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Easy Angry Orchard Cider Cupcakes

Angry Orchard Cider Cupcakes

Name two great things: dessert and alcohol. Any opportunity I have to pair the two, I absolutely take advantage of. I actually first discovered cider while studying abroad my sophomore year of college. As a 19-year-old frolicking London, a city that’s drinking age is 18, I naturally had to “grab a pint” whenever possible.

However, I quickly discovered that a “pint” was quite filling for a small human like me. I also wasn’t used to beer, but hey I could legally drink so I had to try it! Until I discovered a beautiful creation called the half-pint. You mean all this time I could be ordering a drink that wasn’t as big as my face? Shortly after falling in love with the half-pint, I had my first cider. You mean I could’ve been drinking cider this whole time?! My eyes were opened, and for the rest of the trip, I enjoyed my half-pints of cider from pub to pub.

Now I’m 22, and actually, prefer beer over cider. Cider is quite sweet for my new taste as an American of drinking age. That being said, it is undeniably the drink of fall. It’s crisp like the fall air with a nostalgic hint of apples like pie on Thanksgiving. It felt natural to me to pair this beverage with a dessert.  This cupcake is incredibly easy to make and is bound to impress your friends!

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Cupcakes, Easy Baking, Fall Baking, Recipes

Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

We’ve all been through it. It’s barely the beginning of September and suddenly murmurs start to fill the air. “PSL” these voices say. Pumpkin Spice Latte. Starbucks created an unstoppable force and they capitalize greatly on it during all the months that can even remotely qualify as autumn. It’s a movement.

So I’m giving into the hype! Pumpkin. Spice. Latte. Cupcakes! In my opinion, these are better than the actual latte, which I am not even the biggest fan of. Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin,  love coffee. And yet somehow, the PSL just doesn’t live up to the hype for me. These cupcakes, however, can live up to any amount of hype you want to give them. With a dense, cinnamon-y, pumpkin cake and a fluffy whipped vanilla frosting, they are reminiscent of the famous beverage, but in my opinion better in all the right ways.

What’s even better? This recipe is easy. It modifies a boxed cake mix (no shame, you don’t have to tell anyone,) by substituting out a few ingredients to create the pumpkin and coffee flavors. You could also try making these cupcakes with a box of spice cake mix rather than yellow, and omitting the pumpkin pie spice. That would also be very good. So experiment, have fun with it, and enjoy an edible form of America’s favorite fall beverage!

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Cookies, Easy Baking, Gluten-Free, Recipes

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Recently, my roommate discovered that she’s developed a gluten-allergy. In my humble opinion, that is the worst most-nightmarish fate there is. No gluten?! That’s actually torture. So to help ease her pain, (although she seems to be a lot more fine with it than I would ever be,) I’ve decided to start experimenting with some gluten-free recipes. They make me nervous, obviously baking with flour is easier. I was actually sure these cookies weren’t going to turn out, there was a lot of doubt throughout the process. But then they did! They were not only ridiculously easy to make, but were so delicious that both gluten-eaters and non-gluten eaters alike raved about them. So try these out whether you love flour in your desserts or not!

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Easy Baking, Pies, Recipes, Summer Baking

Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza

It’s a big statement, but I honestly believe Fruit Pizza is one of my favorite desserts. Yeah, I said it! After trying this easy and no-fuss recipe, I discovered the simplicity of the preparation does not at all take away from the deliciousness of the dish! Below you’ll find an easy-baking recipe, but nobody will know you took a few shortcuts once they see how beautiful this dessert is.

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