Generally speaking, when its your birthday, someone else brings the cupcakes... however, when you are the one with the food blog (however defunct it may be) it just makes more sense that you'd do it yourself...
The boy had gotten guiness cupcakes on his birthday because I decided that if i was going to bring cupcakes to a boy-birthday, that they had to be 'manly' cupcakes...
but for my birthday? no need to be manly. or overly-flavor complex as we'd be paring them with limey-corona goodness... but I stuck with the 'match the cupcakes to the personality' thing and went with the side of me that thinks that birkenstocks are appropriate footwear almost anywhere you go...
Hippy Dippy Tie-Dye Cupcakes
cake courtesy of Magnolia Bakery with modifications by me, rainbow effect courtesy of the internet
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
food coloring gel
1 container cream cheese frosting
Preheat oven to 350°
Line cupcake tray with cupcake liners
Cream butter and sugar (with electric mixer) until light and fluffy
add eggs to the sugar/butter mixture one egg at a time, beating after each
in a seperate bowl, combine flour and baking powder and whisk to ensure that its all combined
in another bowl, combine milk & vanilla
in small batches, add flour mixture and milk mixture (alternate) and continue to beat the entire time
divide into 6 small batches.
add food coloring to each of the small batches to achieve desired colors
spoon a small amount of each color into each cupcake
repeat with each color until cupcakes are about 3/4 full
bake for ~ 20 minutes, checking after 18 for done-ness
transfer to cooling rack & allow to cool
frost with cream cheese frosting & sprinkle liberally with sprinkles