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.
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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)
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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!!!

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It’s MARCH 1st!!!

Wow – time sure is flying!  I opened my shop in January and that seems like just yesterday, but here it is March already!  Time flies when you’re having fun!  So, I discovered some new bloggers today.  One in particular, is seeking the best cupcake recipe.  (See Kim’s blog for more details – http://rittenhousebags.blogspot.com/)

I told her that I have the BEST CUPCAKE RECIPE EVER and I’m going to blog about it tomorrow.  If you have never heard about them before, “Black Bottom Cupcakes” are the best and a must make if you have never had them!!!  I’ve had different recipes of them, but this one is, by far…the very best cupcake – especially if you like chocolate!  So, check back tomorrow, when I will be posting the recipe and pictures.  :O)

I will also mention that I have a new favorite artist, whom I believe will definitely be going places!  I am planning to feature her on my blog as well, but for now I’ll keep it a secret as to who she is.  I’m bursting at the seams to tell!  I’m so excited!!!

On a completely different note, I thought I’d share a little piece of my life, as I don’t seem to do that too often.  My husband, Anthony, and I have three dogs – “Bam,” “Bella,” and “Sadie.”  They give me much to write about and before I venture that far, I’d like to introduce them.  I will start with our baby boy…

“Bambino” – AKA “Bam”
An Old English Bulldogge.  Brindled coat with a curly tail. 
Famous for his facial expressions, communication methods, thinking ability, attitude, short-lived play and most of all, his SCHMOOSHY FACE! 
A lover.  A cuddler.  High maintenance!
Accomplishments:  Recently Sired the Cutest Litter EVER!  Watch a slide show of them:
http://www.photoshow.com/watch/fv3Qu7Jc
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Bam - Stud ShotBam - GRASS SMOOSHBam - Smile
Bam - Smile2Bam - SingingBam - Tongue OutBam - HUH?
Bam - Why?