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Snickers Cupcakes

Easily one of the best cupcake recipes I've come across, these chocolate cupcakes have middles that are filled with bits of snickers covered in homemade caramel sauce. What, did your teeth just tell you to stay away from these? You may want to make a dentist appointment after eating them, but they're amazing and will charm the pants off of your everyone at your party when you bring them out!

Chocolate Dump Cake

It may not have the prettiest title, but this chocolate cake is so easy that you'll actually volunteer to bring it to family functions. No kidding! With a shockingly low amount of ingredients, this chocolate cake spans seasons. Need a quick dessert for dinner? Dump cake. Need to bring a cake into work when you don't care enough to bake something for people you don't even like? Dump cake.

Red Velvet Cupcakes + Cream Cheese Icing

You only turn 26 once, and when you do you should celebrate with Red Velvet! These cupcakes come with a long line of recommendations and will not disappoint. Scouts honor.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spiced Pear Upside Down Cake

Sometime this past week a mystery magazine showed up. It was Taste of Home, and I have no idea how it got here. Nobody does. At least, nobody is telling me. I ended up paging through it and found this recipe for Spiced Pear Upside Down Cake. It sounds hard, anything upside down sounds difficult, but it was really easy. I made it for dessert for a dinner party we had Saturday night, and people seemed to love it. The topping is amazing, and the pears are a really nice surprise. (that sounded kind of pretentious, but it's true!)

I would highly recommend it, so here's the recipe:

Prep time: 25 minutes
Bakes for: 35 minutes + 10 minutes to cool
Makes: 9 servings

-1/2 cup melted butter
-1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
-1/4 cup packed brown sugar
-2 large pears, peeled and sliced
-1/2 cup of softened butter
-1/3 cup of sugar
-1 egg
-1/3 cup of molasses
-1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
-3/4 tsp. of ground ginger
-3/4 tsp. of ground cinnamon
-1/2 tsp. of salt
-1/2 tsp. of baking powder
-1/4 tsp. of baking soda
-1/2 cup of warm water

Pour melted butter into a 9 inch square baking pan. 
[i only had an 8x8, but it worked fine]

Sprinkle the chopped walnuts and brown sugar mixture over the butter.

Put the sliced pears over the walnuts/brown sugar. The recipe calls for two whole pears, but this was only one. I could have double layered them, but I wasn't sure how the pears would cook if there were two layers.

Cream the soft butter and sugar until it's light and fluffy. Then beat in the egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda and alternatively add that to the mixture with the warm water. Then spread the batter over the pears.

 Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. I baked mine for around 37 mins, and it was perfect.

Cool for 10 minutes and then flip it over onto a serving plate. For some reason, my cake had this weird fault line in it, but you couldn't tell once it was flipped.


And finishing touches- warmed up with vanilla bean ice cream <3

Not a bad recipe, and definitely easy to make. Super fast too. Thank you to the mystery person who delivered the magazine! 

Source: Taste of Home Magazine, Feb/March 2011 Issue
Submitted by: Lisa Varner, Charleston South Carolina


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