Virginia is for Lovers

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Last week, I spent some time down in Richmond, Virginia. Why, you ask? My alma mater is down there, and I was asked to bake for the lovely ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma and their philanthropy event, Kappa Kourtside. While they say you are a “sister for life”, it never crossed my mind how KKG would continue to be a part of my life even after my time at the University of Richmond. What was their request? Blue tennis ball cupcakes. 

I made the drive down, strategically placing boxes of cupcakes in the trunk, and cursing the terrible paving job done on all of the roads through Long Island and New Jersey. Once I got far enough along in the trip, it was smooth sailing, and I got borderline giddy once I saw signs for Richmond.

Richmond is a beautiful city, and it’s on a serious upswing, having recently been named the happiest city in America, one of the top 5 cities to watch, and Departures even featured it as a city to watch as the next big food destination. Not bad, RVA!

Once I delivered these cupcakes, I managed to return to all of my favorite haunts from my time in college. It was a great weekend- I couldn’t have asked for better weather- and it made me incredibly nostalgic for a time when my biggest concern was raising money for the sorority philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, by playing in a tennis tournament on a beautiful day in October.

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Cereal Baker

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These cupcakes were such a throwback to being a kid again. Growing up, we weren’t allowed to have sugar cereals unless it was a special occasion. Froot Loops were always the biggest fight (Lucky Charms were completely out of the question), but Apple Jacks, Frosted Flakes, and Pops were given the “OK”. 

This idea has been on my mind for over a year now, but it took my cousin lending me her wonderful kitchen in Manhattan to give it a go. Most people don’t get to see the process behind Reality Bites, so it was fun to share that experience with her. Leaving for work, we both took bites of these cupcakes. Not 100% eating cake for breakfast, right?

I think next time I will make the bowl a different color cake (suggestions welcome!) to add to the contrast between the less colorful cereals and the cupcake “bowl”. What do you think? Either way- these cupcakes are the perfect #TBT.  

Bacon Egg and Cheese(Cake)

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TGIF! And here’s to the first week of fall, the first football game of the NFL season, the first week of school (for the young ones), and the second week of the US Open. You’re off to quite the start, September.

Even though I’m pretty focused on this week being over (and sleeping…), I’m still thinking about my Labor Day weekend. RBC spent the holiday up in Hingham, MA, and I had the.best.time. The icing on the weekend is that the lobster roll cupcake was featured on Food In The Air's Instagram. To thank them, the gang put some bagel cupcakes (I brought as a gift for the hosts) in the air. Check out FITA and RBC here! I’m hungry just looking at them…

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With fun weekends, comes not as fun mornings, so I made this BEC bagel cupcake in honor of the best hangover cure around. It’s Friday, and I’m sure we all could use one. 

Cupcakes In The Air

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August was a crazy month- RBC moved (again, ugh), adding to the insanity of trying to soak up all of the travel and fun of the last month of summer.

Last weekend I had an impromptu BBQ at my house, and naturally before I had even bought the burgers and hot dogs, the cupcakes were made and already out for display. I don’t often mess around with frosting flavors, but had been craving peanut butter so I gave this frosting a go. To say it was addicting is downplaying it. These chocolate cupcakes hit the table for a first round after I had cleared the chips and dips (before dinner) and then again after dinner. And then again muchhhh later in the night. 

While I much prefer to make the typical RBC cupcake that teases the tastebuds, it was a nice way to mix things up. Kind of like trying this temporary tattoo craze. I ordered that cupcake tattoo from Tattly.

Here’s hoping everyone enjoys their last weekend of summer! -A

Funfetti For the Win

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I follow @nycdining on Instagram, and she has posted a few times about Tompkins Square Bagels’ birthday cake cream cheese bagel, and every single time I promise myself I will go and try this enigma out. While I have yet to try the real deal, I decided to recreate a cupcake version of my own. Behold, a funfetti cream cheese bagel cupcake.

I have to admit, this is one of my favorite, if not my favorite cupcake I have made thus far, solely based on taste. This frosting is addicting, and I found myself sneaking bites throughout the day to avoid a serious sugar rush. 

#TGIF 

Sweet Shots

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Last weekend was a time for celebrating- from a 21st birthday, to a dear friend’s wedding, I was gearing up for the festivities all week. The more excited I am, the less capable I am of sitting still, so I made these cupcake shots for the occasions. 

Mini cupcakes (and shots) are dangerous- it’s hard to keep track of how many you’ve had! Over the course of the celebrations, I managed to indulge in both. To quote LMFAO, “Cup(cakes) in the air, everybody let’s take shots”. 

House of Cards

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What do you bake for a 90th birthday party for a woman who loves bridge and golf? A round of golf cupcakes, and a deck of cards…cupcakes. Full disclosure, the cards are actually brownies, but in order to get their shape just right, brownies were the perfect way to go about it.

This order reminded me most of two things: my brother, who is an incredibly skilled poker player, and House of Cards. The show sucked me in, and I could not stop watching it. Kevin Spacey quickly made my list of favorite actors after season 2, and Robin Wright is just on point. Can you tell I enjoyed it? Best.scene.ever. 

If you play your cards right…

Cupcake Chatter

So many people throughout the week have been telling me about the closing of Crumbs. While it’s certainly sad to see a cupcake giant go, I don’t believe this means the end of cupcakes. 

Here are some of the best and worst articles I’ve read this week about the end of Crumbs. 

Love everything from BA:

http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/crumbs-closing?mbid=social_20140708_27451496

Steam is coming out of my ears:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cupcakes-are-everything-thats-wrong-with-america-2014-07-09?pagenumber=2

And the straight facts:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/sticky-time-for-crumbs-bake-shop-1404770884

Trust me, RBC isn’t going anywhere! 

All American Cupcake

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Happy 4th of July weekend! Since this is one of my favorite holidays, I’m counting down the seconds until I am out of Manhattan and next to some kind of body of water.

The best parts of the 4th of July (for me at least) are the BBQs. This weekend I anticipate that most all of my meals will come off the grill.
To gear up for the weekend, I made BBQ themed cupcakes that were actually featured on Tuesday on @New_Fork_City. This Instagram handle posts some incredible food shots, and RBC was lucky enough to get a shout out for this cupcake trio.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday weekend! 

Photo Booth Phiesta

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Here’s to closing out the birthday week with some fun photos from a Photo Booth “Phiesta”. On Wednesday, RBC joined forces with Lindsay’s Necklaces for a party filled with taco cupcakes, beautiful necklaces, and of course, margaritas and Coronas. 

We had such a great time, and possibly a little too much fun with the photo booth. Cheers to the weekend!

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