Let Them Eat Cupcakes!

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After fashion, pugs, and Twin Peaks, our greatest love is the cupcake. Yes, cupcakes. Thanks to our proximity to Pittsburgh’s famous Dozen Bake Shop, these oh-so-sweet treats make frequent appearances in our office – and even some of our photoshoots!  So what better way to celebrate a Friday than with a salute to our favorite snack?

Fellow cupcake lovers, tell us: What are you favorite cupcake recipes, items, or bakeries?

4 Responses to Let Them Eat Cupcakes!

  1. Jacky 01/15/2010 at 6:04 pm #

    I’m pretty loaded on percocet from my surgery and seeing this just made me crack up lol. thanks. its cute though.

  2. Rebecca 01/15/2010 at 8:36 pm #

    OMG! That’s music from one of my FAVORITE movies ever… Amelie!

  3. c_tyler 01/18/2010 at 10:30 am #

    Adorable! Glad to know I’m not the only Twin Peaks fanatic out there too hehe

  4. Caroine Sumner 01/19/2010 at 10:56 am #

    My grandmother makes us these incredible cupcakes as a special treat, and we are always so excited when we get them! They sound a little complicated, but don’t be afraid. They are surprisingly simple once you get the rhythm of it. Starbucks likes to think they carry a comparable version of these, but trust me…these are worth the effort (and don’t cost nearly as much!). I have never met a soul who did not absolutely love these luscious cupcakes!

    INGREDIENTS

    3 cups all-purpose flour
    2 cups sugar
    2/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
    2 tsp. baking soda
    1 tsp. salt
    2 cups water
    2/3 cup vegetable oil
    2 tbls. white vinegar
    2 tsp. vanilla

    FOR FILLING

    1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
    1/3 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1/8 tsp. salt
    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or milk chocolate if you prefer)

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Prepare filling first: in small bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, egg, and salt. Beat until smooth and creamy. Stir in chips. Set filling aside.

    2. Preheat oven to 350.

    3. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes until well combined.

    4. Fill paper lined muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Spoon 1 level tablespoon filling into center of each cupcake. This just goes on top of the batter, but if you are concerned that it may spill over while baking, give it a little push so that it is more in the middle of the cupcake.

    5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

    These make a great gift, as well as being fantastic for a special occasion…or for whenever! I love treating myself to one of these after a long day or splitting one with my mom while we have some girl time. They are a family tradition that I am happy to share with all of you…make it a tradition for your family, too!

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