celebrating darling

My sister-in-law Darling reached a milestone today: she graduated with her Master's Degree at University Convocation. Tonight we planned a family celebration. Of course, I got up early to put all my gifts from Kelly to good use:


24 delicious cupcakes made using the Magnolia Bakery cookbook Kelly sent for Christmas. Baked in the pans she sent for my birthday! And then oh so carefully loaded into my cupcake caddies for transport to the party.

In order to avoid a near collision, Veto hit the brakes on the way to the party. Turns out, no cupcake caddy can protect the most heavily frosted handheld cakes from trauma:


Needless to say, I was un-hap-py. Prone to drama at the best of times, I almost didn't even take them into the party. I mean, why spend five hours baking these festive little frosting piles from scratch and then produce them as smooshy lumps? WWMD? (What would Martha do?)

We took them inside. At least they tasted delicious. We managed to salvage one of the white-chocolate-dipped cupcakes for a photo op with the guest of honour, Darling. You see that smirk on my brother's face? He's loving this.

I may get a chance to redeem myself, Darling is considering PhD programs. This calls for more cupcakes!

12 comments:

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

I would much rather make the cupcakes than be earning all those degrees, that's for sure.

Keetha said...

I'd have been less than happy, too, upon arrival if the cupcakes I had toiled FIVE HOURS to make looked less than completely fabulous BUT. I know they tasted wonderfully.

Now I'm hungry.

Junie Moon said...

Congratulations to your sister-in-law for this important achievement in her life. I hope she does pursue the Ph.D. program.

Your cupcakes are gorgeous and I'm sure they were delicious despite the mishap getting them there. I'm going to have to order that cookbook as I've heard many good things about it.

amyf4 said...

I am a new reader but I just have to say that I wish we lived closer (I'm in Utah) and were bestest buddies cause right now I am on a low carb diet and your cupcakes, even smooshed, look like absolute yummy heaven.

Mrs. G. said...

Congratulations Darling!!!! Those cupcakes are gorgeous. I wish I could just scoop up a dollop of that pink frosting.

Melissa said...

Congratulations, Darling! Your cupcakes look gorgeous both before AND after--which is much more than I can ever say for mine which look like your "after" cupcakes on a good day. *sigh*

Lisa Milton said...

Oh good on you, Darling. Congrats.

(And I love cupcakes with all my heart, but they are not good travelers. Still, they are gorgeous.)

100 Percent Cottam said...

aww crap! that's a real bummer. they were gorgeous, though. and delicious, i'm sure!

MJ said...

Congrats, sweet Darling! Enjoy your moment of smirking, the Hogg (which is meant complimentary considering my favorite constitutional guru is Hogg). The cupcakes still looked delicious! What a traumatic few days you've had between the near-miss with the cupcakes and the near miss with the hammer! Don't forget to load up on the carbs to counter-act all these near-misses!

Saucy said...

Bossy is the only one who could shame me in the painting department. She'd be a good person to have around in a pinch.

Oliver Rain said...

At least you got a photo of the scrumptious little cakes before they were smooshed.

michelleb. said...

Too bad. It's not always about the presentation. I'm sure they were yummy. Those are some sweet coasters that the cakes are sitting on in the 1st pic.

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