Soooo…yeah. I’m not even sure what else to tell you about these cupcakes. I think the pictures and the name pretty much speak for themselves. A perfect chocolate cupcake topped with ganache and “frosting” that looks like a peanut butter cookie, has a texture similar to the filling of a buckeye, and tastes amazing. That’s everything you need to know. Make them this weekend. Yes!
Okay, so here’s another thing you really need to know about – the lovely, wonderful cookbook these cupcakes came from. My friend Alice is a fellow blogger at Savory Sweet Life. Her blog has been a favorite of mine for a long time for the beautiful photography and reliably outstanding recipes. When I heard she was publishing a cookbook, I was stoked. When she asked if I wanted to review it, I was even more excited. And then when I received the book, I immediately paged through it to find that I wanted to make about 98% of the recipes in it. I actually did make three recipes within two days of opening the book, and are you really surprised that cupcakes were one of them?
There are a lot of things I love about this cookbook. I could go on and on, but I won’t. I’ll hit the highlights for you. First, I really like the category layout of this book. Instead of being separated into appetizers, main dishes, sides, etc., Alice has organized the recipes by occasion – for example, Sunday Mornings, Lunch Between Friends, Block Party, Potlucks, etc. Since I am very fond of entertaining, I appreciate the emphasis on what dishes would work best for various occasions. Second and probably most important, the recipes are mouth-wateringly yummy. All the dishes are irresistible and inspired without feeling like they are trying too hard. And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the stunning photography. Alice’s photos portray the flavor and beauty of the dishes while still keeping them real and approachable. The pages are studded with photos of her lovely family, which I of course love, being totally enamored with my own little family. This cookbook is exactly what Alice intends – delicious recipes for everyday occasions.
Sound like a cookbook you want to own? Good, because here’s your chance! Head on over to the giveaway page to enter. And if you had any doubt that this is a cookbook you need in your collection, just make the cupcakes and I’m sure you’ll be convinced.