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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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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Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing

Many moons ago I came across this recipe from the lovely Kristina of The Chocolate Peanut Butter Gallery and wanted to try my hand at it.

Thank God I finally crossed it off my “to-bake” list, cuz these little cupcakes are wicked!

The combination of banana and chocolate chips in the batter is perfectly balanced, with a heavenly whipped peanut butter/cream cheese frosting.

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Cranberry Bliss Bars

Remember the days when Starbucks was a hotbed of activity- filled with the sounds of killer music and smelling of reasonably priced legal addictive stimulants?  Yeah, I know it’s hard to think back about ten years, but those were the good old days!

Let’s call these delicious cranberry bliss bars an ode to my well-spent late teens and early twenties in NYC, or at least an ode to all the lattes I drank!

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