Vegan Funfetti Birthday Cupcakes

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Happy Birthday...... to me!!   It has been a fabulous birthday week! Ok so technically my birthday was Monday...but as long as the birthday mail keeps coming I reuse to give up the bday crown :) I wouldn't refuse another birthday cake either... I like vanilla with chocolate buttercream...just sayin'...   or pumpkin cake (my favorite)... or carrot cake...   or FUNFETTI cake!   My birthday is the 9th and my dad's birthday is the 10th.....and we had … [Read more...]

Blueberry Sugar Shortcakes with Mango Compote

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ahh! hi! Sorry, I feel like I've been seriously cheating on you all lately. I've been cooking, baking, and cooking obnoxiously more (as usual) but instead of sharing it with you all I have been EATING it all! Oops. Life's been crazy busy lately so I've had absolutely no time to to take pretty pics and write about it. Only enough time to shove it in my own mouth. Things are going to start settling down though next week so get ready for some full force Whipped recipes!   I've been … [Read more...]

Hazelnut Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting and a Wedding Shower

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Hi! I'm home! I've been trying desperately to avoid the fact that I'm home. But I think it happened?? Maybe if I just click my heels a couple times... few times? for 5 minutes?? I'll wake back up in sunny California....   Nope. I don't know what Dorothy's got that I don't. I even picked up a Yorky this week (I'm dog sitting for one of my friend's for the next few months! SO. freaking. cute.) But that's ok, I've actually been going through some serious kitchen withdrawal, I cannot … [Read more...]

Skinny Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

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  Cinnamon. Crumb. Coffee Cake. ...French Toast Souffle...Sun dried tomato Goat Cheese Quiche....Banana Streusel Muffins...Mmm..mmm...what do these all have in common?? Besides sticking to the butts of even you super humans out there training for your spring half marathons... ?   Haha umm....actually - pretty much nothing you all care about. It's just everything I want to wolf down at Easter Brunch.   So in order to justify my brunch obsession I'm going to be … [Read more...]

Chocolate Raspberry Heart Cakes

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So I just bought Martha's new Cakes & Cupcakes special edition magazine last week. Clearly I was done for. Remember Monday's post? My addiction to all things cheesy and embarrassingly domestic? Well pair that with a magazine addiction... (People, Glamour.. Cooking Light, I don't discriminate) - andddd you get little individual heart cake for Valentine's Day! And they are freaking adorable. These are the cakes that are featured in my heart healthy February Magazine issue :) Low cal, lower … [Read more...]

Chocolate Heart Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

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  The secret Martha Stewart in me gets so excited for holidays! I love any and every excuse to go a little OCD domestic on some cupcakes. If I had all the time and piping bags in the world, plus a magic pill that negated every cookie I ate...I would be finagling corny baked goods for every holiday on the calendar - Casimir Pulaski to Garbage Day.  Needless to say I couldn't help myself for Valentine's Day...! And I so wish that I could take credit for the adorable design, but I found … [Read more...]

Easy Melting Snowman Cookies and My Favorite Christmas Recipes Round-Up

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Merry merry Christmas! This is my last post before Christmas Day and I want to wish you all the very best holiday! This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Everyone I love, and everything I love to eat are all packed into the best day, wrapped in Christmas wrap, covered in pretty Christmas lights, and tied up with a shiny bow. One of my best friend's just flew in last night from NYC and the rest of the crew is following over the next couple days. My fridge is literally stocked with … [Read more...]

Monster Cupcakes!

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Halloween is the BEST. Besides the fact that an entire new aisle is now dedicated to candy in the grocery store, even better is that I can walk out of the store with 10 different bags and no one will judge me. Because the old lady next to me just walked out with 12.   I seriously had SO much fun trying to find cute candy decor for these little spooky cupcakes! Once a month I come up with easy festive recipes for a recipe board I have set up at a doctor's office - and this was … [Read more...]

Banana Layer Cake With Fudgy Frosting for my Birthday!

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Happy Birthday.... to me!   It's my 25th Birthday on Sunday and my Dad's 35th...(give or take a couple decades, love you pop!).... on Monday! So this weekend is absolutely jam packed with fun bday festivities!   Birthday's are seriously the best.I'm celebrating with my friends tomorrow night then meeting up with my fam to go to the Bears game on Sunday... and sit at the 50 yard line! These tickets are crazy good! Then finishing up Monday on my dad's bday for a big family … [Read more...]

Mom’s Day Recipe Round-Up

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So the game plan for today's post was supposed to be "Mail Order Mom's Day"... and no. Not like ordering a new mom. I was going to do baked goods that are 'mail-friendly' for those of us too far to visit mom on her big day or those of us doting children who forgot to buy mom a gift. So the point was to give all you procrastinators some easy  recipes to make and send to mom for Mom's day...only today is Friday. I'm just realizing that I totally just defeated the point of my post. Mom will not … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

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Dear Chocolate- Please please please forgive me for completely ignoring you in my last post. Those Very Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes meant nothing to me... I swear. It was just a one night thing, I was confused...I thought I wanted vanilla...those little flag cupcake toppers were just too cute...it won't happen again, I promise.  You can have the password to my myrecipes.com account, check my saved my recipes! I swear!   Don't get me wrong - I love a good simple vanilla cupcake, or a … [Read more...]

Very Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes

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Okkkk yes yes I have a delicious vegan cupcake recipe that will knock your socks off and make you totally forget about your old bff's butter and buttermilk... but first... Do any of you happen to recognize this little culinary queen in the pic below? If you're a little confused its probably because you're used to seeing her in HD on the Food Network and not pixelated on my iPhone but yes ladies and gents that is Giada!! I went to my first ever book signing at Williams-Sonoma last Monday … [Read more...]