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Who hasn't tried a sour cream cheesecake?  It's a New York classic.  I know I've made and eaten my fair share!     Nate's birthday is simple in that there are three options: angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream, strawberry shortcake (do we see a theme? ...), or cheesecake.  And nothing fudgy or too out there.  Just a great cheesecake with a berry topping.       It's actually been years since I made a cheesecake so I thought it was time ...

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New York Peppermint Patties in the form of a cupcake?  I'm game.   These might have been for a 1-year-old's birthday party, but that doesn't mean the adults couldn't enjoy the sugar as much as the kids.   Only when I went to make them many of the reviews were disappointing.  The dislike seemed to focus on the mint filling, so I decided to keep the cupcake theme and just make some major changes.           The results were probably  not readily ide...

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My life has not been quite the same since I discovered Joy the Baker.  How had I missed her all these years?  She's wonderfully ascerbic in all the ways I like and a wonderfully decadent baker just like I like too.  She's inspired me to grab this high altitude thing by the horns and get my BAKE back on because her recipes just can't wait.         This coffee cake was a wonderful way to start.  Dense, buttery with just the right amount of crumb.   &nbs...

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Cheesecake-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes were my third and final cupcake bake-a-thon of September.  The very first time I saw pumpkin in my local grocery store I swiped some cream cheese and cupcake liners determined to make these beauties at last.  At long, long last.     Spicy and moist pumpkin cake.  A hint of barely cooked vanilla cheesecake laced through.  And mounded ridiculously high on top is some serious brown sugar and buttercream frosting.  Oh my. My only ...

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I really went on quite the cupcake kick in September. Cinnamon Cupcakes, now Snickers Cupcakes, and a Fall-flavored cupcake I have yet to tell you about. I had planned to take the cupcake spread along with me when I visited my sister, FP and Baby Jordan in Oklahoma but practicality took over when I thought about what it would be like to haul a stroller, carseat, carryon, diaper bag, and Canaan thru the airport. Adding a tupperware of cupcakes that must be kept upright to the spectacle that was m...

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The Labor Day cupcakes I was telling you about.  I started these cupcakes feel ho-hum about them.  I knew it had to be cupcakes for this event because it involved my friend Emily.  And I had visions of fantastical cupcakes creations and sugar plum fairies and the whole lot.  But I didn't have a lot of time and what time I did have, I wanted to spend with Nate & Canaan.  So these cupcakes were my compromise that left me feeling a little bit dissatisfied ... until they...

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I am not a chocolate cake girl or a chocolate cupcake girl.  If I had my wish, all cake would come in vanilla form with vanilla buttercream frosting.  Okay, maybe not all cake because that might get a little bit boring but there is nothing I like more than white on white when it comes to cake!     Except when it comes to this recipe because this is just the greatest chocolate cake recipe I have ever come across.  Sometimes I think about it in my sleep.  And I’...

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