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You Like Cupcakes, Yes? 5 Recipes of Goodness

Published August 9, 2012

So ever since my Joss Whedon Cupcake Campaign post a few weeks ago, I’ve had this zombie-level need for cupcakes. With lots of frosting. Seriously, like GOBS of frosting. (Because as any 4-year-old will tell you, the frosting is the best part.) And since work has just calmed down, what better way to bring on the reading / writing / cleaning-my-embarrassingly-dirty-house goodness than with cupcakes?

Hence I dub this weekend **BAKING WEEKEND**.

Oh…and did I mention it’s Wolverine’s birthday on Saturday?    <— Let’s just all take a moment of silence for the handsome man, shall we?


Okay, we can now commence with the birthday singing. And while you’re busy singing (and wondering just exactly HOW OLD he’s turning), I’ve got some cupcake recipes to share for this month’s Reading Recipes. The first one, I’m not counting as an actual recipe though because, well, you just add water. It’s my laziest baking thing ever. But it’s honestly one of my favorites. In the entire universe. It makes these:

Yum, yes?

And are you ready for it?     

Don’t hate me because it’s truly so lazy, okay?

You simply take this (or any other angel food cake mix):

Add water. Mix. Bake.

And here’s the tricky part —>  You cover the cupcakes with this Fluffy White Frosting (yes it HAS to be THIS type of frosting in order to be awesomely delicious and taste like marshmallows). And I just realized this post now looks like a Betty Crocker add. Sheesh. I swear it’s not – they’re just super yummy! ;0) 


The result is these sweet babies:

Easy and fabulous melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes.

And for some REAL cupcake recipes that require actual effort on the part of us reading / baking-type people…well, I’ve put together the below list. I’ve not actually tried any of them, but I WILL over the next few weeks when I’m searching for sustenance to eat while reading. Probably in this order:

1. Gluten Free, Sugar Free Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes (from Simply Gluten-Free)

Everything about these has me intrigued (including her gorgeous photos).


2. Butterbeer Cupcakes (from Pastry Affair)

Good heavens I need these like Harry needs his friends.


3. Peach Cupcakes with Peach Buttercream (from Cathlin Cooks)

Like summer in the form of a cupcake. I could make these with the giant peaches we picked last week.


4. Zucchini Cupcakes (from Taste of Home)

I heart anything zucchini. That is all we need know.


And finally…Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes (from My Buttery Fingers)

Might. Be. The. Best. Invention. Ever. Mmm…



How about YOU, preciouses? What are you reading or eating or generally up to as we head toward this fine birthday weekend?



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17 Responses to “You Like Cupcakes, Yes? 5 Recipes of Goodness”

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  1. 08.9.2012 / 5:30 pm

    Juju at Tales of

    Butterbeer? Whooooaaa.

  2. 08.9.2012 / 6:07 pm


    Yes. Exactly.

  3. 08.9.2012 / 7:46 pm

    Kristen Evey

    So, I have a confession… *glances around nervously* I don’t really like most cupcakes. (Can I say that on your blog? Will I get banned?!) I especially don’t like frosting. Yeck. Unless it’s cream cheese frosting, with mostly cream cheese and not very much frosting. YUM! Haha.

    I must say though, those zucchini cupcakes look and sound delicious! I love zucchini bread. I might have to make those.

    Happy Birthday to Wolverine. :)

  4. 08.9.2012 / 9:14 pm


    I will just say this – if you make those caramel macchiato cupcakes and do not invite me over, I will seriously question our friendship. You have been forewarned.

    As a serious cupcake lover Kristen, I’ll pretend I didn’t read your comment so I can still read your blog. :)

    And Happy Birthday Wolverine :)

  5. 08.9.2012 / 9:38 pm


    Haha! This is why we are friends, ladies. We take our food so seriously. :0)

    And Kristen, it’s okay — the cupcake issue isn’t a deal breaker. Now if you had said lattes??? We’d need to have a serious talk. ;0)
    And yay for zucchini everything! I cannot WAIT to try those!

    Lori, I solemnly promise to refrain from eating them until you drop by. Also, I think you should send me your reprised choc chip cookie dough cupcake recipe!!! (Pretty please with sugar on top?) :0)

  6. 08.9.2012 / 11:03 pm

    Kristen Evey

    Lori – If it makes you feel better, I did just look at the Carmel Macchiato cupcakes (I skipped over them earlier), and, well, I may be drooling right now. They sound AMAZING! And whipped cream topping (and NOT frosting)? YUMMY!

    Mary – Invite me too! Haha. ;)

  7. 08.10.2012 / 5:48 am

    Tracy Brown

    :D Good morning! Nothing like starting my day with thoughts of cupcakes….

    …mmmmmmmm… cupcakes….

    Ahem. Well now, best wishes to your Wolverine for a happy birthday and the best years yet! I’d sing, but I can carry a tune in anything… a bucket, a pocket, reality. ;)

  8. 08.10.2012 / 5:50 am

    Tracy Brown


    I meant CAN’T carry a tune. Sheesh! Apaprently can’t type today either! (Stayed up too late reading…)

  9. 08.10.2012 / 5:51 am

    Tracy Brown

    *face in hands.*

    APPARENTLY. *leaves before she embarrasses herself again*

  10. 08.10.2012 / 8:28 am


    Okay, I seriously have the best bloggy friends ever. You ladies make me laugh!

    Kristen, I think I shall have to host a blogger/reader/coffee/cupcake tea party someday and invite everyone to arrive in their favorite character costumes. The pics alone would be amazing!

    Tracy…*shakes head and giggles*…I’m so glad you did that because we just got thrice the fun out of you. :0) Heheheheh… Have a great weekend, girl. May it be filled with a ginormous cupcake. ;0)

  11. 08.10.2012 / 11:22 am

    Stephanie@The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow

    Butterbeer! Yes, please! I can’t wait to tell my mom about the easy ones- because she loves angel food cake. I am also wanting to try the apple and zucchini ones. Both sound so good to me. My husband would want to make the Carmel Macciato cupcakes- as that is one of his favorite beverages from Starbucks (which he rarely gets to have). Now I am going to be craving cupcakes, or rather frosting with a little something else to go with it. :)

  12. 08.10.2012 / 7:39 pm

    Tania. F. Walsh

    Yum… now you have me craving cupcakes…

  13. 08.10.2012 / 8:01 pm


    Stephanie, you’re a lady after my own heart! Ahhhh, frosting! Such heaven! Such yumminess! :) And I like the idea of fruit in my cupcakes, which is why I think the apple and zucchini ones sound so good.

    Tania, MWAHAHAHAHA! My evil plans have succeeded. *twirls mustache and slinks away*

  14. 08.11.2012 / 10:00 pm


    Hi Mary!

    Those cupcakes look real pretty and delicious! Making cupcakes by just adding water? That sounds difficult to me as most of the time I only do the eating part :)
    Btw, chocolate is my favourite, anything with chocolate in it is yummy especially during stressful times.
    And I wish Wolverine a very Happy Birthday!

  15. 08.12.2012 / 12:49 pm


    Happy Belated Birthday to Wolverine! Those cupcakes look great and I had no idea they has marshmallow flavored icing!

  16. 08.13.2012 / 3:57 pm

    Caryn Caldwell

    Oh, WOW. Those cupcakes look delicious, as do the recipes below. Now I want one, too. And I agree with you – the more frosting, the better.

  17. 08.17.2012 / 9:26 am


    Zunner, thanks! And I’m a huge fan of chocolate too!

    Jade, I’m not a fan of store-bought icing, but that one is pretty incredible. And thanks for the birthday wishes for the hubs!

    Caryn, frosting addicts unite! ;0)


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