Crown Royal Maple Cupcakes

Crown Royal Maple Cupcakes

The other day I asked Austin his favorite kind of cake. In typical guy manner, he responded with some nonsense about how he didn’t really have a favorite (Mine is Red Velvet. Shocking, I know).¬†How do you not have a favorite kind of cake? Seriously. I don’t get it. I understand that cake is amazing and it’s all just so good, but you have to have one kind that really does it for you more than the others. Whatever. Men. Anyway…

In my mission to make him the perfect birthday cupcakes, I wavered between Guinness Chocolate Stout Cupcakes and Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes and many ideas in between.

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The Easiest Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Pumpkin Spice Loaf Cake

What would you do if I told you that you could make an amazing pumpkin loaf cake with two ingredients? It’s cool, I’d laugh at me too. In fact, I laugh at myself a lot. I think it’s one of my better qualities. But I digress…

I’ve been making this recipe for years, and whenever I do, I get so many compliments on it. “Why yes, I slaved over this amazing baked good for HOURS…” Or not. For the effort required, this final product is astounding. Try it next time you need something quick. I promise it will not disappoint! It’s also fantastic as muffins – just be sure to change the baking time accordingly.

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Cookie Butter Sheet Cake

Cookie Butter Sheet Cake

When I was flying back from Philly the weekend before last, TSA confiscated my Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter. I nearly had a meltdown right there in the security line because it was 5:30 AM and I was not emotionally capable of dealing with that sort of traumatic experience. With tears in my eyes, I said to the TSA agent, “I think I’m going to cry if you take my cookie butter.” He looked at me like a sad puppy and said, “Please don’t cry.” But he still took it. I pouted and headed off to my gate, cookie butter-less. It was awful.

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Birthday Cake Cookie Sandwiches

So… Today is my birthday.

My 28th one to be exact.

Yes, my wine glass is dirty. It happens when you bake and drink wine at the same time. Totally normal occurrence in my life.

But anyway… The other day my mom asked me what kind of birthday cake I wanted. I think she was a little offended when I said I wanted to make my own. My excuse was that I really wanted to make a cake.

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