Toffee Crunch Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Birthday celebrations are always special, but a Golden Birthday needs something extra special. Toffee Crunch Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes were the perfect birthday celebration dessert for my nephew Brad’s Golden Birthday. Hard to believe he is 23 already……damn I’m old.

Toffee Crunch Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

We planned a surprise get together with a group of Brad’s friends….thank you Quincy and gang for keeping the secret. A local restaurant was our secret location. Brad thought it was just a family thing, his Dad and girlfriend, and Tim and I. Brad was surprised and slightly relieved to have a his group of friends join in! Continue reading “Toffee Crunch Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes”

Cauldron Cupcakes

What holiday is complete without a special treat? …….trick or treat. Cauldron Cupcakes!

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I was inspired by a Pinterest pin from  House of Yumm. These cupcakes are so flipping cute.

I knew this had to be something I tried. I used my own dark chocolate cake recipe. Dark cocoa powder, with dark melted chocolate, and strong brewed espresso make decadent cupcakes. Moist and super dark chocolatey.

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Everyone has a recipe for buttercream frosting, but they are all pretty basic…butter, powdered sugar, and flavoring. I like a blend of vanilla and almond extract. My key is to whip the dickens out of it. I whip it for like 5 to 7 minutes to get it really fluffy. Continue reading “Cauldron Cupcakes”

Almond Poppyseed Cupcakes-Almond Buttercream Frosting

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So, what to do, what to do…… snows…..every other day, and when its not snowing,it’s sub-zero and not fit for man nor beast! But the blessing in this, is that, well really there are two blessings…….. Snow Days …..yeah! and Baking….yeah!

I have a renewed joy in baking these days. There was a time when baking was not on the top of my list. See, I was a bakery manager at a local grocery store for a number of years, and after awhile the joy of it kinda disappears.

I always joked that I was a “fake and bake” baker. So many of the products you buy in grocery stores these days come par baked or totally baked and you finish the process or combine items to makes what really can be some amazing items. I remember one of my regular customers asking about the cream puffs that I sold like crazy. She thought that I made them myself, when in reality, the shell of the cream puff came pre baked and frozen, so all I had to do was thaw them, cut them in half, use the bavarian cream filling from the 35# bucket, melt frosting from another bucket and drizzle it across and……. oh la la a cream puff.  Continue reading “Almond Poppyseed Cupcakes-Almond Buttercream Frosting”