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dublin stOut cupcakes

A triple Irish threat in cupcake form…so Irish you may have an Irish accent after eating one!
Moist and delicious this chocolate stout cake is topped with a caramel Irish whiskey swiss meringue buttercream swirled with white chocolate Irish cream!

The flavors go so well together it can only give you good luck!

The cake is so moist and gets better the day after you’ve made them, the flavors enhance and become something that you have to give your whole attention to!

I made these for my husband to take to work to share but quickly came to regret not keeping more for us at home…although that may have been a good thing so we didn’t end up eating them all ourselves…

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dulce de leche cupcakes

Cupcakes are meant to be shared…or are they just individual portions for you to enjoy without having to cut into a cake??!

With a spice cake that is soaked with rum and filled with a gooey bite of dulce de leche and topped with dulce de leche swiss meringue buttercream these cupcakes may just make you think twice about sharing!

It may still be hot outside but fall is definitely in the air…pumpkin spice is out in force this year and is it just me or is it out extra early? While this may not be pumpkin spice it certainly gives fall vibes!

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sparkling cherry chip cupcakes

Delightful and exquisite…soft, fluffy, moist, and studded with maraschino cherries these sparkly cherry chip cupcakes are almost too pretty to eat!

When my sister asked if I could make cherry chip cupcakes for a friend’s wedding as a gift from her I jumped at the challenge to create a cupcake that was as elegant looking at it was delicious. I had never made cherry chip cupcakes or cake before so I set out to find a trustworthy recipe that I could slightly tweak to my own liking and settled upon one that I adapted from Tessa Huff. And while I didn’t want the cupcakes to be super pink for the occasion I decided not to add any pink food coloring that makes that traditional pink-tinged cherry chip cake we all know. Adding a small amount of maraschino cherry syrup to the buttercream gave a very slight cherry flavor but again, didn’t overly make the frosting pink allowing the sparkly cherry to really pop on the top of the cupcake.

Edible glitter gave just the right amount of elegance for a special occasion while not being too over the top.

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mexican spice cupcakes with dulce de leche buttercream

How do you make a moist chocolate cake better? By adding Mexican spices that’s how! A bit of cinnamon, a little bit of ancho chili powder, and warm it up a bit with cayenne pepper…and don’t forget my dulce de leche Swiss meringue buttercream! It’s a killer recipe!!

I knew it was a winner when my husband ate it by the spoonful and made noises while he licked the spoon. lol

I always make myself a yummy dessert for my birthday, not only because my father in law shares the same birthday but because I like to get creative with some of my favorite recipes and see if I can elevate them. So I took my favorite chocolate cake and did just that. These babies are so good you’ll want a second one…and maybe that’s exactly what I did.

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banana bread muffins

Looking for ways to elevate your banana bread game? Try toasted oat flour-just replace a portion of the all-purpose flour with it and will blow your mind! Oat flour retains more water so you will be left with a super moist crumb and a toasty flavor that is out of this world!

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mint chOcOlate chip cupcakes

I don’t know about you but mint chocolate chip ice cream takes me back to my childhood going to the ice cream parlor in the summertime. It’s cooling comfort food that everyone loves! Now you can enjoy it in a whole new way with these mint chocolate chip cupcakes!

With the way the world is right now and everyone doing their part by staying home to keep the spread of Covid-19 down, it’s important to take the time and de-stress. Baking has been shown to be a great stress relief so I’ve been baking and cooking up a storm here and finding new ways to use leftovers and store the extra food that I make. Usually, when I make desserts I give a lot of them away to friends and coworkers but right now that is not an option. These cupcakes freeze well for later and are an easy dessert for that weeknight that you don’t feel like cooking. See how at the end of the recipe.

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