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Archive for the month “January, 2016”

Blueberry Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

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So, when I first saw that recipe, I was like “blueberry and lime”? That sound weird. One friend said it sounded gross.

But it’s not at all. The berry and citrus go together really well, making an almost sweet and sour effect.

This recipe is a little involved, but the results make it worth it.

I did forget what a lime barely yields 1 tbsp of juice. I was seeing what I needed and was like “oh zest of two limes, I’ll just use those for the 3 tbsps of lime juice.”

Cue 1. Me looking ridiculous trying to squeeze a lime directly in a measuring spoon. 2. Getting pissed that there’s barely anything there.

Thankfully I had some lime juice in the fridge, so all was well.

Side note, it’s harder to see in the picture with the frosting on top, but these cupcakes are so pretty look:

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Also, do you all notice something about the frosting? Like maybe HOW PRETTY IT LOOKS!

One of my best friends got me Wilton frosting tips for my birthday, and I finally got to really try them out. Also, the writer mentions the frosting recipe she uses, but says they would be better with her “go-to” frosting recipe, substituting the lime flavoring for the vanilla. So, I did that (I’ll post both recipes), the consistency was really good (for once), and it saved me like 2 cups of powdered sugar.

But as I was frosting, I had flashbacks to one of my jobs in college, which was morning prep at a cupcake shop. I mostly washed dishes, but every once in awhile, I got to decorate the cupcakes. So, I already knew how to work everything, which was nice. And I only had like two air bubbles the whole time!

So. Maybe the war of Jillian vs. Frosting is over? Time will tell.

Recipes:

Cupcakes: http://traceysculinaryadventures.com/2011/08/blueberry-cupcakes-with-lime-cream-cheese-frosting.html

Frosting: http://traceysculinaryadventures.com/2011/04/carrot-cake-whoopie-pies.html

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5 Minute Chocolate Fudge S’Mores Mug Cake

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Last recipe of 2015, first post of 2016!

So, whenever I’ve been craving something sweet, and didn’t already have ice cream in the apartment, I’ve been making those chocolate chip cookie in a mug things. This one is a little more involved than those. That’s the only downside actually. The nice thing about the cookies in a mug is that you make it all in the mug, so it’s very little clean up. This guy made a little bit of a mess.

But, I think the payoff is worth it.

I’m pretty sure this is the most chocolatey thing I’ve ever made.

Now, I’m going to say something maybe a little controversial.

It was almost too chocolatey.

I know, it sounds impossible. But I honestly couldn’t finish it. And I even grabbed some ice cream (which I did happen to have) to try and balance it out a little bit.

I told my roommate to have some, since I couldn’t finish it.

Her exact quote: “Put on your blog that I said this shit is really good.”

But she also couldn’t even finish it, because it was so rich.

But, these are happy problems. It also reheats fairly well.

Fair warning: the original writer of the post mentions that knowing the power of your microwave is important. She’s not kidding. I was 5 seconds away from a chocolate explosion in my microwave:

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Another side note, make sure you have enough marshmallow fluff. I had just a bit too little, which was another reason why I used the ice cream.

But, if you’re a chocolate fan, you’ll love this!

Recipe:

http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/02/5-minute-chocolate-fudge-smores-mug-cake/

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