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Caramel Latte Machiatto… cupcakes! Oh YEAH!

on October 11, 2012

The Hubby’s birthday is upon us and I always like to make his birthday cake from scratch.  Unless he makes a special request, I usually dig through my recipes and let him choose what he’d like or I try to find an interesting recipe online to test out.  One year I made my great-grandmother’s Coca-Cola cake from my recipe box (my great-grandma knew how to bake, let me tell you!) and another year a made-from-scratch red velvet cake with homemade cream cheese frosting (oh that one was yummy!) and a few years ago I found an online recipe for a Dr Pepper cake — Hubby’s favorite drink.  Each one usually goes over very well in our house as we do like some sweets but for some reason each year I have this urge to try something different than the last.

This year I wanted to continue the tradition of baking Hubby’s cake from scratch (I do love to bake), so I asked Hubby what his heart (or tummy rather) desired for this year’s birthday treat.  Now, Hubby loves to get a Caramel Machiatto from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts so I decided to google (Hi, my name is Kris and I’m addicted to GOOGLE) his favorite drink with latte in the middle and cake on the end :D.  Up popped a recipe I HAD to try — it wasn’t a cake but I made an executive decision and figured cupcakes would do.  Here’s the recipe I found in case you want to try it out as well:

http://buttercreamchantilly.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/my-caramel-latte-macchiato-cupcakes/

SO… an idea was formed that I would bake, from scratch, Hubby’s Caramel Latte Machiatto Cupcakes as his special birthday sweets!

I gathered my ingredients, rolled up my sleeves and snagged my helper…

LB2 ALWAYS loves to help me do some baking — and she really loves the end result 😀

a few mixtures later and…

  we had our cupcake batter! Yum!

Into the cupcake liners…

Then my little helper put them into the oven — she really did a great job as my helper 😀

Mmmmm, they smelled SO good!

The finished product with homemade butter cream frosting (are you drooling yet?)

Now for the taste-testing…

The birthday boy gets the first bite — Happy Birthday to you…

The crowd was pleased :D.

I just want to put in a little side note here, just so you’re aware, that I DID actually follow ALL of the directions from this recipe (mostly because it is for Hubby’s birthday and  I didn’t want to mess it up)  and there were A LOT of directions, see:

Two PAGES of directions!!  It was a lot but LB2 and I did have some fun putting it all together :D.

And the payoff WAS pretty good ;D.

Til Next Time…

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