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Cupcake month kick-off. Several people I know are celebrating birthdays in May, and I have already been thinking about what I would be making for each of them.

Cupcake month kick-off

In a word, cupcakes...looks like I'll be cranking out several varieties this month. Tonight I'm headed to a party and was searching for the perfect dessert to bring along. Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting. You’ll be happy to know that I have recovered from my epic kitchen fail, the oven is sparkling, and to celebrate I give you these amazing mocha cupcakes with espresso buttercream frosting.

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting

Plus, it’s Friday. And cupcakes are a perfect way to welcome the weekend with open arms. It’s been a crazy, messy, stormy week, and you deserve one. I might even go so far as to suggest that you should just skip your morning cup of coffee or trip to Starbucks and have one of these instead. Caramel Frappuccino Cupcakes. Caramel Frappuccino cupcakes...doesn't that sound divine?

Caramel Frappuccino Cupcakes

At least it did to me when I stumbled upon this recipe. It quickly became one of those things that I had to make immediately! Overall, these tasted pretty close to the real deal. This cake is very light and chocolaty. I would have liked a bit more of a coffee flavor though. Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes. Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes* Why is there so much hate for the number 3?

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

Supposedly 3′s a crowd and if there is a 3rd person on an outing they are the 3rd wheel. And then they also say bad things always come in 3′s. Pink Lemonade Cupcakes. I’ve been dreaming up these cupcakes for awhile now, and although I didn’t have any specific occasion to bake, I decided to just go ahead and celebrate the warmer weather with cupcakes.

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Because when life hands you lemons… Root Beer Float Cupcakes Recipe. I just wanted to show you that, because I think it’s funny.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes Recipe

And cute. Sitting at a restaurant last weekend, we had little Isla in her car seat next to us, quietly sleeping for the first ten minutes after we arrived. We then realized why she was so quiet…oh Hello Kitty, what will you think of next? Dulce De Leche Filled Cupcakes With Dulce De Leche Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Poor Girl Gourmet: Egg Nog-Hazelnut Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting. So perhaps shopping for gifts is now out of the question, what with just a handful of shopping days to go. If that’s the case, I strongly suggest that you make these cupcakes, as they surely count as a gift. Egg Nog-Hazelnut Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting Ingredients 1 cup + 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons ground toasted hazelnuts (see note below) 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup egg nog 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Chocolate Mocha Cupcake. Double Chocolate Mocha Crunch Cupcake ~ These are messy.

Chocolate Mocha Cupcake

Don’t be fooled by the pretty piping. I dare you to bite into that highly stacked chocolate buttercream frosting and not get it all over your face. Remember those Carls Jr. commercials, “If it doesn’t get all over the place it doesn’t belong in your face”? If you haven’t seen them, then I can quickly tell you, they were lame. Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes. Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes ~ Non-news flash: Cupcakes aren’t going to be a passing fad anytime soon.

Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes

Advice: Submit, enjoy and check the caloric guilt at the door. Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes These Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes stand tall with a burnt caramel buttercream (keeping reading so what I mean by burnt), balancing that is a chocolate flavored cappuccino cupcake and stuffed inside is a cupcake surprise filled with salted caramel pudding. Definitely not subtle, this cupcake is filled with some serious goodness. Yes, I have a problem. The burnt caramel is just that-burnt.

Butterbeer Cupcakes. This year for Halloween my oldest daughter decided to be Hermione from Harry Potter.

Butterbeer Cupcakes

Our long time friends we trick or treat with every year were all characters from Harry Potter as well. There was a Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasly and Hedgwig in addition to my Hermione. Pastry Affair - Home - Butterbeer Cupcakes. This is part IV in a mini-series of Harry Potter snacks from the books brought to life (part I is on Honeydukes treats, part II is all about the cauldron cakes, and part III features every wizard's favorite drink—butterbeer!).

Pastry Affair - Home - Butterbeer Cupcakes

I confess that Butterbeer Cupcakes aren't actually mentioned in the Harry Potter series. In my defense, if JK Rowling had been given one of these while writing the books, she would have found a way to fit them in. They are so exceptional, I wouldn't be surprised if she featured them as a major plot point. I'm only half joking. Humor aside, the release of the final movie is upon us. Yet, as I keep reminding myself, this isn't really goodbye. My collection of Harry Potter books isn't going anywhere. Cheeky Kitchen » Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes. I had a love story all thunk up for this post. It had something to do with chocolate. And children. And Mexico. And my mother-in-law. And hot chocolate. But, somehow, while perusing the pictures, I forgot everything about everything.* It was just me.

There is something warm and Christmassy about a cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate. The Pastry Affair - Home - Piña Colada Cupcakes. Today's post is going to be short, but sweet. Since I'm feeling a bit under the weather, I hope these cupcakes will help you to forgive me. Coconut and pineapple have always been on my list of favorite fruits. I used to buy gallons of organic coconut pineapple juice at the store (which I would try not to drink in one sitting).

For some reason it never occurred to me to combine this wonderful combination with alcohol. Caramilk® Cream-Vodka Cooler Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Icing Recipe. Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Monday, 27th September 2010 Have you noticed a theme to my last couple of posts, Chocolate Stout Cake, Baileys® Pots de Crème, and now these amazing Caramilk® Cream-Vodka Cooler Cupcakes? They all have a special ingredient, no 2 special ingredients, alcohol and chocolate! I’ve gone from Chocolate Beer to creamy liqueur and now to one of the world’s most popular liquors, vodka (my favourite) combined with chocolate and caramel in this delicious cooler. Guinness and Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcakes.