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…

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…

Chocolate Cherry Cola Cupcakes

Growing up, I don’t remember a time when there wasn’t a 24-pack of Diet Coke in our fridge. I don’t like to say my mother was addicted, but she was known to drink 2 in one day on occasion. She also collected old Coca-Cola crates and antiques. When I finished college, I found a cherry red…

Tips for Baking for a Wedding

This past weekend, I officially baked for my first wedding! This means I’m a professional now and I’m entitled to give everyone else advice, right? Yeah… probably not, but I will share a few of the tips I learned from my first experience and what I would change moving forward with my upcoming scheduled weddings….

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Life has been ridiculously busy lately, between work and hobbies. I’ve been neglecting my baking, but there is one very important event coming up that I could not miss the opportunity to bake for–my birthday. My mom lives 6 hours away, and as much as I love my husband, I know not to expect an…

Funfetti Sugar Cookie Cake

My husband was at the Minnesota Vikings playoff game last night… it was -25 with windchill and he was out there for 4+ hours, only to see their kicker miss an easy 27-yard field goal attempt to win the game. I knew he was going to be cold and hangry (hungry and angry) when he…