Let Me Eat Cake

June 17, 2012

in Encore Worthy, How to Diet in Reverse, Mommy-ville Detour

When the Little Man turned 1, I didn’t get it.

Maybe because his first four months of life were lost in a haze of sleep deprivation and chocolate.

Or maybe because the next 8months of his life were so, incredibly, unpredictably easy.

I may not have known much. But I knew how to change his diaper, how to tuck him in just right, and how incredibly easy we seemed to have it.

And that’s not to say that the Little Miss isn’t any easier. She’s usually all giggles, smiles, and cuddly hugs. So long as you’re not late with dinner.

I know. Karma’s going to put me in charge of the field class trips to hell after this. But I’ve got it easy.

But now? After a year with two kids two and under? I get it.

I get why parent’s throw first birthday parties rivaled only by their subsequent MTV-featured Sweet Sixteen parties and Bravo-sponsored big fat weddings.

I get it.

It’s not for the kids. No one who truly gets it actually thinks that it is. All the instagramed photos in the world aren’t going to help the kid remember his first birthday. Or the five after it.

But its not for them.

It’s not even about them.

All those Dora the Explorer streamers and Elmo party blowers and Barney birthday cakes? They’re not for them.

Each and every freakin’ rainbow-vomited sprinkle and frosting lacquered cupcake, every cup of sparkling pink lemonade, and every single static-cling inducing balloon….

They’re not for them.

Well. Maybe a bit. Because if it were up to me, Barney’d be locked up with Ben Stiller in the basement of the Smithsonian right about now.

But really. It’s not for them.

It’s for us.

Because we made it an entire year.

365 days.

And we didn’t inadvertently kill the kid(s).

52 weeks.

And we didn’t advertently kill each other.

12 months.

And we didn’t kill the millions of well-meaning strangers out to kill our kids with their kindness, their balloons, their lollipops right before dinner, and their million-part gifts with some assembly required and only one volume setting, designed to wake the dead in plenty of time for the Zombie Apocoalypse.

We made it an entire year. With two kids, the post-partum hormones, a cross-country move, the post-post-partum hormones, a job change, and the post-weaning hormones.

We made it.

So, Little Miss, in honor of all the the days when you’ve greeted the sun as it rises and the moon as it sets; all the giggles, chortles, and belly laughs; all the words you’ve learned and the skills you’ve acquired; in honor of the balance you’ve brought to our family and the lessons you’ve taught us all; and in honor of the immeasurable joy you’ve brought to my life.– this cupcake’s for us.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes
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Dish: Dessert
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Feeds: 26
 
Adapted from the Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs Centennial Cookbook
Ingredients
  • 2cups Flour
  • 2tsp Baking Powder
  • 1½tsp Baking Soda
  • 2tsp Cinnamon
  • 1tsp Salt
  • 2cups Sugar
  • 1½cups Canola Oil
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 4-5 Large Carrots
  • 1cup Chopped Pecans
  • 8oz Crushed Pineapple
  • ---------------
  • 1½pkg Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Room-temperature
  • ½cup Unsalted Butter, Room-temperature
  • 1¾lbs Confectioners Sugar
  • ¼tsp Salt
  • 2tsp Pure Mexican Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Peel and finely grate enough carrots for 2cups of grated carrot.
  3. Finely chop the pecans, spread on baking sheet, and toast for 3minutes at 350F.
  4. In a small bowl, sift together 2cups flour, 2tsp baking powder, 1½tsp baking soda, 2tsp cinnamon, and 1tsp salt.
  5. In a large bowl, blend together 1½cups canola oil and 2cups sugar.
  6. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  7. Slowly add in the flour mixture, ½cup at a time, until well combined.
  8. Mix in 2cups grated carrots, 8oz crushed pineapple (undrained), and 1cup toasted chopped pecans, and mix thoroughly.
  9. Spoon mixture into lined cupcake pan, filling each cup ⅔ of the way.
  10. Bake at 350F for 20-22minutes, until baked through.
  11. Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool on a baking sheet before frosting with Cream Cheese Frosting.
  12. CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  13. Cream together 1½pkgs cream cheese, and ½cup (1stick) of unsalted butter.
  14. Slowly sift in 1¾lbs confectioners sugar, mixing to combine.
  15. Add in ¼tsp salt and 2tsp vanilla extract, and mix well until ingredients are thoroughly combined and frosting is smooth.
Notes
If you happen to be making these instead of lunch for your children, just throw some of the more...well-done...ones on their plate and call them muffins. Their father won't care so long as you leave the extra frosting in the fridge....

{ 4 comments }

NSC June 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

Happy B-Day to the little Miss, and congratulations to you for making it through to one year! May the rest be easier…!

Deb & Alix June 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Meg…….you just keep us in stitches!!! This really is hysterical and oh so true!!! Love to you and the kids!

Jan June 17, 2012 at 7:33 am

These cupcakes are wonderful! I know… because I ate three of them! The bunny ear pic is just too adorable!
Congrats on year one!
Jan

Domesticated Gal June 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Aww, thanks! I made an even better frosting after that batch. Maybe too good – the Little Miss didn’t even touch the cake part until after she’d eaten all the ones with the good icing. And she’s not entirely to blame for ALL the finger marks in the “leftovers” bowl…

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