Cupcake recap

This morning I woke up feeling like my body developed rigor mortis. On our way home from visiting my nephew at my mom's house last night, we drove past a poor little raccoon that had been hit by a car and was lying in awkward, stiff angles on the shoulder of the road. That's exactly how I looked when I woke up today.

It was from riding my bike. Desiring to deviate from my normal Sunday morning recovery run, I opted to unchain my husband's rusty ol' bike and take it for a spin (my purple bike did not last through the winter. We need a garage like, ASAP.). I rode about 7 miles in 45 minutes on a bike that is far too large for me. Peddling in a hunched-over position in attempt to hold onto the handle bars whilst keeping my rear end on the seat proved to be too much for my body to handle. Today, my neck and shoulders are locked in almost the exact same position as they were while riding.

And let's not even talk about how sore my buttocks is. In shape for riding a bike, I am not.

By the way, how adorable is this picture of Clayton and my nephew?

The second Noah sees Clayton, he grabs him by the hands and takes him to play. It's so cute to watch!

How was your weekend? Mine was filled with so. many. CUPCAKES. Holy moly! As you may already know from last week, I took Friday off of work to bake my little heart out and provide 100 cupcakes for my friend's vow renewal ceremony. After baking all of the actual cakes at my apartment, I met Cat at the reception venue and made use of their large kitchen to ice and store the cupcakes until the big event. There was no way I was going to attempt to cart 100 FROSTED cupcakes in my car on a hot summer day.

Speaking of hot summer days, in between putting pans of cupcake batter into the oven to bake, I totally laid outside in the sun and baked myself. It's safe to say I made 90% of those cupcakes in my bikini. (You're welcome, Cat.)

Since I was without Mixie for the second half of the cupcake-making process, I made use of this beauty for the frosting:

Cat was like, "Do you think Mixie will mind that you're using this mixer?" I laughed her question off, making a joke that I had a heart-to-heart with Mixie in advance about the possibility I would have to use a different mixer to complete this project. The sad part? I wasn't kidding. Not even a little.

This is what 100 cupcakes looks like!

Call me egotistical if you want (thanks!), but I have no doubt in my mind that this was the absolute BEST buttercream icing that I have ever made in my entire life. The mocha icing was delicious in it's own right, don't get me wrong. But the buttercream? I almost wept over how scrumptious it was. I couldn't wait for Cat's guests to sample my goodies.

That sounded awful.

But I totally meant it.

We decided not to pipe the icing onto the cupcakes via a pastry bag because it would require many more batches of icing, so I used my smoothing spatula to slap on the frosting the ol' fashioned way. I was worried the cupcakes weren't as pretty as they could be, but as long as they taste good, right?

Cat approached me during her reception and said that several people were inquiring about who made the cupcakes. That? Felt awesome.

I still feel incredibly honored to have been asked to help Cat with such a special event. Their renewal ceremony was beautiful and was something really incredible to be a part of! I'm a huge fan of commitment and any couple that wants to re-pledge their love to one another and renew their promises as husband and wife is a couple that deserves a loooooot of cake!

Oh, and this selfie totally happened right before we left for the ceremony. It's a rare occasion that my hair and face and outfit all look good at the same time, so I felt compelled to document history. (Plus it was storming outside and it was only a matter of time before I melted like the Wicked Witch of the West.)


  1. Wow those cupcakes look beautiful! :)

    1. Thank you! I spent so much time worrying about getting them right that I almost forgot how much fun this whole process was!


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