Join the Party Going on April 1- 8

by Suzanne on April 1, 2011

in Sweet Things

It’s YMT’s birthday month! Whoot whoot, 1 year ago I decided to start my blog.  It has been fun and I have learned so much and met some really great people and fellow bloggers.  I want to say thank you to all those who read my blog and who make me feel great from your sweet comments. If you are interested in seeing my first blog post then click here, I actually put this recipe on my family personal blog then moved it over here as my first recipe post. You can tell how things evolved since last year.

In honor of my blogs birthday I want to invite you to sit down and grab some punch and a cupcake…mmmm.

Since we are officially in the party mode lets join another party going on right now with 5 Minutes for They are having this huge blog party going on  from April 1-8, 2011 where you can find any type of blog you are looking for all in one place.   Just by clicking over to 5 Minutes for Mom blog then scrolling down and hopping on over to any of the blogs listed 🙂  Isn’t that great.  (don’t for get to make a few comments to share some love)

In case this is your first visit to my blog then “Welcome” I want to introduce you to some features about my blog.

  • I have a link party that I  just started where you can share recipes or anything you made, it’s called Sunday Spotlight Recipes. You are invited to share each week.
  • I am a member of Daring Bakers, a group of bloggers who participate each month in a baking challenge and post the recipes each month on the 27th
  • I also just started to participate in another challenge monthly called “Dessert Wars” .  Dessert wars is similar to the daring bakers but it’s a bit more fun because there are prizes involved 🙂  Yes the winner of the monthly challenge gets a bunch of neat prizes.
  • I am a contributor to a wonderful website called “The Mother Huddle”.  The Mother Huddle is  written by mom’s who are dedicated to helping you learn new skills, become better at mothering and enjoy being a mom.

On to the yummy chocolate cupcakes, I really wish you all were here and could eat them with me because they are oh so good!  I guess you will just have to make the recipe for yourself and celebrate something like the weekend, or some other important event 🙂  These cupcakes are really light in texture and moist.  The frosting is what makes them rich and chocolatey and the sprinkles make them cute.  They take very little time to make and eat so get up and get cooking.

Join the Party Going on April 1- 8

Ingredients for cake:
1 cup of flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder like Ghirardelli or Hershey’s
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup + 2 T. buttermilk
1/3 cup of hot boiling water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup of unsalted butter melted

Ingredients for Frosting:
1 3.5 oz. Lindt 70% chocolate bar
1/2 cup softened butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk


Step 1: Prepare muffin pan with cooking spray or paper cupcake liners.

Step 2: Sift together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda into a medium size bowl.

Step 3: In a small bowl whisk together the sugars and egg.  Whisk in milk, melted butter, water and vanilla.

Step 4: Whisk the wet into the dry ingredients until blended.

Step 5: Pour the batter evenly amount the 12 cupcakes, bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Step 6: Cool on  cooling rack for 10 minutes then turn out of pan and cool completely.

Making the Frosting:

Step 1: Melt the chocolate in the microwave on 50% heat stirring every 30 seconds until melted.  Let cool to room temperature.

Step 2: In a medium large bowl beat softened butter and chocolate until blended well.

Step 3: Add 1 cup of powdered sugar to the chocolate mixture and beat add 1/2 of milk and continue to blend.  Now add remainder of  the powdered sugar and mix in slowly and add the remainder of milk a little at a time until blended to the consistency of frosting.

Step 4: Frost the cupcakes or put frosting in a piping bag with large tip and pipe onto the cup cakes.  Sprinkle with sprinkles and enjoy.

Recipe for cupcakes was adapted from Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Cookbook

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1 TaMara April 2, 2011 at 12:53 am

Stopping by from the UBP. Happy Birthday to your blog! Those cupcakes look amazing! I'm always looking for new recipes, so I'm excited to have found your blog.

2 Suzanne April 2, 2011 at 11:51 am

thanks for stopping by, glad you liked the cupcakes 🙂

3 amy April 2, 2011 at 1:53 am

Happy Birthday/Anniversary…to your blog, my dear! 🙂 Somehow, I thought you have your blog much longer than just 1 year. It must be because you’re such a talented and experienced blogger and your site is beautifully developed! I enjoy reading your blog so much! Keep up the wonderful work.

4 Suzanne April 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

Your sweet, thank you very much Amy, I love your blog as well.

5 Patti April 2, 2011 at 2:32 am

Congrats on your Anniversary/Birthday! I've been here since October and I've met so many wonderful cooks and friends! Delighted to be part of your site!

6 Suzanne April 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

thank you Patti, so glad you read my blog.

7 Linda @ My Name is M April 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Yum! I want a cupcake now.

8 Paula (Salad in a Ja April 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Congratulations on your first anniversary! I jumped back to your first post….interesting. I bet that's one of you favorite recipes, right? I know I put my best ones on in the beginning and now they have the worst pictures. Oh well….

These cupcakes look fabulous and that last picture makes them look worth it even if my pants are tight for a few days.

9 Melissa April 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Stopping in from UBP….only one word YUM!!! Your cupcakes sound so delicious and look beautiful. Happy Blog Birthday! Looking forward to checking out some of your other recipes.

10 A little bit of ever April 3, 2011 at 6:12 am

Happy Blog Anniversary.

I found your blog a while back from Cook Eat Share and browsed through your old recipes. WOW. All are delicious and your photos are stunning.

These cupcakes are heavenly chocolate-y. Love them. Thanks for sharing

11 Michelle @ From the April 3, 2011 at 10:07 am

I have to say, those cupcakes made me crave chocolate so badly I had to go eat some! Haha, too bad the only chocolate in this house are chocolate chip morsels 😛 Oh well, they tasted good anyhow!

You've got a cute blog and lots of great recipes! I love dessert 😀

Come by for a visit sometime!

Michelle @ FTSN

12 Suzanne April 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm

that is so funny Michelle glad the picture was good enough to make you want chocolate that bad! Thanks for coming over here glad you did.

13 Joy @ Joy of Dessert April 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Happy Blogoversary to you! You have a lovely blog. Enjoy the party.

14 Heidi April 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Fun fun!! Can't believe it's been a year!! Cupcakes look soooo good!! We did the fresh strawberry ones the other night for Kayley's birthday. Just so they wouldn't burn (again), I lowered it 25 degrees and they turned out perfect!! I think that is my new favorite cupcake, besides chocolate of course! =)

15 Suzanne April 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I know I can't believe its been a year too, so glad you like the cupcakes Heidi, you should make it into a cake sometime.

16 Katerina April 4, 2011 at 3:11 am

Congratulations on your blog's birthday! To many more tasty years! The cupcakes are mouthwatering!

17 Suzanne April 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm

thank you Katerina, glad to share with you my blog b-day!

18 Ildy April 4, 2011 at 5:59 am

Happy Birthday to your wonderful blog Suzanne!!:) Great cupcakes!

19 Suzanne April 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm

thank you miss Ildy, it's been a pleasure sharing my blog and getting to know you.

20 Lena B April 4, 2011 at 8:58 am

Hello! Love your blog and just followed u on Twitter. Find me at
P.S. Also if you can find a minute and vote for me as elenka29 here
(it's a competition to get into fitness bootcamp for moms. There is no registration – just click and submit). Looking forward to reading more of your posts

21 Suzanne April 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Nice to meet you Lena, I will find you on Twitter and go on over and vote for you.

22 Reeni April 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Congratulations on your 1st year of blogging Suzanne! Here's to another delicious year! It's been a pleasure reading your posts. Please pass one of these glorious cupcakes my way!

23 Suzanne April 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Thanks Reeni, I'm glad to have met you through blogging and to follow your blog as well, you are a terrific cook.

24 Dana April 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Happy Anniversary! I found you from the #UBP11 ! I love to find new recipes and ideas! I am now following you on FB! Can't wait for more yummy posts!

25 Suzanne April 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Thanks Dana, so glad you found me and I hope you enjoy try some of my recipes.

26 Lindsay April 5, 2011 at 5:41 am

New follower, stopping by from the UBP! Nice crafty blog you have here! I'm over at if you'd like to say hi!

27 Becky April 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

All I can say is, WOW!! Just added your blog to my RSS reader.

28 Suzanne April 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

Awe you are sweet, glad to have you get my RSS feed, thanks for stopping by and hope you try some of the recipes out.

29 Michelle April 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Happy Blogoversary !! Happy Blogoversary !! Happy Blogoversary !! The cupcake looks so yummy :0

30 Dacia April 6, 2011 at 7:42 am

Those cupcakes look SUPER yummy! Visiting from UBP11 & now following 🙂 Come by and visit

31 Anne @ Quick and Eas April 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Stopping by from UBP! Love your gorgeous pics. Look forward to browsing more!

32 Suzanne April 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

you are kind come back soon!

33 Delishhh April 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Gorgeous cupcakes! Ohh craving this now. . .Love your blog it is so simple and clear.

34 Suzanne April 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

thank you dear!

35 Yours April 7, 2011 at 4:34 am

Happy birthday – we are following you as part of the UBP11 – enjoy the celebrations and enjoy your party. Congratulations on being one year old. 🙂 If you have a chance please stop by our blog to take a look –

36 Suzanne April 7, 2011 at 11:50 am

thank you! I popped over to your site and loved the products you have I will be checking back there for sure and follow you on FB

37 Last Minute Mel April 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

Happy Birthday! Just found your blog today and am loving it…first on my list is making those Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Loaves…they look amazing 🙂

38 Suzanne April 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

thank you, and I went over to your site today too and you have some great recipes over there and fun food!

39 Apollina April 8, 2011 at 8:53 am

Happy Birthday and Congratulations! Thank you for your kind words about the blue cake, I appreciate it! I just started my little blog and your 1 year success story is inspiring:) Here's to another great year!

40 Inspired2cook April 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Happy Birthday!!! Love your blog! It's always nice to meet other food bloggers!!! Love your chocolate cupcakes, too…my absolute favorite flavor!! Have a great weekend! Andrea

41 leylan April 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

happy birthday

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