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Cherries and Cream Cupcakes

**UPDATE — Holy crap! I actually won this month’s Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge! Thank you to everyone who voted, and thank you again to Jamieanne for hosting! WOOOO!** It’s a sad time in the cupcake world… the last Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge. As hard as it is for Jamieanne to believe it’s been a year […]

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Birthday Garden Cupcake

This month’s theme for the Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge, hosted by the lovely Jamieanne over at Sweetest Kitchen, is particularly exciting for me because it’s the most shallow competition yet; the birthday-themed cupcakes will be judged solely on their looks! This is great news for me, and probably for the other contestants, because I won’t […]

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Triple Ginger Carrot Cupcakes

November’s theme for the 5th┬áMystery Box Cupcake Challenge was ginger. If that’s not a perfect flavor for this season, I don’t know what is! I started brainstorming right away to create something seasonal, but that wasn’t gingerbread or pumpkin-flavored. (As Jamieanne points out, the idea of this challenge is to bake creatively!) I’ll tell you, […]

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Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

When I saw Sweetest Kitchen’s Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge for this month was “Orange,” I actually hesitated before deciding I’d enter. In fact I may not have entered at all if my friend Ale hadn’t placed an order with me for a dozen pumpkin spice cupcakes to have on hand for some weekend visitors. My […]

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Fluffernutter Cupcakes

This month’s theme for the Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge was “Childhood Memories.” At first I was trying to think of a place – like the beach or the zoo – for decoration purposes, but then it hit me… My favorite lunch I ever had as a kid was a Fluffernutter Sandwich (peanut butter with marshmallow […]

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The White Lime Experience

This month’s Mystery Box Ingredient was white chocolate. “Well,” I thought, “surely I can make something with that.” And then I thought “stop calling yourself Shirley.” (Fun fact – I have a bowling shirt with the name Shirley embroidered on it. Just ‘cuz.) One of my favorite combos is white chocolate and lime because the […]

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White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

I wanted to make these cookies because I’d bought the ingredients forever ago and just never got around to it. They were totally worth the wait! I didn’t have a specific recipe in mind, so originally I was going to just use a chocolate chip cookie recipe and sub in the white chocolate and macadamia […]

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