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Recipe and a Round-Up

Sometimes, I love sweets. I mean really love them.  Lately, I’ve been craving cupcakes.  Not a likely craving for me though.  As a self-proclaimed “Cookie Monster”, cake just doesn’t do it for me.  However, after seeing a cupcake “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” and watching unlimited episodes of “Cake Boss” and “DC Cupcakes”, my sweet tooth was raging. 

Thanks to one of my favorite blogs, “Eat Live Run”, I was able to put together a delicious, and perfectly portioned way to settle my sweet tooth:

Two Bite Mini Cakes

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3/4 cup of sugar (you could use splenda)
  • 1 cup of milk (I used vanilla soy milk and it was great!)
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Combine: sugar, milk, oil and vanilla.  In another bowl, combine: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda.  Add dry ingredients to wet slowly. Use the mini muffin tins!  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. 

Super Simple Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 stick of room temp butter
  • 1/2 stick of butter flavored Crisco
  • 3 – 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1.5 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Cream the butter, Crisco, and vanilla together.  Add sugar one cup at a time.   Add milk last.

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I don’t have a fancy schmancy cake decorator, so I used a large Ziploc bag, put the icing into it, cut the tip and went to town.  It’s a little more rustic, but its still nicer than just spreading 🙂

 

The Round UP

Here’s some Sunday afternoon reading about some recent issues, fun health info, and recipes I made or want to try:

The Twinkie Diet Helps Professor Lose 27 lbs – CNN.com

Weekend DIYs (I love the pinecone turkeys) – CasaSugar

Fruit and Nut Energy Bites – Oh She Glows

Exercises to Prevent Injury – Runners World

You Want a Toy with That? – NYT

Falling for Warmth – Yoga Journal

How to Cure a Sugar Fiend – Food Renegade (***MUST READ***)

Should You be Running Barefoot? – Runners World

Have a wonderful Sunday! 

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