Cupcakes with a Side of Chicken Breast

Its my birthday and I will eat cupcakes if I want to!

Last year I stuck to my plan and did not veer from my set macros. I was a good competitor. Salmon, vegetables, and black coffee comprised my birthday meal and I watched my husband eat my complimentary mudslide pie at The Keg.


This year I am being ridiculous and eating all my carbs, and probably a bunch more, in cupcakes.

After my usual Tuesday morning client meetings, I went to Whimsical to pick out a cupcake (or three) to celebrate my birthday.

Trouble with a Capital T!!

The smell of butter and sugar assaulted my senses the moment the door opened.

I swooned.

My macro counting OCD self could not be contained and I had to ask the college aged boy behind the counter if there was any nutritional information available.

DL – Mmmm! So delicious looking. Wow. What to get?

College Aged Boy – Oh the Red Velvet is the flavor of the day. You could get that one. Its AMAZING.

DL – Totally. Do you, I know this is kinda weird, but do you have…uh…nutritional information available?

College Aged Boy – No….but I can tell you all the ingredients if you want. We use real ingredients. Butter, lots of butter. Real butter. Always butter, and then flour and sugar….

DL – (wanting to stick my fingers in my ears and say ‘la-la-la’) Ok. Butter. Lots and lots of butter. Got it. Its my birthday! I rarely ever eat treats and I want a treat today. Who cares, right? Right.

College Aged Boy – Its your BIRTHDAY? WOW! You should get the 12 pack. YES!

DL – Uh…I was more thinking 1, maybe 2 cupcakes. Twelve is a bit over the top….even if it IS my birthday.

College Aged Boy – No, that would be crazy….crazy GOOD, but I know what you mean. Hah! The pack of mini cupcakes….all twelve flavors AND the flavor of the day which is Red Velvet. Did I tell you about the Red Velvet? Its AMAZING. And they are on special today….for your birthday!

DL – (with arms raised and twirling) SOLD!!!

Who knew a woman could be so happy about cupcakes?!?

Such a great idea. I had spent some time looking at all the flavors online and I had no idea which ones to pick. I wanted all of them! I mean, how does a girl pick such things?!

  • Nostalgia. Vanilla & Chocolate Cupcakes topped with Vanilla or Chocolate SUGAR FROSTINGS.
  • ChocolateChocolate cupcake topped with Chocolate Sugar Frosting and Dark Chocolate Sprinkles.
  • Snowball. Vanilla Cupcake topped with a TART lemon SUGAR frosting rolled in COCONUT.
  • Mint Crumbles. Chocolate cupcake topped with a mint frosing and crushed oreo cookies.
  • Raspberry Lemonade. LEMON ZEST Cupcake topped with a RASPBERRY buttercream.
  • New Yorker. Mocha cupcake topped with a MOCHA buttercream and a Chocolate ESPRESSO bean.
  • PeanutButter Bliss. Chocolate cupcake topped with a Peanut Butter Buttercream.
  • Berry Lovely. Strawberry cupcake topped with vanilla buttercream and Kiss of RASPBERRY buttercream.
  • Mango’mia. Coconut cupcake topped with a MANGO buttercream.
  • Envied. Almond cupcake topped with an almond PISTACHIO buttercream.
  • Salted Caramel. Chocolate cupcake topped with a CARAMEL frosting, SKOR bits & drizzled with CARAMEL.

One of each it is!

I was a good competitor and put chicken in the oven at 4:30 this morning. I’ve got to get my protein in somehow, what with all these sugary, butter filled mini cupcakes burning up more than my fair share of macros today.

Totally normal....

Its a good thing I have an afternoon of shopping planned, some brisk walking should burn off at least one mini cupcake.

Got to fuel the Christmas shopping adventure. Coffee + cupcake = one peppy Donloree

Or I may slip into a diabetic coma and die a sugary death.

But what a way to go!


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  1. Ha ha, we have the same bday! But today is a very ordinary day for me, sticking to my diet and going to the gym. However, tomorrow is my best friend’s bday and it’s going to be an allday – all night affair! This weekend is the big showdown for MY bday – clubbing with friends! YEE HAW!

    Happy happy birthday! Enjoy the cupcakes, you deserve them today!

  2. Whimsical looks just like Crave… cupcakes on the planet, as far as I’m concerned. You don’t want to know the nutritional value. Or should I say, NOTritional (…..? just go with it.) Good for you for truly celebrating the day of your birth. You damn with should, and you deserve to. Peanutbutter Bliss is by far my favourite, but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to try the salted caramel!!! mmmmmmmmmm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. I believe what you eat between brithdays matters so much more. Cupcakes are like sex and pizza; there’s no such thing as bad, only different levels of good. Happy Birthday DLH!

  4. Happy Birthday! I would so eat the snowball and the salted caramel first. OK, I’d love to eat all of them except maybe the mango one. Bleh, that just sounds weird to me. Enjoy your day and your cupcakes!

  5. Happy Birthday, Donloree! It’s definitely a good day to treat yourself to something decadent. Chocolate2 and the New Yorker both sound heavenly to me.

  6. Hooray for cupcakes! I think everyone should have cupcakes on their birthday. Hope you’re enjoying them!!

  7. A MASSIVE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! Hope you LOVE every single mouthful, and it is the law on your birthday that not a single scrap of guilt is allowed! Hope your day is full of all things good, love, joy and presents. xx

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! OMG the Peanut Butter Bliss one would have my toes curling!!! hehee enjoy x

  9. Happy birthday! I definitely think the peanut butter one would be the best 😀

  10. So glad you ENJOYED your birthday and had a little treat! I think I have the same photo of me on my birthday with all the cupcakes…bliss in a box 🙂 I think making a point of celebrating with a good treat makes for more satisfying and effective discipline during the “normal” times…so GOOD FOR YOU!!! xoxo

  11. You are adorable. I’m so happy you enjoyed your birthday treat!

  12. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like it was FAB!!!!! All those cupcakes sound good but I’m with you about traditional. Fruity cupcakes are NOT for me! Glad you had fun eating and ENJOYING!!!

  13. MMM, you had me drooling! I haven’t met a cupcake I don’t like! I knew pb would be your favorite. And I’m so proud of you for not feeling guilty. I love your attitude, makes me smile. Glad you had a super birthday!!

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