This weekend was such a busy one that I needed an extra day to recover. We had family in town to celebrate Kasper’s birthday. Kasper was a lucky little dude he got cupcakes on his birthday and a nice big cake for his party. Both were chocolate since he is my little chocolate fiend. I am a firm believer that on your birthday you should be able to eat your favorite things. Since he is a two year old with a limited vocabulary I made things that I know he likes.
Each of my kiddos birthday parties start with a theme for inspiration. My girls love this part of party planning. Since Kasper is clueless about party planning I let the girls help. The inspiration theme was Gnomes & The Woods. Hobby Lobby had the cutest gnome stamp and brown card/envelope set. I got busy stamping the invites which I colored in with Sharpies–I need to work on my fancy handwriting.
My daughters wanted to make a banner that hung over the buffet table. Of course they kept with the party theme too. There is a gnome and little woodland creatures on the banner.
The birthday party was mid-afternoon so I opted for a snack/appetizer buffet. There are several recipes from the party that I will share in separate posts, so stay tuned!
Sorry for the camera phone pictures! I snapped these quickly as guests were arriving. I always feel bad for trying to take photos of food when I have guests over.
Kasper had to scope out the goodies before picking what he wanted to eat. Here is a run down of what I served:
-Skinny Pop Popcorn
-Pretzels Rods (Gnome walking sticks)
-Ants on a Log (make with mini chocolate chips)
-Cheese, Crackers, and Meat Sticks
-Watermelon Slices and Bing Cherries
-Iced Tea and Lemonade
For his birthday cake I baked a chocolate cake using the Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake that I’ve made before. If you haven’t tried it you should give it a shot the next time you need chocolate cake. I guarantee it will satisfy your chocolate craving. Remember I am not an artist so my gnome looks a little wonky.
These cupcakes I served on his actual birthday. I didn’t want to have a ton of cupcakes leftover since we were eating cake the next day so I was on the hunt for a small batch recipe. My hunt ended when I saw these Ferrero Rocher cupcakes that yielded only 12 on Just Putzing. I skipped the Ferrero Rochers and did a peanut butter cream cheese frosting instead. Chocolate + Peanut Butter is a match made in heaven. My birthday boy was a happy little dude too.
CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING
Serves 12, recipe from Just Putzing adapted from Curvy Carrot
3/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.
2. In small bowl whisk together dry ingredients
3. In mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy
4. Mix in eggs one at a time
5. Mix in vanilla and sour cream.
6. Stir in dry ingredients until just combined
7. Pour into cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes
8. If a tester comes out of the cupcake clean remove from oven and cool completely before frosting
For the Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces low fat cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1. In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese and butter on medium high speed until well combined
2. Add in peanut butter and mix to incorporate
3. Turn mixer down to low and slowly add in powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time
4. Once all powdered sugar is added turn to medium high and mix for 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy
I piped the frosting using a my favorite Wilton 1M tip. Garnish with mini chocolate chips. Keep cupcakes refrigerated until ready to use.
Do you have themed parties, birthday or otherwise?