Birthdays Abound

Only now finishing out the first two weeks of January, I’ve already been witness to more ear-splitting renditions of “Happy Birthday” this year than I’d wish to recall. For some inexplicable reason, it seems that birthdays tend to travel in groups, so I find myself sharing this time of celebration with many other fellow Capricorns. In fact, a certain friend of mine happens to have a birth date that falls only one day later than my own! After a brief query and the ubiquitous response for “something chocolate,”I took no surprise in this sort of response and already had a recipe in mind. Planning to bring them to school a day early due to the awkward placement of the weekend, Thursday evening found me measuring out the ingredients for the Brooklyn Brownie Cupcakes from VCToTW.

Now, I’ll admit that it was a somewhat rushed effort and I wasn’t giving them all the love and attention they deserved, but I’m still disappointed that they fell slightly, as evidence by the following photo. I thought I portioned them very nicely however, careful not to overfill as the book had warned… No matter, they still tasted heavenly. In the future, I would certainly be interested to try this one again with more exact measurements, and a closer eye on the cupcakes as they bake, though.

Of course, I switched up the ingredients based on what I had on hand, and to take into consideration what would be more “school appropriate.” The bourbon was removed in place of more soymilk, but wanting to maintain a complexity of flavor, joined by the addition of a dash of instant coffee. They were topped not with the suggested frosting but the old standby of some chocolate ganache that was taking up valuable real estate in the fridge, just begging to be used up. Finally, as with anything that calls for walnuts, I substituted pecans which I simply find to be more agreeable. Personal preference, that’s all.

Despite the small set back of their shape, they went over very well with the birthday boy and everyone lucky enough to get a taste. Regretfully, there were only enough ingredients to make one batch, so there wasn’t a single whole cupcake remaining by the end of homeroom. Atleast I can be fairly confident in reporting that they were a success, no matter the final height.

And no, the irony of bringing in someone else’s birthday cupcakes on my own birthday was not lost on me. Just have a cupcake and everything will make more sense.

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10 thoughts on “Birthdays Abound

  1. Those cupcakes look amazing!! I love the how the shiny, dark ganache contrasts with the cupcake and pecans!
    I substiute pecans for walnuts too!!
    Are you a teacher or a student?

  2. A Very Happy Birthday to you! The cupcakes look absolutely delicious and I’m sure the taste matched the appearance. I prefer pecans to walnuts as well. Now you’ve inspired me to do some baking this morning. Perfect timing to turn the oven on and get the sweet smell of baked goods wafting through my house during this cold weather snap we’re having. And, your Happy Poo is adorable. I know, calling poo adorable is so inappropriate, but not in this case.

  3. Happy Birthday! Those cupcakes look incredible, I bet they taste good. Yum. It is a bit ironic that you had to bring them in on your own birthday, but that’s also very sweet!

  4. Happy Birthday!!! You’ve made some tasty looking cupcakes, and these are no exception. I feel the need to thank you. You kept making all these wonderful goodies from “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World”, so I went out and got the book. I couldn’t be happier with it, such a great little book, so thanks for sharing such a great find!

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