Every year for his birthday, there are assorted present and a baked good in the flavor of his choosing. Year one it was a Reece's Cup cake, year two was a flourless (very dense) hazelnut cake, year three was an Almond Joy cake and now for his fourth birthday (can't believe we're past 3 years now... I never stick with anything that long!), he let me take the reigns. I picked banana split cupcakes and I must say I thought they came out a-mazing.
The main cupcakes are made using nice, ripe, mushed up banana. They kind of tasted like banana bread, but a little less nutty.
Once cooled, you cut out the center and spoon in warm strawberry preserves (warm because they pour into the holes better)
And then top with chocolate/almond buttercream frosting, dark chocolate chips and fresh strawberries.
I knew these were a success because Matt's mom said she wanted the recipe. (Though even before that I knew they were a success because it's the first time in a long time I have baked and haven't burned something/dropped something/mis-measured something. I was almost worried things went TOO smoothly and they were going to somehow turn out to be poisonous or something.)
For some reason I decided to show off my (non) wrapping skills. I just don't know how people do it so perfectly!
Totally forgot to buy a card, so this was my last minute solution:
Is it sad that I'm waiting for the new Toddlers & Tiaras to come on in a couple of hours? Yes... yes it is.