Is a birthday happy at fifty?

I’ll let you know tomorrow.

I still feel thirty . . . well, maybe forty.

I’m halfway to 100.

A have a few more wrinkles, age spots, a few extra lbs, hot flashes. Ugggg. I made my hubbie and I  Birthday cupcakes . . . Angel food, Coconut & Lime. Kenny’s birthday is the day after mine – he still thinks he’s twenty.  My hubbie is actually nine years my senior, and could care less about age.  How come men get better looking the older they get. 

 I thought maybe we would party hardy this year, but instead we are going to attend a funeral.  At least it’s not mine!  These cupcakes were inspired by some other yummy cupcakes that a neighbor shared with me.  I haven’t been able to get her recipe yet, so I just improvised.  My better half loves Angel Food as you well know, so that is the base.  I added a bit of lime juice to the Silky Butter Cream frosting, and sprinkled some toasted Coconut over the top.  This cupcake will make fifty almost bearable!  

If You’re turning fifty or fifty nine . . . these Coconut Lime Cupcakes will make you feel better about it!

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

I simply made an Angel Food Cake, and made cupcakes.  Be careful not to over fill your cups.  Angel Food expands greatly in the oven.  Toast some coconut on a cookie sheet in a 375 degree oven until golden, and let cool.  I used a 2D wilton tip to apply the frosting.  You could easily make a powdered sugar glaze with fresh lime juice as well.  Leave little bits of lime zest in the glaze! 

Swiss Buttercream Frosting

*This is great, because it’s not too sweet 

1 C egg whites
1 1/2 C granulated sugar
2 C butter (that’s 4 sticks) at room temperature and cut into chunks.
1 tsp vanilla extract

*I added 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice.

This recipe makes a large batch that’s enough to generously frost a 2 layer 9″ round cake.  It could easily be halved.

Whip sugar and egg whites together in a double boiler until the temperature reaches 160 degrees F and sugar is dissolved.

Transfer mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer. With the whisk attachment, whip until mixture is cooled and soft, glossy peaks form, about 10 minutes.  Add butter a few pieces at a time until incorporated.   Don’t panic if mixture appears curdled.  Continue beating until butter is incorporated and frosting is fluffy and smooth.  It can take 8-12 minutes.  Add vanilla and beat until incorporated.

To limit air bubbles, switch to paddle attachment and beat at the very lowest speed for 5 minutes.

Storage:  After decorating with frosting store cake/cupcakes at room temperature.  To store for future use, place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.  When ready to use, bring to room temperature and beat until light and fluffy.

  • Lynn - 06/23/2010 - 7:23 pm

    You do NOT look like you are turning 50!!! Seriously! I think your whole family has secretly found the fountain of youth and keeping it’s location from the rest of us.


    Sorry about the funeral……..but I certainly do love your positive view of life. ; DReplyCancel

  • Julie - 06/23/2010 - 7:52 pm

    Happy Birthday! You know what they say 50 is the new 30!! I do hate the fact that life is probably more than half over 🙂 but just focus on living each day to it’s fullest. Your cupcakes look yummy.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Feld - 06/23/2010 - 8:08 pm

    Happy Birthday tomorrow – you and your husband are a gorgeous couple and neither of you look a day over 30 🙂 Hope you have a great day, and those cupcakes look amazing… my husband doesn’t typically like sweets, but as soon as he saw the picture he said I had to make them.. So do you have an actual recipe for it, how about that frosting.. man – I just want to jump onto my computer and eat these!

    Also very sorry about the funeral!ReplyCancel

  • ingrid - 06/23/2010 - 9:20 pm

    Happy birthday Jonna! May there be many more delicious years ahead! Happy b-day to the hubs,too!

  • Brandi - 06/24/2010 - 7:52 am

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOTHER DEAR!!! I hope happy days will come to you all year…
    So sorry that you are headed to a funeral. I really wished that you could do something fun. It will be good to see everyone though, just not under the circumstances. Please tell Grandma we love her, and are thinking about her.
    Those cupcakes look wonderfully amazing. You have such a creative mind. I want to know if dad like them??? Eveytime I have tried making angle food cupcakes, they just don’t work at all. You can’t get anything out of the cup and they just suck. Yours always look so good and perfect. I think this is a perfect new twist on angle food cake. They just seem so be light and fresh…YUMMMM!!!! Happy Birthday Mom!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - 06/24/2010 - 8:42 pm

    Happy, happy birthday, Jonna!!!!! I hope you have a great day, you and your hubby!!!! I’m sorry to hear about the passing in the family! Give a hug to grandma for us!!! I sure love her and grandpa!!! Loves!!!!!! Yummy cupcakes, too! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - 06/26/2010 - 9:38 am

    Those look delicious!ReplyCancel