Maple Blondies

I love maple! And I have a giant jug of Quebec maple syrup in my fridge that was gifted to me. What’s a girl to do with 2L of maple syrup? There are only so many pancakes I can eat… So I did some searching and came across this recipe for Maple Blondies – the recipe was simple enough and I had all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to give it a go.

These made my apartment smell absolutely amazing! The texture of these is perfect – chewy but crumbly and leaving you wanting more. I think next time I will add a handful of white chocolate chips and some chopped walnuts just to make them a bit more interesting.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

It’s my birthday! And I’m the kind of person who loves to make their own birthday cake because then I know I will get *exactly * what I want. This year, I made some chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream frosting. The result was this beauty:

And they tasted oh so good! They were a perfect birthday treat.

Cherry Crumble Cupcakes

It’s berry season! Well, sort of. Berry season is so short, that it’s practically over… but anyways, I had some fresh cherries, and decided to incorporate them into a cupcake. My first thought was some kind of banana split cupcake, but I just did a banana cupcake, and I didn’t really want to add any chocolate here.  I went with a simple vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream, topped with some crumble and a fresh cherry. I would have liked to make some kind of cherry sauce to fill or drizzle over these cupcakes, but I ate too many of them right away.  Ah well – c’est la vie!

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It’s also so hot here that it was really difficult to get this picture. I had a number of issues in the kitchen, and then a number of issues in the set up – it’s amazing that there was even one cupcake left that was photo-worthy… I really liked the crumble on top though, so I think I will try it again with some future cupcakes (maybe blueberry crumble?!)

Enjoy!

The Cupcake Series: Banana Cupcakes

What’s a girl to do with one old, sad, over-ripe banana? One banana is not enough to make a loaf of banana bread, but it is just the right amount for some small batch banana cupcakes! Topped with a whipped cream cheese frosting and a handful of chopped walnuts, and these make the perfect banana-y treat!

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Small Batch Banana Cupcakes

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 small (overripe) banana, mashed
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Pinch of salt

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F  and line a cupcake tin with four liners. 
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Add banana, egg, and vanilla and mix well.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.
  5. Spoon into cupcake tin and bake 15-20 minutes.

Let cool completely before topping with cream cheese frosting.

 

Champagne Cake Pops

I made these sweet little champagne cake pops for a birthday celebration! I made these with a white cake mix (prepared using champagne and some pink food dye) and vanilla buttercream. I dunked them in white chocolate and finished them off with a sprinkle of pink sanding sugar and peach pearls. Of course they look a little messy here, but I cleaned them up for serving! Instead of candy sticks they were served in cute pink polka-dot mini muffin liners. The perfect bite-sized birthday treat!

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