Today is my husbee's birthday. It is also my uncle's birthday. They are both poker fanatics, and I was going to make them a poker theme cake to share. I have been planning it for a while and was super excited to give it a try. But you ask where is the poker theme cake? Well, it's been delayed since my uncle is out of town for today. :-( I wanted to make one anyway for D, but he's not much of a cake man, but doesn't mind cupcakes.
I wanted to make really special ones since he's not getting a cake on his birthday, but he insisted on something simple with little to no decorations. He wants something more manly. I can still make manly decorated cupcakes, but he said NO. hhhhhhmmmmm..... He also doesn't care much for chocolate or anything too sweet. hhhhhhhmmmmmm..... It's much easier cooking him dinner. Well, I know he likes strawberries and mangos, they are pretty much the only fruits he really likes.
I made a strawberry and mango puree, and I made a batch of cupcakes from the sponge cake recipe from my sisters' cake and a batch of meringue buttercream. I also made a batch of Martha's one bowl chocolate cupcakes (this is a similar recipe, the one I made is from Martha's Stewart's Baking Handbook, so if anyone needs it, let me know) since I love chocolate (and these cupcakes don't disappoint).
I folded 1/2 cup of the puree into the buttercream to give it that something extra. I then layered the cupcakes with the puree before piping a swirl of buttercream and topping them with fresh strawberries.
I tried one of each, they are not bad. The chocolate cupcake is really moist and yummy, and the sponge one is really spongy, not too sweet, and de-lish. I didn't really taste the mango which is disappointing, but I think D will love them anyway.
Happy birthday, baby. I hope all your wishes come true. I LOVE YOU!!