Baby B and His Birthday Cupcakes

It is hard for me to wrap it around my head that Alistaire turned a year old today. Everything that went so slowly with my two oldest just seemed to fly with him. Where they walked steady at a normal rate, little man tears around and barely teeters or falls, and has walked since he was 10½ months. I crossed my fingers he would fit in his 1st birthday onesie this morning, it was a tight squeeze ;-) It will be interesting to see his height and weight next week, at his 1 year checkup.

(Where does “B” come from? It was Walker’s name for the Baby, when he came home)

B1

He was my biggest baby, 10 lb., 7 ounces born at 38 weeks and well over 22″ long. He came out ready to take on the world….or at least it felt like that. He is my little snuggler. If I was given a gift, it was getting a baby that loves me so much.

B9

After going through a 3-ring circus I got all the boys together and tried to get at least one photo where they all smiled. Oh well. Two out of three is just fine. Hah….

B2

Alistaire (1), Ford (15), and Walker (almost 3).

Walker decided B needed balloons. Lots of them. We all know who is playing with them, right? Yes.

B5

Cupcakes? Of course! I took a well-tested and favorite vegan vanilla recipe of mine, and changed it up a bit, decorated in blue for my little man.

B8

Coconut-Vanilla Cupcakes
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1¾ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup Coconut Palm Sugar or my favorite, Wholesome Sweeteners
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

B6

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350° and line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners (used Reynolds StayBrite).
Stir the vinegar into the milk, let sit for 5 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the milk mixture, oil, sugar and vanilla together till smooth. Pour on top of the dry ingredients, whisk till combined.
Divide evenly between the prepared cupcake liners (use a disher for best results).
Bake for 20 minutes or a toothpick comes out clean – be careful they do not over bake.
Let cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Frost when cool.
Makes 12 cupcakes.

B7

Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients:

Directions:

Beat sugar through salt together with a hand mixer, till smooth. Color as desired.

Frosting will be stiff, for piping. If desired, add more milk for a creamier frosting.

Pipe frosts 12, spread on, will cover up to 24.

The finishing sugar is via Wilton (the clear is dye free).

Little man enjoying the rare winter sun….

B3

~Sarah

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Comments

  1. Happy Birthday to your little man! It is astonishing how quickly the days go. We’ve just hit 6 over here and I think they’re about ready to drive a car… or at least they think they are. Mercy, what’s to become of us? ;-) The cupcakes look lovely. Thanks for sharing. My vegan baking repertoire is pretty slim – something I’m definitely going to need to work on to make this last.

  2. Happy birthday!! Wonderful pics and great recipe

  3. Happy Birthday to Walker!! I know about the time flying, my little guy is 15 months now and I’m still in denial that he’s over one :) Walker is adorable, all your boys are :) What sweet pictures. And those cupcakes look amazingly delicious. If my girl didn’t despise coconut (sigh) I’d make those asap! Maybe for my guy’s second birthday next fall…

  4. Aww happy birthday little guy! He’s sooo precious! My little Olivia started walking just at 10 months so I know what you mean….she’s a real go getter too! He is adorable and those cupcakes look super delicious!

  5. Happy birthday to your young man! Beautifully delicious cupcakes :)

  6. Looks like Alistaire had a very happy birthday!… I love the colour of your frosting, just gorgeous! Did you use their powder or liquid colouring?

    • I have the liquid, from their older line. I can’t wait to pick up the powder though, I have a feeling I’ll love it.

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