Donde esta Santa Claus? It’s Christmas Eve.

I adore the Christmas season and the flavors that come with it. I’m not very timely, but I was hoping to post something somewhat seasonal in time for the holidays. And here I am, just under the wire. I’ll try to have some other holiday posts before the New Year.

A few months ago, because of my love of cookies and cream treats, Cupcake Crusader Stacy pointed me in the direction of cookies and cream macarons at Lamill Coffee in Harbor East. She sent me a review from Bmore Cupcake, in which the author pretty much sold me on trying the cookie. So I went to the cafe and tried it, loved it, and vowed to return. I came back for brunch with my mother one Saturday before seeing the Nutcracker. Since I had the cookies and cream macaron the first time I came to Lamill, I opted for a different flavor, the peppermint chocolate macaron.

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Happy birthday to me (cha cha cha)

To celebrate my birthday, which was a month ago, I wanted to bake about 3 cakes and 2 desserts. From there I narrowed it down to one type of cupcake, one inspired by an alcoholic drink, sort of like the car bomb cupcake. I’d been toying with the idea of making a cake with incorporating the flavors of a buttery nipple shooter, which is made with butterscotch schnapps and Baileys. I found a triple butterscotch cupcake recipe a while ago and figured I could just replace the butterscotch frosting with a Baileys buttercream, which is included in the car bomb cupcake. Though the cupcake itself didn’t include schnapps in the recipe, I figured a naturally butterscotch flavored cake would be sufficient.

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I’m not here to make friends.

I had a nibble of a maple donut at work the other day which made me think, maple is probably the most underrated of the fall flavors. It’s a flavor I’ve really grown to appreciate the past few years. This time of year people will not stop talking about pumpkin spice this and that, but maple is a classic flavor. My favorite pumpkin pie to bake is a maple pumpkin pie. I love maple yogurt, which I eat all year round. I really do enjoy the pumpkin stuff, but maple is pretty awesome, too.

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