So this upcoming week I have not one but 2 birthdays to celebrate. My wonderful classroom intern, Ebonee, is turning the big 30. When I turned 30 I wore black and moped around for a solid week. It is my duty to make sure she experiences none of that. So she said she likes Vanilla cupcakes but well I think vanilla is boring. So I trumped her vanilla with some chai tea. I substituted vanilla chai tea for the water in the French Vanilla cake mix I used. I'm thinking I will make a ginger butter cream to top them off. Hers are the ones in the purple floral wrappers.
Also this week my sweet baby, most honorable son #2 turns 16. Sweet 16 and never been. never. ever will. *plugs her ears & sings loudly* So he loves coconut. I hate coconut. But I decide to doctor a plain cake mix by using cream of coconut in place of the water and added some vanilla bean paste. Unfortunately the doctoring caused a way too thick batter and what resulted looks more like innie belly buttons than cupcakes. Good thing I know frosting covers a multitude of sins. I'm thinking banana coconut cream cheese but will have to decide that later.