Babies Are Such A Nice…

“Babies are such a nice way to start people”-Don Herold

Ah…if you know me even a just a little bit, you will know how very much I agree with this statement. Babies are the very best. They smell good, a baby snuggle is probably the best thing in the whole world and I have yet to come across a baby I didn’t love for one reason or another. Adults on the other hand…

I also love my friends and how my friends are having babies (perfect since I don’t want any…at least not any time soon!). I have been invited to over twenty…TWENTY (!!!) baby showers in the last year alone.  Baby showers mean shopping for cute little outfits, ridiculous hats that only a baby could get away with and it also means sweets, treats and anything (like pickles) an expectant mother is craving.

My dear friend Josee’ is one of these lovely pregnant ladies. She looks fab, goes to pottery on pretty much her due date and is a total trooper. What else is great about her? Well, she is french but besides that she is not buying into pink and blue or gender neutral things. Her nursery? Monster themed. Her onesies? Hand painted fruit, french words and aquatic life. She is so very creative and so very fun! For her shower I made cupcakes (it was a request!)…pink and blue I did do.. Recipe follows!

Yellow Buttermilk Cuppy-Cakes (adapted from M.Stewart)

This is a go to recipe of mine. They are moist and fluffy and probably my most requested recipe! A few too many ingredients for my liking but very simple and the kind of teat you can mix up by varying the frosting!

  • 3 cups cake flour, (not self-rising)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) butter
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 large whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks, room temperature (that is a crap load of eggs)
  • 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together dry ingredients. In another bowl cream butter and sugar then add whole eggs one at a time and  beating until each is incorporated. Add yolks, and then slowly add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and beating until combined after each. Beat in vanilla. Pour into cups (3/4 full works) and bake about 20 mins or until toothpick comes clean. Let cool and dress to your liking!
Yellow Buttermilk…thanks Martha Stewart, it is no fail!
Cute right?
Starting to be braver!

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