Concert for Kitwe

Two of my former early morning seminary students have been doing annual concerts as fundraisers for the AIDS orphans in Kitwe, Zambia.  First, they raised enough money to build a school and now they are raising money for supplies.  Since they have been in Japan they have included Japanese friends as part of the concert. I am excited for the concert tonight. Erica is a very accomplished cellist and is also amazing in her musical theater roles at the American School in Tokyo. Elisabeth has just finished her first year at the University of Michigan. She’s majoring in musical theater. She is incredibly talented. My favorite part will be watching and listening to Erica play her cello. Her music touches my soul and allows me a glimpse of hers.

I have been longing to try out a red velvet cupcake recipe I’ve had for awhile, so I offered to make some for after the concert.  I made a batch and they are beautiful. The girl’s mom, Lisa, requested lemon.  I decided to use the lemon recipe from Hummingbird Bakery, but I am not happy with the texture.  I may take this fabulous red velvet recipe and figure out how to turn it into lemon.  I’ll post the recipe if it turns out.  So click for the fabulous Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cream Cheese Frosting recipe . When I wrote that the Red Velvet Cupcakes were fabulous I had not tasted them with the frosting.  They are the best homemade cupcakes.  The texture is perfect the tops are nice and rounded. All I can say is, “oiishi desu!”


  1. I checked this out a day late…I made cupcakes for a going away dinner last night. They were chocolate with your butter cream chocolate frosting recipe. (yummy–the little kids loved them, the youngest just licked off the frosting, ugh). If I could find good cream cheese (it is a jack pot when we find it here) I will buy some and make these u.) I almost made your filled cupcakes but couldn’t locate my apple corer and decided I didn’t want to go to all that work this time. Maybe I should have so the little kid would have eaten the cake and not just the frosting…

  2. Oh I can’t wait to try these. I have been on the hunt for the perfect red velvet cupcake. Thanks for sharing. Oh and I love your bowls! Where did you get them? I will have to have my mom bring me some!

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