Category Archives: Cakes and Cupcakes

More summer recipes I’m loving!

I’m waiting for a recipe fail to happen soon because I feel like these past few weeks have been full of so many recipe wins! Here is what I’ve been loving so far this week:

Breakfast: Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffin

Lunch: Greek Farro Salad

Dinner: Zucchini Lasagna

Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

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(makes 10 large muffins – I wanted these to be breakfast worthy and filling, but smaller muffins would make a snack-sized serving)

Ingredients

1 15oz can of pumpkin puree

2 large eggs

1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

pinch of salt

3 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup coarsely ground oats (or oat flour – I used Scottish Oatmeal that was basically just a fine oatmeal)

2 tsp baking powder

Optional streusel topping

2 tbsp canola oil

2 tbsp light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup crushed pecan pieces

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray a muffin tin (or use liners).

2. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, combine pumpkin, eggs, sugar, syrup, extract, spices, and salt. Mix on medium until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, mix oats, oat flour, and baking powder.

4. Slowly incorporate the dry mixture into the pumpkin mixture, mixing until just combined.

5. Fill muffin tin with heaping 1/4 cups of batter.

6. In a small bowl combine streusel topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly amongst muffins.

7. Bake 20-23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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Nutritional Info:

Calories: 300, Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 20mg, Potassium: 90mg, Carb: 49g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 20g, Protein: 8g, Vitamin A: 108%

Greek Farro Salad

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(Makes 6 meal-sized servings)

Ingredients

8-9oz package of farro (1 1/2 cups), prepared according to package instructions and cooled to room temperature (Trader Joe’s has a great 10 minute Quick Farro)

1 large cucumber, diced

1 large zucchini, diced

1 cup (10-15) grape tomatoes, diced

1/2 of a large red onion, diced 2 15oz cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and dried*

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Red Wine Vinaigrette to taste (6tbsp is my suggestion)  Directions

1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl and add dressing to taste! Pretty darn easy!

*If you want to roast the garbanzo beans in the oven with some seasoning before adding them, that is a tasty option as well!

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Nutritional Info

Calories: 381, Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 660mg, Potassium: 220mg, Carb: 50g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 16g 

Zucchini Lasagna

Recipe HERE

I can take no credit for this recipe — I saw a great Buzzfeed article a couple weeks ago and this recipe is a total winner. I kid you not, I have had this for dinner 6 out of the last 14 nights. It’s just so good! There are a lot of great recipes on this site that I can’t wait to try! Also, just a tip – we baked it in a glass square pan, it was easier to store the leftovers for a second night and easy reheating. Plus it can get a little liquidy during baking so the pan keeps it all in one place.

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Nutritional Info

Calories: 120, Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 500mg, Carb: 10g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 9g

And there you have it! The recipes I am loving this week!

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Pigs and mustaches

Time to catch up on sharing a few of my most recent baking jobs! The same customer requested these for 2 separate parties. Seems to me like the birthday girl in both situations had a fun sense of humor πŸ™‚

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The pig cake is wrapped in Kit Kats, and the mustache cupcakes have chocolate mustaches personally drawn/created by me πŸ™‚ such a fun time!

A few hours in Boston

I was on the ground in Boston from 8am to 2pm, and let me tell you, you can do a lot in that time! I had a couple hours after I finished up what I was sent there for work to do, so I decided to check out a couple new spots that I hadn’t seen on previous vacations to the wonderful city! My main mission became getting a Boston cream pie to bring back home with me, so upon a little research I found that the Omni Parker House hotel, where the BCP was originally invented, also happened to be just around the corner from the job site I’d been sent to survey. So off I went!

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And like the dessert nut I am, I laid that delicious treat onto the ground (it was in the container still) and set about taking a picture that I thing really sums up my passions: dessert and freedom. Amen and amen.

Then I walked around the city and snapped some pics of the great historical sites around me. And lucky me, it was a BEAUTIFUL day!

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Up, up, and away: a baby shower!

A sweet friend of mine gave me the honor of making the cupcakes and cookie favors for her sister-in-law’s baby shower! I loved her idea of a hot air balloon theme! So cute! Congrats on the new little baby-boy-to-be in their family!

Here are some pics of the finished treats!

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Memorial Day weekend!

Hello friends! Hope everyone has been enjoying the beginning of summer! I have some catch up to do from the last couple weeks!

Memorial Day weekend was awesome — got to celebrate the 1st birthday of the sweetest little boy, spent time at the pool, went for a long run in preparation for my 1/2 marathon, did a great Warrior WOD with my favorite Crossfit people, and got to spend a lovely evening at the Memorial Day concert on the lawn of the Capitol. It was a perfect weekend and one that left me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, and so blessed.

Here are some pics from Memorial Day weekend and the Dr Seuss cakes I made for the birthday party!

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Butterfinger Cupcakes

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I had the special honor of being asked to make cupcakes for a friend who needed to take cupcakes to her boss’ retirement party. So thus I present to you Butterfinger Cupcakes!

Cake
-10 fun size Butterfingers, unwrapped and crushed
-1 box butter recipe cake mix
-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
-1 cup water
-1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
-3 eggs

Icing
-6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
-4 oz cream cheese, softened
-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
-4 cups powdered sugar
-1/3 cup cocoa powder
-2 tbsp milk
*additional Butterfingers for garnish (I used a 1/2 of a fun size for each)

Makes 24 cupcakes

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
2. In bowl, mix all cake ingredients (except the candy pieces) on low for a minute, then on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in candy pieces.
3. Using a 1/4 cup measurer, fill cupcake liners with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake 15-17 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
4. Allow cupcakes to cool. For frosting, beat butter, cream cheese, and peanut butter until smooth. Alternate powdered sugar, cocoa, and milk, beating until all is incorporated and smooth. Add additional milk as desired to reach desired consistency. Spread or pipe onto cupcakes and garnish with candy piece!

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Easter 2014 recap!

Easter has continued to grow in its level of importance to me as an adult. There are so many reasons why, most all of them having to do with the death and resurrection of our wonderful Lord, but it also has been a day marked by traditions that have all developed out of my life in DC and with my friends here who I love and are truly like my family. It is so fun and very special to know how much my friends look forward to our annual Easter dinner. Over the years we have hosted anywhere from 4 to 15+ people. I feel like I have been given the spiritual gift for entertaining — my fabulous friend Monique has told me that this is real so I believe her πŸ™‚ — and when I look back on all the new friendships that have formed around our hodge podge combination of borrowed tables in these years, it makes me feel all warm and gooey in my heart to have been blessed with an opportunity to bring so many different people together. Easter can certainly have a somber note to it, but it really is such a celebration and reason for hope, and I don’t think there are many things more glorifying to God than the coming together of people from all walks of life to share a meal and praise Him and just love each other!

I look back on past Easters and see a little snapshot of my life — the constants of friends who have been dear to me for awhile, the strangers who show up with a friend and leave with hugs and leftovers and who I can’t wait to get to know better, the milestones in everyone’s lives that we catch up on, the coming together of various friendship circles, friends from old jobs, new acquaintances one year who are old friends by the next. I just love it!

Oh and I also love the food πŸ™‚ so here are some pics from this year! Funny how similar some of them look to the past several years πŸ™‚

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