Recipe or Not turns one today!
We’re going all out to celebrate this birthday with:
– Coffee cupcakes!
– A brand new design!
– Recipe or Not’s first giveaway!
Let’s start with the cupcakes, shall we?
It seemed only fitting to make coffee cupcakes since A.) my first post was about iced coffee, B.) I can’t get enough coffee, and C.) coffee goes perfectly with cupcakes so why not put it IN the cupcakes?
Snag the recipe for these scrumptious treats at the end of the post!
I couldn’t believe it when I realized it had almost been a year since I published my first post. To be honest, I didn’t realize what I was getting into when I started. All I knew was – I wanted a blog and I wanted to share recipes so I jumped in with both feet and created Recipe or Not! Since then it’s been lots of learning, lots of experimenting, and lots of dirty dishes.
Along the way I’ve shared my favorite recipes with you and have had a blast learning how to cook and develop recipes. I still have a long ways to go but am excited to see Recipe or Not continue to grow and get better!
Which brings us to the new design! I’d been itching for a change and when the one year anniversary came speeding up, I knew it was time to make it happen. It’s simple, sleek, and I LOVE the new logo. Hope you like it as much as I do!
Aaaand now for… THE GIVEAWAY!!!
I am so excited about this giveaway because 1.) it’s my first one! and 2.) I LOVE Anthropologie aprons – they are the most adorable things. I just knew it had to be my first giveaway item.
One lucky winner will get cookin’ in style with this cute, darling, lovely, charming, and beautiful apron! (Is that too many adjectives? I can keep going.) :)
HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:
For new readers:
If you are new to Recipe or Not, you can enter to win by subscribing (for free!) to Recipe or Not by entering your email address under Follow Recipe or Not at the top of the sidebar to the right.
For current readers:
If you are already a subscriber to Recipe or Not, you can enter by leaving a comment below answering this question: What has been your favorite recipe on Recipe or Not?
You have until midnight CDT Tuesday, August 27th to enter! The winner will be announced here on Wednesday, August 28th and I will contact the winner for their mailing address to send their brand new apron!
****** CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. ******
Congratulations Kelly C., for winning the Anthropologie apron! A big thank you to ALL that participated! I’m looking forward to seeing you around Recipe or Not!
Happy Cooking! :)
Coffee Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream Frosting; adapted from Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery
makes 12 cupcakes
8 T. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. pure vanilla extract
1 T. instant espresso powder
1/2 c. milk
Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 12-cup muffin pan. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric hand mixer until mixture is smooth, 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for a few minutes after each addition. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Whisk the vanilla extract and espresso powder with the milk. Add 1/3 of the flour to the creamed mixture and beat well. Pour in 1/3 of the milk and beat again. Repeat adding flour and milk until all has been added. Spoon mixture into the cups, filling them about 2/3 full. Bake for 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown. To test, insert a toothpick in the center of one of the cupcakes – it should come out clean. Once they have completely cooled, frost with coffee buttercream frosting.
Coffee Buttercream Frosting:
makes enough to frost 15-20 cupcakes
10 T. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 T. milk
2 t. instant espresso powder, dissolved into a small amount of hot water, cooled
3 1/4 c. powdered sugar
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, milk, espresso mixture, and half the powdered sugar until smooth with an electric hand mixer. This may take several minutes. Gradually add the remaining powdered sugar until it has all been combined and has reached a smooth consistency.