When i turned 21 in July i cooked and cooked for days to prepare for my birthday luncheon. Something in the air had me dreaming of being a Nigella Lawson protege, and i must admit that while is was extremely tiring ( i retired to bed with a mad men dvd at 9pm because i could barely keep my eyes open wide enough to unwrap presents.), the results were pretty scrumptious! Here are some snapshots of the red velvet cupcakes that doubled as my birthday cake. I found the recipe at Ming Makes Cupcakes and would highly recommend it! The cake mix features alot of oil, but who can complain when these cupcakes are the most moist and delicious you will ever taste - if i do say so myself. Due to last minute stress-outs my icing was a bit of a disaster ( i wanted white frothy buttercream peaks, but that didn't work out.) but was still tasty, and my mum even spent hours meticulously hand making fondant flowers to sit atop the cakes. ( my favourite bit! some were marbled, some were white gardenias - we even had a David Lynch-ian blue rose!) Her work colleague also specialises in cake decorating and made a selection of airbrushed and glittered flowers. pretty magical! Having cakes like this made for a very happy birthday indeed.