One Bubbly Birthday

Hi friends!

It’s been a minute. This is largely due to one of the most debilitating colds/infections/sicknesses I’ve dealt with in a while. While my (imaginary) school of medicine believes that cupcakes and sparkling wine cure everything, my “real” doctor squad (the one I pay co-pays to, the pre-med sister, and the ass-kicking intern best friend) kind of aligned that fluids, rest, and meds were a better route.

Squarely in the middle of this cold season fell my 28th birthday! It was hands down the best birthday I’ve ever had. I say this most years, and I think that’s by design. That my friendships, my work achievements, my hobbies, and my adventures keep getting cooler and cooler is, well–COOL!

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The weekend prior, some of my beautiful lady friends treated me to a delicious supper at ClarkLewis. The week of, I kicked things off by cheering on my Blazers from killer seats. I treated my actual birthday as my floating holiday at work (National Jenna Appreciation Day) and headed to Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. Historically, I’ve been fairly opposed to gambling, but I guess new, 28-year-old me is a fan–and a big-time winner! I returned home on Sunday relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to enjoy a steak the size of my head at St. Jack. Bisous, bisous, bisous to everyone who made the celebrations so special.

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I figured it was in everyone’s best interests if I didn’t bake cupcakes while under the weather–but that didn’t stop a certain special someone from gifting me a truly top-notch bubbles gift.

YAY for Dom! This bottle joins another in my collection that will only be consumed when there’s a diamond ring on my finger, when I check off 100% of my professional goals (probably never going to happen), or–heck–when bubbles + sprinkles opens its first brick and mortar store. Hey, you read it here first!

Dom on its own is a sleek and sassy class act. But vintages like this one and my 2004 Limited Edition Gift Box by Jeff Koons are just next level. The box features designs by iconic artists, this one specifically–Michael Riedel. The bottle features a taste profile of licorice (not normally my jam, but they make it WORK), hay, tangerines, and peaches. It invokes some serious summer vibes, which automatically puts me in an amazing mood. (NOTE–even though I’m not opening this special bottle, I have tried this vintage at a recent shindig. Hence, I can speak to yumminess specifics.)

Closing the chapter on year 27, I have but one wish–a speedy recovery to 100% so that I can share “Then and Now: Funfetti Cupcakes.” Stay tuned…

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Xo,
Jenna

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Lemon Chiffon and Dom Pérignon

Made it over the one year hump. Time to take this bad boy to the next level, trying new techniques with both cupcakes and sparkling wine. I’ve had really wonderful support from family and friends and growing requests to help with different events. I’m incredibly grateful for every opportunity and have found a lot of pride and joy helping out. That being said, consider this official announcement that Bubbles and Sprinkles is more than happy to help cater your events. Concept, cupcake flavor, display and sparkling wine presentation. The whole shebang. Feel free to reach out to jenna.m.levy@gmail.com with questions and requests 🙂

Monumental week. The Dom was popped and enjoyed, and a close girlfriend threw a pretty awesome bridal shower for her sister. This is dedication-

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Meet my friend, Kieren. This talented beauty threw a Parisian themed shower for her sister, and went all out. After much discussion we decided on lemon chiffon cupcakes (macarons on top, optional). Something light, airy, with a bit of sass to it. I kept the lemon flavoring pretty minimal, and whipped the frosting three extra minutes to create the fluffiest of buttercreams. For a little bit of extra tang, try filling with a lemon curd, like the Bubbles and Sprinkles cupcakes found here.

Recipe (makes 24):

  • 4 cups baking flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • juice of 2 lemons

Frosting:

  • 32 oz confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Pre-heat oven to 350. Line cupcake tin and set aside. Mix cupcake ingredients, folding in zest and lemon juice for your desired flavor. Bake for 18 minutes. Beat frosting ingredients for five minutes until fluffy. Once cupcakes have cooled, frost and decorate. Enjoy!

 

 

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I’d been sitting on my Dom Pérignon 2004 Vintage since Christmas, waiting for the right time to enjoy it with loved ones. Starting several new journeys over the past month seemed like reason enough to celebrate for me!

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As you’d expect, this Vintage was pretty epic. Not pictured is the beautiful limited edition packaging by Jeff Koons, seen here. A treasure by a very talented artist that I will hold on to for many years. Koons worded it the best- “Being creative is trying to expand what the possibilities are.” The palate is incredibly complex. The one thing that stood out for me was a little spice, but there’s also distinct sweet but try tastes of almond and cocoa. It was a little sweeter than expected, but absolutely delicious. I won’t lie, half the fun was the brand on the label, but the other half was experiencing a truly iconic sparkling wine surrounded by some of my favorite people.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Cheers,
Jenna