Dark Chocolate Cupcake: My go-to recipe

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An easy to make, moist and no-fail cake…unless you get distracted during commercial breaks watching Hannibal TV series thinking you’ve added the baking powder and realized you didn’t after the fact and had to do it all over.



But that didn’t happen to these cupcakes.

See, they’re smiling!



If you look past all that buttercream and sugar, you’ll see the chocolate cupcake.

Brightly colored cupcakes


These cupcakes are chocolate all around (minus the buttercream and sprinkles) and not anything like my Cremé Bruleé Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes topped with Chocolate Ganache.

That’ll be another post.
I hope.
*crosses fingers*

Hershey's Chocolate CupCake


These cupcakes were for my sister’s, friend’s 3-year old son who had a circus themed birthday party this past Sunday,

I swear it took me longer to make the cupcake toppers and lid cover than bake 3 dozen cupcakes, 18 Oreo cupcakes, the rest chocolate.

Circus Cover Design


Cupcake Toppers


The Silhouette Cameo played a big role cutting the cupcake toppers, the big clown and tent.

I’m so happy with the software my daughter, Nastasja, bought me for Mother’s Day. Forget the flowers, chocolate, or anything girly. Give me software or power tools and I’ll be a happy camper!

Anywho, the Cameo lets me import SVG, PDF, PNG files and cut these type of file formats without using scissors.

How cool is that!?!

Cupcake Toppers


Cupcake Toppers




The font used on the initials and cupcake toppers was appropriately called Circus.

Cupcake Box Design


I heard the cupcakes disappeared before my sister had a chance of grabbing one for herself.

Do not fret sister of mine, they’ll be more!



Dark Chocolate Cupcake
Serves: 24
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1-3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • ¾ c. HERSHEY'S Dark Cocoa
  • ½ c. chocolate pudding mix (any brand will do)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
  2. Stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, pudding mix, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared cupcake pans.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with your favorite frosting.

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Pinterest + Inspiration = Framed Vinyl Arwork

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Anyone on Pinterest?

At first I wasn’t.

Then signed up for it.

Got addicted with inspirations.


Vinyl lettering


Pinned them.

Took screenshots of them (as desktop reminders)

Emailed ideas to “self”  to not forget.

Then forgot about them.


Vinyl Lettering


I made 2 of these Pinterest inspirations for my niece and nephew as gifts.

Vinyl lettering: BEFORE


Most of the artwork I’ve seen were either printed or painted on.

I wanted vinyl and a floating glass frame for this one.



These were cut from the Cricut Machine and the vinyl colors used were black, red and “etched glass”.

I wanted a watermark effect on the names / events and the “etched glass” vinyl was perfect for it.



My niece, Sheraleen, was expecting their 2nd child when I started this project back in December so I made sure I left enough space for the baby’s name and birthdate.

Little Madeline’s arrival was added on April 7.



To best show how the watermark looks like, I placed a white cardboard behind the frame for you to see!



A couple of months ago, my nephew, Mario and his wife, Kannitha, announced to the family they are expecting a girl in December.

I guess I know what needs updating.


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Silhouette Cameo: My newest “toy”

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It’s not exactly new anymore having it since May 17, 2013.

I’ve been eyeing this machine for quite a while and caved in when Amazon had an offer I couldn’t refused. PLUS free shipping… hollah!


Silhouette Cameo


The package came with “extras” I didn’t expect (an extra mat, cutting blade, metallic pens, a paper picker upper (?) thing-y and a $10 download card for buying artwork from their store. I’m guessing $50 buckaroos worth of free stuff. I loves me some free stuff, ya’ll!



Silhouette Cameo

Silhouette Cameo


I’ll be posting some projects I’ve worked on and actually completed (yay!), some projects that are in the works and so on. Since this machine is the latest addition, I’ll make sure and take note which die cut machine I’ve used in said projects.

After reading the instructions on how to set-up the Cameo (it’s soooo not me to do that sort of thing!!!) I decided to do test runs on hubby’s logo.

Not problemo cutting the AFT logo which is almost 3″ tall and….

Antoine's Foto Technique logo /  Silhouette Cameo


… loved the way the Silhouette Cameo cut letters at this size (approximately 5/8″ tall).

Close up of Antoine's Foto Technique logo /  Silhouette Cameo

Close up of Antoine's Foto Technique logo /  Silhouette Cameo

Close up of Antoine's Foto Technique logo /  Silhouette Cameo


The STASJ was also put to the test and the Silhouette Cameo did not fail to deliver.

Sample cut from Silhouette-Cameo


I mean, look at this… this one was less than 1/2 ” tall and did a really good  job considering it was practically cutting an outline of her name.

Sample cut from Silhouette-Cameo

Oh, the fun that lays ahead of me.