Sophie Turns One

Our sweet baby, Sophie, turned one on Saturday! I can’t even believe it. This year has been the hardest, but most rewarding year yet. Sophie is a constant reminder to me of what truly matters in life. Her joy lifts me up on the hard days and keeps me going when I want to give up. She motivates me to be responsible, accountable, reach for my goals, and do my best, so that I can show up every day as my best self, for her, for me, and for our family. I am so sad she’s not a baby anymore, but she just keeps getting more and more fun. I just keep saying, “this is my favorite phase!” and then, “no, this is my favorite phase!” Each day gets better and better for different reasons.

We had a really big party with like 20 people in our tiny, 800-sq-ft apartment, and it was a blast. Sophie skipped her nap that morning, so she was a liiiittle glazed over but still had so much fun. She had sugar for the first time (!!) and loved every single bite, haha! I made cosmic brownie-inspired cupcakes, chocolate dipped strawberries, and these chocolate chip shortbread cookies for sweet party snacks (those cookies are SO good!)

I got an overwhelming amount of requests for the recipe for the cosmic brownie cupcakes, so I thought I would just include those notes in this post. I used this chocolate cupcake recipe (I’m kind of biased, but I really think it’s the best chocolate cupcake recipe in the world – SO moist) for the base. For the chocolate buttercream, I used 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened, 3 cups of powdered sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 4 oz of semi sweet chocolate, and about 1/4-1/2 cup of heavy cream. I creamed the butter in my stand mixer, added the powdered sugar, followed by the cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla. Then I melted the chocolate and heavy cream together in the microwave, and once it cooled, I beat it into the frosting. I added a little more heavy cream to get it to the consistency I wanted, then piped it onto the cupcakes! I topped them with these cosmic brownie-esque sprinkles which you can find at most grocery stores or on Amazon!

I debated going all hippie on Sophie for her first birthday and making her one of those super healthy smash cakes…but it’s so important to me that she learn a concept of balance and moderation in all things from a very young age. I want our lives to be filled with good, healthy, REAL food, but I also don’t want me or any of my kids to feel crazy around sugar or develop unhealthy relationships with our bodies. For those reasons, I gave her a cupcake with lots of sugar, butter, and gluten, and I have no regrets 🙂

Happy birthday, Soph! We love you!

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