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One-Year Blogiversary and Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

3 Apr

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Today is the one-year anniversary of my blog (a.k.a. my blogiversary)! Truthfully, I never really anticipated this day because it was hard to picture myself keeping up with it for a whole year, but I have, and I feel pretty good about it. And then in another way, it feels easier than I thought it would be. I saw this inspirational quote the other day, and I couldn’t agree more as it relates to me.

One-Year Blog Anniversary

I can be pretty hard on myself. Sometimes I’m afraid to even start something because I don’t know how it will turn out. Will I fail? Will I waste my time? Will I embarrass myself?

Truth is, time will pass anyway, so just get over your fears and go for it! No matter what it is.

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Speaking of time passing, this recipe was passed to me from my grandma and originated from my great grandma. This cake, along with Sam’s Chocolate Cake, always accompanied birthday dinners and family parties. This recipe is a comfort food, no doubt, and I wanted to share something extra special  on my first blogiversary.

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

The cake has an extremely moist crumb without being dense (thank you, molasses and applesauce). The spice combination of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg will make your house smell mouth-wateringly fragrant while the cupcakes are baking. In my opinion, no one spice overshadows any of the others; combined, they create a spice party in your mouth that will almost remind you of my your very favorite Pumpkin Muffins.

I use my ultra-light whipped frosting to top these cupcakes. The frosting is light, airy, and buttery, and I prefer less to more.

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Hope you enjoy this recipe. Thank you for your support during my first year of blogging. I love reading your comments and getting your feedback! Keep ’em coming! (more…)

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

20 Feb

Coffee Cake

Did you ever have adventures at grandma’s house? When I was a kid, my grandma’s house seemed like a magical place full of mystery and adventure. Going down to the basement was like visiting a 1920s’ speakeasy. Going up to the attic, trying on all those old dresses felt like fashion shopping in France. Piggyback rides on her massive German Shepherd were like riding a grand horse. Playing with the cousins upstairs was top-secret spy business. We usually stayed out of trouble.

But.

There was this one time at my grandma’s house that we tried to stuff me down the laundry chute. All in all, it was a terrible idea. At the time, we thought it was a great idea. And it had to be me to go down the chute because I was the smallest cousin. “Like riding a really exciting slide,” they convinced me. Luckily for me, we got caught in the act of stuffing me in. I probably wouldn’t have survived three flights of a dead drop. But it was exciting. Another adventure at grandma’s house.

Coffee cake screams grandma’s house to me. Fragrant cinnamon and moist crumb cake. Definitely grandma’s house.

This recipe comes from the Joy the Baker Cookbook. A welcome addition to anyone’s recipe library has got to be coffee cake. Any excuse to eat cake for breakfast, right?

Coffee Cake

Stir together your crumb topping. Set aside for now.

Coffee Cake

Stir together your yummy cinnamon filling layer. Set aside.

Coffee Cake

Mix together your butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs.

Coffee Cake

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Coffee Cake

Prepare your sour cream and milk combo. Whisk ’em real good.

Coffee Cake

Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream mixture in 2 additions.

Coffee Cake

Spread half of the cake batter on the bottom of the pan, and sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon filling layer.

Coffee Cake

Spread the rest of the cake batter evenly on top of the cinnamon filling layer.

Coffee Cake

Make a few swirls with a knife.

Coffee Cake

Top with the crumb topping and bake for 55 to 60 minutes until golden brown and crackly.

Coffee CakeLet rest for 20 to 30 minutes before slicing and serving. (more…)

Mother’s Day Cinnamon Rolls

12 May

This is me and my mom circa 1993. Honestly, she hasn’t aged a day. (She’ll tell you otherwise, but it’s simply not true.) She still has that radiant smile and silky, luminous dark hair. She still listens to me talk for hours on end. She still rubs my temples when I have a headache, and she still brings me ginger ale and a piece of buttered toast when I have a tummy ache. She still loves to take care of me, and I still love to let her.

If I were at home this year for Mother’s Day, you’d better believe I’d be up at 5 a.m. to make these cinnamon rolls for my mom. They are her favorite, and she always begs me to make some when I’m visiting. Instead, I made them for myself, and I’m torturing her with the pictures. (That’s almost as satisfying, right?)

Let’s make these in honor of our moms this year. You’ll feel all warm and fuzzy when you’re eating them.

Sprinkle yeast into warm water. Let it get all foamy.

Whisk to dissolve the yeast.

In another bowl, combine the butter, pudding mix, milk, egg, sugar, and salt. Then add the yeast mixture.

Mix in 2 cups of flour.

Knead with the dough hook and form into a ball.

Let rise until doubled.

Roll it out into a big rectangle.

Spread with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Roll it up like a jelly roll.

Cut into 16 pieces.

Let them rise in the pan, and bake.

Meanwhile, whip up some light cream cheese frosting.

Spread it all over the gooey rolls. Eat your heart out. (more…)