Piña Colada Cupcakes

Hello again and Happy Memorial Day!  It’s been a little while since my last post, but I can assure you I’ve still been baking.  I just haven’t made any new recipes lately so I haven’t had anything to post.  This was my first time making piña colada cupcakes though.  I’ve made coconut cupcakes, pineapple muffins, and Hawaiian banana nut bread before so it makes sense that I should combine these things to make a baked version of the delicious piña colada.

And no, I’m not going to make a joke about “The Piña Colada Song.”  It gets referenced to the extent that piña coladas have almost become a meme.  Also, if you actually read the lyrics to the song you realize that the song is about two people mutually contemplating being unfaithful to one another which kind of takes the whimsy out of it.  I’ll just say that I love piña coladas but would prefer not to get caught in the rain and that’s just fine.  Well I guess I ended up referencing the song after all.  It can’t be avoided.

Anyway, here is the recipe, enjoy!

 

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Green may not be the most “Valentine’s Day” color, but whatever.  I didn’t hear anyone complain at the Valentine’s Day fundraiser bake sale when I made these cupcakes.  Who doesn’t like mint chocolate chip?  And if you don’t like mint chocolate chip you could also try red velvet (a recipe I have posted previously).  Although if you had the red velvet ones you’d have to deal with those poor little cupcakes staring at you as you devour them.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes

At my house we’ve got a lot to celebrate in August.  Three birthdays plus my housemate’s graduation were all good reasons to have a PARTY!  Not that we actually NEED a reason to have a party.  However,  a party we had- which meant an opportunity to bake party treats.

At our birthday party last year I made Pink Lemonade Cake.  This year I didn’t feel like doing a cake, so I found a new recipe for cupcakes instead.  If you like Nutella, you’ll LOVE these cupcakes because there’s Nutella in the cupcakes and the frosting.  Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

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Brownie Cupcakes

One day a brownie was walking down the street and it came across a sign that said “CUPCAKE PARTY THIS WAY!”  The brownie, having always admired cupcakes, with their twirled frosted tops and light, crumbly insides, followed the signs.  However, when he got to the building where the party was, he was greeted by a bouncer, who told him, “NO SQUARES ALLOWED!”  Feeling utterly dejected, the brownie crossed the street and sat on a bench, lamenting his lot in life.  Suddenly, he felt a shadow cross him and looked up.  Standing before him was the most  most beautiful cupcake he’d ever seen.  She had light yellow frosting, swirled to a perfect peak atop a round cake enclosed in a fitted paper liner.

She asked him, “why are you crying?”

He replied, “I’m not allowed to go to the cupcake party because I’m a brownie…and I’m square.”

The cupcake smiled, “Oh, that’s no problem.  Anything can be a cupcake.  All you need is this.”  She pulled a fresh cupcake liner from her purse.  “Get into this and you will become the richest, most chocolatey cupcake ever seen.”

The brownie smiled.  He got into the cupcake liner.  It was a little awkward at first, but soon he felt like a true cupcake.

“Come on,” said the cupcake, “let’s go to the party.”

“No thanks,” said the brownie, “I don’t want to go to a party where a bunch of bigots discriminate against brownies.”

And, with that, he walked into the sunset flaunting his beautiful new cupcake liner, in search of a party where all desserts are welcome.

With that, here’s the recipe to make your own cupcake brownies.  I hope you enjoy and appreciate your brownies no matter what shape they are.

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Lemon Cupcakes

When I was young (and still today actually), whenever I went to a restaurant the first thing the waiter/ess would bring to the table would be water, often with a lemon hinged on the rim of the glass.  If they didn’t bring the water with a lemon, I would (still do) ask specifically for water with lemon.  Often, my family members would give me their lemons.  I wouldn’t put the lemons into the water, but would eat them whole down to the rind.  I loved the sour taste of lemons, which most people don’t seem to appreciate.

Well, for those of you who are not such hard core lemon-lovers, I’ve got these cupcakes for you.  The sour, zesty lemon flavor is balanced out by sweetness.  Also, I threw in some coconut (not listed in the original recipe) just to make it interesting.

Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

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