Of course our celebration of Hubby's birthday included food. Isn't that the highlight?
Hubby asked if I wouldn't mind whipping up a batch of cupcakes for him to take to work on his birthday. Me, bake? Twist my arm. He selected my chocolate sour cream recipe with Madagascar Bourbon vanilla buttercream frosting. I added the cupcake picks (from Hobby Lobby) myself, which were very basic. I might try making some myself next time.
For his actual birthday cake, Hubby wanted his mom's recipe for "Crazy Cake." It's basically an uber-moist, egg-less chocolate cake, similar to red velvet but without the food coloring. The method for making it is a bit bizarre, but it is really, really good. Unfortunately, we sort of ruined it by using a store-bought sugar-free vanilla frosting. It really calls for a vanilla cream cheese frosting, so I'll try that instead next time.
At our house, the birthday person gets to choose the food that he or she wants for dinner. I grew up with this tradition, which for me started by selecting lasagna and later turned to pizza. And since these days I cook pretty much every night, the tradition has evolved into choosing a birthday restaurant. Hubby chose a local pizza joint, Crust.
Crust is downtown and housed in an old wagon factory. They serve a free appetizer known as pizza bites -- bits of fried pizza dough topped with cheese and dipped marinara sauce. Bubba adores them, but I try not to fill up on the bites because I want to save as much room as I can for the main attraction, the pizza. Crust also serves pastas and sandwiches, but we have only ever ordered the pizza. I'm not generally a fan of thin crust pizza, but Crust's simple cheese pizza with extra cheese is just so yummy. The cheese blend they use is amazing, perfectly salty, and there is lots and lots of it. No other toppings required. Hubby made a good choice!
I was so thrilled when the pizza arrived, I forgot to snap a picture. Guess we'll have to go there again soon so I can get a good one...