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August 18, 2013

Piña Colada Cupcakes

This recipe originally appeared on my first blog, Amy's Cooking Adventures, in September 2012.



Since I started making tropical drink inspired cakes and cupcakes, my mom has been asking for me to make piña colada cupcakes.  So when we went for a visit recently, I brought along these cupcakes.

At first I wasn’t overly thrilled about these cupcakes, since I have no love of coconut and prefer to avoid it.  But the coconut flavor was so beautifully subtle in these cupcakes (and in the frosting) that even I enjoyed a few! 

That said, these are a real crowd pleaser, especially if you are serving these to guests that aren’t huge on coconut.  But if you are a coconut lover, I recommend adding a teaspoon of coconut extract to the cake batter and frosting and/or adding some shredded coconut to the cake batter.

August 11, 2013

Easy Mickey Cake


As a cake decorator, it’s easy to get caught up in my own vision of how a cake should look.  Which works, since most people aren’t overly specific about how they want a cake to look.

Except for my boys.

My boys have a very specific vision in mind when they ask for a cake.

For example, when I made my 5 year old’s Pirate Ship Cake in January, his first comment was, “the cannon is facing the wrong way.”  Little critic!

August 4, 2013

Dresden Files Cake



Last spring, a friend and I were discussing our favorite books.  I talked about my love of Harry Potter and Codex Alera among others.  And he told me about the other series by the same author as Codex Alera, The Dresden Files, which is his absolute favorite series.

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