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Birthday Cupcakes from the Furloughed Fed

Birthday Cupcakes from the Furloughed Fed

When Leslie and I met Danielle during the tour of her amazing DIY home renovation (part 1 and part II of her story can be found here) we didn’t know the EPA attorney had a secret talent — baking and cake design! And, she’s making a part-time job of it. As a federal employee faced with the furlough, she wanted something to do to make up for the loss of income and extra time, so why not make some money doing what you love.

The discovery of Danielle’s talent came at an opportune time as I was also looking for a special cake for my husband Mark’s birthday. Logistically, I knew I wouldn’t be able to surprise him with homemade cupcakes, so I gave Danielle a call.

Since Mark is the assistant coach of our son’s baseball team (and a huge baseball fan as well), I decided cupcakes resembling baseballs made sense.


The plan was to bring them with us to Cinema Del Ray where we were meeting friends for a picnic before the movie.

When I arrived at Danielle’s house to pick up the cupcakes that morning, she was putting on the finishing touches. The icing on the top, Danielle’s signature buttercream, is as smooth as the leather of a real baseball (though about a million times tastier). Danielle marked two curves on the icing for the seams of the balls.


Then she carefully pipped delicate thin red lines of icing for the stitching.


My son eagerly jumped at the chance to help decorate a few too.



The cupcakes got a little jostled during our walk to the movie, but that didn’t hold anyone back from enjoying them.





Danielle is planning to sell some of her delicious baked goods at the Four Mile Run Farmers Market starting in July, under the name Furloughed Feds. We’ll give you a heads up before she sets up her shop, but in the meantime if you are interested in placing an order for baseball cupcakes or whatever kind of cake you can dream up, send her an email.

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