Sweet Things: Be Mine Vanilla Cupcakes

Well guys, what can I say. I’ve been hibernating. And then I looked at my calendar this weekend and realized that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Love it or hate it, Cupid’s very own holiday is a good excuse to bake. 🙂

Enjoy this ode to all things sweet, pink, and made with love.

xx Cocoa & Lace

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Buttercream frosting (see recipe here)
  • 1 package of M&Ms

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Directions:

  • Melt butter in microwave safe bowl; Whisk in granulated sugar. Add vanilla extract.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Make a well in the center and pour in liquid ingredients.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, to center of bowl, gradually whisking into liquid ingredients.
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly, but do not over-mix.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once cooled, spread vanilla buttercream frosting onto each cupcake. Layer with M&Ms (design as you wish!). Add another dollop of frosting to create multiple layers, as pictured.

Be Merry. Be Bright.

Hello all!

Hope you’ve had an absolutely magical holiday season and are gearing up for a fabulous New Year’s celebration! I’ll be ringing in 2013 in sunny Florida, enjoying a break from the Windy City. But rest assured that between my holiday festivities and beach days I’ve been baking up a storm and scouting out the latest trends from the Gulf – and can’t wait to share it all with you!

Cheers to a healthy, prosperous, and wonderful New Year!

xx Cocoa & Lace

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The Lust List

Clockwise from left:

  1. Essie, “Scarlett O’Hara” (beauty.com)
  2. ModCloth, “Golden Garden Dress” (modcloth.com)
  3. MARC BY MARC JACOBS, “Short Bow Pendant Necklace” (bloomingdales.com)
  4. Maison Scotch, “White Trench with Leather Collar” (piperlime.com)
  5. Hunter Boots, “Jena Welly Ballerina Flats” (cusp.com)

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

xx Cocoa & Lace