Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cupcakes! They're not just for breakfast

My daughter was home for a visit this weekend, and we had talked about making cupcakes off and on since Thursday evening.  Somehow we were always too tired or too busy or whatever to make them.  Well, she had to leave this evening so I decided today had to be the day.  I made these cupcakes before breakfast.  I know most people don't have dessert after breakfast, but today we decided to make an exception and have a cupcake. 
The quilt in this photo is one of my UFOs.  I made it to go on this dining room table and plan to hand quilt it.  What you can't see too well in this photo is that I've only appliqued the flowers and leaves on one side of the border.  Actually seeing it on the table may be enough motivation for me to finish it.
Here's a little closer look at the border that I do have finished.
The cupcakes that we made are from my husband's favorite chocolate cake recipe.  His Mom gave it to me many, many years ago.  I'll share it with you.

Chocolate Cup Cakes

1 2/3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 t. soda
1 t. salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk OR 1 1/2 cups milk plus 3 T. lemon juice
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
 Put all ingredients in the bowl in order as given.  Don't stir until everything is in the bowl.  Then blend for 30 seconds on low speed of mixer.  Beat 2 minutes more at medium speed.  Bake cupcakes 18 to 22 minutes at 350 degrees. 

I just frosted with powdered sugar icing:  1 stick margarine, 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 Tablespoons milk or cream.  Adjust amounts according to how you like your frosting. 

I hope you all have some time to stitch today.....and to eat a cupcake!!!!!!

26 comments:

  1. Tomorrow I will make cupcakes. :) Yum!! And sometimes breakfast desert is the right thing to do.
    Love the table quilt. I was not sure what I wanted to do for my border on my current project and now I think I want what you have. ;) Love, love, love it.

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  2. Yum, chocolate!! They sound really good. That table quilt needs to be finished! It's wonderful! Love the applique border. Great job. I'm glad you had a fun visit with your daughter too.

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  3. Your quilt top looks great and yummy cupcakes

    Christine

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  4. Thanks for the recipe. Those cupcakes look yummy.

    Your quilt is so absolutely gorgeous! I love it! I can't wait to see it finished. It is the perfect touch for your table!

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  5. The flower&leaf border is so cute! You must finish this lovely tableclothes!

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  6. Yum! I'm heading to your house for breakfast! Cupcakes and pretty quilts! Who could ask for more?

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  7. Love your table quilt - the applique around the border will be beautiful. Like the look of the cupcakes too - cupcakes for breakfast sounds perfect!!

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  8. Oh, the border looks great on that quilt! I was in a 9 patch exchange and gave all of my little 9 patches away..I wish I hadn't now that I see your little quilt. This is so cute. The cupcakes make if look like confetti.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Yummy, those would be great with a hot cup of tea. Who cares what time of day it is when you have cupcakes!

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  9. The quilt is adorable. I love the applique. The cupcakes look yummy, too.

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  10. Like a picture from a magazine! And, cupcakes for breakfast sounds yummy to me. I LOVE your quilt, it looks wonderful on the table. Such a pretty border.

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  11. Gorgeous table cover, and I know you will enjoy it even more once it is complete. As for the cupcakes, I would have skipped breakfast altogether and had two. It's the chocoholic in me.

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  12. I love the border, I do hope you get it finished.

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  13. Cupcakes are perfect for breakfast some days:) And your quilt top is gorgeious! I love the applique on it.
    Kris

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  14. Will you be using this quilt as a tablecloth? I think more people should create table coverings using quilt ideas. Love the appliqued border.

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  15. LuAnn, I love the table quilt and the applique border...
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    The chocolate...Uhhh!!!

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  16. Oh I think cupcakes for breakfast is a wonderful idea :) thank you !

    I'm thinking you should get that table quilt finished because it looks divine on the table.

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  17. A very gorgeous quilt. Dessert for breakfast is a must. I love pie or cookies for breakfast!

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  18. Wow! I love that quilt you are using for your table! I really think you should finish it! The appliqué in the border is gorgeous! I think anytime is a good time for dessert! :-)

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  19. Yummmmm! Thanks for the recipe, love your table quilt. The border is fabulous! Set the whole quilt off...Thank you for sharing.

    Carolyn :)

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  20. Oh I have always liked that quilt, I think it is in one of the books. It looks really good on your table and under cupcakes :)
    Happy Stitching,
    Cheri

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  21. Correction, one of the books I have. Where is my mind...
    Cheri

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  22. That pattern has been on my 'to do' list for years .... seeing your lovely top is so tempting for me to start it.

    Yummy cupcakes!

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  23. Mmmm yummi cupcakes!!
    The top is perfect for my Nine patch challenge and I love it . The boarder is wonderful and wow all the different nine patces ;-)

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  24. What's wrong with cupcakes for breakfast. My grandmother used to make home made chocolate pudding for breakfast sometimes. I guess she figured that it was mostly milk and an egg for protein. She was a very health conscious lady and lived into her nineties.
    the quilt is lovely.

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  25. Oh, such a beautiful quilt. It looks so pretty on your table.
    Great hexie flowers and mug rug too.

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  26. That's also one of my UFOs!!!! Love it.

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