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My lil’ angel’s third birthday is today. I’m not sure where the time has gone. The last three years have gone by so fast and I’m in amazement with how much she’s changed and blossomed into a lil’ lady. I’m very proud of my lil’ Lily & couldn’t have asked for a better daughter. She’s truly a blessing! Happy birthday my sweet angel!!!

Vanilla & White Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcake Recipe

I make cupcakes every year for her birthday and this year I made white chocolate cheesecake cupcakes with fresh strawberries to top them off! Here’s the recipe! Enjoy! {recipe taken from “Cupcake Heaven” by Susannah Blake}

cupcakes

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbs milk

topping

6 oz white chocolate, chopped
6 oz cream cheese
6 Tbs creme fraiche or sour cream
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 Tbs confectioners’ sugar, sifted
strawberries

a 12-cup cupcake pan, lined with paper liners

~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees
~ Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in, then stir in the vanilla extract and milk.
~Spoon the mixture into the paper liners. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes until risen and golden and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
~To decorate, check that none of the cupcakes have risen above the rim of the paper liners. If any have, carefully slice off the top using a serrated knife to create a flat surface.
~Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Leave until almost melted, then set aside to cool slightly. Beat the cream cheese, creme fraiche or sour cream, vanilla extract, and sugar together in a separate bowl, then beat in the melted chocolate.
~Smooth the cream cheese mixture over the cupcakes, up to the rim of the paper liners, then refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hours until set. Decorate with fresh strawberries and serve.

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  • Chelsey - Oh this sounds fabulous! We’re gonnna have to try these. Happy Birthday Lily! (It does go by fast, doesn’t it? Enjoy every minute!)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - WOW! These look amazing!! Cant wait to try that recipe too. Happy birthday to your little one- she is beautiful. (my three year old has that dress too!) 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Alli Gaulin - Happy Birthday to your baby! And Yummmm! I may have to make those yummy cupcakes! TFS the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Jessi Camacho - Yum!! Those look so delicious! Happy Birthday to your little sweetie!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Hintze - um…yum…lucky kiddo.ReplyCancel

  • MOM - The cupcakes were DIVINE! Anyone reading this MUST make them. Oh, my goodness! -Yvonne’s MOM.ReplyCancel

  • MOM - We had a great time at Lily’s party! She enjoyed everything! The balloons were very colorful and festive. The neat thing Yvonne did was make bubble mixture and put it in mason jars. We used old keys to blow the bubbles besides other bubble bubble blowing toys. All of us, including Lily, had a blast! I’m not sure who had more fun! Love, MOMReplyCancel

  • Jaidean Baker - mmmm…those look delicious! Great job! Happy 3rd birthday to your little one!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - im totally going to try this!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Ann/Rocktog - Happy Birthday to such a cutie! Yum Yum. I guess I’ll be copying the recipe and making those sometimes soon. My little guy turns 3 in November, so we’re on somewhat similar timelines.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley - Happy Birthday to your little sweetie 🙂 The cupcakes look yummy!!ReplyCancel

  • evie - Mmmmmm! Delicious post! Happy Birthday to your Lily! I’m in awe that you made those cupcakes from scratch. Cookies I will make from scratch but cakes are so intimidating to me! Box mixes are as scratch as I get. LOLReplyCancel

  • Kim - love the recipe, i’ll have to try it! thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Johnson - Yummm they look delicious, happy belated birthday little one 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Those cupcakes look scrumptious!ReplyCancel

  • lisa lucky - Well, now you just went and made me get hungry…lol. Yummy! And happy third birthday to her!ReplyCancel

  • Suze - Such a cutie & those cupcakes look divine! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jane Eaton Hamilton - Happy birthday! Beautiful images.ReplyCancel

  • Allison Parker - awww. happy birthday:o) My baby has the same dress . . . I love that dress!! Your work is beautiful Yvonne!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Happy belated birthday to Miss Lily! Saving this recipe to try out soon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anne Pearson - YUMMMMMM….and such vibrant images!ReplyCancel

  • Lina - Beautiful work and colors. Great captures. Lovely work.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy - Oh They look SOOOO Good Yvonne, I shall be testing them out! Happy Birthday Lily!! You look precious!ReplyCancel

  • Anya - Sorry I’m late to this, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your little girl! Those look so delicious, I think I’ll make these for my daughters’ birthday!ReplyCancel

Had a fun time at Des Peres Park with these three lil’ ones last night. They’re here on holiday visiting their grandparents with their mom all the way from the UK and did a good job teaching me some British lingo and games. I think they were more interested in playing on the play set, but they hung in there for their mommy and me and gave us some beautiful captures! Enjoy the sneak peek!!!

Des Peres Children's Photographer

Des Peres Children's Photographer

Des Peres Children's Photographer

Des Peres Children's Photographer

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  • Maria Hays - Love the color in these! What a bunch of cuties!!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy - What gorgeous children, gorgeous location, which totally equals gorgeous photos. Always love looking at your work YvonneReplyCancel

  • Jane Eaton Hamilton - Sweet captures, sweet kids and love the hands holding.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Love those doors – great colors and textures!ReplyCancel

  • Brianna Phelan - Adorable! Great shots Yvonne 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jen - So cute! Love that one of the three of them in front of the door!ReplyCancel

  • Suze - These kids are too cute! LOVE the hands! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Susanne - These are so sweet! And I LOVE that old door!ReplyCancel

  • Anya - Your work is fabulous. I love these images!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsey - THE perfect sibling shot! Love it! I can tell you guys had a great time – beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • evie - ooooh! I love the parasol!!! And the glass bottle Coke! Awesome images!ReplyCancel

  • Jessi C - Very cute! I love the one with holding hands!!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Ann/Rocktog - Awesome! I love the one with all three together.ReplyCancel

  • katie - adorable! i especially like the coke bottle. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jen - These are great! I love the one of all the kids together!ReplyCancel

  • Alli Gaulin - Oh my goodness, I have a door at my studio just like that one! And after seeing this yesterday, it reminded me to pull out my parasols for a girly session I had last night. These are stunning images. You captured fabulous expressions, great color and texture. Love your work Yvonne!ReplyCancel

  • alison - wow-so many wonderful shots!

    I love the image with all three of them & the first umbrella shot is awesome, too!
    These both need to be made into huge prints for the family’s home 🙂ReplyCancel

  • heather starr - great job! you captured some great expressions! love what they are wearing, love the door and the coke bottle shot! too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki - Great job. Love the backlight on the last one!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Marriner - Wow, what great images! Love the one in front of the door as well as the hand-holding one.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Beautiful portraits and very sweet little boy too. I LOVE the light on the last one.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty-Abu Dhabi - What a great holiday mememto – gorgeous pictures and beautiful light.ReplyCancel

  • Brianna Phelan - Very sweet – love the holding hands shot. Very sweet 🙂ReplyCancel

Was out and about scouting some new locations and of course had to use my lil’ angel for my model.  I was looking at these images and noticed just how much she’s grown into a lil’ lady. How did that happen? Where did my tiny tiny baby go? Seemed to happen in a blink of an eye. She’s so much fun now and has such a great personality, but boy do I wish I could slow things down. I’m sure all you parents out there understand…

Des Peres Children's Photographer - Yvonne Niemann Photography

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