A Seussical Birthday

Today, my little man turned 1 year old! I just can’t believe that a whole year has gone by, it all happens so very fast.
Ryker is my everything, so I wanted to make his first birthday very special. We love Dr.Seuss, so that is the theme that I decided to run with. I made sure that all the food was Dr.Seuss themed, and I pulled different types of food from his books and made my interpretation of them.  To add some nice little details I made label cards and copied pages from the books of where the inspiration for the food came from.
Anyways, enough with the chatting. I’m just going to post all the pics below of how everything turned out. I’m not putting any recipes up on this post as it would make it insanely long, but if you have any questions at all about recipes, how I made things etc., please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments or leave me your e-mail and the requested recipe and I would be more than happy to share anything with you.

Treat Bags

Party fun stuff

Barbaloot Truffula Fruit (The Lorax) – Assorted fruit

Thing One and Thing Two (The Cat in the Hat) – Vanilla Cupcakes & Chocolate Cupcakes

Who Roast Beast (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) – Roast Beef Rollups

Three Cheese Tree (Fox in Sox) – Cheddar, Havarti & Swiss

Schlopp with a Cherry on Top (Oh the Thinks You Can Think) – White Chocolate Mousse topped with a cherry

Pink Ink Drink for Yink (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish) – Berry Lemonade

Green Eggs & Ham (Green Eggs & Ham) – Green Deviled Eggs and Prosciutto Wrapped Honey Dew with Mint

Ryker’s Cat in the Hat Cake! It was my first attempt at decorating something properly ever.

Happy Birthday little man! I love you with all of my heart!

Strawberry Cupcakes

I was invited to a potluck style party and my first initial thought of what to bring was my go-to potluck dish, a Caprese Salad.  But I have been trying to challenge myself lately and didn’t want to just rely on my go-to, and since I had been on a roll with baking lately I decided to give cupcakes a go.  I wanted a fresh flavour since the party was falling on a hot summer day, so I chose strawberries as the star.  I have never made cupcakes before, but they turned out pretty good and I got to use an electric hand mixer, so it was winning all around.

Fresh out of the oven!

The best part, licking the beaters :).  For these cupcakes, I made a buttercream icing and then last minute decided to toss in some diced strawberries, yum.

The finished product! I don’t own any fancy icing stuff, so these just have icing slapped on top with a spatula, but I’m not picky.

Strawberry Cupcakes

½ cup unsalted butter – softened

½ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup lowfat vanilla yogurt (or whichever flavour you fancy)

1½ cup all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

½ cup strawberries – diced

Strawberry Buttercream Icing

½ cup unsalted butter – softened

2 cups of icing sugar

2 egg yolks – beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp salt

2 tbsp milk

1/8 cup strawberries – diced

1. Preheat oven to 350º.  Line muffin tin with liners.

2.  With an electric hand mixer, beat  butter and sugar until it is fluffy.  Beat in egg, yogurt and vanilla until mixture is smooth.

3. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then blend them into the wet mixture until smooth.  Fold diced strawberries in.

4.  Fill liners with mixture, it should fill each one up about halfway.  Bake for about 20-25 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Move to a cooling rack.

5.  For the icing, cream butter till soft with an electric hand mixer.  Gradually add half of the icing sugar, beating till fluffy and smooth.  Add egg yolks, vanilla and salt, blend well.  Add the rest of the sugar and milk, beat till smooth.  Add strawberries, blend in till mixture is a nice light pink and strawberries are distributed throughout.  Place in fridge for about 15 minutes.

6.  Once icing has set, and cupcakes have cooled, ice them as you please and enjoy

Makes 12 cupcakes