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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

This weekend was such a busy one that I needed an extra day to recover. We had family in town to celebrate Kasper’s birthday. Kasper was a lucky little dude he got cupcakes on his birthday and a nice big cake for his party. Both were chocolate since he is my little chocolate fiend. I am a firm believer that on your birthday you should be able to eat your favorite things. Since he is a two year old with a limited vocabulary I made things that I know he likes.


Each of my kiddos birthday parties start with a theme for inspiration. My girls love this part of party planning. Since Kasper is clueless about party planning I let the girls help. The inspiration theme was Gnomes & The Woods. Hobby Lobby had the cutest gnome stamp and brown card/envelope set. I got busy stamping the invites which I colored in with Sharpies –I need to work on my fancy handwriting.

Gnome Invitations | Jamie's Recipes

My daughters wanted to make a banner that hung over the buffet table. Of course they kept with the party theme too. There is a gnome and little woodland creatures on the banner.

Birthday Banner | Jamie's Recipes

The birthday party was mid-afternoon so I opted for a snack/appetizer buffet. There are several recipes from the party that I will share in separate posts, so stay tuned!

Gnome Themed Snack Buffet | Jamie's Recipes

Sorry for the camera phone pictures! I snapped these quickly as guests were arriving. I always feel bad for trying to take photos of food when I have guests over.

Snack Buffet

Kasper had to scope out the goodies before picking what he wanted to eat. Here is a run down of what I served:

Skinny Pop Popcorn
-Pretzels Rods (Gnome walking sticks)
-Trail Mix
-Gummy Worms
-Mixed Nuts
-Ants on a Log (make with mini chocolate chips)
-Cheese, Crackers, and Meat Sticks
-Stuffed Mushrooms
-Watermelon Slices and Bing Cherries
Vegetable Pizzas
-Iced Tea and Lemonade

Gnome Cake | Jamie's Recipes

For his birthday cake I baked a chocolate cake using the Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake that I’ve made before. If you haven’t tried it you should give it a shot the next time you need chocolate cake. I guarantee it will satisfy your chocolate craving. Remember I am not an artist so my gnome looks a little wonky.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting | Jamie's Recipes

These cupcakes I served on his actual birthday. I didn’t want to have a ton of cupcakes leftover since we were eating cake the next day so I was on the hunt for a small batch recipe. My hunt ended when I saw these Ferrero Rocher cupcakes that yielded only 12 on Just Putzing. I skipped the Ferrero Rochers and did a peanut butter cream cheese frosting instead. Chocolate + Peanut Butter is a match made in heaven. My birthday boy was a happy little dude too.



  1. Awww what a great and fun birthday!! I love themed birthday parties and you did a great job with the gnomes. The cake is adorable and I’m sure Kasper loved it! The cupcakes look particularly tempting.

  2. What an adorable idea for a birthday party! I kinda have a thing for gnomes (random, I know :)) so I’m definitely keeping this in mind for my future littles’ birthdays.

    As for those cupcakes… YUM. I need those in my life, like, yesterday!

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