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...]

“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...]

Dulce de Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes

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Happy Friday everyone! This is an even happier Friday than most Fridays....do you want to know why?? Actually there's three reasons. #1... I'm leaving to Mexico tomorrow for Spring Break! In 24 hours I am going to be sipping pina coladas, eating guacamole, and applying more sun tan lotion than most mom's smother their toddler's in. #2... I made some kick butt Dulce De Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes in honor of my little vacation! #2... Kayle from The Cooking Actress nominated me for The … [Read more...]

Cookies ‘N’ Cream Cupcakes

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Did you know that Americans consume almost 12 billion Oreos every year? (Don’t use that stat in a research paper or anything... its the first number that came up in the google search results)   That’s more than the number of toilet paper rolls plus the number of toothbrushes people bought in 2011. (Don’t use that stat either, I made that one up)   If American’s put 25 cents in a jar every time they ate an Oreo… it wouldn't matter because t hey would probably use their … [Read more...]

Raspberry Jam Filled Cupcakes with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

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I have AMAZING news! And this is not a joke. Dead serious. So in my blog entry I posted yesterday (Tomato and Parmesan Focaccia with Caramelized Onions) I talked about how impossible it's been for me to get tickets to the Ellen Degeneres show. As in I have stalked her website every day for like the past month with zero luck. So guess what?? This morning...I'm barely awake, while shoveling oatmeal into my mouth at like 7am...decide to check the Ellen website just one more time...AND... tickets … [Read more...]

Lemon-Scented Blueberry Cupcakes

I was really in the mood for something chocolatey and rich the other day while I was hunting through cooking light's online recipes. I am an admitted chocoholic and will pretty much eat anything dunked, covered, or sprinkled in cocoa. Somewhere scanning between brownies and cookies I ended up stumbling upon this lemon-scented blueberry cupcake recipe. It wasn't the type of recipe I had set out for but seemed absolutely perfect for today. It was a cold and gray Fall day and bright lemons and … [Read more...]