Celebrations and Cupcakes

Tomorrow is Ella’s birthday.  Ella has been taking care of my kids since Eli was just a few months old (he is now 11 1/2).  My kids, as well as myself, adore Ella. Nobody takes care of babies the way she does.  She gets them to sleep when no one else can and she loves to bathe them and took such pride in how they smelled and what they wore.  Ella has a calm gentle way about her which resonates into every corner of our home. 

Her birthday lands on Cinco de Mayo.  This always makes the celebration and the prep all the more festive.  This year the boys wanted to make cupcakes. This was a good excuse to use my new cookbook, The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.
Although I wanted to make the Strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, I was out voted.  I will have to find another occasion to make that selection. We went with the standard vanilla cupcake with vanilla butter cream.  We also decided that the frosting should be “pink”.   
When they came out of the oven I was a little disappointed that they didn’t rise all that much.  I would have preferred a taller cupcake.  We all decided that they were good, not great.  We are going to pick a few more recipes from that book and give it a second and quite possibly, a third chance.  The book is a beautiful book, the photography, the design, the paper. All of the above attracted me to purchasing this book. Howeve, as of right now, the jury is still out.

I happen to love some of the recipes from Elinor Klivans cupcake book. Pretty much everything that I have made from this book is all very tasty.  
We will keep you posted on our progress with The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.
  • icedteaforme

    I, too, have had issues with the Hummingbird recipes, but I was blaming altitude, we live at 6500 ft above sea level!I suspect it might have something to do with the difference in humidity for us as well….but this cupcake you made with the lovely pink icing is what I want to duplicate for some allergy sensitive kids in my son’s class….do you have any advice for baking egg, butter, citrus, nut, milk protein free and vegan?….I am new to baking with such limits and lost!Thanks!

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