My mother was right…

I cringed having to write that but I must admit that once again(don’t let it go to your head mom) my mother was right. As you get older your body rebels against you, but you feel the same on the inside as you did when you were 16. Though hopefully at little more educated and street smart then that 16 year old.
I’ll never forget the first time one of my friends turned 40(no, I’m not there yet but now I am closer to 40 than 30). It just seemed so odd. For J is not old to me at all and yet here I was going to the birthday party of a forty year old. A forty year old. Surreal.
I can still remember my mother’s 40th birthday. It involved a penis cake(which she blushed galore…12 year old me did as well) and my mother getting so drunk that she promised me a pony(I’m still waiting). Certainly if I can remember my mother’s 40th birthday so clearly, no friend of mine could be turning 40, let alone me in a few years.
I’m not a panicker. I had a friend who when she turned 35 literally had to be sedated(she did that at 30 as well). She kept freaking out that her best years were over. Subsequently, she pretty much lives like the best years of her life are over…rather sad. I know I am older, but then again so is everyone else. No one I know can afford Botox so we are all growing old together. ;)
I guess I feel the best years of my life are the ones I am currently living. Making the best of what you got and not worrying about how you used to look can make your life a lot more happier. Holding on to that pair of pants you had when you were a size 6 helps no one, only hurts. Plus, if you ever do fit back into those babies…they will be out of style…toss them. If your life is so bad that all you can do is reminisce about the old days, YOU do have the power to fix it. Enjoy the now, enjoy the you in the now.
Well, I said I wasn’t going to bake a birthday cake and then out of no where the sky opened up and started to dump rain. And dump rain. And thunder. In doing that the temperature this morning was 57! Hello oven!
These are simply just devil’s food cupcakes with some buttercream frosting that has a little raspberry jam in it. Topped with a little chocolate raspberry jam ganache filled raspberry to make it a little more birthday special.
Thanks to all of you who wished me a happy birthday…it was a happy one indeed.

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Raspberry Jam Buttercream and Raspberry Truffle

Devil’s Food Cake
Raspberry Jam Buttercream
Raspberry Truffles

Deeply Dark Devil¢â¬â„¢s Food Cake

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
11 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups warm water

Preheat oven to 325F. Grease and flour mini cupcake pans.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix to incorporate.
Beat the butter at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add the sugar and beat on high speed for about 3 minutes. Add the cocoa powder and beat for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides with a spatula. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the vanilla. On low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions alternating with the warm water in two additions. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix at low speed for 30 seconds. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake cupcakes for 13-15 minutes.
Let cool for 5 minutes in pan and remove cupcakes from pan. Let cool on wire rack. When cool, frost with Raspberry Jam Buttercream.

Cake Source: Adapted from The Cake Book by Tish Boyle

Raspberry Jam Buttercream
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
6-8 cups powdered sugar
½ cup seedless raspberry jam

Place butter and jam in a mixing bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cream butter and jam until well incorporated, about 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time until you reach desired consistency. If frosting gets too thick you can add a little milk to thin it out.

Raspberry Truffles

2 pints fresh raspberries, cleaned and dried
5 ounce semisweet chocolate
1/3 cup heavy cream
¼ cup seedless raspberry jam

Place chocolate and raspberry jam in a heat proof bowl.
Bring cream to a boil.
Pour cream over chocolate and jam and let sit for about 3 minutes.
Whisk together chocolate mixture. If it is still a little lumpy, put in microwave for a few seconds and whisk again.
Put ganache into a piping bag fitted or even an plastic bag(with a tiny hole cut out). Pipe chocolate ganache into fresh raspberries.
Let sit in fridge for about 15 minutes. Top frosted cupcakes with raspberry truffle. Eat any extras…they are good.


  1. Oh my gosh, it never occurred to me to add chocolate to the raspberry hole. I absolutely love that idea.

  2. Those little raspberries are total cuteness.

  3. What perfect cupcakes!

  4. I was so happy to read your post today. I’m turning 40 on Sunday…so it certainly is timely! I agree whole-heartedly with everything written and firmly believe that attitude is everything! Glad you got to bake those adorable little cakes!

  5. A little this and that on your cupcakes makes for a lalapalooza cupcake extravaganza!!!
    You are so right on the old and young, I’m convinced some people never enjoy any of life because they are always living somewhere out of now. These are the best years. Today is the best day. I have it all now.

  6. Cute cupcakes! And I love the pants. I believe I had some similar ones. Ah the 70s…

  7. These look delicious! The chocolate raspberry ganache sounds amazing. Glad you had a great birthday. I agree that it’s always nice to know that you are always in a place where you’re living your best years!

  8. Once again, happy birthday!! I’m so glad that it was a good one; and those devil’s food cupcakes look positively sensational.

  9. Happy Birthday WEEK! :) I can so relate to this post. I went to my girlfriend’s 40th birthday party last year…it was surreal! I’ll be 39 (gulp!) in October and I DO remember my mom’s 40th birthday. I gave her a Peanuts card that said, “Rah, Rah, Rah! Sis, Boom, Bah! You’re 29? Ha, Ha, Ha!” Crazy how the years fly by!

  10. I must be the oldest person commenting, but let me way, you look very very young sitting atop that, um, whatever you’re sitting on. Not a day over 20. I’ve just turned 45, and let me tell you baby, it’s only going to get better…

  11. well speaking as a woman who grew up with a generation of teens that didn’t trust people over 30 life after forty is great!! i’m 53, my life started at 40. there’s nothing to be afraid of and everything to look forward to. what’s there to look forward to? a self confidence that i didn’t have at any other age, at forty you know what you want from life and you go for it, and if you happen to be single which i was at 40, men are attracted to a women who can hold her own, a woman that doesn’t play games. so stop being afraid! embrace it, look forward to the life experiences that will give you wisdom and compassion for the women that come after you. well there is one thing you might be alittle afraid of……hot flashes!!! lol!!!

  12. I think the best thing that women can do is to stop reading magazines that make them feel inadequate…at any age. I don’t buy them and simply refuse to believe all the vain crap they push. I will soon be 54 and I remember my 10th birthday party like it was yesterday, but my 50th birthday party was a real blast.
    I take care of all ages of people who have an end stage disease. If I have learned only one thing, it is that it all can be taken away quickly. Cherish the life you have been given.

  13. I couldn’t agree now with what you say about growing! Surely NOW is the best day of our lives, not the past nor the future.
    The chocolate in raspberries in such a clever idea. I need to try that out sometime soon.

  14. I couldn’t agree more with what you say about growing! Surely NOW is the best time of our lives, not the past nor the future.
    The chocolate in raspberries in such a clever idea. I need to try that out sometime soon.

  15. Yes they are. I find my late mothers words of wisdom always poppoing up in my head. They are so right!

  16. I agree…the best time should be lived in the moment. And at this moment I would like one of those cupcakes! They look sooo good!!!

  17. Peabody! Happy Birthday you old lady! :) What’s old anyway but a state of mind. People who dwell on it too much clearly don’t have enough going on. What do women do when they reach a mid-life crisis? Get the flagship Viking range? Ooooh yeah baby. Actually, all of the women I know who reach mid-life crises tend to start running marathons and sea kayaking. Not a bad gig.

    Nice bday cupcakes – totally cute. I hope you get to enjoy plenty more!

  18. What an adorable post – both the childhood and edible pics! Glad to hear your birthday was happy :)

  19. Two cuties…you and your cakes!

  20. Lovely cupcakes :) and what a great idea filling the reaspberries with the chocolate ganache

  21. That picture is so freakin’ cute!

  22. So glad you had such a great birthday, and I love this post. And I doubly love the cupcakes. Anything with chocolate and raspberry is good in my book.

  23. 57 degrees? I’m so jealous. I think it was almost 100 again today. Your cupcakes look so good–chocolate and raspberry is one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations.

  24. Well, Peabody, I missed wishing you a happy birthday. I hope it was a good one. That cupcake looks wonderful, and I loved your post. I laughed and laughed.

  25. Happy Birthday!

  26. those are adorable!! i love the raspberry “truffles” :)

  27. How cute are these!

  28. I had my crisis at 24. I had achived none of my goals and was alone. Major depression. since then I have set new goals (no closer to reaching those either) and moved on to new things, I keep thinking someday i will get somewhere, so I live my life like I have forever to go.

    I think those rasberries would make anyones day better. Happy birthday and may you have a lifetimes more.

  29. beautiful! That is a great idea with the chocolate…

  30. Happy birthday a bit late! Those are such cute b-day cupcakes…the raspberry gives a perfect summer touch.

  31. Happy Birthday to J! He ain’t old…. :)
    Raspberry filled ganache are always an easy selling point on tip of cake or pies with the neighbors…easy and pretty darn good. Cupcakes are cute!

  32. Happy belated Birthday!! Glad you had a great one (with those cupcakes it HAD to be great!) :)
    And age is just a number, what really matters is how you feel and what you wanna do with your life… REAL age is in your mind and not in your birth certificate… haha Keep on having a great life!

  33. Ok that has to be the most decadent thing I have seen. Filled raspberries! Is doesn’t get any better than that. BTW I have tagged you. So roll your eyes and come on over to my site if you want to play.

  34. Peabody, you hit the nail on the head. Its all a state of mind. I recently told a grad student in my department that I was going to be only 5 years away from 50 come September. He was “NO WAY”. Its all in how we take care of ourself and the mindset. I can’t afford botox either (or plastic surgery, which as I get older I sure wish I could!) so I will grow old gracefully as my mother and grandmother have (and did) and be happy with my life as is!

  35. Those Raspberry Truffles are incredible!

  36. When you are over 50, you look back at turning 40, and 30, as wonderful days with (hopefully) great cake, and good friends, not as carved-in-concrete benchmarks against which success is measured. Now my friends and I have grey hair, work that we enjoy and are good at after years of practice, and a sense of humor about our birthdays. If we had cupcakes like these, life would be perfect!

  37. Happy birthday! Gimme one of those raspberries:) I have a big b-day coming up (30), so i hope I don’t have to be sedated. I don’t think so…I still look forward to birthdays.

  38. New visitor to your blog… I love your pictures! Everything is so beautiful and you seem so “real”. I love reading, and will definitely be returning! Everything looks so delish!!

  39. Oh, that makes so much sense, Pea. I agree with you – most of us take the present for granted, always holding on to the past and/or looking forward to the future.
    These cupcakes are lovely, just like you are.

  40. Cute cakes and filling the hole in the raspberryis genius. They would make good finger food that way…and be gone in a flash.

    I agree wholeheartedly with you about enjoying the you in the now. I’m approaching the round number birthday a few decades past 40 and I still wake up (MOST) mornings and am glad I’m alive right now at the age I am and doing the things I’m doing and (MOSTLY) looking the way I look. We can choose happiness or not. I know 90 year old women who are still enjoying being who they are right now, looking the way they look…and they are most grateful to still have their husbands around to enjoy life with.

    Hope the coming year involves more fun, less heat, fewer troubles with your ankles, and getting at least five wishes…or more!

  41. I love the raspberry truffles on top! Great idea. Happy birthday!

  42. Happy Belated Birthday!!!

    Just remember this: Brown is the new black and 30 is the new 20! :)

  43. Those are so cute! I love raspberry and chocolate together.

  44. Love your raspberry truffle idea – very clever.

    And, as someone who is turning 42, let me tell you that you are only as old as you feel. Today I feel 92 but yesterday I was 26. It was a good day.

  45. Don’t forget about those “fabulous 50’s”…I’m there and it’s the most freeing time of my life. You reach the age of “Frankly Scarlet…..”

  46. I could eat those raspberry truffles by the handful!

  47. Belated Happy Birthday to you Peabody. Thanks for the reminder to enjoy living in the moment. The last few years I have not handled aging well, while in the throws of menopause. Time to let my resistance go. I think a good dose of these cupcakes ought to do the trick.

  48. A penis cake. whoa baby. Too funny.
    Oh I hit 4o three years ago. I like my 4o’s.
    Happy Birthday. Beautiful treats!

  49. Wow such patience to have pipped the chocolate into the raspberries. I’m sure I wished you a great birthday before, but just in case, Happy Birthday!

  50. Darling little cupcakes! I know just what you mean about aging – I just went to a family reunion today where all the “babies” are teens! Anyway – Happy Belated Birthday!! I hope it was fantastic!


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