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Cupcake with Mock Buttercream

This post was supposed to be about an amazing yellow cake, but the yellow cake didn’t turn out as “amazing” as I’d hoped. The frosting, however, exceeded my expectations in every way! It’s not American buttercream, which I also like and which is usually made with confectioners’ sugar and butter. This is a variation on […]


Published on July 11, 2013
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Favorite Vanilla Frosting

by on April 28, 2013 · 0 comments

vanilla bean cupcakes

I like trying new and different vanilla frosting recipes, but when I need a solid tried and true recipe for topping cupcakes, this one is it. It has plenty of butter, high quality vanilla and a little salt to offset the sweetness. You can make it with any brand of vanilla extract or for …


Published on April 28, 2013
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German Buttercream Cream Cheese Icing

by on March 22, 2013 · 6 comments

German Buttercream Frosting

I’ve learned a few things about frosting over the years, one being that I really don’t care for true buttercream frosting. And by that I mean true Swiss buttercream – the kind made with eggs, granulated sugar and butter and which to me, is just too buttery.  As a sandwich cookie filling it’s okay, but […]


Published on March 22, 2013
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cake mix doctor cake mix

This might not surprise you given the success of The Cake Mix Doctor books, but  Anne Byrne, has her own line of cake mix. I discovered this while perusing the CMD web site trying to get info on “shrinking cake mix”. After a few emails back and forth, I was offered a sample of Anne’s […]


Published on August 16, 2012
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Chocolate Cupcake

I hadn’t planned on posting a recipe today, but I came home from an afternoon meeting to find Fuzz baking cupcakes and listening to music. Rather than break her flow or dive in and try to help, I told her I was going upstairs to use my treadmill and to let me know when the […]


Published on July 20, 2012
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Sauerkraut Cake

One of the best things about leaving home for college was this:  I’d never have to look, smell or taste sauerkraut again.  Blech!  Okay, that was an overstatement, but I have some pretty bad memories of my mom spooning it out of a can, warming it in the microwave and serving it as a side […]


Published on July 16, 2012
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Mela’s Strawberry Frosting

by on April 21, 2012 · 7 comments

strawberry frosting

Inspiration for yesterday’s scratch best yellow cupcake recipe was Mela, who emailed me saying she was having a hard time finding a good yellow cake. I told her about this one, and after trying the recipe she emailed to say she loved it.  Plus, she shared her strawberry frosting recipe! For those of you interested […]


Published on April 21, 2012
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Ding Dong Cake

Years ago I made a cake inspired by the Ding Dongs. I don’t remember much about it other than the filling was made with flour, sugar and Crisco and that the end result really was better than it sounded. Given that I’m on a retro cake bender, I looked for the Ding Dong cake recipe […]


Published on March 14, 2012