Saturday, April 9, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Cupcakes, oh my!

What do lions and tigers have to do with cupcakes?  Absolutely nothing, it just popped in my head when I stated writing.  I’m having one of those random thought kind of days.

I practiced a couple of more cupcakes today and yea!  both of these are keepers.  DH says these are the best yet. 

I present to you…


Espresso cupcakes with Espresso Cream Cheese filling.  I’m not much of a coffee drinker but these could convert me!


Banana pecan cupcakes with Brown Butter Cream Cheese frosting.  Think banana bread in a cupcake only better.

Last weeks cupcakes I used Wilton decorating bags and tips to frost.  They do a nice job but are such a pain to clean up afterwards.  I was starting to frost these the same way when the light bulb finally went on in my head and I remembered a handy dandy decorator tool I bought from Susan’s Pampered Chef party a few months back.  Now, only to find it.  20 minutes later….oh holy mercy!  This is the end all of decorating tools and the clean up is soooooo much easier than those awful Wilton bags and tips!


2 keeper cupcake recipes today and I’m stopping for now while I’m ahead.

And for those of you who I know are holding your breath on the snow pile contest or for those of you asking “is it ever going to end?” so she posts pictures of something other than a dirty ol snow pile, this picture was taken on Wednesday.

IMG_6226It was much smaller by Friday but I’m fairly certain it will still be there on Monday.  It is supposed to get up to 70 today and 80 tomorrow though, then storm like crazy.  However, I still guess it’s pretty safe to say that Susan who guessed April 9 isn’t the winner.  Sorry Susan. Sad smile  Marlene guessed April 10 and I’d be pretty doubtful that it will be gone tomorrow either but you never know.  The next guess isn’t until the 15th so you might still stand a chance at being closer than the 15th.
Expect a full report next week.  Hopefully the never-ending snow pile will be melted by then. 


  1. Your cupcakes are delish looking and very attractive! Of course, I'd have to taste one to be sure, and I'd have a hard time making up my mind and have to try all! Good thing you're far away!

  2. Yum! I'm fixin' to start baking an espresso layer cake...and have some good TN bbq pork chops marinating too! (My in laws' birthdays are this weekend :))

  3. That snow pile is looking very yucky! Unlike the cupcakes which look and sound wonderful! How fun to do all the practicing required to get just the perfect recipe.

    I love Pampered Chef products!

  4. Your cupcakes are darling. I have been wanting one of those decorator thingy's from Pampered chef. Whats it called?

  5. I'm beginning to think you may love cup cakes.

    Nothing is uglier than an oversized pile of dirty snow. But when God brushes His canvas(world) with the stroke of a winter storm...there's nothing more beautiful.