birthday cupcakes 2


I gotta admit my brain is running on “e” today, so I’m going to make this a quick blurb and go straight to the recipes. Made a few cupcakes this weekend for a birthday party and I used a recipe from A Cupcake For Every Day pin on my Pintrest baking board!


chocolate cupcakes


Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache and Cream Filling or

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes


1 cup flour

1/2 cup dutch cocoa

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup or 1 stick butter-room temp

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

or you can use milk chocolate cake mix


Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar on medium until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add vanilla and egg. Add milk and flour mixture alternately while mixing. Pour into lined cupcake pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Yields 12 cupcakes.




1 stick room temp butter
2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
a dash or 1/4 tsp almond extract


Beat butter until smooth. Add sugar, milk, vanilla and almond. Beat until spreadable. Use knife to cut a cone-shape from the top of the cupcake. Fill the hole with cream, and cover to make an even top.


chocolate g

Chocolate Ganache

3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream


Melt chocolate and cream in metal bowl set in simmering water. When smooth spread on top of cupcakes.

red velvet


Red Velvet with Buttercream Frosting

Yields 12 cupcakes

1 1/4 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1 tablespoon red food coloring

1/2 tsp white vinegar

1 tsp vanilla


Preheat over to 350 F.


Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, buttermilk, egg, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.  While mixing gradually add dry mixture until just combined. Bake for 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.


buttercream frosting

Buttercream Frosting

1 stick room temperature butter
2 1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
a dash of almond extract


Beat butter until smooth and creamy. Add sugar, milk, vanilla, and almond extract and beat until spreadable consistency. Add additional sugar if needed. Frost cupcakes!

recipes for everyone

Having a hard time thinking of Thanksgiving recipes or gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian recipes?  Well don’t worry below are a few of my past posts and Thanksgiving themed posts from some of my favorite places to find recipes.


Thanksgiving Baking & Vegetarian Recipes


Rachael Ray’s Holiday Entertaining Recipe Collection


Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes & Tips


search results for “Thanksgiving” from Joy the Baker’s blog


Fall Themed Pie and Cake Recipes


One Green Planet Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes


Smitten Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Ideas


Midwest Living’s Best Thanksgiving Desserts


Live with Kelly & Michael’s Thanksgiving Family Recipes


The Kitchn’s 18 Cheese-Centric Additions to your Thanksgiving Spread


Do you have a great Thanksgiving recipe?