Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcakes and Birthday Time

So the other day was my birthday. It was with HORROR that I realised I was actually a whole year older than I thought I was once Harry asked how old I was and I recalculated it! As I was working night shift over the weekend and going into my birthday I thought I would take some food in to share with all the girls. I made these Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and took in some other bits and pieces for us to all nibble on. It was so lovely as the girls all sang Happy Birthday to me in all their different languages so it was sung in Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Arabic, German, English and there was also a really lovely different birthday song in Mandarin wishing me luck, health and happiness. I'm so lucky to work with all these amazing women!

Anyway these cupcakes can be found here. I did have to add a little bit of water to the cocoa, food colouring mix as I found it didn't make a paste at all so I just added enough water to make it a thick paste as I didn't want to alter the consistency of the mix too much. It didn't seem to affect it at all. As well as that I just made my own icing with some cream cheese and butter then some vanilla and icing sugar as I prefer my cream cheese icing to be less 'wet' as it can get when there is a large cream cheese component. This means that it is more likely to hold it's shape if you pipe it on. I topped mine with some edible glitter which always looks better and more glittery than it does in the photos. This was a lovely recipe and made delicious cupcakes.

Dons and I on our way out to dinner the other night
The cake Dons whipped up for me...looks like the house is going to catch fire with all those candles!

Me with Reuben and Harry

Dons, Harry and I

With my too-tall baby Reuben

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