Milky Way Madness

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So, I tried melting down candy on the stove for the first time. I’m actually upset I hadn’t thought to do it before. Inside these chocolate cupcakes is a mixture of melted down Milky Ways, cream cheese, butter and sugar. 

March Madness is a huge deal in my office (and everywhere else) and while I have no idea what’s going on, I felt like I contributed to everyone’s enthusiasm when I brought these in for a coworkers birthday.

I think I’m still on a sugar high from baking these, and my apartment is covered in salted caramel which is incredibly messy and delicious. Let the madness continue.

 

Pot of Gold Cupcake!

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Yes, there’s a cupcake in there! This one is covered in gold dusted vanilla frosting and some M&M pieces of “gold”.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Slainte!

-RBC

Mint Condition

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It’s that time of year again! Not only is St. Patrick’s Day rapidly approaching, but the Girl Scouts are back in action. Clearly I’m partial to cupcakes when it comes to baked goods, but I find it hard to resist buying a box or two of my favorite Girl Scout cookies, Thin Mints.

If you’re not putting Thin Mints in the freezer before eating them, you’re not living. And while I’m on frozen treats, I’ve surely mentioned my affinity for ice cream, so when deciding what to bake next, I tried to mix them all together. (For some reason, I’m reminded of this book.)

These mint chocolate chip ice cream cone cupcakes (say that ten times fast) are made of mint dark chocolate cake, frosted with mint chocolate chip frosting. I thought I may have overdone it with the mint extract, but these taste like a Thin Mint or Andes in cake form.

As I gear up for St. Patrick’s Day, I’m obviously gravitating towards baking anything green. I have a few more tricks up my sleeve, along with parties to bake for this weekend so I’m looking forward to the fun and festivities.

Happy Friday and Cheers!

XO

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Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! Since I can’t stop listening to the Beyonce song “XO”, I did not bother with any other conversation heart sayings. While it took me multiple attempts last year to master these cheesecake sweethearts, this time around it was one and done. 

Aside from the weather, I’m kind of loving 2014 so far. Not only was RBC featured in the University of Richmond’s Winter 2014 magazine, the ring box cupcakes from the previous post were used in a beautiful winter wedding photo shoot by Whyman Studios.Not bad, 2014, not bad.

Hoping everyone has a great Valentine’s Day (it’s a Friday, no pressure), and an even better long weekend. 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered- I’m Yours

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and judging by my last few orders, love has been and will continue to be in the air.

I have been filling orders for the engagement ring box cupcakes for the last few weeks, and on cue, my Facebook feed became inundated with engagements. When it rains (snows) it pours right? 

Now that there’s a break in the action, I have the time to put a new twist on the Valentine’s Day cheesecakes I made last year, and even try something new I’ve been excited to share.

Stay tuned and stay warm! 

Orange you glad?

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After a month long hiatus, RBC is back. And so is the snow, making commuting for one and all terribly unpleasant. I am lucky enough that I can walk to my office, but on days like these I wish I was further away so there was an excuse for a snow day in bed.

The weather hasn’t exactly kept everyone healthy either. I’ve been on and off sick for weeks- hence going MIA- and I’m sensing that this lingering cold may be my new accessory for Winter 2014. You can find packets of Emergen-C, DayQuil and Luden’s cough drops (aka candy) in my desk drawers, bag and apartment. I figure the more things I try to prevent getting full blown sick, the more likely I am to weather the flu season storm.

Growing up, whenever I wasn’t feeling great, my mom recommended extra Vitamin C. I was always told to drink orange juice, but I’m not a huge fan these days (maybe that’s why), so instead I opt for the real deal. While I hate peeling oranges, the end justifies the means. Luckily, these cupcake oranges require no peeling and are packed with Vitamin C(ake). 

And admittedly, this song comes to mind. Forgive me.

A year in cupcakes…

One Week!

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Christmas is one week away! This has been the busiest week- but I somehow managed to sneak in some holiday baking. Here are RBC’s newest gingerbread latte cupcakes, along with all of the boxes of treats I delivered yesterday morning. While I think I’m pretty good at giving gifts, this company put everyone to shame (get ready to tear up).

The gifting has just begun…

Happy Holidays!

-RBC

Cupcake of Noodles

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Yesterday was the coldest day in NYC since last January- winter doesn’t seem to be messing around this year. From the snow on Monday, to now freezing temperatures and windy walks to work, all I ever seem to want to eat is soup.

My favorite soup is French onion, and the best I’ve ever had was here.  My mom still talks (likely dreams) about a butternut squash soup she had when my family visited me while I was studying abroad from here. For that semester in Paris, soup was my go-to when I was low on funds. Now, it is the only meal that can truly warm me up.

When I think of Cup of Noodles I think of all the stories I have heard of people surviving on them for their first year living in NYC. For one of my best friends, I think she would opt for this meal even if she was blowing her nose with one hundred dollar bills. Today is her birthday, so I couldn’t think of a more fitting cupcake for her.

Happy Birthday CLG, and Happy Friday!

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

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Going home to celebrate Thanksgiving felt more like I had gone home for Christmas. On top of the flurries, I arrived home to find the entire house already decorated. My mom loves Christmas, so the stockings were hung and Mariah, Celine, and Barbara were already blaring from our speakers.

Every year I try to hold off on the holiday music until December 1st, but I did not have much say this time around. Nursing our Thanksgiving food comas, my sister and I got I inspired by our surroundings to bake “hot chocolate” cupcakes. From this article to this book  I decided I had to test out the “mug cake”.

After a few trials and errors, we felt this was the only one worth sharing-the other mug cakes either deflated in the mug or simply did not look appetizing. It is an interesting idea, but from now on I intend to stick to baking in the oven vs. the microwave.

Now that the holiday season is officially here, I am preparing for the madness of parties, presents and baking to begin. Cheers!

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