Keep Calm & Eat A Cupcake!

It's obvious from my blog design that I'm a fan of the ever popular cupcake. Today's post is offering a fat free and calorie free dessert post! 

I had found a shop named Tickle Me Pink Boutique a few months ago and stopped by recently to ooh and aah at the adorable pieces she creates (they are all handmade).  They feature fun and unique, altered collage jewelry; which in my opinion is fabulous! It's fun, sassy, cute, feminine and right up my alley.  The piece that first caught my eye was this absolutely adorable pendant necklace which states "Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake"




If you're not a cupcake fan, how about cookies? Don't you ever feel like cookies will make everything all better?!  The next delightful piece I found features a cute fairy holding a big ol' cookie and reads, "Some days require cookies". The other side features a sweet girl next to a yummy cupcake and reads "Life is too short....Eat dessert first". Isn't that precious?



Last but certainly not least, we're back to cupcakes! (yippy!) One side of this pendant features a fabulous collage of Marie Antoinette, roses, Eiffel tower and reads "Paris".  The other side is a pretty coordinating collage of yummy cupcakes and reads "Let them eat cupcakes". Sooo pretty and fun!



Of course, I wouldn't leave you without an actual recipe today...here is a wonderful Almond Cupcake recipe from Krystina Castella of Crazy About Cupcakes...give it a try!


Crazy About Cupcakes

Almond Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup walnut or vegetable oil
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup almonds ground and toasted
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line a medium cupcake pan with liners.

2. In a bowl cream 1 cup sour cream, the butter, and the oil.

3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the sugar and almonds.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture in three additions. Mix thoroughly after each addition.

5. In another bowl mix the eggs, 3/4 cup sour cream, almond extract, and vanilla extract.

6. Add the egg mixture to the batter in three additions, beating for 1 minute after each addition.

7. Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full with batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan.

Almond Frosting


Ingredients:
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
3 tablespoons hot water

1. Mix together the confectioners' sugar, almond extract, and hot water.

2. Beat to desired spreading consistency. You may need to add more water or sugar.

Visit Crazy About Cupcakes site for a full selection of cupcake recipes, frosting & tips.


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9 comments:

  1. "Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake", I might just tape that to the top of my computer monitor at work!!!

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  2. What a pretty post! Like you and everybody else I'm a cupcake fan. I can't eat them...too much sugar, but I love to bake them and look at them and share them with family and friends. Your almond recipe looks like a winner too. Thanks so much!

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  3. I love almonds!
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    Much Love!

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  4. Thanks for visiting, everyone!

    @gnee - Krystina Castella of Crazy About Cupcakes created the recipe...she has 300 in her book too!

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  5. This a great blog! I'm inspired by the visuals, and I love baking. I've just started my own blog for my creative nonfiction writing at http://oncebittenthriceshy.blogspot.com

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  6. Beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I am so glad you enjoy it! You are very welcome to my Sugar and Spice recipe. :) Have a great day!

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  7. I absolutely love cupcakes! Probably too much!! That jewelry is fabulous and I am going to head over there and check out her jewelry! This is a great blog!!

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  8. I'm a dessert-a-holic and these sound sinful! and Tempting! Thanks for a great post. I enjoy your blog.

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  9. Really wonderful cupcakes. These almonds cupcakes' recipes are looking easy to make very nice. You have done good job for us.

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