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.



Gin & Citrus Cocktail

Gin and Aperol

This is currently my favorite drink for surviving this summer heat. It is perfectly refreshing and has a unique citrus flavor.Aperol-directions Gin and lemon juice

Here’s to the summer heat and happy Bastille Day,


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?