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170It has finally happened – the San Francisco 49ers have prevailed and will be playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday!  My father has claimed that his children have always brought the 49ers luck.  A month after my brother was born, our boys won their first national championship.  Just 15 days after I was born, they won their second.  They have been undefeated since then in their five Super Bowl games.  I am just hoping with all hope that this Sunday they can make it six!

To celebrate, I have developed a deep, rich, and tangy cupcake to show my love for my team.  I am borrowing my all-time favorite chocolate cupcake recipe (developed for a Super Bowl party three years ago), filling it with tangy and boozey cherries, with a topping of red and gold pride in the form of a rich cream cheese frosting.  Start the cherry filling a few days ahead so the cherries can reach full re-hydration and flavor.

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Almond Vanilla Cupcake

This will be the second baby shower for which I’ve made these cupcakes.  Their delicate flavor and lightness just lend themselves to such an event.  I decided to up my game with this batch (my last batch was made during the cupcake blog hiatus and never made it into a post), and add ground almonds into the cupcakes and vanilla bean seeds into the frosting.  I’m hoping it will intensify and fancy up the results.  Depending on where you live, you can get very reasonably priced vanilla beans at Cost Plus World Market.  They are one of my favorite places to go when I need an obscure spice and don’t want to pay insane grocery store prices.  I wish I had a market near me that offered spices in bulk, cheap.  Well, enough of my spice rant…on to the cupcakes!

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Irish Car Bomb Cupcake

When Gibbs and I announced on Facebook (friend us there!) that we would be returning to the land of cupcakes, a friend of mine suggested that I make a cupcake version of the Irish Car Bomb.  While I don’t necessarily agree with the connotations of this drink’s name (thank you Professor Crowley for my favorite undergrad class – Culture in Conflict: Ireland), it does involve tasty, tasty ingredients!  While I am using Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Baileys Irish Cream – yes, I do have all of these on hand – you can substitute any brand stout, whiskey and Irish cream if needed.

 

Here they are, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! :)

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These lovely cupcakes have been a long time brewing in my brain and I’m excited that I finally got to making them!  I think they turned out well; the lime plays well off the cranberry, but they would have been better with more of both flavors.  The buttercream frosting has reminded me once again that I do not like buttercreams!  However, the sweetness of this frosting contrasted well with the little tart bite of the cranberry.  I just think I will forever prefer cream cheese and whipped frostings…

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Greetings, gentle readers,

Mini cupcakes

I have returned from my journeys to the warmer climes in the south, and, having engaged in an extensive reading campaign, now find myself yearning to write a post in a poorly-conceived Victorian style, meaning many tangled, clauses, dramatic language, and swooning.

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005As much as I like to experiment, I love to fall back on the classics.  I decided to break out my grandma’s 1965 Better Homes and Garden Cookbook for inspiration.  I perused the pages until I found a recipe for a spice cake, decided that it would make yummy cupcakes, and started baking!  Really, I needed no inspiration because these recipes are all SO good that I left them “as is.”  If you’re feeling cold on a winter’s night (not that it’s winter now…) or want a taste of fall, bake these up.  You’ll love them!

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These cupcakes are by far my favorite to make–all the bright colors are as much fun to mix and put in the oven as they are to take a bite out of! Very affectionately known as homocakes.

Step by step pictures and recipes at the end

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