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If you’re ever in the mood for something sweet but you don’t want to go cray-cray, may I suggest Baked by Melissa? They are miniature cupcakes that decrease in price as you order more (which is great for them but not so great for you since it’s so easy to convince yourself to get another one… or four). They have all kinds of crazy flavors: mint, peanut butter and jelly, s’mores, red velvet, cookie dough, cookies and cream, peanut butter cup, tie-dye, and chocolate chip pancake (my favorite!).

Yeah… they’re pretty good. I could eat 5,000 chocolate chip pancake cupcakes. In fact, I feel like searching for a chocolate chip pancake cupcake recipe. Hmmm…

Anyway, it’s a good spot. And the girls who work there are really nice, even when you tell them that the last time you were in their music was so grating you wanted to get out as fast as you can (turns out it was an employee’s cover of Lady Gaga).

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First, let me get this out of the way to avoid any confusion: Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes are not cupcakes that taste like pumpkin, because that would be lame. No no, they are both pumpkin pies AND cupcakes. Meaning you bake tiny little pumpkin pies and then you bake the tiny little pumpkin pie inside of cupcakes. And that’s what you see here.

I wish I had learned more to cook when I grew up. Sure I can bake shiz, as witnessed by this post (although miss Laura Leebove was the Bake Queen and I was simply the Bake Assistant). But I mean my skills are limited and any time I have eaten a home-cooked meal with a man, it was because he had cooked it for me. Except that one time in college when we had an all-girls family dinner and one of my friends invited her boyfriend without telling us. And I believe my contribution came from a box (Hey, Stouffers lasagne is good!). ANYWAY, I feel like I am lacking a major Life Skill and I resolve to fix it – once I get over my stand off-ish attitude towards my kitchen (I really wish I didn’t share a kitchen). ANYWAY AGAIN. PUMPKIN PIE CUPCAKES.

To the left – miniature pumpkin pies, which were delicious. I may never make a pumpkin pie and only resort to making mini ones. Because they are good. Graham cracker crust, say what now. On the right – cupcake batter, and you see what’s starting to happen in the middle when we put the two together. After dropping the mini pumpkin pie into some cupcake batter, we poured a little cupcake batter on top.

After that, we made some cream cheese frosting and spread it on top. We made both vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and we actually used vegan recipes for both and they were amazing! I took some to work with me the next day and my office mates were pretty impressed with that fact, especially because I told them after their first bite. They had no idea.

So, these pumpkin pie cupcakes were a fun treat. A pain in the butt because we made five thousand, but the pumpkin pie inside the cupcake is definitely a cool surprise. I would make these again. And if you’re looking for recipes, they all on foodgawker so check it. Happy Halloween!

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Hewo, bebe. This is a little cupcake. It actually loves quite large in this photo, but it was actually a $1.50 two-bite cupcake from a little cart called “Little Cupcake Lover” that was right outside Urban Outfitters in Soho. Another thing I was expecting to be less than stellar but was actually delicious.

Here’s my sisby being shy:

A funny thing that happened while we were taking this picture, a man with a slice of pizza walking down the street looked at us, looked at the cupcake, and threw his piece of pizza in the trash, opting for a mini cupcake instead. Hilarious.

Oh, we also had one more cupcake this past weekend. This was from the Cupcake Stop in the Limelight Marketplace. Root beer flavored and we had to get it because look at the cute straw!

Another thing I expected to be gross and wasn’t. I mean a root beer cupcake? How can that be good? Well it is possible and I will tell you that whatever frosting they decided to pair with that root beer flavor went perfectly. So we split this little bad boy and happiness was had by all.

In other news – and this is BIG news – I’m headed to Germany today! A nice little back to where I came from because I first started this bloggy blog to document the adventures I had in Europe with my mom. And now I’m going back to Europe, and back to Germany – but this time with friends! I’m not sure how frequently I will be able to post but I’ll see what I can do! And I’ve got one more post going up on Monday of shots with my sisby just to hold you over until then. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you when I see you! Auf Wiedersehen!

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If I had my own cupcake shop, it would have an awesome name. That goes without saying. When I say the sign for, “Hello Cupcake,” in D.C. I thought, “Hey, that’s me!”

In college when I was a designer for The State News, we created a page of valentines for people to cut out and I drew a picture of a cupcake for mine with the simple text, “Hey there, cupcake.” It was cute.

So I like cupcakes. Another thing I like: oreos. So a cookies and cream cupcake has got to be tried. Crumbs has some sort of oreo something cupcake but we all know what I think of that. This cupcake wasn’t just a cookies and cream on top, the batter was cookies and cream too. And that’s sweet. Anyway, Hello Cupcake is cute and the cookies and cream cupcake is pretty good. They have so many crazy options, my friend Ryan was blown away:

Sophia was pleased too:

Helloooo cupcake. In other news, today is my baby sister Sambe’s 21st birthday! So happy birthday, Sambe! She’s also coming to NYC this weekend with some friends and it’s gonna be bomb. :)

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More popsicles! And by popsicles, of course I really mean ice pops. We went to the Farmer’s Market in Charlottesville on Saturday and imagine my reaction when I spotted a sign a few rows away that said, “POPSICLES.” Well, you don’t have to imagine too hard. ‘Cause I was on my way there.

It was all too cute. The dry erase board and the sign that said “Homemade” with hearts all over it. The lady behind this sign was thrilled (and maybe confused) that I was taking pictures.

Susan and I both got strawberry pops with chocolate shavings. Yes.

Chocolate shavings inside a popsicle? Brilliant!

We walked around downtown Charlottesville and looked at various things/people. Sat at a table and listened to this old scraggly guy play a harmonica like nobody’s business. Walked around some more. Saw people carrying boxes from a bakery. Went on a mission to find said bakery. Mission complete:

Crazy Cakes! Cutest name ever. And Carlos says hi. The way they twist the frosting makes the cupcakes look store bought to me. But the frosting was very fluffy.

This is Carlos’ oreo cupcake. Susan and I split a chocolate cupcake with vanilla ice cream and it had those candy legos on top. Mmm. I think I need to bake some cupcakes soon.

Also cute at Crazy Cakes was their little friend that held the business cards:

Cute! Well that’s all the snacking we did in downtown Charlottesville. Tomorrow we’ll talk wineries!

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(photo/Laura Leebove)

At this point, I’ve pretty much given up on the idea that Brokelyn was actually going to post pictures from their event (along with Effed in Park Slope and Brooklyn Based) Brooklyn Blogs, which was at the Bell House last week. They had a fancy camera and were taking down names and blogs and I was looking forward to being in the photo gallery for the event with some new friends as well as the fact that my picture was being taken by a fancy camera. This is rare. Let’s be real, I carry around my point-and-shoot and hand it to the nearest person to snap one at me, so it’s nice to step it up a bit when I get the chance. Like this picture above! Which Laura Leebove took at BK Blogs because she HAS a fancy camera. Well good news, you guys. I recently picked up a Job No. 2, which is very very exciting and it’s social media and food related so HOLLER, check me out! I am PUMPED because it is going to be great. And maybe one day I’ll let you in on it. :)

ANYWAY the reason I just told you that is that Miss Amandy over here who keeps talking about blah blah blah I want an SLR will finally have NO excuse not to get one. You heard it here first.

ANYWAY (again): BK Blogs. As I said, it was at the Bell House, which is one of my fave spots and when I got there it was PACKED. The best part was they made you wear name tags with your real name and your blog name (or fake name and fake blog name, I guess) so it was a great conversation starter because you could just walk up to someone and be like, “So tell me about Various Name of Blog.” Which is what I did. A lot. Especially to boys with beards and nice smiles.

It was fantastic because I got to see some people I am blog friendly, twitter friendly, and real life friendly with; as well as meet people I had so far only spoken with on the interwebs, as well as meet people I have never spoken to before! So many bloggers! It was awesome. I really hope they do another.

I got to meet Erin from BLD Project, who I was already twitter-friendly with. So nice to put faces to names and twitter handles!

We are holding mini lobster rolls from the Red Hook Lobster Pound, because obviously there is no Brooklyn Blogger event without some Brooklyn Things to Eat. And they were good. You already know my feelings on lobster.

There were also cupcakes from Robicelli’s. I had banana something or other.

So there you have it. Bk Blogs: We came, we ate, we talked, we drank Brooklyn beers… and then we blogged about it. :)

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So… this is not a cupcake. And that’s because Gracie’s Cupcakes in Naples, Florida has yes, cupcakes, but also: ice cream! And that’s what we wanted. You actually wouldn’t believe all the trouble we went through to find a decent non-chain place to get ice cream. And the cupcakes looked good too:

Who doesn’t love sprinkles?

Anyway, Gracie’s is our new ice cream and cupcake shop in Flor-i-duh. Emily and I had mocha chip ice cream, or something to that affect. It was very nice. And they had all kinds of cupcakes. They had a binder with pictures of special orders they had done and some were really neat and/or beautiful. Em bought some mini cupcakes to take home on the plane.

Yesterday I didn’t post because I ended up staying out ridiculously late the night before and by the time I made my way through the bizzaro world of MTA service changes and got back to my apartment it was Game Over. That means there’s just one more Naples post left for next week.

Last night I met up with some people to dine at Applewood in Park Slope, two of which are also foodbloggers so it was a VERY interesting experience that I can’t wait to tell you about next week! Have a good weekend and GO MICHIGAN STATE!

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