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Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

22 Apr

We had a little fun with our Easter cupcakes yesterday! You can’t go wrong with a strawberry cheesecake cupcake base; add a little surprise center, and top with a festive Peep (which I really hate, but look darn cute sitting on their little cupcake-birdie nest!). The kids had fun putting the eggs on, and I had fun eating all the of the cupcake centers that I had to scoop out to make the nest. 🙂 Win, win!!!

This recipe is really so easy – just a boxed cake mix with a make-over. But no one would guess it’s from a box! The star ingredient being real-life strawberries, which really makes the flavor fresh and Spring-y. I frosted them with Buttercream Frosting, but my neighbor has a spectacular strawberry frosting that I must steal and try with these…

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Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

1 (18.25 oz) plain white cake mix

1 (3 oz) pkg strawberry gelatin

4 Tbsp flour

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup crushed fresh strawberries

3 large eggs

Filling:

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature

1/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350^F. Make cupcake batter by combining all ingredients and mixing until completely incorporated. Make filling by doing the same. Spoon or scoop about 1/4 cup of cupcake batter into prepared cupcake cups, filling it to 2/3 full. Spoon a generous Tbsp of the cheesecake filling over each cupcake. Place cupcake pan on the center rack of the oven and bake until tops spring back when lightly pressed with a finger – about 20-25 minutes. Cool 15 minutes or longer before frosting.

For Easter Nests:

Scoop out a tsp size hole in the middle of each cupcake and fill with sprinkles. Top with a candy egg. 

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Swirl frosting around egg, like a nest, and top with a Peep.

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Coast Toast

21 Apr

This is no ordinary French Toast…I cannot impress upon you how serious I am…this is NO ORDINARY French Toast. So, so good – I actually preferred not to put syrup on mine. How many French Toast recipes can stand on their own with out a little drizzle of syrup? Not many!!! I also tried it with a fruit compote, which was super tasty – but I really just loved it plain. Perfect amount of orange snuck in there. Perfectly complimented by the dusting of powdered sugar. Just…well, perfect.

P.S. Happy Easter!!!

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Ingredients:

1 loaf soft French bread

1 qt whipping cream

10 eggs

3/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup sugar

pinch of salt

2 Tbsp vanilla

2 Tbsp orange flavoring

Combine all ingredients. Pour over bread slices. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour. Remove bread and discard liquid. Spread butter on a flat grill. Cook bread until golden brown on both sides, then bake at 450^F for 5-7 minutes or until bread is puffed up like a soufflé. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

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Original recipe: www.brocktonvilla.com