Thursday, September 07, 2006

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

So I've been gone for what feels like an eternity. Alot has been going on - work has been busy, the summer has kept us constantly on the go, and our house was struck by lightning during a really horrendous thunderstorm. The family and the house itself are just fine. But everything that was even moderately electronic in the house? That was a different story. We're mostly back to normal now, so I'm ready to get back to blogging.

Sadly, I missed my blog-birthday, so I didn't get to say Happy Blog Day to me. The one year anniversary was August 10th, so perhaps we can have a Happy Belated Blog Day celebration on September 10th? Yes, yes I think we will do just that.

Today is a very special day though - it's the birthday of a very special friend. Unfortunately we're states apart and I can't join in on the actual festivities, but I thought I'd create a little celebration of my own in his honor. I truly feel like this man is one of my biggest supporters. And our love of food seems to draw us even closer to one another, which is why sending out my wishes for a fantastic and truly happy birthday via my food blog seemed so appropriate.

lemon cupcakes with vanilla-lemon buttercream

So Eric, this one's for you Kid. Happy, Happy Birthday. Love Ya!

The September issue of Everyday Food includes yellow cupcakes with vanilla frosting, so I thought today would be as perfect a time as any to give them a try. I had a lemon sitting out that was in it's last few days, so I decided to make good use of it in these cupcakes.

lemon cupcakes with vanilla-lemon buttercream

Yellow Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp lemon juice
finely grated zest of 1 small lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line 12 standard muffin tins with paper liners. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a liquid measuring cup, mix milk and vanilla; set aside.

In bowl of electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add half of dry ingredients, followed by milk mixture, then remaining dry ingredients. Add lemon juice and zest. Do not overmix.

Divide batter evenly amoung prepared muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat all ingredients together until smooth. Mix in more confectioners sugar or milk as needed to achieve a spreadable consistency.

Comments on "Happy Birthday Cupcake!"


Blogger Cate said ... (8:07 AM) : 

Happy Belated Blog Birthday! Love the plate (and the cupcakes, of course!) - where'd you get it?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:07 PM) : 

"a lot" is two wordss. please fix it! grammar mistakes kill me.


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (9:09 PM) : 

Well thank you for anonymously pointing out that out and letting me know that grammatical mistakes bother you so.

Since we're discussing grammar, we might as well mention spelling and point out that when writing, sentences should begin with capital letters.

Please come back often and ALOT, I'm sure I'll commit many more grammatical crimes. =)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:42 PM) : 

Happy Blog Birthday, glad to see you back, your wonderful food photos always make me smile (and hungry)!!

Glad to hear you and your family are alright after the lighting strike. Electronics can always be replaced!


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (9:04 AM) : 

WOW! I am truly honored to have a whole entry just for my birthday! You knew this was a tough one for me and I appreciate teh dedication! And just knowing how you know me, you picked on with vanilla icing, rather than chocolate...and yellow cake is my fave!

You KNOW I'm a huge supporter, just as you've supported me over the last year or so. I hope we're together for lots more anniversaries...I know I'm planning on it! :)


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (9:16 AM) : 

Did you call me "kid" kid? LOL! I'm rubbing off on you!


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (12:39 AM) : 

lol yes I called you kid! It was part of the I'm glad you finally had time to check in and read. Now you see why I've been asking repeatedly? I didn't want to give away the surprise of it.

You deserve it! I wish I could have given you the cupcakes in person, but hopefully this seems like the next best thing. They seemed extra special because I couldn't eat a bite without thinking about you. I knew this would be a tough birthday for you, you're right about that. But I hope that you look at it now and don't feel it's nearly as tough as you anticipated..I really do hope.


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (9:14 AM) : 

The party on saturday started around 5:30pm and the last folks left at just before 4:00am. I was feeling it yesterday, lol! I know you sent me some msgs on myspace but I haven't had a chance to read them yet. I'm planning on getting to them tonight. Wish we could have shared them together too :(

You are a classy southern belle, m'lady!


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (1:23 PM) : 

Sounds like you had quite the party. Of course I know it wasn't really a party without me I'm kidding

I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful celebration.


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (8:56 AM) : 

Yeah, definitely would have been better with my cupcake there! :(


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (8:49 AM) : 

So what's your next great dish?


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (1:22 PM) : 

Well, I have some cookie recipes I've tried out & need to get posted.

As far as great dishes go..I need to find one I Any suggestions?


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (10:18 AM) : 

I'd love to see how a southern belle does ribs.......


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (1:01 PM) : 

Want to come man the grill for me?? =) lol


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (12:52 PM) : 

Course i would! I'm thinking about making a nice big pot-o-chili when i get home tonight!


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (1:06 PM) : 

yum! I love you put beans in yours? We do..alot of people don't though it seems. My dad makes really good chili, his "recipe" is pretty simple simple I'm not even sure it should be called a recipe lol


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (11:55 AM) : 

Yes to the beans. Three types - Pinto, Kidney and Black beans. I also don't drain them. The liquid they're in adds flavor. Put a bunch of these peppers in too. I got them at the farmer's market - they were in baskets and just labeled "Mexican Hot Peppers". Really good. Lot's of beef (ground this time but sometimes I'll cube skirt steak). Beer, lots of garlic and onion, chipotle chili powder and chipotle chili sause, tomato paste, cumin, ground coriander, and a few other spices. Then I made cornbread biscuits with green onion and cheddar in them to serve with. Came out yummy and i have about a gallon left over that i froze. LOVE THE STUFF!

What did you make last night?


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (11:21 PM) : 

Yum! Will you please come cook that for me? It sounds so good. Maybe a bit spicy for me though. You made cornbread biscuits?? What's that? Or do you mean cornbread muffins, where you put the batter into muffin tins? They sound yummy though whatever they are.

I didn't technically make my dad usually does our Sunday night dinner - I like it better that way =) He made hamburger steak & onions yum!


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (9:04 AM) : 

Sorry - MUFFINS, not biscuits! Maybe someday, I'll come cook it for you. It's not actually that spicy.

Fill in a yankee as to what hamburger steak is?


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (1:21 PM) : 

oooh ok, I thought maybe a cornbread biscuit was some yankee thing I haven't heard

Hamburger steak is soooo not steak. It's just a hamburger with grilled/sauteed onions, but it's not on a bun & is eaten as a meat n vegetables kinda meal. And it must be eaten with lots & lots of A1 sauce, according to me anyway =)


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (9:52 AM) : 

Aaah...sounds tasty! Except for the A1 part - GAK!

Up here, A1 is kind of frowned on as it's associated with bad cuts of steak, lol! Oh, I forgot to tell you, we're having our annual block party this weekend and the theme is Luauh (spelling?) know, the Haiwaiin thing. I'm at an impasse as to what to make....HELP!!!!


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (1:12 PM) : 

haha, well A1 is just associated with tasty down here, atleast in my book =) you guys are having a Luau huh? Such fun! I planned a luau themed party a few months back..the food was catered though, lots of Filipino foods (not my area of expertise - but it was delish!). What kind of dish do you want to make - side dish, meat, dessert, appetizer? Something fruity or with some pineapple would go great with the theme.


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (9:08 AM) : 

I was thinking about grilling "terriaki burgers". They would have terriaki sauce and probably a bit of pineapple juice mixed in with the hamburger meat. Then I figured i'd top them with a really thin slice of pineapple and some thinly sliced red bell peppers that were quickly grilled. Sound decent?....or disusting??!?!!


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (1:30 PM) : 

I'm not a huge fan of bell peppers, but everything else sounds really delish to me! I think for my taste preferences I would change the peppers out for thinly sliced grilled onion along with the pineapple.

If I wasn't feeling under the weater I would be SO hungry right now!


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (11:17 AM) : 

aww....a bit of a cold, have we? Let me send you down some tea...

Oh, changed my mind on the burgers, but good advice. Instead, i'm making soy sauce chicken, ever have it? YUM!


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (1:05 PM) : 

Soy Sauce chicken? You mean like teriyaki chicken? If so yessss I've had it & I love the stuff. Otherwise, nope never had it, but I love soy sauce so I'm sure it's delish


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (8:58 AM) : 

It's different than teriyaki chicken (which i love too!).

2 cups soy sauce
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 cup fresh chopped garlic
1/2 cup fresh grated ginger

Combine in a large pot, bring to a boil. Add 10lbs chicken parts (i used all thighs)and simmer over medium for 1/2 hour.

Remove from liquid and broil chicken 4 minutes on each side to crisp up the skin.

I brought out 30 thighs, after most people ate at least one plate of the other food. They were gone in about 10 minutes.


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (12:42 AM) : 

That sounds so delish! What does it take to be so lucky to find a man that enjoys cooking and makes such delicious things? I know you're good for more than the cooking, but you know how much I love food. I would feel like the luckiest woman on earth! =)


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (12:52 PM) : 

Well, I'd feel like the luckiest guy know that. Like we say, who knows, right?

How was the rest of your weekend?


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (1:33 PM) : 

Aww, well I hope so. And yup - who knows. You're exactly right!

The rest of my weekend was ok, not feeling so good again, but feeling a little better again today. How was the rest of your weekend?


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (9:08 AM) : 

I was a bit under the weather on Sunday but felt fine on Monday. I hope you don't have a relapse!


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (8:59 AM) : 

Are you still going into the hosp for tests on thursday morning?


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (4:40 PM) : 

No tests, but out patient "surgery" yes. Thursday, and I'm scared =(


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (9:23 AM) : 

I'll call you on the way home this afternoon.


Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (10:15 AM) : 

I'm on with work the whole night......good luck Jus!


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Blogger Mong's cupcakes said ... (9:58 PM) : 

I love your plate!!!


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