Last night Beth and Lisa came over to celebrate (belatedly) Beth’s birthday. Recipes and details after the jump!
Per her request, I made Beth some red velvet cupcakes. The cakes came out wonderfully; usually red velvet cupcakes end up being rather dry. These were moist and yum. I topped them with a marshmallow buttercream frosting (although I didn’t actually use any butter). The cake recipe is from Martha Stewart — here’s the link. The recipe will make 2 dozen. Also, I don’t use as much food coloring as the recipe calls for. Do yourself a favor and buy some of the super-concentrated gel color. Then you can get the color without the cake tasting like food coloring.
I also made a big batch of Guinness & Cheddar soup. OMG, you guys. SO GOOD. Here’s the recipe I used. I omitted the bay leaf, btw. And cook the vegetables a bit longer than the recipe says; closer to ten minutes. Also, before I added the cheese, I took an immersion blender and pureed the soup. I think it improved the dish a lot, giving it a creamy and bisque-like texture. I also made a double-batch and everyone got leftovers, including us. Mmmmm, cheese soup.
After several glasses of wine, I wrapped up my evening by enjoying a videochat with Maggie. And then slept like the dead. All in all, a good night!