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Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes

by on April 15, 2012 · 8 comments

Chocolate Velvet Cupcake

Move over red velvet, it’s time for chocolate velvet! I just discovered this recipe today and it might be my new favorite cupcake. I first read about chocolate velvet in Southern Living, where they described the batter as being smooth and creamy. Not that the batter matters as much as the baked cake, but the […]


Published on April 15, 2012
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

by on April 10, 2012 · 17 comments


Fuzz and I are back from our cruise aboard the Liberty of the Seas. I have a lot to say about it, but haven’t decided how to phrase it or where to put my thoughts – here, or on Cruise Critic. If you have any questions or are thinking of booking something and want a […]


Published on April 10, 2012
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Coffee Mate White Chocolate Caramel Latte Cupcake

Happy National Chocolate Caramel Day! In light of this illustrious holiday and the fact that Coffee Mate is celebrating Free Flavor Friday this week, here’s a white chocolate caramel latte cupcake.  To get that flavor, I added a small amount of white chocolate caramel latte Coffee Mate to cupcake batter and frosting, then topped it […]


Published on March 19, 2012
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Very Moist Carrot Cupcakes

by on February 26, 2012 · 9 comments

Carrot Cupcake with an Easter Chick

On Friday I posted an adapted version of the “Best Ever Carrot Cake”. I liked it because it was dark (more brown than orange), had lots of pineapple, and was dense and moist without being soggy. The additional step of roasting the shredded carrot before adding them to the batter made the carrots less […]


Published on February 26, 2012
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A Tale of Two Cupcakes

by on February 8, 2012 · 4 comments

Yellow Cupcake with Chocolate Icing

A friend requested a good cupcake recipe, so naturally I gave him three – a scanned copy of the full batch version of Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes, a white cupcake which works well for making homemade confetti style cupcakes, and the one that follows, which is for basic yellow cupcakes. For this third recipe, I had […]


Published on February 8, 2012
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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pudding

by on November 30, 2011 · 7 comments


My grandma used to say that adding instant pudding mix to box cake mix was the secret to making it moist.  I suppose it was a lot of people’s “secret”, because  pretty soon cake mix manufacturers started adding it to the mix, and  if you had a recipe that called for cake mix and added […]


Published on November 30, 2011
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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

by on March 31, 2011 · 35 comments

vanilla bean cupcakes

Today’s recipe is another one I plan to make for Austin Bakes for Japan. Inspired by Stef and her vanilla bean buttercream (she said it tastes like melted ice cream!), I made a batch of white cupcakes which really showcase the flavor of vanilla bean paste. Why the paste instead of the bean? Vanilla beans […]


Published on March 31, 2011
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Golden Oreo Cupcakes

by on March 7, 2011 · 22 comments

Golden Oreo Cupcakes

There are a few Golden Oreo Cupcake recipe out there, but this one is different because it makes a very small batch. For the base, I used a variation on an old Small Batch Baking recipe and for the icing I used cornstarch icing on one and made powdered sugar icing for the rest. If you need a quick cupcake fix and have some Golden Oreos around, maybe this recipe will come in handy. The kids around here loved these! I’m not sure they even noticed the little chunks of Oreo inside the cake, but they loved the big Golden Oreo sticking out of the middle of the frosting.


Published on March 7, 2011