Both my kids birthdays are in July, thus there their half birthdays are in January. Just when you make a plan to ease off the sweets and decadent foods from the holidays…here comes the halves. As my kids are getting older (9 1/2 and 12 1/2) the half cupcake just doesn’t cut it (see reaction above). So the tradition of half the cupcake, and half the candle lives on. But the second halves are off camera to be eaten as well. We still sing half the birthday song which sounds like this…”Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You”. It’s a bit abrupt, but it works. You also get a birthday card cut in half. And there’s a present that consists of a single item of a pair. Such as one wrapped sock, one shoe, one ski glove. Yes, the other is given as well, but not wrapped.
This year my daughter and her friend made lovely cupcakes together. Not only did they look great but also tasted really good. They chose a combination of chocolate cupcakes and wedding cake frosting. What is wedding cake frosting? Well here’s the recipe from Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes on Amazon, by Jan Moon. It’s a very versatile white frosting that can be used for any occassion.
Wedding Cake Frosting, page 31.
Makes 3 cups
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (16 oz) package powdered sugar
Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy.
In addition to the January halves, now we also have a dog anniversary. We adopted our dog Ally McBeagle 1 year ago, January 15th. So of course that deserved a celebration and more cupcakes. These were peanut butter dog cakes. A generous neighbor gave us a special puppy cake mix. We added water and voila, doggie cupcakes. Of course Ally is not as picky as the kids, but the kids loved creating her birthday cake and also bagged up doggie cupcakes for a few of her doggie friends to enjoy. My daughter suggested a doggie birthday and that’s where I drew the line. I even cringe as children’s birthday parties. I can’t imagine the chaos of a dog celebration. Ally loved her cake. Considering she’ll eat just about anything she finds on a walk outside, it wasn’t a big compliment to our baking.