Burgundy-Velvet Cupcakes (a heart-breakingly complicated recipie)
1 batch of chocolate cake batter from scratch or from a mix (I used King Arthur Flour gluten-free chocolate cake mix which is not only delicious, but the only gluten-free chocolate cake mix that does not taste of sawdust and disappointment.) If from scratch use dutch-processed or even some black cocoa.
Mix. Bake as usual.
Allow to cool completely before frosting
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz each butter and cream cheese (softened)
2 C or more powdered sugar
1 t vanilla extract
Beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth, add vanilla and beat
Mix in powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time until it is a frosting consistency, smooth, not too stiff or dry, but not melty-soft. I try to add as little sugar as possible because I want to retain that cream cheese tang. Using the whisk attachment on my mixer seems to help stiffen it up with less sugar.
spooky cupcake liners.
I made this mini-cake because the batter made more than 12 cupcakes and I only have the one muffin tin. As you can tell I have no cake decorating skills whatsoever.
I wore mostly boring work clothes actually on my birthday and so am counting the ensemble I wore for a quick trip to Sephora. My new "backdrop" is a super-fantastic lace curtain that my mom bought me that will decorate my closet door when not being used as a fancy stole. The skirt
is also from my mom, but is the oldest thing (which is to say thing I have had the longest) in my wardrobe and was originally made a present/buy-off when I was put in national honor society (yes, in high school, that's how old this is). Here is also a sneak peek of my new boots.
Because I find that outre makeup makes the people at Sephora leave me alone, and I am anti-social like that I decided to try an eye makeup tutorial that seemed fun but probably un-wearable and found it surprisingly flattering (in real life when I am not making crazy-eyes as a result of not trying to blink when the camera flashes), even despite my wobbly line drawing. I was successfully ignored until check-out. I am sure because they thought me just too fabulous to approach. I get that a lot actually (I assume).