Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes

Chocolate Graham CrackerThese cupcakes were so perfectly rich and the graham cracker topping added a nice crunch. I topped these with a little extra chocolate sauce but I think I will try a marshmallow frosting to make them even more s’more like.Chocolate Batter Graham Cracker CupcakesFor the graham cracker topping, I took the cupcakes out at about halfway (after they had been in the oven for 7 minutes). I combined 1 cup of crushed graham cracker with 4 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. sugar. I sprinkled this on top of the batter and put the cupcakes back in the oven for 8 minutes.Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcake RecipeFor the final step, I drizzled some melted chocolate combined with a little butter (3 oz. chocolate + 3 tbsp. butter) on top of the graham cracker sprinkles. Get the printable recipe card.

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Gluten Free Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake Cream Cheese FrostingThis is one of my favorite cakes of all time. There is a little cupcake shop in Portland that has the best coconut cream cheese cupcakes and I have finally been able to replicate the taste in gluten free cake form.Coconut Cake RecipeCream Cheese FrostingFor the frosting, just cream 8 oz of unsalted butter, then add 10 oz. cream cheese. Mix in 1 tsp. vanilla. Then, incorporate 1/2 cup of sifted confectioners sugar (add more sugar if you like sweeter frosting). Once the cakes have cooled, put a thin layer of frosting between the cakes. Then lightly frost the top and sides. Lastly, add a little bit of toasted coconut to the top.Gluten Free Coconut CakeCoconut-Cake-DirectionsThis is a great cake recipe but really everything is good with cream cheese frosting. Get the printable recipe here.

What type of cake do you like to make in the summer?

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Andi’s Bachelorette Bracket

Not sure if any of you are Bachelorette fans like I am (it’s one of my guilty pleasure), but I decided to make a Bachelorette Bracket. Sort of like March Madness but instead of basketball teams, it’s the contestants on the Bachelorette. (FYI if you are not caught up don’t look any further).

The-bachelorette-bracket

If you play with friends, you can award points based on how many you correctly move to the following week. If you get 6 out of the 8 in Round 4 correct you would get 6 pts. for that round, and so on. Since we are already a few weeks in, I started the brackets with the 11 remaining bachelors. Get the PDF version here.

Who do you think is a good match for Andi and will make it to the Final Four?

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Apricot Oatmeal Energy Bars

Apricot Oatmeal BarsThese apricot oatmeal bars ended up being a great snack to have around and they were gone within two days. Since they were pretty simple to make, I’ll have to make some more.Oatmeal and Cinnamon Apricots Apricot and Oatmeal Recipe Apricots and Oatmeal Apricot Oatmeal Energy BarsThey ended up being the perfect combo of crunchy and soft, I highly recommend whipping up a batch or two for snacks during the week. Check out the recipe below and get the printable recipe card here.

Apricot-Energy-Bars-DirectionsEnjoy the week!
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Flamingo Pool Party

I’ve decided to start a new series on Silk & Cinnamon that highlights a fun party idea and includes decor, food or drink ideas, and an invite that you can customize for your own use. The first one is a flamingo themed pool party that has a hint of the 50’s.
Striped Flamingo Invitation
Flamingo-Decorations1. A chic black and white striped tent // 2. Lawn flamingos straight from the 50’s // 3. Striped pool towels // 4. Flamingo straws // 5. Polka – dot cupcake liners // 6. Inflatable flamingo floating drink holders

If you are interested in using this invitation for your own party, message me and I can send you a customized file with your details that you can print yourself.

I hope you enjoy this new series on the blog, I have already got a couple more ideas in the works.

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Baked French Toast

Baked French ToastThis recipe is ideal for brunch, since you bake the French toast, it allows the meal to be prepared and ready at one time for all your guests. Plus, it remains extra moist because it cooks slowly. Add some syrup and fruit and it’s perfect for a spring breakfast.Prep French Toast Toast Brunch - French Toast French ToastI love using challah or brioche for French toast, it adds a bit of extra fluffiness! See below for the recipe and click here for the recipe card.

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Mason Jar Herb Garden

Following the creation of my terrarium, I decided to try another planting project. This time with mason jars and herb seeds, hopefully they’ll be successful.
Mason Jar Herb GardenHerb Garden SuppliesFor each seed type you’ll need: 1 mason jar, a large handful of putting soil, a small handful of pea pebbles, a handful of perlite, herb seeds. You can also buy a kit with all the supplies you need here.
Herb GardenDirections: 1. Start with an inch of perlite. 2. Then put a 1/2 inch layer of pebbles. 3. Followed by 2 inches of soil. 4. Make a small hole in the soil with your finger, about 1 inch deep. 5. Place the herb seeds and the hole and cover with soil. 6. Add water and sunlight.

I’m hoping my seeds will soon grow into plants that I can use in cooking.

Off to enjoy the Seattle sun!

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