#18 Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting

UPDATE: I have made this twice now and it is still the most requested cupcake of my friends. I highly, HIGHLY, recommend making. You’ll be very glad after you’re done 🙂

Happy Late St. Patricks Day! I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for a while but felt I should wait until St. Patty’s Day to test it out.

I ended up making these Friday morning and let me say that opening up a beer at 10am just isn’t appealing, on any level. Felt like the morning after a party, but I got past it.

Guinness and Irish Butter

I’ve always been intimidated by cupcakes that had filling in the center. It just seemed like a lot of work and cutting out the center didnt look so simple either, but I was wrong. It was easy and kinda fun too because when you cut a cone out of the cupcake you have to cut a little piece off so that it fits back in with the ganache, so you get to eat a bunch of little pieces of cake along the way :).

Use a pairing knife and cut a cone in the center of the cupcake

Pipe some ganache into the center and then put the cone you cut off back on top!

Ta-da! No one will know that you cut it open once you put the frosting on.

Don't forget some green sprinkles. After all, it is St. Patrick's Day


Highly suggest making these, any time of the year 🙂


For the cupcakes and the ganache, I used this recipe CLICK HERE

But for the frosting I used THIS recipe…CLICK HERE.

I chose a different frosting because I thought the cream cheese frosting version would go really well with this cupcake. If you would like the straight buttercream I’m sure it’s fabulous. Annie from Annie’s Eats is quite impressive and would not put a bad recipe up.



#17 Blueberry Muffins

I write this to you from Coffee Bean in Santa Monica as I wait for my last day of training for my internship. [Sidenote: I found a Krispy Kreme on Wilshire in Santa Monica. :D!] This morning I did my first day interning and got to watch/help with a PreK class from downtown LA. They were beyond precious. If you know me even slightly, you know I am baby crazy and these little kids were just, sigh…so cute.

Anyways! I have made Blueberry Muffins a bunch of times before but was never satisfied with them. They were always good, sure, but not good enough. I ventured out and found a new recipe, and its amazing. I’ve made it last weekend and then this week too. I had 3 this morning…

The batter is very deceiving. Looks like it isn't going to make anything!

Covered in chunks of butter and cinnamon for a yummy crust on top!

The recipe only makes 9, but doubling it wouldn’t be very difficult. And 9 is perfect for my family. Six for me and 3 for my mother. The father does not like blueberries in his Blueberry Muffins, go figure.  🙂

These are really simple to make. I woke up the other morning and walked downstairs and made these. I was half asleep the entire time. Definitely worth getting out of bed for though.

Right out of the oven! I dont use liners for muffins, just seems silly. Just grease the tin.


It is as good as it looks

It’s best if you eat them right away, but that is never an issue in my house.

I welcome all of you over for breakfast on the weekends and I’d be happy to make you these muffins 🙂 But incase for some reason you don’t want to come over….here is the recipe 🙂 Link to recipe.

Blueberry Muffins


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease muffin cups.
2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.


Sugar Cookies Revisited

If you did not get the opportunity to try the sugar cookies I made on Valentine’s Day, you probably wont understand the need for me to make them again. Those sugar cookies were amazing. I generally like the things that I make, but I’m very critical of it all as well. The exception to the rule are these sugar cookies. They are pure amazingness. There really is no way to describe them other than amazing sugar crack-like cookies. It’s impossible to eat just one.

Random baby niece picture just to make you smile 🙂

With that said, those cookies were gone within about 3 days of me making them. I wanted to make them again as soon as I ran out but I started my training for my new internship at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium! I interviewed a week or so ago and got the internship in the Educational Department doing field trips for kids ranging from 3 year olds to high school students! I’m super excited and am looking forward to sharing that experience with you guys.

This is a Salema Fish! They swim in schools! He's got big eyes, I like him 🙂

Since I have been super busy with all my online class homework that I may have possibly procrastinated on [but its okay because somehow I have a 102.5% in my Environmental Biology class and a 105% in my History class. Not sure how thats happening!] I havent had a ton of time to focus on baking, sadly. But, I told myself as soon as I finished all my work I would make the cookies. It was 10pm when I finished on Sunday and we didn’t have any butter. I went to the store and made my cookies. Thats how badly I wanted them.

I finaly had a chance to make more cookies! The day before I went to Sur La Table with my lovely fellow baker friend Torey and got 2 new cookie cutters that I tested out. I got a princess tiara and a cupcake cutter.  They’re super cute and extremely girly. I’m generally not a pink/frilly/girly type of girl but I went all out with these…

Princess tiara 🙂

The Cupcake cookie cutter is super cute too 🙂

I have these really adorable edible pearls that Torey got me for my birthday. I think you can get them from Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table. They're precious

The ultimate princess cookie for Princess Terrence.

I had so much fun making those cookies. I think I spent 3 hours just enjoying decorating them and I didnt even mind. Guess that means I really love baking huh? They’re incredibly cute but they’re still amazingly good too. It’s the ultimate win. I really hope you guys try making these sometime!



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#16 Chocolate Macaroons with Espresso Ganache

Dipped in ganache

The story for this recipe is a little different than the other ones. Back in December, we had a little holiday office party where we did a Secret Santa gift exchange. I promised my co-worker, Debby, that I would make her one batch of whatever she wanted, just to tell me when!

In passing earlier in the week, she mentions that she wants macaroons and I instantly say okay I’ll make it this Thursday. It gets to Thursday afternoon and I realize I really need to look up a good recipe to make these. Being half jewish and the only macaroon I ever really knew about was the JEWISH ones that my grandfather use to eat that everyone else hated. I couldn’t figure out why on earth anyone would request these to be made.

While I’m looking up recipes, I keep seeing these little sandwich things that they’re calling French Macaroons. Finally, it all clicks. I had to text her to make sure of which one she wanted, but of course she wanted the French ones. Honestly, Id like to know of one person besides my Grandfather who enjoys a Jewish Macaroon.

Little did I know, apparently these macaroons are not so simple to make. Even my sister in law said that she refuses to make them because they are so fussy. Of course, she says this as I’m half way through making them and thinking to myself, oh great.

Out of the oven!

In the end, they tasted great. Well, I though they tasted great. But they didn’t turn out the way a perfect little macaroon sandwich should be. The cookies were super fragile, because I think something did not work out right with my batter. And then my ganache never fully set up so I ended up dipping the cookies in the ganache. I definitely want to try making these again, they were really tasty. I guess I just need to start earlier and pay a little closer attention to it all.

Silpat = my new love.

[Apologies for the lateness. I just started training for my internship at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. I’ll post about that in the next few days when I get around to posting what I make tonight.]

Love you all