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July 15, 2014
Sounds about right…

Sounds about right…

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July 12, 2014
Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish by Pepperidge Farm: Cupcake Week Edition
Okay, I kinda cheated here. Beach time was way more important than finding a cupcake shop (shocker, I know…). Everyone knows Goldfish are one of the best beach snacks so I figured this would suffice. Not to worry though—not a hint of cheese in these guys; just a sweet vanilla cracker, kind of like dunkaroos, minus the frosting texture, of course.

Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish by Pepperidge Farm: Cupcake Week Edition

Okay, I kinda cheated here. Beach time was way more important than finding a cupcake shop (shocker, I know…). Everyone knows Goldfish are one of the best beach snacks so I figured this would suffice. Not to worry though—not a hint of cheese in these guys; just a sweet vanilla cracker, kind of like dunkaroos, minus the frosting texture, of course.

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July 11, 2014
Pretty Bitchin’  from Baked & Wired: Cupcake Week Edition
It’s chocolate cake with a crunchy peanut butter frosting (in case the name wasn’t clear…) Again, chocolate cake isn’t my favorite, but the peanut butter icing made up for it. YUM.

Pretty Bitchin’  from Baked & Wired: Cupcake Week Edition

It’s chocolate cake with a crunchy peanut butter frosting (in case the name wasn’t clear…) Again, chocolate cake isn’t my favorite, but the peanut butter icing made up for it. YUM.

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Carrotcake Cupcake from Baked & Wired: Cupcake Week Edition
The second carrotcake cupcake of the week, but I’m totally cool with that! They were very different. Baked & Wired’s cupcakes are gigantic and really unique—it had a great flavor but I don’t like all of the nuts they put in the cake.

Carrotcake Cupcake from Baked & Wired: Cupcake Week Edition

The second carrotcake cupcake of the week, but I’m totally cool with that! They were very different. Baked & Wired’s cupcakes are gigantic and really unique—it had a great flavor but I don’t like all of the nuts they put in the cake.

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June 27, 2014
Mini Homemade Hostess Cupcake from Columbia Firehouse: Cupcake Week Edition
JM and I couldn’t resist the dessert sampling that the Columbia Firehouse were offering after a successful client lunch. Luckily, the array of small confections included this mini cupcake, satisfying the requirement for my Thursday treat. I’m not normally one for super chocolatey cupcakes and don’t really care for hostess cupcakes that much (gasp, I know…), so I wasn’t really impressed by this little guy. It wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t great.

Mini Homemade Hostess Cupcake from Columbia Firehouse: Cupcake Week Edition

JM and I couldn’t resist the dessert sampling that the Columbia Firehouse were offering after a successful client lunch. Luckily, the array of small confections included this mini cupcake, satisfying the requirement for my Thursday treat. I’m not normally one for super chocolatey cupcakes and don’t really care for hostess cupcakes that much (gasp, I know…), so I wasn’t really impressed by this little guy. It wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t great.

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June 26, 2014

"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
Slightly obsessed with this sweet song by that young, red-headed Brit. Actually, the whole album is pretty fantastic (never mind the loud cover art)—he’s an amazing lyricist.

(Source: Spotify)

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Carrot Cake Cupcake from Bittersweet: Cupcake Week Edition
Yesterday was a bit of a hectic day, so instead of making the trek to a real cupcake shop, I had to stop by Bittersweet on the way to my car to get my cupcake fix for the day.
In my haste, I actually FORGOT it in my car and only realized 4 hours later…so I ran out to my car and miraculously, it was still in tact, and actually more delicious than it would have been at room temperature. The cake felt as if it was right out of the oven and the cream cheese icing was perfectly melt-y.

Carrot Cake Cupcake from Bittersweet: Cupcake Week Edition

Yesterday was a bit of a hectic day, so instead of making the trek to a real cupcake shop, I had to stop by Bittersweet on the way to my car to get my cupcake fix for the day.

In my haste, I actually FORGOT it in my car and only realized 4 hours later…so I ran out to my car and miraculously, it was still in tact, and actually more delicious than it would have been at room temperature. The cake felt as if it was right out of the oven and the cream cheese icing was perfectly melt-y.

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June 24, 2014
Coconut Macaroon from Lavender Moon: Cupcake Week EditionOkay, this is literally the best cupcake I’ve had in a LONG time. There was a short time period yesterday that I thought that I might…just MIGHT…like those macarons a bit more than cupcakes, but I clearly was fooling myself. This cupcake has redeemed my love and dedication to this perfectly moist, over-frosted (in a good way), sweet, delicious baked good.

Coconut Macaroon from Lavender Moon: Cupcake Week Edition
Okay, this is literally the best cupcake I’ve had in a LONG time. There was a short time period yesterday that I thought that I might…just MIGHT…like those macarons a bit more than cupcakes, but I clearly was fooling myself. This cupcake has redeemed my love and dedication to this perfectly moist, over-frosted (in a good way), sweet, delicious baked good.

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Pretty much, yes (and very appropriate for the impending birthday).

Pretty much, yes (and very appropriate for the impending birthday).

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June 23, 2014
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the beginning of Cupcake Week 2014. Since 2010, I’ll been treating myself to a cupcake (or a variation of, when I’ve found myself in a cupcake-less situation) every day during my birthday week*.
I had a lovely dinner with some of my best friends this past Saturday night and was happy to receive some delicious macarons (not to be confused with macaroons) from my friend Alex. I figured these would be a good treat for today because it’s like a French version of the cupcake. Also, they’re smaller than a cupcake, so you can eat more of them, right?!
As for flavor, there anen’t any complaints here! These dainty little snacks from Bakeshop are sweet and tasty with a nice texture—the delicate, crumbly cookie pair nicely with the smooth frosting. I’m also loving the variety of flavors, like Pistachio, Strawberries and Cream and Funfetti.


* Technically, though my birthday IS a week from today, my birthday week is next week, but we’ll be at the beach then and I’m not sure what the cupcake situation is down in the Outer Banks.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the beginning of Cupcake Week 2014. Since 2010, I’ll been treating myself to a cupcake (or a variation of, when I’ve found myself in a cupcake-less situation) every day during my birthday week*.

I had a lovely dinner with some of my best friends this past Saturday night and was happy to receive some delicious macarons (not to be confused with macaroons) from my friend Alex. I figured these would be a good treat for today because it’s like a French version of the cupcake. Also, they’re smaller than a cupcake, so you can eat more of them, right?!

As for flavor, there anen’t any complaints here! These dainty little snacks from Bakeshop are sweet and tasty with a nice texture—the delicate, crumbly cookie pair nicely with the smooth frosting. I’m also loving the variety of flavors, like Pistachio, Strawberries and Cream and Funfetti.

* Technically, though my birthday IS a week from today, my birthday week is next week, but we’ll be at the beach then and I’m not sure what the cupcake situation is down in the Outer Banks.

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