Peanut Butter Birthday Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

I bet there’s a traffic court in hell.  I don’t know of anyone who likes traffic court.

The day after my job interview I had to go to traffic court.  It was not fun.

A few weeks before I was driving R’s car.  My car needed repairs and I was trying to wait until I had a job before dropping a few hundred dollars on car parts.  In the 4 blocks I was driving, I got pulled over.  Turns out, R’s plates were expired by a little over a week.

So the morning of my court date I drove downtown.  I headed into the courthouse with the ticket and proof that he had renewed his plates the day after the ticket.  In front of the metal detectors they had a sign listing that phones were not allowed in the court room, and directing to lockers where personal belongings could be stored.  So I put my phone in the locker.  I went through the metal detector while my purse went through x-ray.  The security officer then told me that cameras were not allowed.  So I had to go back to the locker, only to discover I had used my last 50 cents on the previous locker.  Luckily there was a change machine (but it was in a different part of the building).  Finally, I got through the metal detector and into the courtroom.

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Spicy Spice Cake with Orange Frosting

R made a cake while I was stuck in tech.  R made a delicious, spicy cake.  It was wonderful the next morning as breakfast… don’t worry I also had coffee for breakfast.

This spice cake is spicy.  I tried some without the frosting, the cloves and nutmeg gave a wonderful spicy heat.  The frosting is sweet, but not overly, a strong orange zest accents the spice of the cake.  You don’t need much of this cake as it is packed with flavor.  Bake this cake for someone special just because.

If you were to top this cake with a chocolate frosting be prepare for a very rich dessert.  Chocolate would go well with the spiciness of the cake, perhaps vanilla would work too.  The orange frosting would go great on a white cake as well to add some zest.

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Whipped Raspberry Butter Cream Frosting

I spent a good part of the baking.  And I was perfectly fine with it.  In addition to these beauties I made pizza dough and finished up the cupcakes I posted yesterday.


These cupcakes are dense, hearty vanilla treats.  Topped with a light whipped buttercream they are wonderful for a sweet tooth.  I love this recipe, the raspberry gives enough flavor without overwhelming the vanilla cake.  However, this is the first thing I’ve baked that R has not liked.  All the more for me then.

Both cupcakes I made for our housewarming were a hit.  While we had less people than we expected, it was a good night and gave us the motivation to get the apartment finished up.

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Red Wine Everyday Cupcakes


R and I are finally having our housewarming party.  It’s only been a month and a half since we moved in and that time has included an earthquake, a hurricane, R beginning a new job, and the opening of a show at the theatre.  August and September have flown by and now I’m enjoying the cold front that has moved in and am dreaming of fall and winter foods.

This recipe are from a site that I just recently was introduced to: Smitten Kitchen.  I wish I had found this site when I first moved into my old apartment, with it’s sad amount of counter space.


These cupcakes are the first recipe I’ve tried and they are spot on.  Rich, moist, velvety.  This recipe is quickly going to become a staple when I’m craving chocolate.  I imagine you can achieve different subtle flavors by experimenting with the kind of red wine that’s incorporated.  If you have a sweet tooth, these probably won’t quite satisfy you.  But if you love rich, velvety chocolate whip up a batch of these.  Plus the powdered sugar on top makes them look so exquisite, you’re quests will be wowed, at least I hope ours are.


Head over to Smitten Kitchen for the recipe: Red Wine Chocolate Cake.  For cupcakes I suggest baking for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  I haven’t tried the mascarpone topping… yet.