Happy First Birthday!!!

January 21st, 2009

Today, my blog turns one!  Happy Birthday Just Get Floury!!!!

I can’t believe that just a year ago, I started this.  It has been quite the year…filled with experimenting with food, playing with my writing style, discovering how to take decent food photos, figuring out blogger and then wordpress, and, most importantly, cultivating some wonderful foodie friendships! Thank you.  I would never have kept this up, if it hadn’t been for you!  Also, a special thanks to my family and friends, who have been very supportive of this endeavor!  I love you all!

Now, I think that it is no coincidence that the my blog’s birthday and the Season Premiere of LOST coincide.  My friends and I are having a party tonight to watch the show together and I decided to make cupcakes.  I wanted them to be themed so I sent an email around for suggestions:

H: Let’s see… I think I think of a cupcake with something secret hidden in it – you know, a mysterious cupcake.

C: I think of those chocolate “dirt” cupcakes with the gummy worms…

P: chocolate with green frosting

D: no-refrigeration-needed-ranch-dressing flavored? wow, that was a little specific.

L: …Cupcakes that I can’t find? If we hide and seek for cupcakes that would be fun though…

R: Yeah. I can imagine something that tastes like pinapple upside down cake or pina colada flavor. Maybe pineapple cake with coconut icing.

Put ‘em together and what have you got
bibbidi-bobbidi bibbidi-bobbidi bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Coconut Buttercream on Yellow Cupcakes with a LOST character (sour patch kid) hidden inside…

For the buttercream I used this recipe. I wanted to turn it green but forgot to buy food coloring… oh well!  It was delicious!  I’m not the biggest fan of coconut and yet I was eating it out of the bowl!

Also, I’m embarrassed to admit, I made a simple boxed cake because I had so much reading to get done in order to actually have time to go to the party. But if I had the time, I would have made this cake, which is my go-to basic yummy cake:

Dinette Cake (adapted from Betty Crocker)
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking power
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Heat oven to 350.
2. Grease and flour square pan.
3. Measure baking powder, flour, and salt into a bowl.
4. Cream the shortening and the sugar.
5. Add the egg to the sugar-butter.
6. Then alternating the dry ingredients with the milk, mix into the butter mixture. Do about a third of each at a time and end with the dry ingredients.
7. Mix in the vanilla.
8. Pour into a pan.
9. Bake for 35-40 min. or until a wooden pick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

P.S. I’ll let you know how the hide and seek game goes!

UPDATE: There was no hide and seek game…these cupcakes met with a twisted and fitting end…

On a cold and wintery Chicago day, the cupcakes climbed into a carrying case to begin their long journey to C’s. The ride was slow and easy, a little bumpy at times. They talked amongst themselves and a few got up to stretch their legs. But no one could predict what was going to happen. It was tragic. About five minutes into their ride, the carrier was distracted and lost her hold on the cupcakes. They went tumbling, spiraling, crashing into a snowy bank. The case cracked open and the cupcakes spilled out onto the snow. There were only five survivors of this tragic flight, who were taken to safety and promptly eaten by a few hungry girls. YUM!!!


9 Responses to “Happy First Birthday!!!”

  1. VeggieGirl on January 21, 2009 4:00 pm

    HAPPY 1ST-YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!!!

  2. Resa on January 21, 2009 4:02 pm

    You forgot my most awesome suggestion. Guess that shows where I stand. Enjoy the party. I have to tivo because the Heels are gonna make it 53 in a row against Clemson. Your next assignment should be Tar Heel cupcakes for the first Puke game.

  3. Kevin on January 22, 2009 8:18 pm

    Congrats on a tasty year of posts! I look forward to reading more! Nice looking cupcakes, especially the frosting!

  4. Donna-FFW on January 23, 2009 2:37 pm

    These look wonderful Perfect cupcake for your first anniversary. Congrats. Love your blog!

  5. LyB on January 27, 2009 6:54 am

    Congrats Ginny! I love that you had a theme cupcake for Lost. Wasn’t the season premiere fantastic? :)

  6. Manggy on January 28, 2009 5:34 pm

    Happy blog birthday, Ginny, and thanks for the wonderful lunch and conversation at Atwood! (And sorry about the 7 cupcakes, sigh ;)

  7. admin on January 28, 2009 8:09 pm

    veggie girl- thank you! :)

    resa- I changed it…are you happy now? hehe!

    Kevin- thanks! it is really yummy!

    Donna- thank you so much for stopping by!

    LyB- it was great! i can’t wait for this season!

    manggy- thank you! It was great to meet you!!! :)

  8. Happy Golden Birthday!!! at Just Get Floury on January 26, 2010 1:29 am

    [...] delicious.  I halved the recipe and did not use any cinnamon sticks.  For the cake, I made the dinette cake, baked for 25 minutes for a dozen cupcakes.  Watch them so they don’t burn- mine came out a [...]

  9. Cake Holiday… at on June 1, 2010 7:59 pm

    [...] for Ginny I baked the standard yellow cake that is my favorite. Dinette cake from Betty Crocker. I doubled the recipe and used vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract. [...]

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