Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake

 

Memorial Day weekend flies by way too quickly. I lost my aunt Diann on Thursday, and it was such a shock that I baked away on Friday to distract myself. We left for family camp on Friday evening and just got back home on Monday afternoon, so it sank in slowly. She would have been 69 on Saturday, and she was always smiling. I miss her already! One of the last things she told me was that she loved my blog. Now every time I’m baking or blogging, I think of her and it makes me smile. It’ll be a long time of healing for my family, but we’ll get through it together as always.

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Lemon Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Filling

Lemon Cake with Vanilla Bean Filling! Layers of tender cake, filled with vanilla buttercream, frosted with lemon curd cream and topped with candied lemon slices- wow!

My mother-in-law, Lori, is super sweet and thoughtful. She adores her kids and considers their spouses to be her children, too. When I asked her what she wanted for Mother’s Day, she requested “something lemon”. I knew just what I wanted to make for her.

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Blackberry Lemon Cupcakes

Blackberry Cupcakes Filled With Lemon Curd

These cupcakes were kind of buried in my archives, and that’s just not right. I’ve made them several times and everyone LOVES them. When my mom asked for them on Mother’s Day weekend, I took the opportunity to get some better pictures of them!

Blackberry Cupcakes Filled With Lemon Curd

The cupcakes are fluffy and light, the frosting tastes like blackberry frozen yogurt, and the lemon curd is a bright, tart center that makes the whole thing complete. Basically, they’re too delicious to pass up. The lemon curd recipe has an unusual method and always comes out delicious. I use it for everything now!  Continue reading “Blackberry Lemon Cupcakes”

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Angel Food Cupcakes

Angel Food Cupcakes with a fresh whipped cream frosting!

My mom is awesome. I remember once, when I was pretty young, it was warm and rainy out one day. She told me and Amy to take off our socks and shoes and go outside to splash in puddles in the driveway. We happily obliged! She’d always let me lick the beaters when she was baking chocolate chip cookies, let me play with her jar of buttons while she sewed, made us play dough from scratch, let us make a huge mess of it on the kitchen table, and always had hot cocoa waiting for us when we came inside from sledding. So, yeah. Awesome. Basically the kind of mother I’d want to be, if I wanted kids that is.

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S’mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes- graham cracker cupcake, marshmallow filling, and dark chocolate ganache! YUM!

When I was growing up, my favorite thing to do in the summertime was invite a few friends to my house and put up a tent to go ‘camping’ in the backyard. I even learned how to put up our huge 3-room tent by myself at the tender age of 13! My best friend, Ariel, came to every little party I had. We lived a few miles from each other, which was awesome!

S'mores Cupcakes

There are so many funny memories from the times that we went camping, ranging from shaving cream fights and water balloon wars, to re-counting nightmares about giant pudding cup men and telling scary stories. Plus, we could be as loud as we wanted, eat tons of snacks, giggle uncontrollably, and my parents enjoyed peace and quiet inside the house! Except for the time it rained and the tent leaked so we had to go inside at 4 am.

Oh, and we always had to have a cookout just to have some s’mores!

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