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Cupcake Week, Day 1: PBizzle cup[cake]s

This is the first day of Cupcake Week! Today’s cupcake is inspired by the amazing Reese’s peanut butter cups and features a dense devil’s food cake, peanut butter filling, and chocolate ganache. Sounds decadent and oh-so-unhealthy, doesn’t it?

CUPCAKE: Devil’s food cake
FILLING: Peanut butter
TOPPING: Dark chocolate ganache
GARNISH: Crushed Resees

This cupcake is named after my good friend Ben for a few reasons. The first reason is because he will shove every pastry into his face before you can blink. The second is because I like to joke and call him a polar bear, or PB, which also is short for peanut butter! The last reason is because I always think of him when I eat peanut butter since he’s super ticklish so his siblings tortured him when he was a child by covering him with peanut butter and setting the dogs loose on him! XD

I love chocolate ganache. I use it as a topping on EVERYTHING because it is simple, gorgeous, and amazingly-delicious! I felt that chocolate ganache was the perfect topping for this cupcake because it would leave a finish that looked like a Reese’s peanut butter cup – nice and smooth and chocolaty on top!! (That was the reason I chose to make them in the foil baking cups as well!) Then I chopped up some Reese’s peanut butter cups (it was difficult making sure my housemates didn’t eat them when I wasn’t looking!) and put them on top.

Recipe after the cut!

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Kahlua Cake with strawberry filling <3

My friend threw a 3-month birthday party for his beta fish, Rezzy earlier this month. He wanted to get rid of most of his spare alcohol as the semester was ending soon, so he made a large number of fish-shaped Jell-O shots – I helped out the endeavor by making a cake!

This was my first attempt at baking with alcohol, but I think it turned out pretty good! It was not as moist as I would have liked and I think next time I would do it with chocolate, but then again – this is a yellow cake and my taste buds seem to be craving a devil’s food cake! Check it out =D

CAKE: Kahlua cake (2 layers)
FILLING: Strawberry vodka compote
FROSTING: Kahlua/coffee chocolate
TOPPING: Fish-shaped strawberry slices!

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