Birthday Recap & Apple Cashew Cupcakes

23 Sep

Last week I had a birthday, which was so wonderfully celebrated that I have to share.

I had five whole days off, so I made a tour of all things Kefi. Let’s start with the amazing wedding of a longtime friend, XTKef!


FianceKef and I had such a blast catching up with old friends (and their way-cooler-than-us moms).


Just when we thought the wedding couldn’t get more fun, there came the bagpipers! Congrats, XT and Ciaran!


Next, FianceKef and I got both our families together for their first-ever meeting. We had such a lovely time, did a little wedding planning, and WokeUpLikeDisKef was so thoughtful as to pick up gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan cupcakes from Sprinkles for my upcoming birthday. FianceKef and I drove all the way home with big old smiles–we’re so excited for our families to get to know each another.



On my birthday itself, FianceKef completely outdid himself. We had plans for dinner at Lincoln, and when he realized he would be late, he called ahead and ordered me this lovely glass of bubbly!

photo 2We had an amazing meal, including the second-best brussels sprouts I’ve had in DC (first being the to-die-for brussels dish at Zaytinya).

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But the fun doesn’t end there–I still had one more day off! So, I met up with these two beauties for my first-ever barre class:

photo(1)Even though I was so sore that I struggled up the stairs for three days, I had a great time, found muscles I didn’t know I had, and I can’t wait to go back.

That night, all of my very favorites got together, and even made me delicious gluten-free, sugar-free apple cashew cupcakes!

photo 4 photo 5And that, my friends, is what brings us to today’s recipe: apple cashew cupcakes! SummitKef used this cupcake recipe and iced them with this super-easy, could-be-vegan-but-why cream cheese icing. I loved them enough to one before our dinner was delivered, one after dinner, and two for breakfast the next morning. Since I was clearly on the verge of a massive birthday binge, I brought the remaining left overs to work (where people know about a quality baked good) and they were universally adored.

Thank you so, so much to everyone wished me a happy birthday–it truly was! Special thanks to the Babes for braving the world of gf/sf baking (without so much as a nut grinder!), to GingerKef for always singing the Stevie Wonder version of “Happy Birthday,” and to NoLongerClevelandParkKef for catching Gingey belting it out!


3 Responses to “Birthday Recap & Apple Cashew Cupcakes”

  1. Eat Pray Run, DC September 25, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    happy birthday! what barre studio did you go to? i’ve been to almost all the dc studios but pure barre is my fav 🙂

    • cookingupkefi September 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you! My first class was the Bar Method up in Gaithersburg- really liked that. Second was to BFit in Logan Circle, which I also liked but didn’t quite “vibe” as much with the instructor. Definitely going to check out Pure Barre!


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