with a visitor coming into town and a few birthdays coming up i thought it would be appropriate to hunker down and bust out a few batches of cupcakes. it was one of the best days i’ve had in a while – baking is so therapeutic. in my next life, maybe i’ll have the metabolism and stamina to own a bakery. for  now, joy the baker, cake boss, cupcake wars, and the occasional day of baking will have to suffice.

the cakes:

1. a red velvet cupcake with a brown sugar cream cheese frosting that could be its own food group. seriously, if you don’t have time to make the cakes, just make the frosting.

2. coffee cake muffins complete with a layer of espresso and vanilla. these may have been my favorite of the day.

3. honey chamomile cupcakes which were surprisingly good and got the best feedback, a must for my future tea party.



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