Mini Strawberry Swirl Cheesecakes

THE ONLY WAY CHEESE IS DESSERT IS WHEN IT IS FOLLOWED BY THE WORD CAKE.”  Michele Gorman

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake | From My Sweet Heart

If it were up to me, every meal of the day would be followed by dessert!

Now having said that, sometimes you just want a smaller bite.  These little strawberry cheesecake cupcakes are just that.  Fresh strawberry puree is swirled into sweet, vanilla cheesecake batter and baked on top of a chocolate cookie crust flavored with a slight hint of cinnamon.

I love cheesecake desserts in just about any form.  Take these little cheesecakes out of their papers and plate them with some extra puree and a little whipped cream for a more elegant dessert.  Pack one in your lunch bag for an extra special pick me up in the middle of the day.  But they are a perfect size with a cup of tea or coffee for those mornings when you just have to have dessert for breakfast! [Read more...]

Goober Cupcakes

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO HAVE A HAPPY CHILDHOOD.”  Tom Robbins

Goober Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

I grew up in an age where penny candy was actually a penny!  And one of my fondest childhood memories was spending a dime at ‘The Corner Store’ and filling up a little paper bag with pieces of my favorite candy.  At the movies, however, I would always buy a box of Goobers.  I wonder how much they cost at the theater these days?!

What do you do when you want to relive a piece of your childhood?  Ride a bike?  Go to the zoo?  Eat a special sweet treat? [Read more...]

Chocolate & Irish Cream Cupcakes

A QUARREL IS LIKE BUTTERMILK, ONCE IT’S OUT OF THE CHURN; THE MORE YOU SHAKE IT, THE MORE SOUR IT GROWS.”  Irish Saying

Chocolate and Irish Cream Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

The only quarrel that will likely start over these pretty black and white Irish Cream cupcakes is who will get the last one!  Buttermilk is one of the key ingredients in these light and airy cupcakes.  In baking, buttermilk reacts with baking soda to give your product a light texture and also prevents your baked goods from browning too quickly.  A huge thank you to Roxana, of Roxana’s Home Baking; and the founder of The Chocolate Party for pairing chocolate with buttermilk this month!  And since I am a year round fan of Bailey’s Irish Cream, I knew that I would be making these buttermilk cupcakes.  They are soft and light in texture, with a mellow chocolate flavor; but the Irish Cream is everywhere in this recipe. [Read more...]

Espresso Cupcakes with Sweet Mascarpone Frosting

I HAVE MEASURED OUT MY LIFE WITH COFFEE SPOONS.”  T. S. Eliot

Espresso Cupcakes with Sweet Mascarpone Frosting | From My Sweet Heart

There was a time when I believed that I enjoyed the aroma of coffee more than the taste.  But over time,  I have really come to enjoy the flavor.  I don’t drink it daily, but I love coffee, both hot and cold.  And I love how coffee brings a savoriness to sweets like ice cream and cupcakes!  When I first came upon the recipe for these cupcakes, I was really intrigued by the combination of ingredients.  I would never have thought to put lemon zest and marsala wine in coffee cupcakes!  But I thought about running a wedge of lemon along the rim of my espresso cup and it made sense!  There was something else that I really enjoyed about these cupcakes . . . . . [Read more...]

Lemony Blue Heart Cupcakes

It’s Kitchen Improv!!!

Lemony Blue Heart Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

Have you ever watched Chopped on The Food Network?  It’s one of my favorite shows!  How those chefs combine 4 totally obscure ingredients in the most cohesive way in 20 minutes is mind blowing to me!  And though I’d love the challenge, it would take me days to figure out how to put them all together!

Luckily for me, I’ve found a more reasonable, realistic, and fun version of this concept.  It’s called The Improv Cooking Challenge.  And it is hosted by Kristen from The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  If Kristen is a harried homemaker, you would never know it.  She’s a wonderful chef, baker, blogger, mother, whose site is filled with amazing recipes for “family style cooking, frugal tips, and an occasional random post”.  And it is awesome!

The premise of The Improv Cooking Challenge is that each month we are given 2 ingredients to incorporate into a recipe of our choice.  I can do that!  This month, we were to utilize lemons and sour cream.  A fabulous combination!  Let me show you how I worked them into a scrumptious and lemony cupcake filled with a creamy lemon and blueberry filling.  Hopefully, I won’t be hearing Kristen say, “Chef Anne, you’ve been chopped!” [Read more...]

Funfetti Cupcakes { sprinkles with a twist}

“I MEAN, C’MON NOW.  WHO DOESN’T LOVE A FUNFETTI CUPCAKE?”  Matt B. (my son, at the age of 20)

Funfetti Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

HaPpY 21st BiRtHdAy To My Son MATT!!!!

Why do I always feel my age on my kids’ birthdays!?!  So every year I ask my boys (young men!) what they would like me to make them for their birthday.  And Matt always wants a funfetti cake or funfetti cupcakes!  And so last year, when Matt requested funfetti, I asked if he didn’t think he was getting a little old for funfetti.  And my quote for this post was his reply!

Good for you Matt!  We should all remain kids at heart!  And the truth is…..WHO DOESN’T love funfetti cupcakes?!  So this year I asked for a compromise.  Maybe just a little something more sophisticated than your average sprinkle.  After all….he is officially and finally 21 today!  You will laugh when you read how I could even think that what I added was sophisticated!……… [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

“I WOULD RATHER SIT ON A PUMPKIN AND HAVE IT ALL TO MYSELF, THAN BE CROWDED ON A VELVET CUSHION.”  Henry David Thoreau

Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting | From My Sweet Heart

I often walk this fine line of trying to be creative or walking off of the deep end!  And what I’ve learned is that sometimes you just have to leave well enough alone.  Keep things simple and let the ingredients speak for themselves.  And for me, this applies most of all to baking cupcakes.  Maybe I’ve been watching Cupcake Wars too much!  And if you’ve ever seen that show….they combine some funky flavors in one cupcake! But you will find this pumpkin cupcake recipe to be pretty straightforward.  What works well with pumpkin?  For me, it was the warming spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice combined with the cool tang of cream cheese, the toasty crunch of pecans and the sweetness of a drizzle of maple syrup.  If these speak to you then……. [Read more...]

Boston Creme Cupcakes

“DON’T BE DISMAYED AT GOOD-BYES.  A FAREWELL IS NECESSARY BEFORE YOU CAN MEET AGAIN.  AND MEETING AGAIN, AFTER MOMENTS OR LIFETIMES, IS CERTAIN FOR THOSE WHO ARE FRIENDS.”  Richard Bach

Boston Creme Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

HaPpY BiRtHdAy MiKe!!!

I have an amazing story to tell you.  At least it’s amazing and special to me.  I recently had the occasion to have cocktails with my high school sweetheart.  What’s so amazing you ask?  It’s just that we have not seen each other in nearly 35 years!!!

I truly believe that nothing in life is random.  And that everything happens for a reason.  And I am trying to understand why I am given this second chance at friendship.  For me, I think I know.  I struggle to understand how some can take friendship for granted; or worse, can let go so easily after investing much time and emotion.  But second chances of this magnitude don’t come along every day.  And so it is that I know, despite what time has passed, that this is a friendship I will treasure and nurture for all the days of my life.  Mike recently suggested that I get back to our roots and make a Boston Creme Pie.  So here’s  to prom pictures and pansies and Boston Creme Cupcakes and many more birthday celebrations to come…..and to many, many more years of friendship! [Read more...]

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

“LARGE, NAKED, RAW CARROTS ARE ACCEPTABLE AS FOOD ONLY TO THOSE WHO LIVE IN HUTCHES EAGERLY AWAITING EASTER.”  Fran Lebowitz

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | From My Sweet Heart

 

Actually, I like carrots.  Though I prefer them cooked than raw.  And even so much better when nestled in sweet cakey goodness! Yet somehow, I still feel healthy when I eat any baked good containing carrots!

These are a cinch to make and very very moist and flavorful.  It was originally a cake recipe and the tops came out kind of flat.  But that was actually the best part.  It taste like a carrot cookie on top of a carrot cake! [Read more...]

Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

“ANYTHING SIMPLE ALWAYS INTERESTS ME.”  David Hockney

Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting | From My Sweet Heart

In the culinary world, we speak so often to ‘depth of flavor’ and layering of seasoning and spices.  Honestly, to me, sometimes keeping it extremely simple is best.  I love to experiment with some over the top flavor combinations. But there are those times when I just want to enjoy a basic sugar cookie, or a piece of buttery shortbread, or a spongy madeleine.  And for the first snowfall of the season, I always bake a “snowcake”; a simple bundt cake lavishly dusted with powdered sugar.  The common ingredient in all of these treats? . . . . .

 

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