ideal cupcake:frosting ratio is 2:1 so I wasn’t afraid to load it on.  The cupcakes were a hit and the birthday girl was happy.  What a great day.

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Recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?

 Isn’t the color great?

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5 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    Beautiful! (the cupcakes and you and Naomi) I’ve always wanted to make red velvet cupcakes and since it uses the mixer, I think it will be my first baking project out west! 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Sep 27, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

      They were pretty fab! Yes! Baking projects for your new mixer are a must!


  2. Naomi's Dad
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Wow, what a site you have put together. Beautiful photos, especially of you and Naomi. It activates my sweet tooth just looking at the photos. Enjoy. Bob Schwegler DDS


    • Mercedes
      Oct 15, 2011 @ 11:49 am

      Thanks Bob! It was fun to be able to celebrate Naomi’s birthday with her. It’s always so great to see her and Nick. I hope you had a nice trip and are doing well. Thanks for checking out my blog!


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