Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy 85th Birthday, Mom!

My Mom flew from Ohio to Texas to spend her 85th birthday with me and my family. We had a wonderful family party last night and today I set up a tea and cupcake for her on my patio.  Isn't my Mom beautiful?

 I made some special cupcakes that Mom could enjoy.  Here she is ready to blow out the candle!  Happy 85th Birthday, Mama!

 My Mom sent this pretty teapot to me recently that she had found a thrift store.  I love the pretty design.  You can see a bit of the embroidered tablecloth that my Mom made when I was a baby.  It's a treasure.


Here's the inside of the pretty teacup that my Mom gave to me that had been in her collection.

 Cupcakes make everyone happy!  These have a delicious  strawberry filling and a cream cheese frosting.  If you ever need a wonderful cupcake, please try these.
This recipe is adapted from www.tidymom.net.  I made them when I had a Royal Wedding Party here.
Happy Birthday Cupcakes

1 white cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup melted BUTTER
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all ingredients on low & then mix on high for 2 mins. 
Pour into paper lined cupcake pans.  Bake for 20 mins.


Strawberry Whipped Cream (filling)

1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 t. vanilla
5-6 chopped/processed strawberries

Chop strawberries in blender or food chopper until they are thick.  It only takes about 4 large berries.

Beat whipping cream & vanilla until it starts to thicken.  Mix in sugar.  Fold in berries.  Set aside.

Cream Cheese Frosting 

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 t. vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

Place butter in mixing bowl & mix slightly.  Add cream cheese & blend until combined.

Add powdered sugar & blend on low speed until combined.  Mix on medium until it get fluffy.

NOTE:  for chocolate cream cheese frosting, add 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder BEFORE adding the powdered sugar.

For Filling Cupcakes

1.  Bake cupcakes & cool.
2.  Cut a small section in the center of the cupcake.  I used my apple corer & it worked great.  Save    the extra cake to eat later with some of the filling!!!
3.  Replace the tops.  I actually just left them off.
4.  Pipe the frosting on top of the cake with a 1M tip, or just generously spread, or put the icing in a food storage bad, cut a corner off and pipe on the icing.  I sprinkled on some sparkling sugar. 

Refrigerate the cupcakes until ready to serve.

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49 comments:

  1. Happy B-Day to your mom Kitty! Looks like you're both having a great visit! Happy 4th of July Week too-enjoy:@)

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  2. Happy Birthday wishes to your mom Kitty! Love your pretty new teapot painted bouquet inside the teacup! Your cupcakes look delicious :)

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  3. Happy Birthday to your mom; she is beautiful. And what a special tea party to have. Everything is so pretty. So nice to have so many nice gifts from your mom. Beautiful Tea Pot; love that it has a rose on it.

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  4. What a lovely Mother you have and she looks so sweet blowing out her "1" CANDLE! I recognize the cup and saucer as one I have for sale right now at my shop. The handpainting caught my eye as it is the same! This is a wonderful post with your Mother - Happy Birthday to her!

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  5. Hi Kitty, Happy Birthday to you mom! You mom is beautiful just like you! Thanks for the cupcake recipe and have a wonderful week and Happy 4th of July.
    Julie

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  6. Happy Birthday to your MotherI She is a lovely lady and what a wonderful way to celebrate by having her with you and your family. The teapot she sent you is precious and I love the china rose on the side. Your Mom is so thoughtful to share all these treasures with you. I know she has passed on the love tea time to you and the cup cake with the one candle is a precious photo of her. Have a fabulous week with your Mom and I see you are giving her many special treats.

    Pam

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  7. A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your mom. How lovely to be able to celebrate her special day with you.

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  8. Your Mom is so lovely! How wonderful she was able to come visit for her birthday. Your cupcakes look so good, I need to try them for the upcoming holiday.

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  9. Oh, yes, she is a very pretty lady! A very happy birthday to her. I had to pin those great-looking cupcakes...strawberries and cream...too good to pass by.

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  10. Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mom, Kitty! My mother will celebrate her 85th in September. Your cupcakes are perfect for the celebration and I love the teapot she sent you! Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea, my sweet friend. Happy 4th of July!

    Blessings and hugs,
    Sandi

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  11. Hi Kitty,
    Yes, your mom is beautiful!!! She is dressed so elegantly for tea today! That teapot is so pretty and your cupcakes look heavenly! Happy 85th to your mom ~ she is still young, my dear mother is 93! Enjoy your special time together! Happy July 4th! Karen

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  12. I'm so glad you got to visit with your beautiful mom for her birthday. Yes, she does look so elegant and pretty for tea! What a treasure to have a hand embroidered tablecloth by her. And those cupcakes look super yummy!

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  13. Happy birthday to your Mom! Wonderful you could be together! I know you had a wonderfu time! The china is so pretty and the cupcakes look fabulous! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  14. What a sweet reunion you had - happy birthday to your mom from the Bayou State next door. She's fabulous! xo

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  15. Your mother is lovely, Kitty! So glad she was able to come to your home and be pampered for her birthday! Your cupcakes sound great, and they look pretty too!

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  16. Happy Birthday to your precious mother! She is certainly beautiful, my friend. . .now I know where you get your beauty :)

    The cupcakes look divine! Definitely going to have to try this recipe. Hugs to you, sweet lady!

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  17. A very happy birthday to your beloved momma! She is, indeed, beautiful! she has aged incredibly gracefully.

    That teapot is gorgeous. I have a creamer and sugar in that exact same pattern. I had never seen the teapot before.

    Enjoy the rest of your visit with your mom.

    Blessings,
    Patti

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  18. Wishing your beautiful mother a happy 85th birthday! You are so very lucky to still have her with you to celebrate. Today is my friend, Norma's birthday, too.
    Have a wonderful week, Kitty.

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  19. Happy 85th Birthday to your lovely mom! I bet she is enjoying her birthday visit with you and your family. Those cupcakes sound so yummy. xo

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  20. How wonderful to have your Mom visit to share her birthday with you! She is lovely, and I love her pretty sheer jacket! The teapot, tea cup and embroidered tablecloth are very sweet. Thank you for the recipe - the cupcakes look so delicious. Happy birthday to your dear Mom! xo Karen

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  21. Happy Birthday to your Mom. She does look beautiful. I love that she takes the time to look so nice. I bet she was quite touched that you had a special tea party just for her. You even brought out the tablecloth. So sweet of you. No wonder she traveled to be with you for her birthday.

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  22. ♫♫ Happy Birthday to Kitty's Mom ♫♫
    What a classy lady...so spiffy in that beautiful mint green sweater, with the beautiful sheer eyelet inserts! I hope I'm that snazzy when I get to 85. Heck, I wish I was that snazzy NOW!! LOL

    Enjoy every minute together & thank you for the yummalicious cupcake recipe...beautiful job, Kitty!!!

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  23. Kitty, your dear mother is as beautiful as you! She does not look 85 years old. That sweater she is wearing is absolutely lovely, so pretty and feminine.
    It looks like you have a wonderful birthday tea party. Happy Birthday wishes to your mother from me.
    Enjoy your precious time with her.
    Much love to you, Debbie

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  24. Yes, your Mom is beautiful!! She looks stunning in these photos. I'm so glad she was able to be here for her celebration even though the heat has arrived. :( The cupcakes sound delicious! Love strawberries and they are so pretty.

    It's exciting to be here....finally! I so hope I don't have any more computer or internet issues ~ so very frustrating.

    You remain in my daily prayers my friend!
    xo
    Pat

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  25. Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mom! Love your new teapot! What a treasure that tablecloth is!

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  26. Oh, I was gonna say the same thing! Happy birthday and many bessings to your lovely mother and many more! Adorable teapot and thanks for sharing the récipe of the yummy and cute cupcakes, sweet friend. I'm so happy she could spend her special date with you.
    Happy 4th. of July week!
    FABBY

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  27. Indeed, your mom is beautiful! What a blessing she must be and she looks so vibrant. Happy Birthday to your mom :) -Bev

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  28. Kitty, please wish your mom a happy birthday from your friend in New York! She is beautiful just like you! Enjoy every minute with her, and thanks for sharing the cupcake recipe. Have a great week! xxoo

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  29. Happy birthday to your mum. You are so blessed to have her and she is very lovely and looking very young at her age wishing her more happy and healthy years to come. That tea pot is so pretty with raised flowers and unique handle. Yummy cupcakes too.

    Blessings,
    Aida

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  30. Happy Birthday to Kitty's mom! Your cupcakes look delicious, and I love the teapot. The painted bouquet is so pretty and delicate. Hope you are having a great week, Kitty! xx

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  31. Happy Birthday to your elegant looking mom Kitty. How wonderful that you could have a party and then tea with cupcakes for her 85th! Pretty teapot she sent you, and the embroidered tablecloth is for sure a treasured keepsake of the artistic talent.

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  32. Your Mom is not only pretty, but she's one sharp dresser! Woo hoo! That sweater is a knockout!!!

    I'm pinning and will try these. This is within my skill level...I think. I'm not real sure about the coring part. Or the icing part. Or the whipping cream beating part.....! :-)

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  33. Happy Birthday to your Mom! She sure doesn't look 85! What part of Ohio? I lived in Ohio for 35 yrs (Cleveland) miss it! The cupcakes look amazing!

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  34. Hi Kitty: Your Mom is beautiful! You are so blessed to have her with you. Have a wonderful time with her. Blessings, Martha

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  35. Hi Kitty, what a beautiful post for your beautiful Mother! We are so blessed to have our Mom's with us. Such a pretty teapot to use for her special day and thank you for the recipe! The cupcakes look delicious!
    Hugs, Nancy

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  36. Kitty, she is just gorgeous and stylish too! I can see where you get your beauty and style from. What fabulous cupcakes. Wish I had one for breakfast!!!! Her tea pot that she gave you is so fabulous. Glad you could have a lovely tea and celebrate her big 85th!

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  37. Kitty: Happy birthday to your mom! It looks like she's sent you a lot of goodies--that teacup is very pretty and the thrift store find is great--she definitely has good taste :). Happy 4th of July to you both! By the way, the cupcakes look delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

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  38. Happy birthday to your lovely Mother, Kitty. It's so wonderful that she can enjoy traveling and that you have this time together.

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  39. Happiest Belated Birthday to your beautiful mom. I'll bet she is such a delight.
    I love your tea pot...and, boy, I can't wait to make those cupcakes...yes, ma'am...we all love cupcakes....:)

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  40. How great to spend time with your Mother. Happy Birthday to your Mother and a Happy 4th to all.

    Madonna
    MakeMineLemon

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  41. What a beautiful mom. I'm sure you are thankful to have her there! Blessings to you both. Bookmarking cupcake recipe now!

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  42. Oh, I can't believe that I missed this!! I have been out of town and then all out of sorts because I was out of town.

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to your beautiful mom!! She really is very lovely, and based on pictures I think you favor her.

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  43. Oh how special! This post makes my heart go pitter patter! Yes, your mama is definitely beautiful! How very wonderful to make these special cupcakes for her special celebration. Happy Belated Birthday to her!! Hugs to you Dear Friend. XO

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  44. Happy 85th to your Mom! What a lovely photo of your Mom and a great teapot, I just love the cupcakes, looks like a great party Kitty! Hope you have had a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  45. So happy that you were able to help celebrate your mom's birthday with her! What a special day!

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  46. Yes, Kitty, your Mom is beautiful. I am so glad for both of you that she came for a visit. Sounds like a great party and fun.
    I am impressed impressed with your pretty cup cakes! You went to a lot of trouble. The darling tea pot, embroidered cloth and pretty china makes the table extra special.

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  47. How wonderful to spend time with your mom for her 85th birthday. What a sweetheart she is! Looks like a perfect way to spend time together. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  48. Kitty, I had missed this. Thanks for directing me to see this. Yes, you mom is a beautiful lady. I'm so glad she could be here in TX with you to celebrate her birthday. The cup cakes look delicious!

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