Without a Stout

Green. A symbol of envy as well as inexperience. Both apply when assessing my cupcake skills, so it makes sense that a raucous holiday rich with clover colored elements would act as a Merrily Baked cupcake moment. A bottle of Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout has been floating around the back of the fridge…

Fall-ow the Path of the Pumpkin

Pumpkins are en vogue again and few can resist this gourd-geous craze. Balk at yet another recipe that integrates this fad if you wish, or just recognize that the bellyaching comments stem from hunger which can easily be remedied with this delightfully tasty muffin. Hard Cider Pumpkin Muffins 1 Stick Butter, Room Temperature 2 ¼…

Chai Touched the Bundt

When reflecting on the potential circumstances that led the earliest humans to create dishes that are now commonplace, like cake, it is hard to wrap my mind around that proclivity to innovation. Through osmosis and experience (#inaforanhour) I know that butter, sugar, flour, eggs, etc. when combined and forced towards stimulation via heat results in…

Baking Up a Storm

Cooped up in a warm and cozy brick home, the wind blowing 35 mph sending sheets of sideways rain, we wait out the storm. A weekend family visit turns listless as cabin fever sets in and UNO games fail to entertain. The cure to boredom? Enlist the stirring skills of a 9-year-old to whip up…

Up Late for a Cupcake

In case you were wondering… Butter + Milk ≠ Buttermilk The word buttermilk is formed by fusing together the words butter and milk, but the THING buttermilk cannot be obtained by the same equation. This understanding leads to further thoughts on the matter which results in the illuminating realization that nothing is ever as it…

“Tea, Earl Grey, Hot”

Sometimes, I like my muffins the way Captain Picard likes his tea. This unique muffin gives off the aroma of bananas paired with rich black tea that has been traditionally flavored with bergamot oil and lavender. A combo of whole wheat flour and AP flour adds a slight earthiness while keeping the muffin light. This muffin is…

Will Blueberry Me?

Even if walking down the aisle is not part of your future plans, you will fall in love with these blueberry confections and enter a blissful world of muffintrimony. The secret? Juicy blueberries picked at the peak of ripeness, carefully washed and packed in the freezer, used along with that seemingly fancy concoction known as…

Peach Better Have My Honey

Pink-orange orbs give off a heady floral scent, drawing you towards them, coaxing you to take them home. Slice open for a captivating aurulent center that prompts you to gorge yourself on this golden ambrosia. You consume them and glow with power, but even in your gluttony too many fresh fragrant phenomena wait for attention….

Too Many Cookies in the Kitchen

A request for road trip cookies sparked a baking frenzy. An exhibition in over achievement in which dozens of cookies in two different flavors were mixed, scooped, and baked to sustain a grand total of 4 people travelling north for a long weekend. Needless to say, there were leftovers. A predicament of this magnitude had…

Bake Another Little Piece of my Heath

I purposefully purchase too many bananas, just to allow a few to teeter on the edge of too-ripe-to-enjoy. These speckled brown beauties might be baked with immediately, or sent to a corner of the freezer – peels and everything. Cryostasis enacted. Thawing takes very little time and the globular banana mush lends itself well to baking…

Rum Away with Me – Pineapple Coconut RuMuffins

Two golden pineapples purchased at the peak of ripeness. They  ventured to another city, carefully nestled in their own travel bag. Set on a foreign counter, they relaxed, observing the silly goings-on of a weekend vacation between friends, making it all the way to the end of the trip without being moved from their counter…

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcookies

A warm oven transforms dough and candy into delectable cookie nests that softly envelop rich Reese’s Cups. 1 Package Miniature Dark Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Cups 1 ¾ Cup AP Flour 1 Tsp. Baking Soda 1 Tsp. Kosher Salt 1 Stick Butter, Room Temperature 1 Egg, Room Temperature 1 ¼ Cup Brown Sugar 1 Tsp. Vanilla…