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Weekly Winner #18

14 Dec

What a variety-packed week!!  From mint to cinnamon to chocolate to veggies.  Wow!  Let’s see how they stack up:

Mint ‘n’ Chip Cupcakes

Mint-n-Chip-halved

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin-Frosted-top

Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes

Perfect-Vanilla-Cupcake

Perfect Espresso Chocolate Cupcakes

Perfect-EC-cupcake-top

Delicious Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Half-Cinnamon-top

Easy Butterfinger Cupcakes

Butterfinger-Cupcake

Zucchini Cupcakes

Frosted-Zucchini

And, with 20 points, the winner is…..

Perfect-Vanilla-Cupcake

The Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes from Badpin.  Check out that yummy day here.  And see how it does in the Monthly Competition on December 31st!

Day 136 – Zucchini Cupcakes

14 Dec

Wow.  It has been a heavy week of cupcakes.  Butterfinger yesterday.  “Perfect” chocolate and vanilla the 2 days before.  I.  Am.  Full.

And, every once in a while, I need to lighten it up.  Feel at least a little healthy.  For a moment.  A very brief moment.  Hence today’s Zucchini Cupcakes (recipe below from Key Ingredient).  Which pack a little bit of a surprise….

Zucchini-Cupcake     Mini-Zucchini-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and decently moist.  Note: the minis are a little dry.  The almond and the orange juice give it a nice light flavor, while the spices give it a little depth. Very tasty, especially considering it’s a zucchini cupcake.

Frosting

The frosting is very thick, almost like cookie dough.  It has a really yummy caramel-brown sugar flavor.

Frosted-Zucchini     Mini-Frosted-Zucchini

These are yummy!  Not a typical zucchini cupcake by any means.  The caramel frosting complements the almond-orange flavor remarkably well. And, this may be the first zucchini “Cupcake” I’ve ever had – normally they are closer to a frosted muffin, but this one is a cupcake. No doubt about it. I love that!

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 3.5 (the caramel and the zucchini shredding take a bit more time but nothing is difficult)
  • TOTAL: 18.5

RECIPE

Zucchini Cupcakes (recipe from Key Ingredient)

Cupcakes:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon shredded zucchini

Frosting:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

For directions visit Key Ingredient.

*Tomorrow: Kahlua Coffee Cupcakes*

‘Blog of the Year’ Award

14 Dec

I am learning quickly that this blog community kinda rocks!  Seriously.  It’s this whole group of supportive people just waiting to lift up and encourage their fellow bloggers.  I kinda love it!

This week I was honored to receive 2 awards!  That’s right.  2!!  They are both the ‘Blog of the Year’ award, which just sounds AWESOME, doesn’t it?  (And it gets better so make sure you read below!) The first came from Jhuls at thenotsocreativecook – not only do I read this blog often, but I also follow her on Instagram.  And you should too!  The second one came from Haley at If You Give a Blonde A Kitchena fairly new (and wonderful) blog that I am really excited about!  A big thank you to both of them.  (And now I can display my ‘2 stars’.  Woo hoo!!)
Blog of the Year Award 2 star jpeg

The blogs I’ve nominated are:

Hilary Makes

Edibles and Travels

easybaked

I Sing in the Kitchen

Sift, Stir & Savour

Sweet Revelations

Sweet And Crumby

Overtime Cook

Making it with Danielle

Daisy Bites

Confessions of a Frosting Fanatic

tastytreats13’s Blog

mydearbakes

Now, the details:

  1.  Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.
  3. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)
  4. Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/
  5. You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here  https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.
  6. And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

You can find all the badges, banners and information you need here: ‘Blog of the Year 2013′ Award Badges

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