These cupcakes were fantastic! I’m usually a strict yellow cake or chocolate cake girl. Occasionally I get crazy with a good marble cake. But I’ve never really liked these crazy fruit-flavored cakes. Until this one, that is. This cake was filled with fresh cherry flavor. It was moist, and sweet, and had a delicate crumb. I was actually surprised how much I liked this cake.
Whether you whip these up as cupcakes, bake them in ramekins for little miniature cakes as shown here, or bake in separate cake pans, but whatever you do, grab some cherries next time you see them on sale and try this out!
I think my favorite part of this was the delicious fresh cherry swiss meringue frosting. I LOVE swiss meringue buttercream. It isn’t so sweet that your teeth ache from eating it. It is one of those frostings where it takes a bit more work than a typical powdered sugar/butter mixture, but it is worth the effort and the time. You have to try this out and master this one. If you run into any problems, read this great run-through over at Jason and Shawnda. It gives you common problems, and simple fixes for them.
I’ve had some helpers lately, and an ALMOST mobile baby, which has made my posting kind of sporadic. I’ve also been working really hard lately on the back end of the site, trying to make it more user-friendly and clean looking (unlike my house right now!) What do you think? Do you like the new layout? The new homepage? If you run into any broken links or issues, please feel free to get in touch. Here is Miss Amelia. She’s almost 9 months old already! My last baby, ever, has been out almost as long as she was in. Crazy days. I’m less sad about it than I imagined, actually. I LOVE the baby stuff, and she is such a good baby, but even good babies are incredibly high maintenance. She’s teething (hello top fronts!) and not sleeping well, and wants to crawl SO bad it just ticks her off when she doesn’t quite get it! But soon she will get it and then LOOK OUT. Occasionally she will consent to being put into her walker or her jumper, which allows me to get something done for about 15 minutes.
Here is Caleb who is 4 years old and is the busiest boy in the bunch. He is on full-speed, high-volume at all times, which can get pretty tiring. Mr. Caleb is starting Kindergarten this fall. Pray for his teacher. 😉 I am going to miss having him around the house with me during the day!
Here is Isaiah with his new glasses! He loves them, which is amusing to me. I’m so glad it isn’t a battle to get him to wear them though! He’s in 2nd grade this year. His current interests are Minecraft, and all iterations and variations of Minecraft. Also, he loves those tiny rubber band bracelets. I am not as big of a fan of those as the kids seem to be.
Daniel would not let me get a good picture of him this day, so I snuck one of him in the background. Here he is playing Minecraft on the PS3. He’s also a Minecraft & rubber band bracelet fan.
Another shot of Caleb who loves to pose these days. He’s my only one!
Here is Elijah! He’s in 1st grade and there’s a little girl in his class who swears she is going to marry him, much to his chagrin. I think its adorable, but probably wouldn’t if he was also on board with this. 😉 I told him to tell her he’s way too young for smooching, so they could only be friends. I had to sneak this picture as well. He wasn’t into it.
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