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...]

“No-Stess” Cupcakes – Homemade Hostess!

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Happy Friday! Ok I promise this is the very last time I will say Birthday for at least the next couple months. I swear! I feel like over the past week and half every other sentence has began with cake and ended with birthday. Which is actually totally awesome. But 4 cakes and 5 lbs of sugar later I'm not quite seeing straight and a raw carrot is really sounding pretty good right now. But the reason I have to mention Birthdays one... last... time... is because today I am guest posting over … [Read more...]

Red, White, and Blue-Berry Shortcake Cupcakes

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 Happy 4th of July weekend.....ish! Chicago fireworks are on the 4th but my hometown's are this Sunday (very excited!), so that means an extra day of beer, bbq, and burning yourself on sparklers...and...in that order.   But this weekend is even more special because today I am guest posting for one of my very best foodie friend's, Kayle, from The Cooking Actress!!   Its no secret I'm kind of obsessed with her. She is the absolute sweetest girl ever and SO funny. I can … [Read more...]

Portillo’s Chocolate Cupcakes

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So it was my little brother's high school graduation this weekend! It was a gorgeous ceremony. Picture happy students eagerly waiting for their hard-earned diplomas...proud parents snapping pictures and taking videos... a beautiful school choir singing songs of encouragement and good luck.... And.. The power goes out. Halfway through distributing the diplomas. Pitch black.  (pic of the gym post-black-out) Best graduation EVER! I swear it was like a rave. Only better. It was almost … [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...]

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

So every year my family and a bunch of our other family friends have a "Santa Brunch" at one of our local restaurants. We've been going there for forever since I can remember. The restaurant is decked out in Christmas decorations and they have the absolute best Mrs. Clause ever. This lady's been doing it since I was a toddler and I swear she's the real deal. It was a really great afternoon, lots of good food and great friends. The only one missing was our puppy, Tory.... Again, she's really … [Read more...]

Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting. Yes. The best cupcake in the world does exist. And it's in my kitchen. This cupcake's got four layers; buttery graham cracker crust bottom, followed by a layer of chopped bittersweet chocolate, rich chocolate cake batter, topped with even more graham cracker crumbs and chocolate, and finally covered in a light and fluffy marshmallow frosting. I know its a mouthful, but don't be intimidated!  This is one of the best … [Read more...]