Happy Heart Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you are spending it precisely as you wish. My husband doesn’t make too big a deal of V-day, but I do have a lovely crockpot dinner already in the works and I’ve baked his favorite cookies, so all in all, I think I did okay.

I have to admit, I was expecting a cupcake, and I’ve come to discover I will not be receiving one. Last year hubby brought me a little bakery box of half a dozen cupcakes, which I graciously shared with all the boys, and a ‘hey cupcake!’ t-shirt from the little Airstream trailer bakery in Austin where he’d gotten the cupcakes. Loved it. This year I wanted one cupcake from a new cupcake shop here in town (that’s not very close to our house but is definitely accessible to my man-about-town husband). He evidently wasn’t even aware of its existence–or so he says…

I did get a few red gifties and I have my homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and the boxes of chocolates from my Mothers Day Out kids, so I suppose that’s plenty. I was just really hoping for that cupcake…

I was watching Barefoot Contessa the other day, and Ina Garten was celebrating her 39th anniversary with her husband, so the theme for the show was ‘anniversary dinner’. She made coq au vin and garlic mashed potatoes which didn’t interest me very much, and then she announced that she was going to make her husband a mini wedding cake. I thought this sounded like a fabulous idea and settled in to watch (and count the number of sticks of butter that dropped–always room temperature–into the mixer. Well, this was no mini wedding cake–this was a three-tiered beauty, lavishly frosted with chocolate buttercream, piped with icing decorations and garnished with fresh flowers. And it was just for the two of them! Unbelievable! I wonder how I can persuade my husband to make one for my next anniversary–which will be our fifteenth…

And where can I get some of these????

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/14/2009 11:16 pm


  1. It’s a good thing that we don’t have a cupcake trailer here because I’d just follow it around all day.

  2. Keri Mikulski

    Yummy! :) Love cupcakes..

  3. Mary Danielson

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Alyssa!

    I love Hey Cupcake! The next time you’re in Austin, you should also try The Steeping Room as well – they won “Best Indoor Cupcakes,” while HC won “Best Outdoor Cupcakes” in our big local poll. They have a lemon-filled one with chiffon icing that is absolutely to die for.

  4. Mary Danielson

    p.s.: Also, I have a fantastic macaron recipe, if you want one. It took me a few times to get them to actually look like they’re supposed to, but if you can’t hunt any down at a bakery, maybe they can be your next culinary adventure!

  5. Ladytink_534

    It all sounds delicious! I wish there was a cupcake shop near me!

    On second thought, maybe I don’t… goodness knows I would love that too much.

  6. I love cupcakes. There are a couple of amazing cupcake places in town(I’m sure there are way more, just been to a couple) and it’s always fun to go since you never know which cupcakes will be made each day.

  7. Alyssa Goodnight

    Thanks for the recommendation–‘lemon filled with chiffon icing’…yum! and for the offer. I just may take you up on that. Although I understand there’s a lot of trial and error with these macaroons, so I’m not sure they’re for me. I’m a little impatient.

  8. Sorry about the cupcakes. I’d send you some, but I don’t think they’d be fresh by the time they got to Texas.

  9. Sarah Laurence

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! I hope you get your cupcake one day. I’m late to visit your Book Review post below. Unpredictable sounds fun. The characters are a draw to me in fiction too.

  10. i haven’t had a really good cupcake in a while. my sweet tooth has been sneaking up on me lately.

  11. OMG..I love the little Airstram cupcake shop.

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