Happy National Cupcake Day!


Mason tried his first cupcake last June, and the moment couldn’t have been any sweeter. We were in Columbus, OH, visiting my family and my mom made cupcakes to celebrate Bug’s first birthday a little early. She went the simple route and used yellow cake from a mix and vanilla frosting. Mason was tentative at first. He gingerly licked the icing for a minute or so and then he picked up the cupcake and shoved the entire thing in his mouth. I was snapping photos with my iPhone at first but it got so good I switched to video. We were cracking up! (We also served cupcakes at his safari-theme birthday party in New York City; click here for photos! For great recipes, check out these Parents favorites.)

Any great cupcake memories with your babe to share?

Mason's 1st Birthday Cake + More Great Finger Foods

On Saturday, the day after Mason turned 1, we hosted a safari-theme cookout on our roof to celebrate his birthday. Sixteen of our friends, along with two babes Mason’s age, came over for the bash. We served burgers, classic potato salad, red coleslaw with grapes, heirloom tomato salad (fresh tomatoes with basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and black pepper), fresh fruit salad, and tortilla chips with tomato and pineapple salsas. Mason ate everything but the chips and salsa; bits of burger, potato salad, heirloom tomato salad, fruit salad, and grapes from the coleslaw all made excellent finger foods. But the cake was Bug’s favorite.

After weeks of debate, I chose traditional cupcakes. I’m not much of a cake baker so I ordered the cupcakes from Sprinkles, a cupcake bakery on New York City’s Upper East Side. I loved the idea of cupcakes because Mason could have his own personal cake and we could serve a variety of different flavors to our guests. I chose the classic Sprinkles design, which is very simple and elegant, but requested an M topper for Mason’s vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting. In addition to vanilla, our guests enjoyed chocolate, strawberry, banana, chocolate-peanut butter, and red velvet. Chris documented Mason enjoying his cupcake, from the moment he first saw it to smashing it all over himself and his chair. Enjoy our photos — and share your memories of your babe’s 1st birthday here!

Mason gets his first look at his cupcake as the group sings “Happy Birthday” to him.

Bug takes a taste of frosting — so delish! Plus, I have an audience cheering me on.

The cake part is yummy too, especially with the frosting!

Best. Thing. Ever.

The cupcake tower from Sprinkles, sans the ribbon that matched our party colors (we forgot it!). The “G” on the cupcake in the middle (front) means that it’s gluten-free for mommy.