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Happy Birthday Cousin!

It’s cousin Irien’s birthday a couple of days ago!

And ideally, I would have loved baking, frosting and decorating a no expense spared, collosal cake with all the works. A monster sized  cake just as big as her heart. 

But cousin Irien is so tiny! Barely into her twenties, she could be the dictionary illustration of “fashionably thin”. She could be a pea sharing  a pod with Nicole Richie, and boy would they rock that pod.

So i crossed that big collosal cake idea, and went for something small.

Inspired by Grace of La Mia Vita Dolce, these are called the Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes. But i strayed away from her recipe and settled on something i was familiar with. I guess i was not comfortable with experimenting with a new recipe when the stake (the birthday) is high.

So i started with baking cupcakes. A certain moist, and delicious chocolate cupcake

to which i piped on a white chocolate ganache frosting

And, dont worry, there is no need to go digging out your fancy pipping tips for this. In fact, i just loaded up my pipping bag sans any tip.

Because it will be covered with a good drizzle of melted chocolate.  YUMMM..*licks spoon.

Some fancy coloured sprinkles,

And of course a cherry on top to officiate the Sundae look.


That was easy peasy wasn’t it?

I’ve said it once, and i will say it again.

“Happy Birthday Cousin, may you stay eternally pixie cute, and be abundantly showered with love!”

The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever.

(Taken from Pioneer Woman)


  • FOR THE CUPCAKES: (Makes about 12)
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • ½ cups Buttermilk
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Preparation Instructions

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.

In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together.
Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into cupcake lined tins and bake at 350-degrees for 15 minutes.

For the White Chocolate Ganache

200 gr White Chocolate, chopped

200 gr Whipping Cream

1. Double boil white chocolate till it fully melts, set aside to cool slightly

2. Whip the whipping cream to soft peaks. Drizzle in the cooled melted white chocolate, and whip to firm peaks (You want this to be of pipe-able consistency)

For Decorations:

Some melted chocolate

Some Fancypants sprinkles

Some maraschino cherries

  1. March 31, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Who needs a huge cake when you can have one of those fantastic looking cupcakes? I’ll take those for my birthday any day. Happy birthday to your cousin!

  2. March 31, 2011 at 7:57 am

    These cupcakes look wonderful! I hope your cousin enjoyed hers and you celebrated her birthday having lots of fun 😉

  3. March 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    incredibly neat photos!

  4. March 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    These look amazing! I bet your teeny cousin loved them, I hope she had a great day!

  5. DG
    March 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Pretty frosting cupcake!

  6. March 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    you made it look really easy peasy but soooo NO to me! i never fail to make a mess when it comes to frosting. i love yours! look so lovely! (: (: im sure your cousin love it! so sweet of you (: happy birthday to her (:

  7. March 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Your cupcakes are adorable!

  8. March 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    These are so cute! You have a beautiful blog and I’m looking forward to checking out more of your recipes!

  9. March 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    adorable! your frosting looks so perfect!

  10. March 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Wow, that looks so delicious and adorable! i love it, especially the white chocolate frosting!

  11. March 31, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    This is cute!

  12. April 1, 2011 at 1:21 am

    These cupcakes are so lovely and seems really easy to make ! I am sure they taste as good too !

  13. April 1, 2011 at 1:26 am

    How cute are these?! Love it!

  14. April 1, 2011 at 1:36 am

    So sweet! There’s a lot happening here that I would like to comment on…. I always love seeing a “standard” chocolate cake recipe, especially one made with butter. I will try this one for sure. Also, I’ve never heard of white chocolate ganache frosting. Another new one to try!

  15. April 1, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Ahh these are adorable! I’d rather have cute cupcakes like these than a cake any day!

  16. April 1, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I would love to have one of your divine cupcake as my birthday cake too… Your cousin is so lucky to have you. 🙂

  17. April 1, 2011 at 6:04 am

    These cuppies look stunning!!!

  18. April 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    these cupcakes are simply adorable!

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  20. April 2, 2011 at 2:41 am

    These are truly ADORABLE! My office does a cupcake contest every summer and I’m keeping this idea around … I think it could be a winner!

  21. April 2, 2011 at 3:52 am

    So elegant! So perfect! You’ve almost made food into art.

  22. April 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I have issues in getting my cupcake frostings to be pure white, they end up pale yellow because of the butter. now you solved the riddle for me…white chocolate! looks really lovely and delicious there 🙂

  23. April 3, 2011 at 1:29 am

    These are so cute! And they’re perfect for a special birthday celebration. 🙂

  24. April 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    These are so adorable! I love your photographs!

  25. April 7, 2011 at 7:11 am

    One word- Superlicious Babe!! Oops, that’s two…

  26. Leslie
    October 30, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Hello there, I tried this recipe. When I got to the frosting, I followed your instructions, and each time I’ve added small amounts of white chocolate to the whipped cream, it completely crumbles into little balls. Can you help me and let me know what I’ve done wrong.

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