Friday, May 8, 2015

Something Sweet

It's been a long time (looooong) since my last blog but today I bring you "something sweet". Pulling something yummy and sweet out of the oven to go with your coffee (or wine, perhaps?? Once the kids are in bed?) is like pulling a little love out of  the oven...for family, friends, for YOU! I can't think of anything I'd rather do in my spare time than whip up something yummy. Except for devour it, of course! Now, between working a full-time job, juggling two kids, karate, homework and oh yes, a's a treat these days to squeeze in the time for homemade baked goods. This is where shortcuts come in, of course! I swear by them! Who cares if your goodies began with a mix or if that coffee cake you shared with co-workers had icing from a can?? Nobody, that's who! I like to take a little from scratch, a little store bought and make it my own. Since I'm the neighborhood weirdo who passes out salsa for Cinco De Mayo, cupcakes for Mother's Day and sugar cookies for Easter, I need a little help! (side note: I'm not like a super friendly, amazing chick...I just happen to have a food obsession but don't want it all to go to the hips so I share. A lot.)

Here it is, a recipe for my latest fave: Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (I use half cup milk with a little vinegar..)
  • 1/2 cup coffee, lukewarm (you can use decaf coffee if desired!)
  • 24 mini peanut butter cups, unwrapped 
  • Mix ingredients, placing one pb cup in each cupcake wrapper...
  • Bake at 350 degrees about 15 minutes! Ice and enjoy!!
OR: Just be lazy girl and make a boxed chocolate cake judgement up in here!!

Then, what I did was ice them with a can of cream cheese icing mixed with a cup of creamy peanut butter and topped with a peanut butter cup!


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