Wake up and smell the COFFEE Cake!


Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

About 10 minutes after my last post, there was a knock at the door.  This arrived:

Thanks, Lovely Fella!

After smiling for a good while and admiring my flowers, I headed out on my mission to find new running shoes.  The first stop was Kohl’s.  I tried on pretty much every pair of running shoes they had and decided upon these Asics.

Can you believe they were only $35!!!!  What a steal!

I may have also done some more shopping… long exercise pants and maybe a pair of red pumps…

Sadly, I might have to return them :( They’re a little too tight!  This is sort of silly but I saw them at the store, didn’t even try them on just grabbed them and walked straight to the register.  These are the pumps I’ve been looking for!  I made the lovely fella go to every Marshall’s and TJ Maxx in the Bay Area to find my size!  A little sad they’re too small. Oh well!  There will be other red pumps!

Earlier this week, my friend Liz e-mailed a recipe to a bunch of friends (myself included) wondering if someone would be willing to bake it for Valentine’s Day.  You really don’t have to twist my arm to get me to bake… Of course I said yes!

I was intrigued by this recipe!  I’m sure most of you have heard of Pioneer Woman, right?

This is her recipe for Coffee Cake, Literally… as in coffee flavored cake, not coffee cake.

This recipe turned out ridiculously good!  I would definitely make it again (for a new crowd that is!).

The recipe makes a cake but I decided to make cupcakes because they’re easier to enjoy, and they’re just darn cute!   I used my environmentally friendly baking cups!

The recipe called for buttermilk, which I never have around so here’s a tip: 1 cup milk (-1 tbsp) + 1tbsp of vinegar.  Let it sit for 5-10 mins!  Voila!  You’ve got buttermilk!

Honestly, I liked them better without the frosting.  The cake is so light and moist! The coffee flavor isn’t too strong in the cake.  The frosting on the other hand is very strongly flavored!  Pretty delicious as well!

I am thoroughly impressed at how good these are!  I feel like I need to try more of Pioneer Woman’s recipes!

I will be taking these cupcakes to a Valentine’s Day gathering!  But before that, I’m babysitting for a friend so he and his wife can have a Valentine’s Day outing!  They probably need it!

What are your plans for the day?

Have a great day!!!!

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9 responses to “Wake up and smell the COFFEE Cake!”

  1. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place says :

    aww beautiful flowers! and that cake looks amazing. I would have never thought to make coffee flavored cake.

    Enjoy your valentine’s day!

  2. Erica @ Fashion meets Food says :

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Those flowers are beautiful!! Those red pumps are sex-ay! Yummy cupcakes!

  3. Anna says :

    Aww– lovely flowers!!! Those red shoes are so cute– so sorry they’re too tight :-(

    Baxter wants to know if you’ll be his valentine?

  4. ginamastrog says :

    Aw, what a good fella! :-) Those red pumps are to-die, I hope that you find a pair just as fab! Have you tried stretching out the material? Sometimes you can sort of use a shoehorn or something like that to stretch it out!

  5. plamarie says :

    Nice flowers-HVD! I only found out about Pioneer Women last week. Where have I been right! Amazing cupcakes! As I planned what to make for dinner tonight I completely forgot about dessert. No biggie, I thought, at first…I saw on her website a recipe for baked fudge and now your cupcakes! I might need to go get some cocoa powder today ;)
    I submitted your address to blogspark-hopefully you will get that gift-card soon. So glad you won it! ;)

  6. actorsdiet says :

    mmm the cupcakes look gorgeous. have a wonderful valentine’s day!

  7. kilax says :

    Happy Vday! Your cupcakes look fab. We just had a normal Sunday :)

  8. Karin says :

    Awww what a cute and adoreable fella! You’re one lucky girl. :)
    I can’t believe that these running shoes are that cheap!! Over here they are much much MUCH more expensive. Need to get some when I go to the US :).
    Love the pumps but too bad that they are too small. :(
    Coffee flavoured cakes?? ME WANTS! They look amazing!!

  9. louisianagrown says :

    My family is making an ENTIRE Pioneer Woman meal tonight. Her crashed potatoes, steak with blue cheese sauce, creamed spinach and lava cake. We love her!

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