ABC - Emergency Blender Cupcakes

This month’s Avid Bakers Challenge is a quick one.  I love quick recipes.  The ones that utilize one bowl come together pretty quickly and end up being a delicious treat.

In this recipe, these cupcakes are made in the blender.

Yep,  you read it right - in.the.blender.  The one you use to make smoothies in.  But, in this case, we will use it to make cupcake batter.

And these cupcakes fit all of the above and more.  They also fit my desire to send a happy birthday to three of my favorite people today with virtual cupcakes!

Happy Birthday NYBoy 1!

Happy Birthday (belated) NYBoy 2!

Happy Birthday son to be brother-in-Law!

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ABC: Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

I started writing this post last Sunday.

This final post is not what the original post was.  The original post was much longer, full of explanations and key points and well, you know how I can ramble on and on.

Just so you know, I’m like that in real life too.

But, I was feeling it. I was in the writing “zone” - the one where it’s flowing and flowing and you are typing happily away.

Then about the third paragraph down, I stopped, because I got side tracked by a 180 pound dog tearing into the house full of soap and water.

Apparently Rufus, had gotten away from Tom during his bath time.  And that dog made sure that we knew how much he hates bath time.

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ABC: Nut-Crusted Chocolate-Banana Swirl Cake

I have not posted anything with my baking group from ABC in so long; I’m surprised to see I’m still part of it!

Thank you Hanaa for keeping me in the fold and not kicking me out to the curve.

For 2012, the ABC bakers decided to bake from Abigail Johnson Dodge, The Weekend Baker and she was kind enough to pick our inaugural recipe.

She describes this as an “elegant brunch coffee cake” and after making it today, I could not agree more.

I planned to do this cake back in late December in order to have it ready to post in our early January schedule.

Then, life; sort of happened and this fell through the cracks.

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ABC: Frangipane Ripple Chocolate Pound Cake

This month’s Avid Baker’s choice was something I was looking forward to.  I love heavy; dense cakes and pounds cakes are the type of cakes that fit this bill.

Plus is has been a while since a pound has been made around these parts.

Would you believe that I have never, ever made a chocolate pound cake?

Yep, true.

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