Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

A couple weeks ago my mother-in-law to be gave me a big bag of apples straight from the apple capitol of the world (Wenatchee, WA). I was running out of things to do with them, so I decided to do what I do best and put them in a cupcake! I used a snickerdoodle cupcake recipe and added fresh shredded apples, filled them with homemade caramel, and topped them with vanilla cream cheese frosting. The end result was something out of this world. I might be a little bit bias, but I'm pretty sure one of these cupcakes could change your life. Don't believe me? Give me a call and order a batch for yourself!!!

caramel apple cupcakes w/ vanilla cream cheese frosting  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

World's Worst Blogger's the deal. I am the world's worst blogger. I promise I did not fall off the face of the earth in June and therefore have not posted anything on my blog since then. I also didn't stop baking. I have had a very busy summer. From soccer, to swim lessons, work, then more work, Mariner's games, date nights, and a couple weekends away here and there...I haven't had much spare time for blogging. I have been trying out lots of new cupcake recipes though. Here are a couple of my favorites.

red, white, & blue cupcakes

i served these with a lit sparkler. tasty and festive!!!

banana pudding cupcakes

To make these yummy cupcakes yourself 
click here.

With fall right around the corner I plan to be spending much more time inside baking AND blogging. Stay tuned for fun new fall recipes and holiday treats that are sure to cupcake you away!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

PB&J Cupcakes

I just whipped up a batch of cupcakes for my daughter's soccer team that I'm sure are going to be a big hit! What kid doesn't love a good PB&J sandwich? I took that concept and turned it into a cupcake! I'm sure I'm not the first to do so, but my creamy peanut butter frosting is tops. I can't wait to hand these out after the game tonight.

strawberry filling
peanut butter frosting

Cupcakes for COTA

Last week was a very busy and exciting week. I got my engagement ring back after 2 loooong weeks of waiting for it to be sized,  my future brother-in-law graduated from UW with his MBA (GO JOSH!), my fiance (I never get tired of saying it!) graduated from Western Washington University (GO WILL!), and I donated 335 mini cupcakes to the first annual Brews, Brats, & Bases event in Ferndale, WA. 100% of the proceeds from the event benefited the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA). I was honored to be asked and to donate cupcakes to such an incredible charity. It was definitely a challenge baking over 300 cupcakes, but no where near as challenging as it would be to have a child in need of an organ transplant. I praise God every day for my healthy little girl, and am doing my best to give to those who are less fortunate. If  you are interested in supporting a local family through COTA please visit this website and learn how you can bless the Cook family.

chocolate w/ creamy chocolate frosting
lemon w/ lemon buttercream frosting
yellow cupcakes w/ pink vanilla buttercream frosting

red velvet w/ cream cheese frosting

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Happy birthday & ENGAGEMENT to ME!!!

mississippi mud cupcakes
I'M ENGAAAAAGED!!!! After 3 long years of patient & silent waiting...ok maybe I wasn't always so patient or silent...but Will finally popped the question! It was the sweetest thing, and I was so surprised. Will got up with Claire and told me I could sleep in, and then a few minutes later Claire was standing by the side of my bed shoving the ring in my face saying, "mommy, will you marry daddy?" I was in shock (Will swears I looked scared) and I turned around to Will who was sitting on the bed next to me. He very sweetly took my hand & asked me to marry him, and then I very sweetly demanded that he get down on his knee and ask me again...and then I said yes!!!

He proposed 2 days before my birthday, so I've had an awesome couple of days celebrating my birthday and engagement. Yesterday my girlfriends and I got pedicures, went wedding dress shopping, and had a delicious dinner at Scotty Browns followed by some scrumptious cupcakes made my yours truly. I went with another Confessions of a Cookbook Queen recipe. I found this recipe a few weeks ago when a friend recommended I make Mississippi Mud cupcakes. I had never heard of Mississippi Mud cake, but apparently it's a pretty big deal on the East coast. I found a few different recipes, but this one was the best. I made half or them with pecans on top, and half w/ an oreo cookie at the bottom of each cupcake & oreo crumbles on top. Both variations were delish! I don't have any leftover to share, but I will definitely be making these again.

mississippi mud cupcakes w/ pecans
mississippi mud w/ oreos

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Win a $100 Walmart Gift Card

Click on this link for a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card and a Nestle Drumstick prize pack. After you enter, stay awhile and check out her blog. Caution: do not read if you are at work, or the library, or a quiet coffee shop...or anywhere else where it might be embarrassing to LOL :)

Cap'n Crunch Cupcakes w/ Peanut Butter Marshmallow Frosting

I know I've been kind of a slacking with my blog posts lately, but I promise I've been busy baking cupcakes. Last week I baked a batch of chocolate mini cupcakes w/ pink cream cheese frosting for a baby shower. I made a few of them look like baby rattles by inserting a lollipop stick w/ a gumdrop attached to the bottom and adding a pink bow around the middle. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures, but you can only imagine how adorable they were!

I also baked a batch of chocolate raspberry cupcakes w/ raspberry buttercream frosting for one of my co-workers who needed them for a potluck. Again, no pictures, but I recently made chocolate raspberry cupcakes w/ a swiss meringue buttercream frosting and they looked very similar.

chocolate raspberry cupcakes
w/ swiss meringue buttercream frosting

My last post was about a new blog I stumbled upon called Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. Yesterday I decided to try out one of her cupcake recipes. I made Cap'n Crunch cupcakes w/ peanut butter marshmallow frosting. Words cannot express how delicious they were. The frosting is very similar to the frosting I use when I make peanut butter high hats, but those are dipped in melted chocolate. The peanut butter marshmallow frosting on its own is so light and fluffy it melts in your mouth. I surprisingly have a few left over and if I don't eat them all while I'm home today I will donate them to trivia night tonight at Boston's. If you don't have plans this evening get yourself over to Boston's at 8pm for happy hour, trivia, and a chance to win some of these yummy cap'n crunch cupcakes!

cap'n crunch cupcakes
w/ peanut butter marshmallow frosting