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Easiest Chocolate Cupcakes

I love chocolate. I love cake. I especially love peanut butter; as in I will sit down with a jar and a spoon and eat peanut butter. So when BFFMandy asked for Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting for her birthday, I knew exactly what I would make. This cake starts with a mix and could not be simpler. I know that cake mix gets a bad rap, but let’s just be honest for a minute…sometimes I just don’t have time to make scratch cake in the middle of the week (unless I want to be up till 1AM…but that’s another cupcake and another story); and these cupcakes freaking ROCK!

Easiest Chocolate Cupcakes
Adapted from The Cake Mix Doctor
1 Chocolate Cake Mix ( 18.25 Oz) (no pudding in the mix or other add-ins please!)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line your cupcake pans with liners; this recipe makes approximately 30 cupcakes. 
2. Empty the contents of the cake mix into a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, butter, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat with a mixer on low for 30 seconds, then on medium for a minute and thirty seconds. 
3. Use a medium ice cream scoop to fill the prepared cupcake liners three-quarters full. 
4. Bake according to package directions; approximately 20-25 minutes. 
5. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting. 

Side Note: I placed a miniature Reese’s Cup in the center of each cupcake before baking.
Side Note 2: Try this with any cake mix, it’s super easy, quick, and tasty. 

Peanut Butter Frosting
Adapted from Food.com
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened. 
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk (I used unsweetened Almond Milk in the cupcakes pictured above)
Pinch of table salt

1. In a medium bowl, beat butter and peanut butter with a mixer on medium until smooth and creamy. 
2. Add salt, beat an additional 30 seconds.
3. Add powdered sugar, beat on low speed until mixture is totally combined. 
4. Add vanilla extract and milk. Beat on low until combined, about 15 seconds. 
5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then increase mixer speed to high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy. This may take several minutes.



Stop! It’s Pajama Time!

You see what I did there…with the play on MC Hammer. I’m awesome…aaannd moving on.

I saw these super adorable pajamas while I was out shopping at Disney. My mom and I were browsing and looking for gifts when I saw them. It’s totally a little kid’s set of pajamas, but I wish they’d had them for grown people.

I mean seriously…cupcakes depecting Disney characters, what could be more me? It also totally gives me inspiration to try and make Disney Character cupcakes…we’ll see how that goes.

PZ’s Birthday!!!


My friend PZ celebrated his actual birthday a few weeks ago and today he and his boyfriend, J-Dubz, came to Tampa so BFFMandy and I could celebrate with him as well. Our initial plan was to have breakfast at First Watch and then go to Venice Beach. But due to the weather the day didn’t turn out quite as we’d planned. 
BFFMandy, C-Dawg, and I met PZ and J-Dubz at First Watch. It’s one of my favorite breakfast/brunch spots. I actually don’t think I know anyone who dislikes going there. Anyway the restaurant isn’t far from the house or the interstate; so we met there and had a great breakfast. I had biscuits and gravy. It was quite good; the biscuits were hot and fluffy with just a bit of a crunch on the bottom (which is how I prefer my biscuits) and the gravy was smooth with nice chunks of savory sausage. After breakfast we made our way to Publix (the best grocery store on the face of the planet) to forage for beach supplies. I picked up PZ’s birthday cupcakes; more on that later. We gathered chips, dip, ice, and we attempted to buy drinks too, but were unable due to the fact that it’s Sunday.
 Eventually we (PZ, BFFMandy, J-Dubz, and I, C-Dawg had to work) made our way to the beach. We made a valiant attempt to enjoy the “last beach weekend of summer” but a thunderstorm cut our sunny day short ; PZ, BFFMandy, and J-Dubz did get to spend some time in the water (myself and my injured ankle stayed on the blanket and read). We actually attempted to go to another beach, but  to Blackberries and an iPhone later we accepted the storm covered pretty much the entire gulf coast in our area. After the beach be came home (where it was not thunderstorming) and spent the afternoon at the pool. Many hi-jinks and freeze pops were had. 
The pool was followed by some brief iPhone research and plans for Pit Boss and bowling. Pit Boss is a BBQ restaurant in New Port Richey. The BBQ is fantastic smokey and meaty. You can see the smoke billowing from several miles away and smell it as soon as you walk in the front door of the restaurant. The staff is friendly and helpful and the french fries are always hot and crispy. BFFMandy have actually gone out of our way to go to Pit Boss. The name of the restaurant is also the cause of some not common sense on both our parts (see below):

Me (25minutes into my first visit to Pit Boss, just noticing the decor): Oh, Pit Boss…like Vegas and gambling…

Me (defending my initial lack of common sense): Yeah, but there’s that show on the Discovery Channel called Pit Boss…
BFFMandy: What’s it about?
Me: BBQ…
PZ and J-Dubz: (laughter)

Fabulous birthday dinner was followed by bowling. We went to Lane Glo also in NPR. 

Bowling was a much more interesting experience with only one foot. As you know, I was “booted” earlier this week and PZ’s birthday excursion was my first outing. I actually did pretty well, I managed to get a strike and not to come in dead last at least one game. Plus, we all had fun.
Me and PZ, All Smiles!


Kissing the ball for Luck!
And Bowl!
Birthday Boy Bowls!
J-Dubz looking for a strike!
After bowling we returned to the house and had cupcakes. I usually would’ve made cupcakes, but I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to be on my feet long enough. I texted PZ earlier in the week and he asked for white cake and plain buttercream. Since I know Publix cake is fabulous (it’s one of the reasons Publix is better than every other store on the planet) and I know PZ likes their frosting I ordered him a half dozen cupcakes. They were darn good.

Smiles. =)