When my coworker asked if I'd be willing to make cookies as part of her "Happiness Campaign", I was thrilled to a) help her bring some joy to her friends and loved ones, and b) have a fabulous excuse to make some spring-inspired cookies like the ones I'd stalked on Pinterest. I fell in love with the warmth of spring, and the simplicity of the designs. I wanted mine, however, to be a little untraditional; I wanted bright, bold colors and a variety of flowers -- like the ones I'd see in a beautiful Minnesota prairie.
These were incredibly time-consuming to decorate, but they lived up to their purpose -- everyone who received one smiled. Happiness, achieved.
File these under my new favorite cupcakes. Take lemon-infused buttermilk cake, fill with amazingly sweet and sour lemon curd, and add lavender-flavored buttercream frosting and you pretty much have perfection.
Read more: LEMON LAVENDER CUPCAKES
These cookies hold a special place in my heart because they were for a little girl's second birthday. Her parents chose a "You are my sunshine" theme, which is one I've always wanted to do for my own little girl.
I adore making cookies for birthday parties, especially ones that let me go crazy with color and sprinkles.
Read more on my blog: YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE COOKIES
I am unabashedly obsessed with Gilmore Girls...and when I say obsessed, I mean the name "Lorelei" was on the short-list when naming my daughter. To say I was excited when Netflix announced their revival is an understatement; I immediately began brainstorming cookie ideas. As you can see, I settled on honoring the things about the show I like most -- its quick wit and iconic phrases.
When your sister-in-law and brother-in-law make the five hour drive to visit your family, you better serve them their favorite cupcakes. These are chocolate cake filled with raspberry preserves and topped with a milk chocolate ganache and raspberry buttercream. A-mazing.
Find the recipe here: CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY CUPCAKES
Sometimes, plain old chocolate cupcakes just aren't enough for chocolate lovers. That's when you have to combine more than one dessert...like chocolate cupcakes and brownies.
Get the recipe: BROWNIE BATTER CUPCAKES
I may have a slight obsession with Harry Potter, or more specifically, the infamous butterbeer that comes along with the stories and movies. These are butterscotch, cream soda, and toffee cake, filled with butterscotch sauce, and topped with whipped butterscotch frosting. These are probably my favorite cupcakes ever.
Find the recipe here: BUTTERBEER CUPCAKES
I am obsessed with cannoli. There's something about the combination of the fried shell with creamy filling and chocolate chips that is so special -- it's the dessert I ordered whenever I can.
I don't make cannoli, but I do make cupcakes, and I have to say, these may be my favorite flavor yet.
Find the recipe here: CANNOLI CUPCAKES
Surf's up! My little girl is now a "surfer girl" after completing a week-long camp in Florida...and I'm a "stencil girl" after completing these cookies, which were my very first foray into stenciling. I used royal icing this time, but can't wait to try these again using an airbrush.
I know, I know -- "tutu cute" is offensively puny, but I couldn't help myself. It's late, I'm running on fumes, and frankly, I think these are some of the cutest I've made to date.
Read more on the blog: TUTU CUTE BALLERINA-INSPIRED BIRTHDAY COOKIES
I'd never heard of My Neighbor Totoro before making these baby shower cookies, but by the end, I'd sort of fallen in love this this character. Who knew black, gray, white, and cream cookies could be so cute?
Yes, I do like pina coladas...especially in cupcake form. I stalked these beauties on Pinterest for several months before finally breaking down and making them. They're a perfect summertime dessert -- colorful and full of flavor.
Get the recipe: PINA COLADA CUPCAKES
Harry Potter really doesn't need an introduction. I'm obsessed with the books and movies and have been looking for an excuse to make Harry Potter cookies for ages; I found it with my friend (and fellow HP aficionado) Heather's birthday. Let me just say two things: a) Gryffindor colors are not easy to create, and b) I can't wait to make these again...and maybe mix in my house, Ravenclaw.
Read more, and get the recipes, on my blog: YOU'RE A WIZARD, HARRY
Peach desserts are my mother-in-laws favorites, and they're a close second for me (coming in just behind anything cherry-flavored). I don't do a lot of baking outside of cookies and cupcakes, so finding an awesome peach dessert that didn't involve pie-making was a pretty exciting challenge for me. Cue the peach cobbler cupcake!
You can find the full recipe here: PEACH COBBLER CUPCAKES
Sometimes there are cookie designs out there just cute, so perfect that you just have to try them yourself. Enter this adorable design by one of my favorite bakers, Sweetapolita. I think it's the eyes that kill me. Or maybe the rosy cheeks...or the smattering of sprinkles. I give up.
What comes first -- the recipe or the cupcake wrappers? In this case, it was the super sweet, Shabby Chic liners and accessories my daughter "made" me to buy at Michael's during one of our mommy-daughter outings. Her criteria is pretty straight-forward -- pink and pink...and a little more pink. Nothing other than a strawberry cupcake would do, of course.
Find the recipe here: STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES
Happy National S'mores Day!
What? You didn't know it was a thing either? I'm quickly discovering that there's a national day for just about everything, but in this case, I'm totally on-board with celebrating the summertime staple that is the s'more. And, of course, because I'm me, I had to throw my own touch on it and talk cupcakes -- S'mores cupcakes.
Read the full blog post: S'MORES CUPCAKES
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a Dr. Seuss favorite and the theme for Danny's third birthday. I had so much fun taking the illustrations from the book and turning them into edible treats. Thank goodness for edible markers -- they were a lifesaver for creating the Seuss-style line touches.
These cupcakes are, without a doubt, my most frequently requested treats. The peanut butter buttercream frosting is so ridiculously smooth that most people forget there's a little Reese's peanut butter cup on top.
Taken from the amazing blog, My Baking Addiction, this recipe will certainly become a favorite -- good luck finding something comparable to its perfection.
Click here for the recipe: CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUP CUPCAKES
One of my favorite flavor combinations -- lemon and raspberry -- make for a delicious treat. These are lemon cake filled with raspberry preserves and topped with a raspberry buttercream frosting.
You can find the recipe here: RASPBERRY LEMON CUPCAKES
I admit it -- I totally stole this idea from Pinterest. I was absentmindedly scrolling through posting after posting of cupcakes with my daughter when she saw these, squealed in a way only five-year-olds can, and asked (demanded?) to know if we could make them this weekend. I was internally mimicking her reaction, so of course I said yes!
Read more: MY IN-LAWS ARE MOVING TO FLORIDA CUPCAKES
School is a big deal in my house, and when the year begins or ends, my daughter and I make sure to celebrate in true I Bake, You Bake style -- with cookies! I'm not into primary colors, so we went with these softer, brighter shades that I think are a nice change. My daughter even decorated a few for her teacher using edible markers, which I think she loved more than anything.
Cupcakes? Good. Chocolate chip cookie dough? Good. Combine them? Perfection.
Get the recipe: CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH CUPCAKES