Funfetti Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

This cupcake recipe is one I have been making for a few years now. It’s reliable and classic and I love it so much that I made it twice within the past month. Once on Smith’s actual birthday, and a few weeks later for his birthday party. The first round went over very well with…

Maple Vinaigrette

After 28 years of deliberation, I have decided to declare October my favorite month of the year. The Autumn sunlight is gorgeous against the rich hues of gold and burgundy saturating the leaves,  it’s perfect weather to break out those throw blankets and candles and watch Harry Potter movies, I adore the earthy flavors of…

S’mores Cupcakes

  I made these cupcakes for my beloved childhood friend, Jamie, last week. She turned the big 2-8 and I wanted to make her something special. S’mores are such a ubiquitous summer treat and they always bring back such happy memories. I often think back to those hot and balmy Ohio summer sleepovers spent with…

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

Aw yes. The old favorite pair: chocolate and peanut butter. It’s hard to resist the salty and sweet combination. Want to make it even more irresistible? Add in butter. A weight watchers trifecta of evil, if you will. I made these bad boys for a surprise welcome home party for my sister a few weeks…

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Oh sweet baby Jesus- I do love Septembers. While I enjoy summertime, I sometimes get a little overwhelmed with how chaotic it can get. Weddings, traveling, cookouts. It’s all wonderful stuff, but I find I always welcome the return to routine that the ninth month of the year brings. We are home more on the…

German Chocolate Cupcakes

I’ve been having a few posting issues lately, but I think everything is back on track now. Whew! I made these German chocolate cupcakes for a co-worker’s birthday last month and I was very happy with the end result. I branched away from my favorite chocolate cake recipe and used a sturdier, but still delightfully…

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

This recipe isn’t a new one for me. I’ve made it as my sister’s birthday cake here and here. This time, though, there needed to be a cupcake version. One of my favorite co-workers recently celebrated a birthday and I needed a more portable version to take out.  She, like my sister, is also a…

Chelsea’s Bridal Shower

(photo courtesy of Joanne) Last weekend I helped throw a bridal shower for one of my very dearest friends, Chelsea. Chelsea and I met while in grad school and became very close on our carpools to and from class. She is one of the hardest working, most beautiful people I know and I am so…

Yellow Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

Baking makes me so happy. I sometimes daydream of what it would be like if I could throw caution to the wind, travel the world, learn how to bake from the most talented bakers on the planet, and turn baking into a career. But then I drift back to reality and make peace with the…

Happy New Year! Champagne Cupcakes with Chambord Champagne Buttercream

Happy 2012, everyone! To celebrate the new year, I popped open a bottle of Champagne (technically it was sparkling wine since it wasn’t from Champagne, France- but who’s keeping track?!) and made these cupcakes with a Chambord champagne buttercream icing. I first heard of champagne cupcakes last year when I saw them on The Curvy…