Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Birthdaying Begins

One of the things Thatboy and I have in common is terrible birthdays. Both because of timing. My birthday happens to fall during finals, or summer vacation. There was even a year when my entire family was on vacation without me. For Thatboy the problem is Thanksgiving. His family never really celebrated his birthday because they were too busy celebrating his brother's birthday 2 weeks earlier, or Thankgiving itself. During our dating years, I never got to celebrate his birthday with him because he went home to his family. My family would throw him a little party when he returned - but it wasn't the same. As soon as we were married, Thatboy began spending Thanksgiving with my family and the birthday celebrations began.

I've done everything in my power to make a big deal out of Thatboy's birthday, and this year is no exception. The celebration starts tonight when we'll head out to celebrate with Thatboy's birthday twin, H. And then I'm whisking him away for a surprise weekend - shhhh he doesn't know. The celebration will continue alll the way till DH's actual birthday next week. So stay tuned for lots of birthday fun.

Pound (cup)Cakes with Strawberry Filling

12 oz strawberries, hulled
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp water
1/2 lbs butter
1 2/3 cup sugar
5 eggs
2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

  1. Combine the strawberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Stir in cornstarch until smooth. Boil 3 minutes or until thick.
  3. Preheat oven to 325. Cream the butter, slowly add sugar and beat until light.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating each in well.
  5. Stir in the flour, salt, and vanilla and combine well.
  6. Spoon into cupcake liners in muffin pan and bake for 25 - 35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before moving onto a rack.
  8. When cupcakes are cool, cut a cone shape out of the top, being careful not to create a hole clean through the bottom of the cupcake.
  9. Fill this cone shaped hole with strawberry sauce and replace the cake cone you cut out. (You may need to trim the bottom of the cone so it doesn't force out all your filling. This is a good time to call your husband into the kitchen to eat all the cone cuttings. He will love you forever)


  1. YUMMY! And so cute!!

  2. Happy Birthday ThatBoy!!!!!! ENJOY your surprise!!!

  3. Happy Birthday to my BDay Twin! Have a FANTASTIC time! Great to see you both last night.

  4. Thatboy is a lucky man. Both because you are so awesome for making his birthday a huge deal, and because these pound cake cupcakes look ridiculously good. Happy birthday TB!

  5. These look so good. My girls would eat them up :)

  6. The thought of pound cake cupcakes is a good one because I get my own! Can't wait to see all the birthday fun. We have wacky birthdays too. One child Dec 24 and one child dec 27th. It is a crazy time for us!

  7. Please wish Thatboy a very happy birthday for me. :)

    Those cupcakes are so cute!!

  8. Happy Belated to ThatBoy.

    Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  9. Oooooh cute! Happy birthday to ThatBoy!

  10. I totally approve. I think people should be the center of the world on their bday.