Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Dear Springtime,

I thought it would be great if I could let you know what you mean to me.  It’s really delightful when you’re around, and not every season makes me really want to go outside like you do.

Sure, there tends to be a lot of wind, pollinating flowers that make my nose itch like crazy and my eyes turn red, and some extra anxiety concerning taxes, but it’s really all worth it when I think about all the fabulous benefits you bring us.

Besides lovely picnic/ hiking weather, a plethora of outdoor festivals (I love festivals!), and baby animals, all the fresh fruits and vegetables that spring up (pun intended) in farmers’ markets/ gardens/ stores/ etc. make me want to really get baking!

These fresh strawberries you’ve brought have been a complete inspiration.  I mean, eating plain strawberries is great, don’t get me wrong – but there is a LOT you can do with strawberries.  Of course I had to make something fun with them!  And those oranges still on the tree were also begging to made into something other than juice, you know?  So Strawberry Orange Cupcakes pretty much had to happen.

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Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Crème Frosting

 Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Crème Frosting

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Eve!

I was in a celebratory mood today, so I thought I’d pop open a bottle of Guinness early. 

Okay, so I don’t really drink Guinness.  As perfect as it would be to raise a glass of that to St. Patrick’s Day, I’m not a big fan of stouts.  It’s actually my husband’s favorite, so it’s not that I haven’t tried it, but… nope.  Just doesn’t do it for me.  

Still, I can certainly appreciate the flavors without drinking it.  With its chocolate and coffee notes, it couldn’t be a more perfect addition to dessert!  These cupcakes make use of alllll that goodness, (minus the alcohol) leaving you with a delicious treat that everyone can enjoy!  

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The Wild Doughnut

The Wild Doughnut

Roight, mates, it’s time to go out and find ourselves the rare wild doughnut.  This one’s a wily bugger that only comes out for special parties, but we are gonna catch ourselves one today.  Keep your eyes open and forks at the ready!

Crikey, there’s a big one now!

Well!  Glad that worked. Sometimes you have to channel crocodile hunter to catch elusive beasties. 

Anyway… I’m not a weirdo or anything… but I’d go to great lengths to get my hands on a healthy doughnut.

Healthy doughnuts are like ligers.  Not found most places you look, but the combination of powerful parents has made them even buffer babies.  Or as Napoleon Dynamite would say… “bred for their skills in magic.”  Have I lost you yet?  What I’m trying to say is, with the banana, apple sauce, cocoa powder, and whole wheat… more delicious/nutritious doughnuts than this are on the seriously endangered list.

More fabulous looking ones are pretty hard to come by, too.  These little devils are dressed to impress, and are always total rock stars at parties.  And, as luck would have it… they also happen to be doughnuts. Which means they can be rock stars at brunch, too.  

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