Sunday, August 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Sheridan!

My best friend Sheridan celebrated her 28th birthday Saturday night (even though her birthday was actually Friday). So of course I made her cupcakes. She likes fruity desserts, so I made the Banana Split Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World:


These were so awesome! The cupcake contains crushed pineapple, strawberry jam, mashed banana, and dark chocolate. On top is a vegan buttercream frosting with chocolate ganache, walnuts, sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry.

The recipe called for pineapple preserves, but the only brand I could find contained high-fructose corn syrup. So I bought canned pineapple and chopped it up, then blended it with some homemade strawberry jam. The recipe didn't call for strawberry stuff, but I felt like banana split cupcakes required a little strawberry goodness. As usual, I subbed whole wheat pastry flour for all the white flour (I don't even buy that stuff!).

Because you really can't get enough cupcake porn, here's another shot:


And here's Sheridan making her birthday wish:


Sheridan lives in Little Rock, which is two hours from Memphis. So I loaded up the cupcakes and made the drive yesterday afternoon. We ate cupcakes and then went to the River Market District for dinner at Bosco's and beer at the Flying Saucer.


I got her a couple tee-shirts for her birthday. One has a big peace dove on it, and the other (pictured here) has a brontosaurus and says "Vegetarian." Of course, I also bought a matching one for myself!

26 comments:

Theresa said...

Beautiful cupcakes! And it was nice of you to drive them 2 hours to see her. And those shirts are awesome!!

ladyliriel said...

What great looking cupcakes!!! And I love the cupcake stand. Those t-shirts are so cute!!

Mihl said...

Yum, yum, and yum!
You are a great friend.

Green Eyes, Green Heart said...

Those cupcakes kick ass!
(And pat yourself on the back for not buying anything with HFCS!)
Cute shirts, too!

Latayy said...

Beautiful cupcakes. I made my friend some for her 25th this weekend too the Julie Hasson ones. I cannot find a baking supply store here. I could not even find cup cake papers or even candles to stick in her cupcakes( she didn't care she was just interested in eating that chocolate goodness). I know they exist but I need to investigate..

jessy said...

what fun and gloriously fantastical look'n cuppycakes you made, Bianca!

the dinosaur shirt is just too awesome! i super love it, and hope you both enjoy wearing them! gotta love a good veggie shirt, fo 'sho!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Those are some sweet looking cupcakes! My birthday is coming up soon, hint hint. :-) The brontosaurus shirt is so cute!

VeggieGirl said...

Happy birthday to your best friend!! Oh my, those Banana Split Cupcakes look sensational; and the t-shirt is too cute!! :0)

jennycestcake said...

Very cool! I would love to receive cupcakes as a birthday gift. It looks like she enjoyed them and you did a great job baking and decorating them.

Sheridanna said...

Yeah, you're pretty much the coolest friend anyone could ask for.

I love my Tee's and cupcakes!

I feel like a loser for not checking this in so long. Not getting to play on the internet at work sux!

I'm totally sneaking right now. Heh..heh...hehhh....

Chelsea said...

I think I need more veggie shirts... and more cupcakes! Those are just gorgeous!!!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Your cupcakes look stunning! I love all the different colors going on. Sounds like you had a great celebration.

Cyn said...

I love those cupcakes! The sprinkles are genius - there's something about Banana Split cupcakes that requires going nuts with the decorations.

shelby said...

Ahh they look so perfect!


Cupcakes = Love. =)

VeganCowGirl said...

The cupcakes look amazing! I am not a fan of pineapple, but I think I could be persuaded to munch on those little babies!
What a great friend!

thedalyn said...

Those are the fanciest cupcakes I've ever seen. And, if I might add, I love the picture that now heads your page. Dirty South indeed...

The Voracious Vegan said...

My jaw just dropped to the floor. I'm inviting you to my next birthday party...PLEASE bring those amazing cupcakes!

Lily said...

owwwwww sweet Brontosaurus ♥♥♥♥
Those cupcakes dazzled me, I wish I have your skills to do the same!

twoveganboys said...

WOW! The cupcakes are beautiful and look delicious.

Krys

Veggienetters said...

I don't like bananas... but that wouldn't stop me from eating those cuppycakes!!! YUMMY.. Thanks for the comment! Your BF eats Cavender's out of his hand? I guess I shouldn't say anything... I've been known to drink soy sauce from the bottle when I get on one of my salty food kicks...Please please PLEASE let me know when you publish your Southern cookbook... my first goal is to fix a vegan mac and cheese that doesn't taste like butt.

Vivacious Vegan said...

I'm loving that dino shirt! That's really cool. You're such a great friend to bake cupcakes and drive 2 hours to see her. I haven't made those cuppers yet but yours look like so much fun I just might give them a try when my 5 year old niece gets into town. I'm sure she'd love to decorate them.

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Oh! cool T-shirt! I'm not going to comment on the cupcakes, I'm still drooling...

Nikki Douglas said...

Those are the cupcakes of total delishness. I must have one. I will DIE without one. You are the best cupcakey friend a girl could ever have. Sheridan is soooo lucky! I am a brontosaurus too!

Anonymous said...

Hey, cool dino t-shirt! Could you tell me where you got it, I'd love to find one!

Peggy the Veggie said...

Awesome cupcakes! That is probably the BEST SHIRT EVER, I love dinosaurs :P Where did you get it?

Erin said...

I love the bronto veggie shirt!!! And the cupcakes look stellar, I agree about the strawberry flavor addition.