I had a couple of cans of sweetened condensed milk, a can of table cream, and half a carton of eggs that needed using, so I searched the internet looking for a suitable recipe for a treat that would be easy to bring to work and share. Tres leches cupcakes fit my criteria perfectly. I used this recipe from The Noshery, but modified the milk mixture, using 1 can of table cream, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, and a about 1/2 cup half and half. After a taste test of whipped cream and frosting for toppings, I stuck with the frosting as the Noshery called for, but skipped the cherry and sprinkled on cinnamon instead. They came out perfect: light and fluffy with a nice moist center, and no soggy cupcake wrappers, which was my big fear. They were also a hit with my coworkers. I'll be making this recipe again.
The week after Tres Leches cupcake day, it was my birthday. So I made my own cake. I made the Yellow Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook. I added one vanilla bean scraped into the vanilla extract in the batter for extra flavor, and I was a bit too generous on the chocolate frosting and ended up having to make a quick batch of vanilla (All- Purpose Frosting from The Perfect Cake by Susan G. Purdy) to finish the last six cupcakes. The variety was good, if unintended. Apparently some people favor vanilla over chocolate. Silly people. Add sprinkles and let the festivities begin!