Somebody celebrated Birthday #2
It took me around 3 months after the twins were born, but I did finally turn on my oven and bake something. It's that time of year again - Jackson's birthday. My friend Jill's adorable son Jackson turned two in August and Jill let me make the cake again. While not quite as elaborate as last year's offering, These cupcakes fit in perfectly with Jackson's football themed party.
I fashioned an extra large cake board to look like a football field and made a super huge helmet cake for the birthday boy himself.
I also made mini footballs out of tempered chocolate to top the cupcakes.
If you've never tempered chocolate before, I wouldn't recommended it as it is an enormous pain in the arse - unless you are like me and are determined to master all the most difficult baking, pastry and candy making techniques to the severe detriment of your sanity. It definitely gets easier with practice. After 5 or 6 years of practice, I can finally make that statement without my nose growing.
Jackson's party was fantastic despite the ever present Seattle rain, complete with a visit from a real live fire truck. Check out Jill's fantastic photos and more about the big celebration here. You can even catch a glimpse of the youngest attendee at the party, Astrid, (a title narrowly missed by her 'big' sister, Clover who is a whole minute older) being held by her Auntie Dana.