Grover’s velvet moon suede shoes (or, things which are blue)

March 30, 2011

When my friend V turned 40 last spring, she decided to throw a party for a few close friends.  A girls’ night, if you will, composed of a half-dozen women from the different parts of her life.  We had a great time catching up with some old friends, and making a few new ones.  We played games, drank a lot of wine, and everybody brought a dish to share.  I volunteered for the cake (well, these cupcakes, to be exact).  The recipe name sounds intimidating, but they were rather straightforward to make.  The cakes themselves were moist, chocolatey, and delicious.  I was more worried about the frosting.  Seven minute frosting?  What the heck is that?  I was nervous, but it was simply a matter of reading the recipe through, having the ingredients all measured out and lined up before I started, and then following one step at a time.  

V loveslovesLOVES the color blue, so once the frosting was made I tinted it in her honor.  Then it was time to make petals, because SPRING = FLOWERS!!!!  Using my kitchen scissors, I took marshmallows and cut each one into several pieces.  The pressure from the scissors distorted them from round into a more petalesque shape.  It also causes the edges to curl a little, giving you beautiful flowery pieces with hardly any effort.  Honestly, I think the most annoying part was cleaning the sticky scissors once I was all done.  Arrange five petals on top of the icing, pop a Jujubee or small gumdrop in the middle, and viola – cupcake rock star!!!  Seriously, that simple, and the crowd oohs and aahs all over them, very satisfying.

V turns 41 tomorrow.  While I won’t be celebrating with her on the actual day this year, I will be thinking of her, and what a wonderful time we had.  If I can usher in my next decade with as much humor, grace, and style as V, I’ll count myself blessed.   Happy 41st, my friend!  You’ll always be older than me!!!



  1. I loved reading this and seeing your amazing Spring cupcakes. What a great idea for the petals!

  2. Isn’t my niece awesome??!!! Love the stories that go
    with the postings.

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