Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

As a home baker, I am always on the quest for the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe.  Seriously, why is it so hard to find a recipe that yields results like a silly little cupcake from the grocery store.

I found this particular recipe on the delightful site, I Heart Cuppycakes, and since it was from one of my fav local boys, Duff Goldman, I had to give it a whirl.

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes

The beauty of my life as a novice baker lies partly in the fact that I don’t like sweets.  Don’t get me wrong – I love baking them,  smelling them, working with them and sharing them… my taste buds just prefer the savory side.

Trust me, this is a good thing.  My list of food/beverage related vices is long enough that sparing me of sweet related calories is a God-send.  Now when I start making my own cheese, beer and bread – we’ll be in trouble… “we” being my waist-line.

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Lemon Drop Cake

Every now and then us novice cooks and bakers get ballsy in the kitchen (at least we should be gettin ballsy) – sometimes the results are tremendous and other times, disastrous.  As in life, in the kitchen it’s important to step out of your comfort zone, take a leap of faith and just go for it.

For me, my comfort zone is definitely in the cupcake, cookie zone, so when I snatched the amazing Baked: New Frontiers In Baking and drooled after some big boy cakes – I decided to step it up.
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Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

I wonder if there have been studies on the effects of nostalgia making things taste better? Every now and then I pick up Swedish Fish from the gas station, and reminisce about penny candy jars and little league baseball games.  Those things are like wax, but damn they taste good in my mind.

I would argue for nostalgia making these Hostess Cupcake impersonators taste so darned good, but they just ARE that good!

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