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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate - the best hot chocolate you'll ever have
I had every intention of posting a healthy smoothie recipe, because let’s face it, I need one and have no business making and drinking decadent hot chocolates. But it’s cold and I’m a baby, and with a recurring series devoted to fried food, you’re not coming to this blog for the leafy greens. So hot chocolate it is. And since I’m already throwing caution to the wind, I thought I’d share the richest, most delicious hot chocolate there is. Stop reading now if you’re trying to cut back on sugar and happiness. Proceed at your own risk, but I really hope you do.

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Homemade Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

It’s been six weeks since I last posted a Thirsty Thursday post. Six weeks! That is not ok. This long, hard look at the calendar was the wakeup call I needed to start refocusing my efforts on this supposed “food” blog of mine. Thankfully, we just checked off two major items on the wedding to-do list (photographer and band!), and suddenly I feel a lot better about things. It also helps that I have some newfound free time for baking now that we’re staying put for the next several weekends. A full month into fall and I’ve been neglecting my oven big time. It’s time I fix that. 

Just not quite yet. Today’s post didn’t require an oven, but the autumnal Caramel Apple Spice is a step in the right direction. It’s a copycat recipe of the pricey Starbucks version, and get this, Starbucks is the one supplying it! Check it out here. Now, to be fair, hot apple cider with whipped cream and caramel sauce isn’t exactly rocket science or patentable, and their act of sharing is likely just a ploy to sell their Fontana Cinnamon Syrup, but we appreciate the sentiment nonetheless. Too bad for Starbucks, we’ll be saving our money with a homemade cinnamon syrup, because we’re scrappy like that. 

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Caramel Apple Hand Pies
Today is a big day at the office, we have a baby shower to celebrate! To honor the occasion, the coworkers and I are throwing one of our signature potlucks. We like to do it up big. Especially big this time, because Mommy-to-be’s had such a great year. In the last 12 month’s she’s gotten engaged, married, upgraded to bigger digs, and is now just weeks away from welcoming a baby boy into this world. What a year.

It wasn’t long ago that I baked a batch of Apple Pie Cupcakes to send her and her then husband-to-be off on their nuptials. They’re big pie people and ditched the traditional wedding cake for an assortment of pies. So when it came time to make something for their little one on the way, these little Caramel Apple Hand Pies were a no-brainer. 

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Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was unabashedly lazy and uneventful, and it was amazing. I even managed to fit in two naps. After a workweek that seemed like it would never end, the weekend was just what I needed.

Part of last week’s disorderliness was due to the cupcakes you see before you. As the resident baker, work birthdays can be quite the burden, but the pleasure I get from making something special for a special someone’s day exceeds the inconvenience of finding the time to do so. For now, anyway. Sometimes, the hardest part is figuring out what to bake, and in this case, with the birthday girl celebrating a 5 at the end of her new age and with a baby on the way, I knew it had to be something grand.

While “Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting” may be the title of this post, the unabridged name for these babies is “Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Cream Frosting, Hazelnuts and Caramel.” With the birthday girl eating for two, and me baking for 24, the long, grandiose name seemed only fitting. 

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Mocha Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

I abstain from coffee, just as I do with alcohol and soda. Add to that my love for the Love Taza blog and guilty-pleasure viewing of TLC’s Sister Wives and I might as well be Mormon. Brian has chosen other plans for me. Emphasis on “chosen.” 

As much as I can’t stand coffee, my friend Kate loves the stuff. I’m talking obsessed. So when it came time to bake something for her 25th birthday, I knew some sort of coffee confection needed to be involved. That’s how good of a friend I am. I’d like to think these mocha cupcakes with salted caramel frosting (another one of Kate’s loves) took me from good friend to greatest. 

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Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Salted caramel is chemistry at its best and sexiest. Sugar, butter, cream and sea salt are already great on their own, but heat and whisk them all together and you’ve cooked happiness. 

If that’s not enough for you, and that’s ok, I’m hard to please too, take that salted caramel and put it in some cupcakes. That’s where this week’s throwback* post comes in; salted caramel cupcakes to right all your wrongs. And if that’s still not enough, try drizzling on some caramel sauce. I wish I’d done that. I meant it when I said I was hard to please.

Recipe after the jump.

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