OK, I'll admit I didn't come up with that title. I found it on another blog, whose name I can't remember, while searching for things to bake for the ol' birthday.
Lately all of my friends are on a low-carb and anti-dessert kick. Additionally our house rules involve an "if you want it you have to make it" rule when it comes to sweets. However as it was my birthday and I really wanted baked goods, I made my own desserts. The Lovely Spouse hosted a small party for the occasion so I served them as well. And people asked for the recipes so here they are.
The Salted Caramel Cupcakes came from Pass the Sushi. I made no alterations to the recipe. I'm guessing the cupcakes didn't rise because our baking powder was old. However the caramel filling made them moist and chewy, in a good way. I don't own a piping bag. I just used a gallon sized zip lock bag, pushed the frosting to an end and cut the tip with a pair of kitchen scissors.
The Preacher Cake came from Just a Pinch. This cake is one of those "throw everything in a pan, mix and bake" kinds of recipes. I followed the instructions for the less sweet version using 1 cup of sugar instead of two and left the icing off. I also used pecans instead of walnuts, because walnuts taste like soap. Believe it or not I found this by clicking a link off of facebook. People tell me no one ever clicks through the ads there. Well, I did. And the results were tasty.
The secret to The Lovely Spouse's super savory hamburgers: vegemite. On its own vegemite tastes like what I imagine salt would taste like if it could decompose. But it's super savory and chock full of "umami" therefore it makes a good flavor enhancer. Kind of like garum.
Thanks to everyone for making this birthday special. I loved all the facebook well wishes as well as the visit from close, local friends. Thanks, as well, for the birthday cards from my family back in my home state.
<3 <3 <3 <3 all around.