Happy 1st Birthday to our Happy Baby !
Last Tuesday our youngest turned 1 a big cap for the 4 of us if I do say so myself. Our oldest was quite happy to participate in the festivities and of course like any soon to be 4yr old is now very inquisitive as to when it will be his turn to celebrate.
I of course started planning her birthday a few months ago but like any good procrastinator actually did everything the night before into the yearly morning hours of her birthday. Instead of doing a traditional number 1 cake I decided to highlight her first 12months. The idea each cupcake would represent 1 month of her life and show a picture of her at that stage. I had it all planned out to go to the craft store and get new supplies to make the toppers, but of course this did not happen and had to dig into my scrapbook supplies (good thing I never kept up with it)
It also did not help that I started the toppers at nearly 11pm at night and well making 12 unique toppers had me finishing at around 2am.
I tried a Martha Stewart recipe for the cupcakes and frosting and was remarkably surprised at how moist the cupcakes were (one week later we are still eating them). I should have made chocolate as it seems that the birthday girl preferred this but there's always next year :)
I will post the recipe for the cupcakes later on as its from her Cupcakes book and believe it or not she does not have the same ingredients listed on the website. However I'm listing the ingredients for the butter cream below.
Classic Butter Cream
Makes about 4 cups via Martha Stewart
- 12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 pound confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Reduce speed to medium. Add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating after each addition, about 5 minutes. (After every 2 additions, increase speed to high, and beat for 10 seconds, then reduce speed to medium-high). Add vanilla, and beat until butter cream is smooth. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. (Bring to room temperature, and beat on low speed until smooth before using.)
I have to admit that I did have fun making this cake and seeing her growth in pictures. Highly recommend doing this for any first birthday's that you may have in your entourage.