My beautiful niece Brenna will turn seven years old this Friday.
She has a fabulous sense of humor, is a great conversationalist and is extremely capable at almost everything she does. She loves to organize things and clean. I know. Go figure, right? We think this is either an early sign of OCD or she is truly a gift from the cleaning gods. She loves to cook, play hockey, get her nails done and water ski. Of course, she can and does do most of these things while singing something by Taylor Swift (perfectly pitched) at the top of her lungs.
A true fashionista, she was careful to select coordinating sunglasses for the first day of first grade. Because as we all know, first impressions are important, and the future of your entire social life could well be determined on that very first busride to school.
You wouldn't know it by looking at her, but she is fearless. Whether it's riding her four-wheeler, playing hockey or riding a pony, she is determined, capable and completely joyful in her endeavors. Moses, she reminds me of someone. Hmmmmm. I just can't think of who.
I tried a new chocolate cake recipe for her birthday this year....only I made cupcakes. Delicious! These cupcakes are dense and rich. The kids loved them, and they're really easy to make too!
The Best Chocolate Birthday Cake Ever!
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the sugar, cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Place the eggs in a medium mixing bowl. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs well, then beat in the melted butter and vanilla. With the mixer still on medium speed, beat in the buttermilk and espresso, and beat only until they are combined. The mixture will appear curdled...BUT DO NOT PANIC. It's not. Scrape the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and beat on medium speed just until all traces of the flour mixture disappear. Scrape down the bowl as you mix and pour batter into the prepared pan (s). Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool and frost or DEVOUR accordingly.
When the medallions were dry, I flipped them over and wrote a birthday message in hot pink buttercream!
That will about do it.......bubble gum pink!!
So I won't.