Monday, September 3, 2007

Koala Cupcakes

Here is Barnaby, the koala birthday cupcake...



Last night I headed over to my parents place for an early birthday celebration, since they are headed to England for vacation and another wedding this week. My mom went all out, as she usually does for birthdays, and fixed an excellent meal including stuffed manicotti, green beans, her homemade bread (which I've love all my life), and a delicious fruit salad. The best part though had to be these adorable koala cupcakes (inspired by Bake&Destroy on flickr), which have been my favorite animal since I was a little girl (I even went through quite an obsessive period, when I planned to move to Brisbane, Australia and work for the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, but that's another story...). My mom used the chocolate cupcake recipe from VCTOTW and the fluffy buttercream frosting. The ears are walnuts (obviously), eyes are a sugar wafer with a dot of white frosting to hold on the chocolate chip pupil, and the nose is a dark chocolate covered almond. She served it with chocolate soy ice cream on the side. I thought I could have eaten ten of these, they were so good!! My family was quite impressed with the vegan cupcake. Here I am before blowing out the candle....



My family really spoils me, they are the best!! Not only did my mom make an all vegan birthday meal (she makes all vegan meals most every time I come over actually), but my parents, brother, and sister, all gave me awesome vegan gifts! I feel so very lucky.... thanks for an wonderful early birthday! Here are the roses my dad picked out for me....




Okay, gotta run now. Off to enjoy the evening with some friends and the end of this rainy holiday here in Houston.

21 comments:

Jody from VegChic said...

Happy birthday. Your family sounds great and how cute are the koala cupcakes?

Johanna3 said...

what a great family, your mom do a excelent job!
happy birthday again! :)

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

Those are the most precious cupcakes I have ever seen. Good job to yr mom!!!
I hope you have a lovely birthday. Sounds like this next year will be amazing for you!

Tamara said...

Happy Birthday!!! Those cupcakes are so adorable! Isn't it great to have a supportive family? My mom also cooks vegan whenever I come over and I so appreciate it. Nobody else in the family does. ;-)

Celine said...

you really do deserve to be way spoiled! and it looks like you were, I'm so happy for you. koalas are the coolest, make them be on cupcakes? it's heaven. happy early bday to you!

VeggieGirl said...

As soon as I went to your blog, and saw Barnaby the Koala cupcake, I smiled from ear-to-ear - how cute!!! That's so lovely to hear that your mom made a delicious vegan feast for you, and that the rest of your family showered you with vegan presents - family is such an important element in life, and we're lucky to have such supportive ones :0)

Wishing you an early happy birthday!!!

Katie said...

Aww those cupcakes are adorable! When's your birthday? Mine is September 6th :o). My mom is planning on making me the chocolate mousse pie from the Candle Cafe cookbook, since it's my favorite dessert... mmmmmmmm.

Emilie said...

What?!?! Way too cute! Looks like those cupcakes must have helped make a very happy birthday!

urban vegan said...

Happy b'day. What a nice family and adorable cuppers.

springsandwells said...

Yay!
Those koala cuppers are super cute. I love hearing about how your mom made you an all-vegan meal, complete with cupcakes. That's so wonderful. How nice it is to be supported in your decision about being a vegan!

:) amey

stonielove said...

happy birthday! that's the cutest cupcake i've seen!!

Melody Polakow said...

Happy Birthday! I hope this year is the best one yet!

I love Koalas too.. what an adorable cupper.

Vincent Guihan said...

Happy Birthday!!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Happy Birthday! What an awesome family you have!

Dr. Melissa West, Lifestyle Coach said...

Happy Birthday! That cupcake is absolutely adorable!

bazu said...

Happy birthday! How utterly awesome to have such a supportive family.

Veggie said...

Aww! Those are Beautiful roses, what a thoughtful family you have.

I'm obsessed with Australia too!
and have entertained thoughts of moving there as well.

Vegan*asm said...

Aww, what a nice thing for your family to do. Those cupcakes are adorable. Happy belated birthday!

aTxVegn said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! I know it means so much to have a loving family to share it with.

Vivacious Vegan said...

That koala cupper is adorable. Your mom is too sweet! Happy birthday!

vko said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Your family is so sweet- so great how supportive they are. I love the koala cupcake- I used to love koalas when I was little. Soemthing so cuddly cute & absolutely vicious about them.