Sunday’s Sweets: More Sugar Than Any One Person Really Needs

Today, I can rest. And by rest, I mean spend the day doing laundry and baking, because I haven’t had a chance to do any of that really at all this week. Yesterday we spent the afternoon in Canby, MN, to celebrate Jay’s aunt’s wedding which was fun. We saw a few relatives who live in Texas (Hi Uncle Larry & Aunt Mary!), and had a nice little roadtrip.

And since there’s no Sunday dinner at Mary and Tom’s this week, I got started on the laundry early, as well as my baking projects for the day. Awhile back, I’d gotten a copy of 150 Best Cupcake Recipes by Julie Hasson to review. I’ve since made a couple recipes–In fact, the chocolate cupcakes I made for that massive baking job a couple weeks ago came from this book. But one stuck out that I needed to try (and of course, I have a couple available taste-testers at work who said they’re willing to sample these):

Kahlua Cupcakes with Coffee Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

I had the leftover Kahlua from making the White Russian cupcakes (I know–Why do I have leftover Kahlua in the first place?), and while I’ve indeed made myself a couple cocktails, I’m just not a big drinker. Heck, I still have almost half of a bottle of Amaretto from the time I made Pumpkin Chocolate Tiramisu! And once I saw this recipe, I figured I’d give it a shot. I kind of like boozy cupcakes–They’re just a little more grown-up and fun. And rather than use the suggested Coffee Buttercream recipe, I found this recipe for Vanilla Espresso Swiss Meringue Buttercream that I used instead. I’ve been looking for a reason to do SMB ever since I made the White Russian Cupcakes, and figured this was as good a time as any!

I’m also addicted to anything Salted Caramel, and yesterday I got it into my head that I needed to somehow combine it with bread pudding. Minus the raisins, because I can’t stand those buggers. Instead, I tossed some leftover pecan pieces I had in the pantry in there.

I was hoping it would be good. I figured eggy custard with thick bread slices, pecans and caramel can’t be all bad, right? Yeah, I practically licked the plate when I was done.

I’d go back for another helping if I wasn’t in dire need of elastic-waist pants now.
And now…I need to clean up my kitchen, and gear myself up to do yoga tomorrow morning. I think I still have laundry to put away too! Have a good night, folks!

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