Cupcakes for a child’s first birthday? Yes, please! But for a child who is not at her birthday party and is already in Heaven? …Why celebrate at all much less make cupcakes?
My husband and I feel it appropriate to both mourn that our daughter has been gone from us for one year while at the same time celebrate that she has been in Heaven for one year. We didn’t have a big birthday party for Heidi with cake and candles and streamers and toys. But we did acknowledge in our own way that it was her birthday and a very special day for us; we remembered her amazing birth and her precious earthly life and her presence in our family.
I very much enjoy baking, which I’m sure you will see several posts about on the blog (see past posts Loot: Savory Savings & Breakfast: Peaches & Almonds). Baking is one of my creative outlets, and I felt I needed do something creative in memory of Heidi since I couldn’t plan a big fun girl party for her. I decided on a theme, found a couple recipes, and made some cupcakes. It was therapeutic for me.
Theme: “Pure & Spotless”
My daughter is in the Heavenly places singing praises to the God & King of creation; just as Jesus is the pure and spotless Lamb so are those who believe and trust in Him; since she is with Him and rejoicing in the Truth, it is comforting that she, too, is considered pure and spotless through Jesus Christ, the Savior.
with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. – 1 Peter 1:19-21
I like making my cakes from scratch, and I wanted this one to be a white cake for the theme; I also had some sour cream I needed to use, so I combined the basic white-cake-from-scratch recipe with another that used sour cream. The result was much like a pound cake in little cups 🙂 I also used my mom’s Wilton Buttercream icing recipe, which is super basic, but I added a little more vanilla to mine as well as fresh vanilla bean pulp. Check out the title links for the recipes and let me know if you try it, too!
If you’ve lost a child, what sort of things have you done to commemorate his or her birthdays?