Gingerbread Cupcakes with Hazelnut Vanilla Buttercream

I was so excited that I didn’t have ANY baking orders to fulfill this past weekend. “I’m totally going to sleep in and just catch up on my TV shows!” I told myself. Well Saturday morning rolled around and about an hour after waking up, I was already starting to get bored–so I decided to…

I made 22 pies in 2 days and here’s what I learned…

I spent all of last weekend making pies—literally the entire weekend. My former employer was super sweet and ordered 20 apple pies to give away as client thank you gifts and I had a couple other pies I needed to bake, so I sent my husband out fishing for two days and got down to…

A Tasty Year: Looking Back on 2017

2017 was another big year for me and this little baking hobby of mine. Every year since starting “The Buttercream Blonde” I have received more orders and requests from friends, family and referrals, and I am so thankful for all the support that I had this year! I have had a lot of people ask me…

Football Sunday Apple Cherry Pie

On fall Sundays, my husband typically watches football after we get back from church, which means I have anywhere from 3-9 distraction-free hours (depending on who’s playing) to do whatever I want. Pie takes time–a lot of time. So while my husband is watching the Vikings game, in between running outside to grill and/or do…

Circus Animal Cracker Cheesecake

Are there any food items that totally remind you of your childhood? It’s usually some treat that’s chock full of sugar, so, as a responsible adult, you rarely indulge in it anymore. For me, it’s those pink and white frosted circus animal cookies. I have not eaten those circus animal crackers in FOREVER, so when…

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

My chocolate and vanilla cupcakes are my pride and joy… after about 3 years, I finally feel like I have almost mastered my recipes. (I say “almost”, because are we ever really done perfecting our favorite recipes?) I’m not ready to give away my vanilla cupcake recipe just yet, but I’m ready to share my…

Basic Muffins

This recipe comes from my mother’s 12th edition of the Fannie Farmer CookBook, circa 1983, before basic girls and Pinterest were a thing. I grew up on this muffin recipe… adding in whatever fruit (or chocolate chips) we happened to have an overstock of in our deep freezer.

Chocolate Candy Gems

These chocolate candy gems are so easy to make, I’m almost embarrassed. I made them for a wedding shower recently, and they were a huge hit! The main thing here is that you have your candy molds… larger is better in this case, because you need room to leave candy, cake or brownie chunks in…

Pretty in Pink Spring Wedding Shower

My husband and I have had a LOT of weddings the past few years, but this summer we have two extra special weddings to attend: both of our brothers are getting married! Today, I hosted, with the help of my sister- and mother-in-law, a wedding shower for my brother-in-law’s fiance (whew, that was a mouthful–are you still tracking?). We’re…

Oreo Cookies and Cream Drip Cake

Yikes. I’ve been really bad about posting any recipes in a while. I haven’t spent a ton of time baking since the new year, but my husband and his sister both have birthdays about a week apart in February, so it was a good time to pull out the mixer! We usually do a joint…

Coffee Cake Crumb Muffins

I’m starting to get the winter blues… it gets dark wayyy too early in the day, and it basically just snowed here for 24 hours straight. The poor road conditions keep me cooped up in the house, and I have to stay busy or I get antsy. Fortunately, I don’t have to leave the house…

Cranberry Cherry Crumble Pie

This is quite possibly my new favorite pie. I wanted to incorporate cranberries into a pie for the holidays, and I love my cherry pie recipe, so I was able to come up with this sweet and sour combination. It turns out a gorgeous bright red, and the sour from the berries is off-set by…