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A baby shower done Seattle style with blues and rain clouds.  What better opportunity to try out a new cupcake featuring blueberries?     The base is slightly sturdier than my usual cupcake and just a bit muffin-like.  But not so much that you feel like you've just eaten a muffin instead of a cupcake.  Decadent, over the top frosting.  So much so that I wished for slightly less next time.  (Be still.  It's true.  I asked for less frosting.)   Pre...

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I have been looking for an excuse to make these cupcakes for ages.  And okay, they have nothing to do with a 4 year old's pizza party but it was an event and it was an excuse!  Adults need something delicious to eat too that's not technicolor right?         They are rich and a bit whimsical.  They have a lot going on the top but it's not too overpoweringly sweet for those like my husband who will often skip the frosting part altogether.  A definitely crowd...

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Round two in seasonal fare that is being introduced past its time.     If you're hungry.  If you're kids are hungry or even remotely possible hungry in the next hour.  I DON'T recommend pulling out this recipe and giving it a whirl.  It takes time.  Time I really didn't have on the morning I decided to make this.  When breakfast became second breakfast, otherwise known as lunch at 11:30am.   But it was yummy and seasonal.  And it wasn't your basic pum...

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I'm still trying to expand my cupcake arsenal without expanding my own self.  It's like a mini challenge to finally bake all those cupcake recipes I've pinned now that my friend Em is baking cupcakes.  But first I have to find relevant reasons to bake cupcakes, where I can try one and feel good about the fact that I didn't try twelve.         These cupcakes were exciting because I have some very fond memories of a peanut butter cupcake topped with nutella buttercrea...

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My friend Jessica had a birthday before Thanksgiving.  I gave her some cake options and her response was, "I like them all."  Which means that I got to pick which one I liked best.  I decided to take the advantage to go seasonal since I'm not about to make a frosted layer cake "just because" it's Fall.  We'd never eat it all!  But I also decided to steer away from pumpkin, knowing I'd probably be going pumpkin crazy in just a few short weeks.         ...

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I couldn't be more proud of Em.  This woman cannot stand to work in the kitchen.  She'll happily clean it before she pulls out a whisk to use.  I've known boxed brownies to stress her out and most often she'll wait for Eric to come home to even make those.   But about a month ago she shocked me by making cupcakes from scratch.  And she hasn't stopped.  I know she's tried at least four varieties since.  Amazing.  Amazing how much we can still change and gro...

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Brunch planned quickly.     The reality of two kids who want to wake up and have their mom play, play, play! with them.   That's what a breakfast cake this simple is made for.  Two minutes of measuring, two minutes of peeling and chopping, two minutes of stirring and it's in the oven.         And then it comes out hot and juicy, with a slightly spiced scent.  And then you put it on a platter, dust it with a hint of white, and serve it to your guests w...

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I should definitely use my bundt pan more often.  It's pretty and capable and still almost bright, shiny new.  I love bundt cakes because they typically take less hands-on time and less work than a layer cake but come out looking much more elegant than a sheet cake served in a 9x13 pan.    I also think they're great at oozing effortless and informality for a mid-afternoon tea where a big cake would seem over the top.         And that's exactly what this ca...

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Most of the time I'm  doing cooking experimentation.  Trying new ingredient combinations or a new fruit I've never tried before.  And sometimes I'm just trying to get dinner on the table before both kids kill me with hunger-whining.  (That's definitely a thing.)   But every once in awhile something catches my eye and I take a trip back to the basics, just to indulge.         In the case of this crumb cake, it's really quite clear.  Though I have ...

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My sister had a birthday recently.  That involved a lot of cupcakes.  A lot.  As in my mom and I need to coordinate our gift giving because 24 cupcakes in a flavor variety is a lot to eat in the three days before you leave for a trip to Holland.   But she kept posting pictures of these cupcakes and even though they were my gift to her I felt like it was maybe no fair that I wasn't eating cupcakes!  And then this revelation came that I didn't need a birthday to make cupca...

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