I’m Off to Make the Cupcakes!

MMMmmm!!!!  It’s that time!  My sweet husband, Anthony, has even agreed to help me!  We are going to start the cupcakes now – I’ll be posting pics as we go, so be sure to check back!  Here’s the recipe to whet your appetite… 

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Preheat

*You will need cupcake liners*

INGREDIENTS:
INGREDIENTS

Filling:
2 T. flour
1 – 8oz. box cream cheese
1 – 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips (minis are real good for this recipe, but I’m using reg)
1 1/3 c. sugar (I’m using Splenda)
1 egg

Cake Batter:
2/3 c. oil
3 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. cocoa
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp vinegar
2 c water

(Recipe can be made two ways – cupcakes or a cake.  It’s great either way!)

For cupcakes:
Mix filling and set aside.
Mix Filling1Mix Filling2

Put cupcake liners in a muffin pan.
Cupcake Liners in Pan

Mix all cake batter ingredients.
cake batter 

Fill cupcake liners 1/2 way full.
 half-ful (ok…mine are more like 3/4 full) 

Drop one teaspoon of filling into the center of each cupcake.
filling in cupcakes

For a cake:
Mix filling and set aside.  Mix cake batter and pour into a greased 13x9x2 inch pan.  Drop spoonfulls of filling into cake, every few inches and then drag a knife through in a swirling pattern (to make it pretty!)

Note:  Be careful at this stage…these cupcakes are really good!  You will have to keep everyone away – even the dogs (as Bella will show)
  bella

Put in the oven.
Bella

BAKE 35 MINUTES or UNTIL CAKE BATTER IS DONE IN CENTER.
In Oven

Ok…the cupcakes are finished!  If you try the recipe, I must say that I would not recommend using Splenda or another sugar substitue.  In my humble, dessert loving opinion, REGULAR SUGAR IS MUCH BETTER and provides the best taste!

Here are the final pictures…MMMmmmm!  So YUMMY!  YUM-O!!!

img_1303.jpg

img_1306.jpgimg_1304.jpgimg_1310.jpg

 img_1307.jpg

Advertisements

The Drum Roll Begins….

Countdown to my new favorite artist…are you getting excited?  Ohhhh!  I can’t wait!  I plan to add her blog to my links list (want to do it now, but then that would spoil the surprise) and will be posting pictures and more.  She is seriously so very talented and I’m in love with her work!  The big reveal will be tomorrow! 

Forgot Some Chat Room Friends

So, as I was going to sleep, I realized I had forgotten to put one of my new friends in my blog, who I’m going to have make me a purse.  Because I forgot her, I’m going to say a little more.  Her screen name is MissKnits.  She is in her sixth month of business on Etsy and so far, it looks like she is doing pretty well – she has 100% positive feedback and a rating of 199.  Of that rating of 199, 82 ratings are from sales.  She makes a variety of things, including scarves, purses, dolls, pocket books, card holders, jewelry and more!  Much like many crafters, she’s a “Jane of All Trades.”  I saw a bag on her site and I’m in love with green lately, so it immediately spoke to me.  It wasn’t exactly what I would want, so in talking with her, she has agreed to make me a custom design.  Yay!  Here are some of her things.  Check out her shop!

missknitts1.jpgmissknits3.jpgmissknits4.jpg
missknits6.jpgmissknits2.jpgmissknits5.jpg

My husband’s website…

I don’t know if anybody out there, who reads my blog, is into or knows anyone who is into Mixed Martial Arts, but my husband recently started a company with one of his best friends, “Chuck.”  They are an affiliate of a company in Canada, called Red Dragon Fight Company.  If you are familiar with fighters, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Murilo Ninja Rua or Fabricio Werdum, Red Dragon sponsors them.

Our goal is to drive people to Anthony and Chuck’s site and they get credited for all sales through teir page.  The address URL is http://www.bullyink.com.  It’s pretty new for us too, and we are trying our best to make both our our businesses popular, so if anyone knows anyone who is a fan of MMA or UFC, or who owns a gym or a martial arts school and can pass the word, we’d be grateful for the chatter!  I know there have to be some men out there interested.  

You can click here to visit their site too:
Bully Ink Business Card Front