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Peanut Butter Cup Peanut Butter Banana Bread

6 Nov

Okay, okay. It’s not a cupcake. But the potential yumminess in this is undeniable! It will be made. I don’t know when, but it will be made. Keep you posted!

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Peanut Butter Cup Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I’m kinda the worst when it comes to buying bananas.

I buy several pounds of bananas when I go grocery shopping and then let them spoil since I forget about actually eating them… umm okay? Then as I stare at blackening bananas I think ‘ooo I’ll make banana bread’. But typically I don’t because I get to distracted with the million other things I have on my to do list.

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Well things changed this time when I was going through Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America’s Favorite Spread and saw a doozey of a banana bread. It was not just a peanut butter banana bread but it ALSO had Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups involved.

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The perfect kind of recipe for a peanut butter lover.

Plus it didn’t hurt in this post-Halloween week when a massive bowl of candy was staring at…

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If you love cupcakes as much as I do….

21 Sep

Well, let’s face it, you might need help.  But, that’s okay.  At least we’re in it together!!  haha!  So, make sure you follow the blog so you don’t miss out on any of the cupcake yumminess.

And, remember, you can also check me out/follow me on:

Pinterest  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook  CafePress  YouTube

Also, if you’d like to submit a “My Year of Cupcakes” video to be used in the opening of my videos OR if you’d like to submit an original piece of music for Musical Monday OR you’d like to share your favorite tip for Tip Thursday, please email me: yearofcupcakes@gmail.com!!

See you tomorrow!!!!

Calling all fans!

26 Aug

There are a couple new, exciting (and fun) additions I’m making to My Year of Cupcakes!  And I just couldn’t wait to tell you about them!!

First, as some of you know, starting in September I’ll be adding a “Helpful Hint” to each Weekly Winner post.  Just some little tricks of the trade that might help you too.  (If you have some favorites, please please please send them to me: yearofcupcakes@gmail.com)

Second, I’m compiling an intro video (or several of them, to be more accurate) to kick off all of the upcoming videos.  Here’s where you guys come in.  Take a selfie video saying “My Year of Cupcakes”.  That’s it.  And then email it to me: yearofcupcakes@gmail.com.  Here’s a link of me doing a couple of examples.  More than anything, I want a variety!  So, get creative – funny, serious, accents, other languages, individual, groups, whatever you can come up with.  (Note: my submitting a video, you are giving me the right to use it.)

And third, just to add even more fun to all the crazy fun we are already having, each Monday will be “Musical Monday” starting in September.  A different video for your listening and viewing pleasure, from myself and a variety of artists.  So, get excited.  It’s gonna be amazing.  And, as per usual, if you are interested in submitting a video, contact me for details and info!

See y’all tomorrow!

 

New stuff!

23 Aug

So, I got some fun, new things in the mail today.  Couldn’t wait to share it with you guys!!

First, an 11 1/2 pound bar of chocolate…that I may or may not have been tempted to take a bite out of…

Big ole bar of chocolate

Next, I got a very exciting gift package from my mom and my Aunt Nancy who are 2 of my biggest supporters.  This box of goodies made me so excited to bake!!

Assortment of Cups

I mean, look at all those!!  Colors, stripes, flowers, minis, full-size.  There’s even a tie-dye!!  I’m so excited!  I still have a few of my first ones to finish, but keep your eyes open for these ones coming soon!!

Alright, that’s all the excitement for this post.  See y’all tomorrow!

 

Ready to Roll

27 Jul

It’s time to get myself (and my apartment) prepared to begin My Year of Cupcakes.  Obviously, I need to start with the essentials.

My mixer!

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Never bake without it!  (Unless a recipe calls for hand mixing…which is possible.)

Next, all the accessories.

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Baking is all about the science.  The measuring is VERY important – cups and spoons are a must-have!  You also need 1 or 2 good spatulas.  I am also fortunate enough to have an ice cream scoop and a mini scoop (aka cookie scoop) — they make getting the cupcakes into the pan crazy easy!

And, last but certainly not least, let’s not forget the muffin pans and cups!

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Other than that, I’ve been stocking up on ingredients.  I have 50 pounds of flour, 25 pounds of granulated sugar, 16 pounds of unsalted butter, 7 pounds of brown sugar, 7 1/2 dozen eggs and 1.5 pounds of Dutch-processed cocoa powder (I’m oh so thankful for that Costco membership!!).  Not that these are the only ones I’ll need for My Year of Cupcakes, but it should get me started!

Alright, check back in 4 days for Day #1 of My Year of Cupcakes!!

Making the grade

17 Jul

Each of our competitors (aka cupcakes) needs to make the grade.  So, here’s the criteria I’ll be using!  Each category will be graded with 1 being the lowest (yuck!) and 5 being the highest (yum!).  The totals will be tallied leaving one cupcake the obvious weekly winner.

The Categories are…

– Cupcake Taste – how does the plain ole cupcake taste without any additions?

– Frosting Taste – how’s the topping when it’s all alone?

– Overall Taste – does the cupcake get along with the frosting?

– Appearance – are they adorable, blah or something else all together?

– Ease of Making – how hard did I have to work to get through the recipe?

And, don’t worry, I’ll also elaborate on each category so that we’re all on the same page!

The search begins soon!!

The search begins…

11 Jul

My quest to find a year’s worth of cupcake recipes is ON!  I’m scouring the pins of Pinterest for every possible cupcake recipe.  Visit my Pinterest page to see how things are going.  If you have a good recipe for me, leave me a comment.  I’ll let you know if your cupcake is chosen to compete!

I’ll begin baking on August 1st!

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