Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

Do your plans for Valentine’s Day include a quiet dinner at home with your sweetie?

Do you want to make an easy & chocolatey sweet treat without having a ton of left overs that you will end up eating giving away?

Look no further; these chocolate cupcakes are the dessert for you!

When I found this recipe at An Edible Mosaic, I was a bit leery to try it. I haven’t had much success with egg-less or vegan recipes in the past.  I’m so very happy that I decided to give these cupcakes a shot. They might be one of the BEST chocolate cupcakes I have ever had. They are extremely moist and rich.

Surprise Recipe Swap – Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bites


  I am so excited to be participating in the very first Surprise Recipe Swap . When Jutta from Hungry Little Girl told me what she was planning I rushed over to sign up.

Each month participants are assigned a blog. They then choose a recipe to make and write about in a blog post. This month I was assigned  Couponing & Cooking.  Have you been to Kaylee’s blog? If not be sure to check it out. She shares her money saving strategies, coupons and some really great recipes.

Lightened Chocolate Zucchini Cake by Marsha from The Better Baker

Today’s guest post is Marsha from The Better Baker. While chatting with Marsha about her guest post I discovered that she lived in Anchorage for 8 years while her husband was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base. She’s living in Ohio now, but has been back to Alaska a few times to visit friends. What a small world!!

Marsha whipped up a reduced sugar Chocolate Zucchini Cake to share with us today.

Hi!  I’m so tickled to get to share at DJ’s Sugar Shack! Thanks to Dawn for allowing me this privilege.

Crazy Cooking Challenge – Cheesecake

It’s time for the Crazy Cooking Challenge again!
When I saw that this month’s challenge was cheesecake I was so excited. I make a fabulous cheesecake. Suddenly it hit me that my cheesecake recipe is one of those recipes that I just don’t share.
Call me greedy, but I worked on that recipe for a LONG time to get that recipe just how I wanted it.
I considered not doing the challenge until I came across this Tin Roof Cheesecake over at Dessert for Two. The chocolate cheesecake filling looked so good & I loved that I wouldn’t have an entire cheesecake to eat when I was done.
My version  has an Oreo Crust and is topped with Raspberries &  caramel sauce I had left over from another project.
All I have to say is YUMMY!
This recipe made one 5 inch cheesecake which was good sized dessert for 2 people.
Here is the recipe:
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake for Two

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

The first time I had Zucchini Bread was a few years ago; a friend from work got a loaf in a care package from him mom. I’m a recovering  picky eater, so I was kind of leery at first. Until pretty recently the only vegetables I ate were broccoli, cauliflower,  carrots and lettuce (if it was slathered in Ranch). I gave it a shot and was amazed at how moist and yummy it was.  I’ve been hooked since.

Peep Cupcakes

By far my favorite Easter candy is Peeps, with Cadbury Creme Eggs coming in at a close second. The weird part about my love for Peeps is that I like them when they are slightly stale. Every holiday that Peeps are available, my mom sends me boxes of them.Because she love me, she pokes holes in the wrappers before shipping them. By the time they make the journey  from Louisiana to Alaska they  have the perfect amount of staleness. This is no lie people; I can’t make  this stuff up.

Grasshopper Pie Cupcakes

Last week marked the 100 year anniversary of Oreos. My favorite thing to do with Oreos, besides eating an entire package of them, is to use them in a crust for pie or cheesecake. That is exactly what I decided to do to celebrate Oreo’s 100th  anniversary. I know! I know! I’m a little late. After I decided to make these Grasshopper Pie Cupcakes with an Oreo Crust, I came down with some icky flu. Better late than never, right?

Guilt Free Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Are you looking for a guilt free treat for Valentine’s Day? Do you love raspberries and cheesecake? I may have found just what you need. I stumbled upon this recipe on the Yoplait Facebook page and decided to give it whirl.

The crust is made using Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix. Please don’t hate me for using a mix; taking a shortcut from time to time isn’t bad. Is it? The filling is made with cream cheese, Yoplait® Light Fat Free raspberry cheesecake yogurt , eggs, flour and raspberries.  If you fear making cheesecake,don’t fret this recipe is also quite easy.

Musical cupcakes

I’ve been in a Valentine’s baking frenzy the past few weeks. How can I not be with all the cute Valentine’s themed cookies, cakes, pies, dessert tables ,& parties floating around. I wish I could bake all day long and have a HUGE party for all my friends. I had to snap myself out of the frenzy when I got a call requesting cupcakes for a birthday dinner.  For a second I was stumped, my brain has been so focused on Valentine’s Day treats I almost forgot that it was possible to have a birthday or any other type of celebration in February.

Happy National Pie Day!

Its National Pie Day so I baked you a pie.

This fall while shopping at a Farmer’s Market  in Kauai, I had what I might say was one of the BEST slices of pie I have ever eaten…gooey layers of chocolate ganache & coconut custard topped  with  toasted coconut.  This chocolate coconut macaroon pie was made by a local bakery called  The Right Slice.  They sell their pies at various farmer’s markets on Kauai & recently opened a store front in Lihue. Yay! Next year I won’t have to wait until they are a nearby market to get a piece of pie. I’m not ashamed to admit it. My real motivation for checking out farmer’s markets was to find the Right Slice and get a piece of that pie.