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Beyond the Buttercream: Bits & Pieces 4

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Hello, friends! After spending the holidays home in NY and then sailing around the Caribbean for a few weeks, I’m finally back! If you follow along on Instagram, you may have noticed that my days were filled with lots of sunshine, cupcake high teas, and my biggest daily decision was whether to go with a mai tai, margarita, or rum punch? Can you say all of the above!
Anyway, I got back to Boston just in time for over two feet of snow… I knew I should have stayed on that boat! While I could do without the snow, truth is I’m thrilled to be back in the kitchen! Time off can do wonders, but I’m at my happiest when I’ve got a piping bag in my hand.

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Avocado Egg Salad

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The day has finally come to share the much talked about avocado egg salad with you! I’ve talked about it for what seems like a lifetime, have planned on sharing it about 25 times, but I usually end up eating it before I photograph it… What can I tell you, it’s just that good! Anyway, it has finally arrived and after all the cookies I’ve “tested” over the past month, I think it’s the perfect time for a “Balancing the Buttercream” post!

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Cranberry Orange Crumb Cake

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Are you guys settled into the new year? Recovered from the holidays yet? I always find it can take a little time to get back into the swing of things so I wanted to make the transition back into reality a little easier with cake! Cake always helps, and this cranberry orange crumb cake has got it all going on. It’s full of bright flavors, easy to make and topped with an epic amount of crumb. And I can’t even handle that glaze!

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Top 10 Desserts of 2014

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Happy New Year, friends! Did you all enjoy the holidays? Glad it’s over?! It’s definitely been a sweet year and today is all about your favorite desserts! This post is always one of my favorites because these are the desserts that not only got the most clicks, but these are the desserts that you made the most and loved!

I was thrilled to see the Chocolate Chip Bourbon Cookie Bars make the list because those things are epic. Even without the frosting, they’re just beyond. Like if you haven’t tried them, get on it! The Meyer Lemon Cupcakes are like a little burst of sunshine in the middle of winter, so you’ll definitely want to schedule those in for January! I’m thinking our resolution should definitely be to eat more dessert!

From cheesecake bars to cookies, this round-up has it all, and it’s definitely one you want to save, share and bookmark for future reference. Did your favorites make the list?

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The Holiday Caramel Apple

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I think we can officially dub this the year of the caramel apple! We’ve done sprinkled, outrageous peanut butter turtles and I think today’s may be my favorite yet. The “Holiday” caramel apple is festive, elegant and just so happens to be my favorite holiday flavor combination ever! Crisp apples dipped in homemade caramel and then plunged into silky, smooth white chocolate, and covered in chopped pistachios and dried cranberries. They’re fabulous for holiday parties, gifting, or to treat yourself!

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Raspberry Almond Thumbprints

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Who’s ready for holiday cookies? I’ve been dying to share these little jewels with you all week! Raspberry almond thumbprint cookies have been one of my go-to cookies for ages and it’s about time you got in on this! Thumbprints are good, but shortbread thumbprints are where it’s at, my friends. Then you add the classic raspberry almond combination and you might end up not sharing a single one! And you know I had to take it up a notch, right? We’re going to talk about that glaze!

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Peanut Butter Turtle Caramel Apples

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The first post after Thanksgiving is always one of my favorites! While everyone is making lists and thinking about shopping, my mind is swirling with Christmas cookies, holiday cakes and confections. And sprinkles, always sprinkles! The holiday baking season is finally here and all I can say is prepare yourself! We’re kicking things off today with peanut butter turtle caramel apples, also known as, the ultimate homemade caramel apple.

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