Happy Halloween 2017

A Mummy Halloween to you! I’ve made these little guys before, but made double batches again this year both for a neighbor’s party as well as a work potluck – Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese mummy frosting and sugar eyeballs ๐Ÿ™‚

I actually initially made two batches of the same recipe I’ve used multiple times before and was not happy at all with them! I’m not sure if I did something different, or it was the difference of our convection oven… so found a new recipe and I was much happier with how they came out.

From plastic container….

… to full on fall layout! I love the oranges and greens in this image, along with the warm walnut stained display box that my Dad made for our wedding cupcakes ๐Ÿ™‚

April {Baby} Showers

Back in mid April, my department at workย hostedย our friend and co-worker an office baby shower! The shower was Norwegian themed to honor the Momma’s heritage and I baked orange cardamom cupcakes for the occasion. The Real Simple recipe I used called for a chocolate sour cream frosting, but in the end I felt like the chocolate was too much and overpowered the cupcake flavor. I ended up just making a simple cream cheese frosting andย I think the combination was successful. Yum!

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Raspberry Almond Valentine

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I was inspired to use fresh berries for my Valentine bake and came across these lovely raspberries, and then the almond cupcakes and bittersweet chocolate ganache followed ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to getting a new camera someday soon, but for now, these camera phone photos will have to do!

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This lovely cake stand was made locally by JaMpdx! Thank you, Jenn and Meghan! ๐Ÿ™‚

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1st Birthday Cupcakes in a Flash!

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A friend of mine reached out to me in a panic and needed help decorating cupcakes for her son’s first birthday party in a jiffy! I brought some emergency sprinkles, supplies and a couple ideas, and Grandma, Mom and I decorated these babies (cupcakes, not the birthday boy) in a flash just before guests arrived!

Happy 1st birthday, Little George!

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End of Summer S’mores Cupcakes

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What better way to commemorate the end of summer than with s’mores cupcakes? Thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction!

These delicious chocolate cakes are filled with a fluff marshmallow creme filling, topped with milk chocolate frosting, sprinkled with crushed graham cracker crumbs, and topped with a gooey, toasty marshmallow!

Let’s take a look:

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Even if summer is winding down, fall is a lovely time of year and presents many scrumptious baking opportunities… stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜‰

2014 Winter + Olympics

It’s snowing outside…ย and inside… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Last night I walked to a local venue to watch the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics on the big screen. Today, I felt inspired to bake these…

this is what people watching Russian television saw...

this is essentially what people watching Russian television saw…

and this is what everyone else in the stadium and on other networks saw!

and this is what everyone else in the stadium and on other networks saw!

Strolling around the neighborhood earlier in the day (pre-opening ceremonies), there were a lot of people out playing and sledding in the snow…

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And it reminded me of this very cool article I came across last month… can’t you just see this as a cookies ‘n cream ice cream cake or something with little figurines?? ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it. I always see food in things. For example–this foot print that reminded me of an imprint cookie cutter…

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and these which make me think of piped frosting…

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and this which looks kind of like a frosted cake…

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But what an interesting way to look at food at a different level! I need to go find myself some little figurines…

 

Octobery + Halloween

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What is more Octobery than pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting?!

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And my nod to the Halloween holiday, just around the corner… mummy pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting wrap and candy googely eyes ๐Ÿ™‚ These are inspired by a picture I saw in Target!

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Peeking out

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Such characters!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!