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Heat Wave!!

Due to the recent rise in temperature and extremely nice weather I have been a little slow on my baking. Yesterday I made chocolate covered pretzels in 80 degree weather, that was interesting! Anyways I thought that the pretzels would hold up a little better than the solid chocolate lollipops. I am also going to try to make some regular lollipops soon. Also wanted to post this recipe for cinnamon cupcakes that I recently used, tasted pretty awesome.

3 ½ c cake flour
2 c sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 c (2 sticks) butter, unsalted, diced, at room temperature
1 c whole or low-fat milk (divided use)
4 large eggs
2 large egg whites
2 tsp vanilla extract

3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

2 (8) ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cupcake Method

1. Place muffin liners into a muffin tin. (pray lightly with non-stick cooking spray).
2. Place 1 ½ TBS of cake batter into the muffin liners.
3. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of filling onto the cake batter that was placed in step 2.
4. Place 1 ½ TBS cake batter over the filling; smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.
5. Drag a toothpick through the filled muffin liners to distribute the cinnamon filling.
6. Bake at 350°F for 18-20.
7. Cool completely and pipe on icing.
8. Sprinkle the icing cupcakes with coarse sugar and cinnamon if desired.


Cupcakes, Cupcakes, and More Cupcakes!!!

I have been baking a lot of cupcakes lately. I am trying to find that perfect recipe to use for them. Also some of the things I have been making are now are available through Etsy from a new company called Apple Barrel Designs which I mentioned in my last post. I have been using butter cream icing to ice my cakes and cupcakes. I finally got a mixer which makes it a ton easier to bake! I will post the recipe I use I got it off of the Wilton’s website. I am falling in love with the Wilton brand. Seems that everything they have makes baking easier for everyone. With the right tools and patience anyone can do this! I am also going to post some pics of some more products that have been added feel free to go and visit our Etsy Shop and like us on Facebook!

Buttercream Icing Recipe (Wilton.com)


  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Makes: About 3 cups of icing.

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Launching Apple Barrel Designs!

Just wanted to let everyone know that a new biz called Apple Barrel Designs is being launched. We are still working on products but are very excited! Posting a few pics of the products we have so far just in time for Easter!!

Also I decorated my first cake and I am pretty happy about it.

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