Every year we celebrate birthdays in our families. We aren’t always together, but we always talk by phone, send a card, or get together a week or so before or after. Mom and Dad decided to visit the farm Saturday, so I got up early in the morning to make cupcakes for Dad’s birthday.
By the way, I envision myself a country Martha Stewart, but in actuality, I don’t like all the work involved with fancy deserts. (Oh, and “flooding” sugar cookies is never as easy as she makes it look!)
A coworker made a unique suggestion when I shared that I was stumped on what cake to make Dad. Following up on her “banana, pecan, and pineapple cake” suggestion, a Google search brought me to Martha’s site and Paula Deen’s recipe for Hummingbird Cake. Dad likes all of those things, so I got up early Saturday and set to work making cupcakes.
Flour, sugar, pecans, canola oil, pineapple, cinnamon, vanilla, bananas, and farm-fresh eggs were measured and combined. I somehow misplaced some of my cupcake pans, so after filling 12 muffin cups, I used the rest of the batter to make a lot of mini cupcakes (along with a second, smaller back of large cupcakes once the pan cooled). About 25 minutes of baking, and the cupcakes were done.
Then my favorite part of the dessert — cream cheese frosting. What on earth is better to finish a cake than a whipped combination of butter, sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and milk? I love the stuff!
To make icing the cupcakes easy, I spooned the fluffy white goodness into a bag without a tip and piped out dollops of icing on each cake. I made a batch for Mom and Dad and a smaller batch for the office (because none of us need that many cupcakes!) I ended up with 21 regular cupcakes and 36 mini cupcakes, I think, from the recipe.
We are all guilty of saying what Dad said today, “when you get to a certain age, it’s just another day.” Well, when you have colon cancer, each day is special. Dad’s first surgery is Thursday. It’s going to be a long week and a long recovery, but we’ll be there to help him through it, and I look forward to Mom and Dad’s next visit to the farm.*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**