Sometimes birthdays get lost as an adult. I hate to say it, but sometimes it happens. For my poor husband, this year was one of those years. Our son had surgery last week. Our daughter turns three this coming weekend. And right there smack in the middle is my husband's birthday.
Given the craziness, we went low key. No party. No guests. Just a family dinner (which is crazy enough with a toddler and baby). We embraced my husband's love of lime with grilled chipotle lime shrimp and chicken, a black bean and corn salad in lime vinaigrette, and homemade limeades. And of course, what birthday would be complete without cake... or in this case, margarita cupcakes.
I used the cake batter from Annie's Eats recipe. However, I improvised on the icing and just made a basic buttercream with the addition of lime juice, lime zest, and salt. (No tequila since these are toddler-friendly.) I highly recommend either sprinkling the cupcake with coarser salt or rimming the cupcake... your preference. The salt really makes a difference and adds a sweet/salty contrast.
Thankfully I won a giveaway from Not Just a Mommy a month or so ago for the Meri Meri cupcake set Eat More Cake. These are adorable and I have been saving them for a special occasion. What could be more special than this?
Aren't they adorable. I particularly love the wrappers. And my daughter had so much fun putting the toppers on all the cupcakes. She kept asking what was in the presents. Oh, I love toddler conversations.
With two more birthdays, Father's Day, and a wedding anniversary all in less than a month long period, I have a feeling that I will be saying this a lot. However, let me leave you with this sentiment anyways... Eat More Cake.