Saturday, February 27, 2010

A trifecta of birthdays

Pop quiz:
What do you get when you have three lovely young ladies with birthdays just days apart?
a. A celebratory dinner to kick the night off
b. A Gossip Girl-themed dance party where the DJ's spinning great tunes all night and guests are dressed a la Blair Waldorf and Nate Archibald
c. A perfect occasion for cupcakes
d. All of the above

This one's a no-brainer, people. The answer is d! Obviously.

I was thrilled when Jessica requested a batch of cupcakes for her joint birthday celebration with friends Jen and Tiffany. Two different cupcakes to cater to an assortment of tastes -- for the three birthday girls and their dinner guests. Here's what my assistant and I whipped up:
Red Velvet cupcakes with Bailey's cream cheese frosting -- these bad boys have been a crowd favorite lately with their rich buttermilk cake base, hint of cocoa, and generous swirl of cream cheese frosting infused with Bailey's Irish cream.
For the chocoholics (and we never forget the chocoholics), we made some Midnight Mocha cupcakes:
Dark chocolate cupcakes with Kahlua poured into the batter for a deep coffee flavor, all topped with silky chocolate mousse frosting. While the decadent mousse might nudge you towards a food coma after a heavy meal, it's the Kahlua that'll keep you wired and ready for a night of partying. Something to the effect of a Red Bull vodka, but far more pleasant, wouldn't you agree?
Happy birthday, Jessica, Jen, and Tiffany! I hope you ladies had an evening as fabulous as you are and as Upper East Side-esque as can be...just short of lunching on the Met steps with Queen B.

XOXO,
Carrie Cakeaway

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