Fact: Being an adult can really suck!
There are definite perks of course (yes, I can eat ice cream and pizza WHENEVER I WANT); but overall you have all kinds of responsibilities like bills, laundry and grocery shopping.
Adult activities are TERRIBLE! Like buying a house! What should be an exciting endeavor is in fact a form of cruel and unusual punishment.
I might have enjoyed my childhood a bit more had I realized how precious those carefree years really were. Peter Pan really had the right idea…why grow up? Of course, until we discover the location of Neverland, I will continue to age and spend money on things like mortgage payments and health insurance.
My good friend Alex Roque recently celebrated her birthday and I am convinced that deep down inside, she will never grow up (one of the many things I love about her). She did, after all, celebrate her birthday chasing Peter Pan around Disneyland.
For her birthday party, she had a very adult sit down dinner at an Italian restaurant but with a touch of whimsy! Centerpieces included tiny lace crowns, favors were little jars of fairy dust (sugar), and I made her some shimmery flower cupcakes.
What would have been a fancy and sophisticated dinner with a normal group of adults turned into something much more exciting for us. It included a dirty mad-libs card and an exciting rendition of “Happy Birthday” where I somehow flung the birthday girl’s glass of red wine across the table.
It’s ok though, because the birthday girl’s sister also knocked over a glass of wine that night so I wasn’t the only clumsy one the wait staff wanted to toss out.
But I made cupcakes, so that totally makes up for any party foul, right?
The flowers were made out of gum paste and decorated with petal dust, luster dust, and black pearl sprinkles. I used white melting candy to attach the pearl sprinkles and flowers
The cupcakes themselves are two different recipes, which I did not change much.
I made White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes from Love & Olive Oil. The only change I made was to replace the all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour (since the birthday girl is gluten-intolerant). I have to admit being a little worried and confused when I read the recipe and it didn’t include eggs…but these cupcakes turned out amazing and super moist! I have some leftover frosting so I will probably be making them again very soon.
The second cupcakes were Tiramisu from Brown Eyed Baker. I added a simple filling to these ones – I made chocolate pudding using about half as much milk as called for and adding a few tablespoons of strong brewed coffee and then folded it into some whipped cream. I also used the gluten-free flour for this one. Now, I know I am my own worst critic, but I didn’t think these turned out quite as well. The cake portion of the recipe requires whipping the eggs and then folding in the flour mixture. I have had this problem before when I made a gluten-free angel food cake – the gluten free flour just doesn’t incorporate into the eggs the way it should. I may need to look into different gluten free flour mixtures in the future to fix this one that is a bit lighter.
How can you not feel young when nibbling on these sugary toppings and yummy cupcakes?