Archive | March, 2011

Easter Eggs. Easter Bunny. Easter Cupcakes?

24 Mar

The Spring season is finally upon us and with Easter Sunday exactly one month away it doesn’t surprise me that Crumbs has released its Easter cupcake collection. These treats are complete with their pastel decorations and will definitely be an Easter dessert pleaser.

With the exception of one cupcake covered in chocolate frosting, pretty in pink vanilla cream cheese heaven tops and fills these chocolate, vanilla, and Peep vanilla cupcakes to perfection. The bunny cookies, mini marshmellows, jelly beans, and colorful sprinkles not only give these cupcakes innocent appeal, but also add to that delicious original Crumbs taste.

These cupcakes are totally fitting for the season and will get you in a great mood (because this rainy weather certainly isn’t helping). The next time I’m home, which coincidently will be for Easter, I will be making a stop at Crumbs to try out some of these signature cupcakes.

The collection is also available in cute minis, so I say get a bunch and whoever finds the most eggs gets an extra cupcake!

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Delicious Dessert Hummus!

21 Mar

After my friend found this hummus recipe, I decided to try it out and it was totally worth it!

Chocolate Chip Dessert Hummus

Not only was it simple to make (aside from peeling the individual chick peas), but it tasted great and has a strong resemeblence to cookie dough.

I would reccommend eating it with graham crackers or for a healtier choice celery sticks.
Ingredients:
2 cups chickpeas
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips

(I added more peanut butter to mine for a richer taste.)

Directions:
Drain, rinse, and peel the chickpeas
In a food processor combine the chickpeas, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla
Mix until smooth and creamy
Then put the hummus into a bowl
Add the chocolate chips and serve!

Original Carrot Cake Cupcakes

21 Mar

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Serves 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:
3 cups grated carrots
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups oil
2 cups flour
2 tsps. baking soda
2 tsps. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
Directions:
Preheat oven 350, bake for 20-25 min
Grate carrots and set aside
In a bowl beat eggs, sugar, and oil until creamy
Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and mix thoroughly
Stir in carrots, walnuts, and raisins.

Once cupcakes cool frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:
2 packages of cream cheese at room temp.
1 stick of butter softened
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 ½-3 cups of confectionery sugar (depends how sweet you like it)

Directions:
Using an electric mixer, mix the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until smooth
Then gradually mix the sugar in one cup at a time
Mix until fluffy!

Simple Happiness

21 Mar

Georgetown Cupcakes!

20 Mar

After venturing to Georgetown Cupcake in February, my roommates and I needed another dose of the delicious cupcakes. The only problem–we didn’t want to wait on the lengthy line again. With the warmer weather we decided to change it up and go to the store at Bethesda Row.  Since we hadn’t been to Bethesda before we made a day of it.  The area is adorable with plenty of cute shops and restaurants. After lunch and covering most of the area it was time to embrace the typical Georgetown Cupcake line; however, unlike waiting almost an hour in DC (in the freezing cold) we were inside within ten minutes.  Carrot cake, red velvet, chocolate coconut, and strawberry cupcakes later we were out the door. Knowing how much quicker the line moves, the next time we have a craving we will definitely be heading back to Bethesda!

Check out the signature Georgetown Cupcakes!

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