Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Happy Birthday...to Me

Yes, today is the big day - 27 years.

In celebration, my boyfriend bought me a new set of knives. Previously, I had only one decent knife so it is really amazing that any of my culinary adventures ended happily. Ah, the bliss of new, sharp knives.

And, Sarah, my ever-so-talented graphic designer, coworker and friend, created cupcakes for me. Double chocolate chip, with a center of cheesecake with chocolate chips, topped with cream cheese frosting and chocolate curls. Rich and really really delicious. Thanks Sarah!

Black Bottom Cupcakes:

For the cupcakes:
2c cake flour
1c sugar
1/4c cocoa
1t baking soda
1/2t salt
1c water
1/3c vegetable oil
1T white vinegar
1t vanilla
1 large egg

For the filling:
8oz cream cheese softened
1 large egg
1/3c sugar
1/8t salt
1c semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions for the cupcakes:
Sift together the cake flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt. Slowly add the water until you achieve a nice batter consistency. Whisk the vinegar in with the oil, then add the oil/vinegar mixture, one of the eggs, and vanilla; beat well.

Directions for the cream cheese filling:
Whip the cream cheese to a soft consistency. Combine the cream cheese, the other egg, sugar and salt. Add the chocolate chips and stir in.

Fill muffin cups/papers 1/2 to 3/4 full of chocolate mixture. Dollop a heaping tablespoon of cream cheese batter in center of each of the unbaked cupcakes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool and frost with cream cheese frosting (recipe follows)

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
2-8oz packages of cream cheese softened
2 sticks of unsalted butter softened
2 cups of powdered/confectioners' sugar, sifted
1t vanilla

Beat cream cheese and butter together, add vanilla then slowly add powdered sugar. Top the cupcakes with bitter sweet chocolate shavings (use a vegetable peeler to create the shavings from a bittersweet chocolate bar).

And, not to be forgotten, tonight I am seeing Imogen Heap in concert (her music is awesome if you are unfamiliar with it.)


Barbara said...

Happy Birthday!!!
Enjoy the new knives. That was a very good gift. I wish I had one just like that!

Shelly said...

There is nothing better than good knives...and nothing worse that bad ones!

Kirsten said...

Thanks Barbara! I am thrilled with the gift. :)

peabody said...

Happy Birthday!!! Those look like some good cupcakes.

Nicole said...

Those cupcakes sound delicious! Happy belated birthday...mine was on the 30th ;-) This is my first time checking out your blog...I'm here via peabody and I'm glad I followed the link!

Kirsten said...

Thanks Peabody & Nicole (and happy belated bday Nicole)! Thanks for visiting and checking out my home cooking. :)

Carolynn said...

Just came upon your blog--I am just starting a food blog, so I am just checking lots of really good blogs to see what is being done, and trying to navigate the new waters(for Me!) Your blog looks really good-- with some good food and pictures too. I hope I figure this out and do as good as you and all the others in the food blog world. Wish me luck!!!!