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Or in other, even shorter, words, I am gifting you with a different cookbook every day for 30 days.
It's June, and with June come many things -- start of summer, Dads, grads, Flag Day (if you're into that sort of stuff), and most least important of all...
June is my Birthday Month, which always elicits a curious psychological response from me.
Now, I’m not a psychologist. In fact, I never even took Psych 1 at Cal to boost my perfect GPA, so I'm not going to waste a whole lot of unqualified time analyzing why I feel the way I do about my actual birthday. (I feel negative things about my birthday!) However, ask me to build a model of my birthday's economic impact on the global market and I'd present you with the statistically insignificant inverse square relationship between D(elicious)=number of days from June 21 and the S=size of Sarah's consumer spending on beauty products, adjusted backward over time for anti-aging variables.
Ick. Aging. I may or may not actually have an issue with aging, but it's only a minor part that is majorly irrelevant (for this post, anyway).
What is relevant is that when a person grows through their entire child- and young adult-hoods deprived of cupcakes in homeroom and birthday parties with pinatas and pony rides, the resulting adult manifestation will be one of two extremes (Alert! Here comes the pseudo psychology!).
On one end of the "result of deprivation" spectrum, she never really makes a big deal of her birthday when she's an adult because that's just how her childhood shaped her into a normal person so who cares?
On the opposing end of the spectrum, the deprivation causes a severe, delayed semi-subconscious rebellion in which she drinks half her body weight in Diet Coke every day of her adult life until she develops cancer of the something because dammit! She's her own person now! She can do what she wants! And her Dad can't tell her that she isn't allowed to have soda just because drinks are the most expensive part of a meal and phosphoric acid expedites tooth decay!
Guess which end of the spectrum I'm on.
You guessed it.
I don't just have a birthday. I celebrate my birthday for an entire month. All of June. Four weeks. Thirty days. I'm dining out! I'm dancing! I'm treating myself, sharing cupcakes with my class, not only giving myself birthday gifts, but to make it big, big, special big, giving you a present for my birthday every day (starting with the next post).
And I'm drinking all the Diet Coke I want.
I made tiny vanilla cupcakes for my sisters' birthday, which falls exactly one month, to the day, before mine, and now that I think about it, the proximity of our birthdays coupled with the fact that theirs is the highlight of May while mine is overshadowed by Father's Day in June is probably yet another speck of a factor that has contributed to my weird love/hate/hate/love relationship with my own birthday.
But I psychoanalytically digress!
The cake, like with most cupcakes, is inconsequential so I'm not posting a recipe. Neither am I making more than a mention of the sweet strawberry filling because I am bitter because do you know how hard it is to cut teeny tiny tiny divots into the top of each and every of nine thousand teeny tiny cupcakes?!
It's reallyreallyreally effin' hard.
But all that baking, cutting and filling effort was balanced by easy frostings -- half of the cupcakes had simple whipped cream, and half of them had the easiest Cream Cheese Frosting I've ever made.
The Last Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe You'll Ever Need
Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
8 ox. cream cheese, doesn't have to be room temperature/softened
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 - 3 cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar
Cream Cheese Frosting Directions:
Beat 8 oz. cold cream cheese (not rock solid, but it means you can use it straight out of the refrigerator) with 5 Tbsp. softened butter and 2 tsp. vanilla until combined. Gradually add 2 c. powdered sugar that has been sifted after measuring. Continue to add more sifted powdered sugar until you reach a consistency and sweetness that fits your taste.