Monday, February 3, 2014

S’mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with a graham cracker crust and toasted marshmallowy meringue frosting. Oh. my. gosh. These were super duper delicious! I’ve been so excited to make these S’mores Cupcakes for a while now but I didn’t have a kitchen torch to toast the tops. I don’t know why I haven’t bought one before, but I’m super excited that I got one for Christmas. Thanks Mom!

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

The recipe for these cupcakes is from Jennifer Shea’s new cookbook, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties! (pssst… I’m giving away a couple of signed books below) Trophy Cupcakes has several locations in Seattle. You should visit if you get a chance. Such cute shops and the prettiest cupcakes. I visited the shop in Bellevue a few years ago. Adorable!

But the first time I met Jennifer was back in 2008 when we were both on The Martha Stewart Show. What?!?

Yes. Still crazy to me. I was on to show Martha how to make my Cupcake Pops about six months after I started the blog (P.S. This past Saturday was National Cake Pops Day. YAY!) and Jennifer was on the show to make these same s’mores cupcakes … which I didn’t get a chance to try when I was on the show.

S'mores Cupcakes

So, I thought they would be the perfect ones for me to make from her new book.

And boy am I glad I did. They are fantastic!

graham cracker crust

They start with a graham cracker crust for the cupcake. Awesomeness!

Graham cracker crust

Place a teaspoon of the crust mixture in each baking cup.

Making cupcake crusts

And press with the bottom of a small glass.

Graham Cracker Crumb Cupcake Crust

Like so.

Chopped Chocolate

But that’s not all. They get chocolate, too.

S'mores cupcake crust

Yep. Just sprinkle chopped chocolate on top of the crusts and bake for a few minutes to set first.

Cupcake Batter

Cool and then… fill with the chocolate cupcake batter. YES!

S'mores Cupcake Batter

But we can’t stop there. Before baking, sprinkle more graham cracker mixture and chopped chocolate on top. I like where this is going … oh and I’m messy!

S'more cupcake

Beautifully cupcakes. I actually think they’re great just like this.

Toasted Meringue Frosting

But they wouldn’t be s’mores without the fluffy marshmallow frosting.

Swirl the meringue frosting on top of the cupcake with a star tip and then toast using a kitchen torch.

P.S. I love my kitchen torch. This was the first time I’ve used one, and now I want to toast everything. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get one. So fun!!!

S'more Cupcake

But not as fun as biting into these babies. Yummmm!

Here’s the recipe … and check out Jennifer’s video on MarthaStewart.com too OR skip down below for the giveaway.

S'mores Cupcakes

Servings: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup boiling water

Meringue Frosting

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

Make the crust first:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bow, mix together crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter until well blended and no dry crumbs remain.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each liner. Press the crumbs flat into the liner using the bottom of a small glass. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of chocolate over each crust. (Reserve remaining graham cracker crumbs and chopped chocolate to top the cupcakes before baking.)
  4. Bake crusts for 8 minutes. Remove the pans and let crusts cool for at least 5 minutes before adding cupcake batter.

For the cupcakes:

  1. After crusts are prepared, increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Then combine eggs, milk, oil and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add sugar and mix until combined. Then add flour mixture. Blend at low and then increase to medium. Beat for 2 minutes until blended and smooth. Remove bowl from stand and add boiling water. Gently stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Batter will be thin. Then let batter rest for 15 minutes and stir again gently before using. Fill liners with prepared crusts three-quarters full with batter. Sprinkle with reserved chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Bake about 16-20 minutes until done. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Make the meringue frosting:

  1. Combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of a stand mixer. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water without letting the bottom of the bowl touch the water in the saucepan. Hold the handle of the bowl with an oven mitt while whisking the egg white mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the whites are hot to the touch… about 4 minutes. Then transfer bowl to the stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat the mixture, starting on low and increasing to high speed. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form and the meringue has cooled, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the vanilla and whisk just to combine. Use frosting immediately.
  2. Place the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with an Ateco #867 star tip. I used a Wilton 4B tip. Pipe high swirls on the cupcakes and brown the meringue using a kitchen torch and serve immediately.
Source: Trophy Cupcakes & Parties! by Jennifer Shea, 2013

Here’s a little peek into the book.

It’s filled with recipes for cupcakes and crafty ideas to help you create charming parties. It’s basically super cute.

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

  • To enter just leave a comment below and share the best thing you ate this weekend. Was it sweet? Was it Super Bowl snacks? Do tell.

  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Sorry! Time’s Up, Winner announced below.

  • Two (2) winners will be selected at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening.

Good Luck guys!

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Okay – we have two winners. And I’m now super hungry for party food and appetizers!!!! Thanks for sharing all your best bites. Mine was actually these cupcakes. They are seriously so good. And… I’m still eating them. I have to stop.

Congratulations Katie B. and E. Nadler. Hope you enjoy the book and you should definitely make these.

*Amazon affiliate link.

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Izzy said...

What an amazing book! Those cupcakes just look SO good… I really want to try them!

February 3, 2014 07:06 AM
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Jaime said...

A little bowl of chocolate chips!

February 3, 2014 07:06 AM
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amy horrocks said...

I made a new recipe from Money Saving Mom’s blogsite for our superbowl party last night and it was fantastic! everyone loved it – Banana Cake with Browned Butter Icing, just amazing.
But This cupcake recipe looks delicious. My daughter’s 15th birthday is tomorrow and she loved chocolate and cheesecakes, so I want to try these cupcakes for her birthday.

February 3, 2014 07:07 AM
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Chris I said...

The best thing that I ate had to do with the company. I had a lunch with my sweet hubby to kick off the weekend!

February 3, 2014 07:07 AM
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Katie said...

Ate at Kneader’s. Had the best turkey sandwich ever.

February 3, 2014 07:08 AM
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Christina Atencii said...

Best thing I ate this weekend was the Red Velvet Oreo Brownies I made for the Super Bowl. It was the first time I made them and I seriously wants to hold the pan hostage!

February 3, 2014 07:09 AM
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Miss Overballe said...

Bergamot Lemon Meringue Bars – So delicious!!!

February 3, 2014 07:09 AM
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SheilaB said...

Hmm…that’s a tough one but I would have to say donuts from the Farm Kings Donut Shop! YUM!!

February 3, 2014 07:09 AM
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SheilaB said...

That would be Freedom Farms Donut Shop!! (owned & operated by the farm kings!)

February 3, 2014 07:11 AM
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Pat said...

My husband and I made pancakes and sausage for our daughter and granddaughter.

February 3, 2014 07:12 AM
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Julie said...

Beef randang, made for our family chinese new year celebrations.

February 3, 2014 07:12 AM
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Dani said...

Warm chocolate brownie pudding!!!!! Delicious!!!!

February 3, 2014 07:12 AM
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Vy Passetti said...

Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. Yum!

February 3, 2014 07:12 AM
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Charlotte said...

Pecan pie bar….bars:)

February 3, 2014 07:14 AM
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themainemrs. said...

My husband and I went out for Mexican… yum!

February 3, 2014 07:17 AM
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Mandy said...

I ate peanut butter crackers wherein the peanut butter was freshly ground from the farmer’s market. Not exactly s’mores, but definitely yummy! :)

February 3, 2014 07:17 AM
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Denise Barnes said...

We had roast, potatoes and carrots and lemon cupcakes for Superbowl Sunday.

February 3, 2014 07:18 AM
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Tara said...

Monster Cookie Ice cream…yum!

February 3, 2014 07:18 AM
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Susie M. said...

Spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread!

February 3, 2014 07:24 AM
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Connie Samonte said...

I baked cinnamon rolls with cream cheese glaze. My. Kids loved it.

February 3, 2014 07:26 AM
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Steffanie said...

My hubby made the best BBQ beef ribs and I made twice baked, garlic, bacon and cheese mashed potatoes! SO GOOD!!

February 3, 2014 07:28 AM
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Yael said...

Ate amazing macaroons my husband brought from Switzerland – wow!

February 3, 2014 07:29 AM
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Mira said...

I had probably three scoops of bittersweet chocolate ice cream (yikes!). But it was very delicious :)

February 3, 2014 07:29 AM
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Jeannine said...

My homemade pizza on Friday night:) yum!!!

February 3, 2014 07:30 AM
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deb said...

nachos with potatoes and black beans…yum!!

February 3, 2014 07:30 AM
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Mary Beth Rucker said...

cinnamon bun cupcakes from SugarBabe cupcakes in PA

February 3, 2014 07:32 AM
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Lily's Mom said...

My tastiest treat was also from Trader Joe’s . . . dark chocolate covered pretzels. Just the right combo of salt & sweet with a slightly bitter edge! Didn’t care much about the game, but those were gooooooood!

February 3, 2014 07:32 AM
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Theresa said...

I made some dairy free fudge with coconut milk. It is amazing!

February 3, 2014 07:34 AM
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Lindsey Haggerty said...

There’s too many things to choose from! My husband and I went out for our anniversary Friday night, and it was great!

February 3, 2014 07:34 AM
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Mandy said...

dark chocolate hershey kisses!

February 3, 2014 07:35 AM
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Yen said...

I made some flourless chocolate cake.
watching it fall was so much fun. :D and my boyfriend loved the cake so much he kept hiding it from people so they wouldn’t ask for it. haha.

February 3, 2014 07:36 AM
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Shannon said...

Guacamole! Mmmmm. But I would have loved a cupcake more!

February 3, 2014 07:38 AM
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Rella said...

I made a thick vegetable soup in the crockpot. It was the perfect food for a cozy, stay-at-home-with-the-family winter weekend!

February 3, 2014 07:39 AM
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Heather @ What Does She Do All Day? said...

The best thing I ate was a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles! It was decadent!

February 3, 2014 07:39 AM
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HBM said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was chocolate babka from The Ritz diner in NJ!

February 3, 2014 07:39 AM
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Nicole M. said...

My husband made the best chocolate mousse with Grand Marnier for the Super Bowl!!!

February 3, 2014 07:42 AM
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Leslie said...

The best thing I ate was homemade French silk pie at a super bowl party. Melted in my mouth – so good!

February 3, 2014 07:42 AM
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Cindy said...

Best thing I ate was swordfish Sebastian from Kruse and Muer. Mmmm

February 3, 2014 07:43 AM
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Karen T said...

Cheesecake for my dad’s birthday!

February 3, 2014 07:49 AM
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Patricia said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a yummy, sweet, syrupy “gulab jamun” after a delicious Indian takeout from a local restaurant. Mmmmmm

February 3, 2014 07:49 AM
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john said...

of course buffalo chicken wings!!!

February 3, 2014 07:51 AM
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Yanneris Genao said...

every layer of those cupcakes look amazing!
the best thing I ate this weekend was, Salted caramel Macarons!!!!

February 3, 2014 07:52 AM
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Stephanie k Norton said...

Vanilla sponge cake with whipped chocolate buttercream. A delicious classic!!

February 3, 2014 07:54 AM
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Dawn said...

Superbowl snacks (wings, pizza pinwheels, etc.)

February 3, 2014 07:54 AM
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Cindy Phillips said...

I found a recipie for Cronuts and made them this weekend. First attempt at making these, it was a long process but well worth it. They were pretty tasty!

February 3, 2014 07:55 AM
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Connie said...

The best thing I ate was actually a yummy salad that had feta, salami, cheese, peppers, olives, with Itallian dressing. SO good!

February 3, 2014 07:56 AM
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Gesine said...

The best thing that I ate this weekend was a chocolate cake with cheesecake swirls and caramel. I shared it with my lovely bestfriend while watching the hunger games.

February 3, 2014 07:57 AM
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Malin said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a Lindt chocolate bar, more specifically – the Caramel “with a touch of sea salt” bar. IT IS SO GOOD. Gosh. I nearly cried – it was that good. That could’ve been my hormones too, but I would like to think that it was due to the chocolate.

Also, OMG – those cupcakes look fantastic. You just inspired me to go out and buy one of those torches too.

February 3, 2014 07:58 AM
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Robin said...

Red Velvet cupcakes! Left overs from a wedding order this weekend:)

February 3, 2014 08:02 AM
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Ritchil said...

The best thing I ate this weekend is a Filipino dish called sinigang. My husband makes it and it’s a favorite in our house.

February 3, 2014 08:03 AM
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laurel said...

football shaped brownies with chocolate ganache, in a pool of salted caramel. ummm!

February 3, 2014 08:06 AM
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Laura said...

I made coconut key lime pie. It was amazing!

February 3, 2014 08:07 AM
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Kiki McDonald said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was homemade Galaktopoureko. Delicious!

February 3, 2014 08:10 AM
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Rachel said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was my favorite chocolate cupcakes with a new peanut butter frosting I “whipped” up. Delicious! Hit of the Super Bowl party!

February 3, 2014 08:11 AM
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Alva said...

My grandma’s cooking. As a flight attendant, even after trying all the delicacies the world provides, home cooked food is still the best <3

February 3, 2014 08:13 AM
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Moriah Nelson said...

I made some rice Krispy treats this weekend. :) they’re AMAZING!!!!

February 3, 2014 08:15 AM
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Denise said...

….this amazing oatmeal cake with a coconut pecan topping – it was dangerously addicting!

February 3, 2014 08:16 AM
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Allison Hale said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a chocolate coated almond and lemon zest heart shaped cookie with delicious blueberry ice cream from Jake’s ice cream at the Irwin Street Market in Atlanta!

February 3, 2014 08:16 AM
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Nathalie said...

I made burgers, beer boiled hot dogs and cupcakes!

February 3, 2014 08:17 AM
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Lisa Storrar (: said...

Definitely Banana and white chocolate chip pancakes I made myself and my boyfriend for breakfast on Sunday morning mmm

February 3, 2014 08:17 AM
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Caroline said...

The best thing I ate was bacon wrapped little smokie sausages. So delicious but oh so bad!

February 3, 2014 08:18 AM
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Maripili Soler said...

My new neighbor gave me a vanilla Flan, and my daughter made her a lemon meringue .pie, needless to say we have to make another for her.

February 3, 2014 08:18 AM
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Taylor said...

Had some amazing honey garlic chicken wings made by my lovely mother. Mmmmmm…

February 3, 2014 08:27 AM
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Elaine said...

As much as I love sweets, the best thing I ate this weekend was a sushi roll that had bacon in it! You can never go wrong with bacon!

February 3, 2014 08:27 AM
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Emily G said...

Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies!

February 3, 2014 08:29 AM
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Misty Wotring said...

I ate corn and ham chowder in homemade bread bowls. Yum!

February 3, 2014 08:29 AM
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jenna k said...

Pepperoni loaf! It is so addicting when I make it with homemade bread!

February 3, 2014 08:30 AM
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Diane said...

Didn’t have any cupcakes, but we had Buffalo Chicken dip and it was great!

February 3, 2014 08:30 AM
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Amanda B. said...

Pizza!

February 3, 2014 08:31 AM
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Melissa said...

I made a bacon cheeseburger dip for a Superbowl party. Yum!

February 3, 2014 08:31 AM
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spikeymandy said...

I made, and ate, white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake slices. i probably dont need a book about making more sweet stuff :(

February 3, 2014 08:31 AM
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Alexia said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a tomato soup recipe by Ina Garten. It is AWESOME. My husband calls it ‘adult spaghetti-o’s’ :)

February 3, 2014 08:32 AM
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Lisa Lou said...

I made your cheesecake this weekend. I make it all the time and it is amazing. I made a blueberry topping and oh my goodness it was good!!

February 3, 2014 08:32 AM
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Carrie H said...

Rigatoni Pizza. Pizza with pasta on top. Omg.

February 3, 2014 08:32 AM
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su murillo said...

Triple chocolate cupcakes with cheesecake frosting, made by me, hehe.

February 3, 2014 08:33 AM
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Terasa Driggers said...

The best sweet thing I ate this weekend was an oatmeal chocolate chip cooking that had been dipped in chocolate!!!

February 3, 2014 08:33 AM
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Gina said...

Chicken and waffles at home during the game. Yum!

I am having an award ceremony in my honor this month and I may just have to make these instead of a sheet cake.

February 3, 2014 08:34 AM
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Deborah said...

The most delicious thing I ate was a made from scratch chocolate cake and chocolate icing.

February 3, 2014 08:35 AM
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Michelle Vandergrift said...

I made a tasty artichoke & jalapeño dip yesterday.

February 3, 2014 08:35 AM
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Tenessa said...

I made black bean spinach egg rolls and they were yummy!!

February 3, 2014 08:36 AM
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Kim Henrichs said...

The best thing was local honey, granola and yogurt with fruit compote at brunch. All local, all amazing!

February 3, 2014 08:37 AM
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Genia said...

pan fried cod!

February 3, 2014 08:37 AM
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Kacy said...

I had a goat cheese tart this weekend that was simply delicious. The flavors were so balanced; I couldn’t help but smile with every bit.

February 3, 2014 08:38 AM
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jenny Flake said...

These are soooo beautiful Angie!! Mmm!

February 3, 2014 08:40 AM
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Lisa said...

Embarrassed here too but I enjoyed my sausage rotel cheese dip the best!

February 3, 2014 08:40 AM
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Nicole Stolfa said...

Dunkin donuts brownie filled donut!

February 3, 2014 08:43 AM
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Julie said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a cheese steak slider at my cousin’s Superbowl party. So good.

February 3, 2014 08:44 AM
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Jeannine DiBart said...

my homemade pizza on Friday night- yum!!

February 3, 2014 08:45 AM
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Rachel said...

I just made these cupcakes with a group of 13-year-olds for a class at my cooking school. They loved them, especially the part about using the torch…with supervision, of course! The best thing I ate this weekend was Crab Tater Tots that I made…a kind of tater tot/crab cake that is great for the gluten-free crowd.

February 3, 2014 08:45 AM
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Nicole B said...

The best thing i ate this weekend was a ton of chocolate! I worked at a chocolate festival and got to sample yummy chocolates while i worked! I think i’ll make these cupcakes next week when i host bunco. yAY!

February 3, 2014 08:46 AM
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KRYSTAL said...

what didn’t I eat this weekend?? One of the best was a oreo ribbon pie! Very sweet :)

February 3, 2014 08:47 AM
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Rebecca said...

cupcakes….surprise.
Thank you!

February 3, 2014 08:48 AM
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Kim said...

Homemade pizza pie…my husband’s aunt made it for lunch on Sunday. Delicious!

February 3, 2014 08:48 AM
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dana said...

Sushi and Bonefish Bang Bang Shrimp for superbowl.

February 3, 2014 08:48 AM
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Melva said...

Red velvet cake pops and chocolate covered strawberries :-)

February 3, 2014 08:49 AM
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Andrea said...

Yummy fesh pomagranate! No baking this weekend, but I cannot wait to bake these cupcakes next weekend – the torch is on my shopping list! :)

February 3, 2014 08:49 AM
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Nora&Laura said...

WOW!! looks amazing!

February 3, 2014 08:49 AM
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Jill said...

What yummy looking cupcakes, thanks for sharing the recipe. I guess the best thing I ate this weekend was a crumb cake I made for the family. Simple and everyone enjoys it for breakfast.

February 3, 2014 08:49 AM
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Carrie D. said...

I made my mom’s birthday cake this weekend. She turned 71 and she requested a chocolate cake with white buttercream, so that’s exactly what I made her. It was yummy!

February 3, 2014 08:50 AM
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Heather C said...

I loved a raspberry chocolate cookie crumb bar at a friend’s going-away party.

February 3, 2014 08:51 AM
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