Fudge Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

If you know me at all, you know I love Christmas.  If you don’t know me, you will learn quickly that I love Christmas.  I love decorating for Christmas; I love Christmas smells; I love baking for Christmas; I love Christmas music; I love the general feeling of joy and warmth I have all season long.  I love Christmas.  For me, Christmas is the happiest time of the year.  End of story.  Read more…

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Apple Spice Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Last Tuesday, Christian texts me at around 2pm and says, “Can you bake something tonight for my class tomorrow?  I told my professor I would bring in baked goods for this thing we are having.”  Now, I felt a little like a mom being solicited by her five-year-old son for goodies to bring to class for show-n-tell, but, being the wonderful girlfriend I am – and eager baker – I agreed.  *Sigh*.  I immediately set off on my next task of choosing a recipe.  After coming up with several chocolaty delicious options, I asked Christian which he would prefer.  He responded by asking if I could make something a little more seasonal. 

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Apple Spice Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

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I love the fall. I love the weather; I love the leaves crunching beneath my feet; I love reuniting with my boots again after many months apart; I love hayrides and hikes through picturesque fall foliage; I love pumpkin- and apple-flavored and smelling things; I love corn mazes and pumpkin carving; I love all the colors and smells of fall. I love the wondrous disappearance of mosquitoes. I love fall. I also recently purchased a new fall-scented Spiced Pumpkin Yankee candle. The smells make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I burn them in the evenings after a long day of work. And I can’t wait to drink the bottle of spiced wine I bought at my cousin’s bachelorette wine tasting this past spring from the Williamsburg Winery in Virginia that I have been saving for this wonderful time of year. I also just visited Bath and Body Works to update my wallflowers and hand soap collection with fall fragrances (Leaves, Cranberry Woods, Harvest Gathering, Nutmeg and Spice, Hazelnut Latte, and Autumn Day, to name a few). Yay. Don’t the names alone make you happy? 🙂

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The Cupcake vs. Muffin Debate

This weekend, I made some cupcakes, which I will post on later, but, it got the wheels in my head spinning out of control over what the difference is between a muffin and a cupcake.  As I was searching the internet for pumpkin and apple flavored things, I came across many muffins and cupcakes and asked myself, what is the difference?  Continue reading