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.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

It just wouldn’t be Christmas with out Gingerbread treats. I’ve made Gingerbread cookies many many times, but Gingerbread cupcakes have been on my to-do list for quite a while.

I made these Gingerbread Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting for my booth at the PTA Holiday Bazaar and they were a top seller.  The cupcakes smell fantastic and are extremely moist. I was on the fence with the Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting;  after taking a “poll” I decided to go with it. Boy am I glad I did, the brown sugar complimented the gingerbread perfectly.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween, but for the past few years I’ve been on vacation for Halloween. The weather in Alaska is generally pretty nasty this time of year so its a great time to get out of dodge.  I was pretty excited when I realized that I would be back from vacation before Halloween this year.

I may have gone crazy a bit crazy in the Halloween section at Fred Meyer. Seriously I think I spent $50 on candy & not many kids in out town trick or treat. They go to a kids carnival instead.

Red White and Blue Mini Cupcakes

Since I was so busy last week, I planned on taking a break from baking this week to showyou some treats I haven’t gotten around to posting yet.

Sounded like a good plan to me…But yesterday I got home from work early and although I have a growing list of non food related things to do (working out, cleaning, yard work, organizing, walking my dog), I was bored and wanted something sweet. I decided to bake something, but it had to be quick & involve little to no mess or effort. Oh yeah, and since this week is July 4th, I wanted something red white and blue.

Aztec Mocha Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Frosting

Last week was a friend’s going away party . The theme for dinner was Mexican. Other than re-fried beans I had absolutely nothing to contribute. What I did have was a bunch of pink cream cheese frosting left over from the fairy cake I  made a few days before. Rather than throwing it away or eating it, which would most likely be the case, I decided to make some cupcakes. To go along with the Mexican theme I made Aztec Mocha Cupcakes.

Fairy Birthday Party & Candy Clay

I love to make decorations for cakes and cupcakes out of gum paste and fondant. I don’t love  how awful they taste. I hate having to warn that although the toppers are edible; they are not “eatable”.

It’s inevitable; even with the warning, there will always be the one kid, and you’re lucky if its just one kid,  that eats a topper.

I was hired to make small cake and mini cupcakes for a fairy themed birthday party for a four year old. There I was trying to figure out what kind of decorations to make and all I could picture was the look on a four year old’s face after eating  an icky, chalky tasting topper. Did I want to be the reason that poor kid was traumatized by cupcakes?  Not so much.

Skateboard Themed Birthday Cupcakes

I’ve done quite a few cupcake orders over the past few weeks and I’ve had a lot of fun creating all of them.

For all of these orders, I was given quite a bit of creative freedom. I was pretty much just given a theme to work with & only 2 asked for specific flavors.  For the most part, I love these kind of projects. I get to showcase my talents and put a bit of “me” into the project.  I can’t tell you how often a design element turns out to be a bust. The creative freedom allows me to pull plan B out of my butt real quick like and no one has to know about the failed idea.

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes

A week later and I finally feel like I’ve recovered from the whirlwind vacation. I’m not the kind of person that has to have a plan for everything.  I’ve come to realize that going to great lengths to make a plan usually leads to me getting frustrated because inevitably nothing goes according to plan. But I really like to have a plan when I’m traveling. I don’t have to have every minute of the day scheduled just the big details, like lodging.

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.

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes & Peanut Butter Frosting

Last week was a whirlwind. I had plans for something fun almost every night of the week. Then we decided on a last minute Spring get away, a must after an Alaskan winter! I was beginning to wonder if I was going to get around to my Easter treats before we left. I had all these ideas that I had to get out of my head. Does anyone else have this problem? Once you get an idea in your head it bugs you until you do it??  Finally this weekend I found some time to do some baking.