Just incase you didn’t know, the holidays are definitely not the right time to try to get in shape for the beach… But it was worth every bite. It was so great to see my brother, who lives in NYC now, and my cousins who I haven’t seen in years. We had a brunch with my dad’s side of the family on Christmas Eve and dinner with my mom’s side of the family on Christmas Day. Lucky for me, my mom is a great cook so I got to sit back and relax for most of it, except I couldn’t stop myself from making these amazing cupcakes for dessert. Sorry for posting two cupcake recipes in a row, but I had to share these before your New Years healthy eating kicked in! =)
This summer has been filled with friends’ 21st birthdays. Besides being suckered into going out to bars more than I probably should, I have also been consuming ridiculous amounts of junk food and desserts at all of these birthdays. I have had baked mac ‘n’ cheeses, spinach artichoke dip, ice cream cake, way too much hummus (recipe coming soon!) and this lovely champagne cake.
It was recently one of my best friend, Kevin’s, 21st birthday. We have been friends since the 6th grade, so I felt the need to bake him very special birthday treats! I don’t really like to mess with all sorts of baking flour, so I just bought packaged cupcake mix. I think that you can still get creative by making your own frosting and adding your own twist to cupcakes- such as filling them with little tasty surprises like cookie dough and raspberries!
These cupcakes were devil’s food cupcakes with a homemade buttercream frosting that is to die for. For an extra treat, I cut out a small circle of each and filled half of the cupcakes with cookie dough and the other half with raspberries and strawberry syrup. These cupcakes are easy to make for those of you who don’t feel that you are a baking expert, but still are a bit above your average cupcake.