It’s time for cupcake #22 and as an extra bonus for waiting later in the day, I have a surprise as well. My kids have 2 favorite cookies. They love my chocolate crinkles I make every Christmas and the snickerdoodle cookies from Paradise Bakery. Most kids always choose chocolate chip or sugar cookies, but not my 4. It’s snickerdoodle all the way.
So I have a confession. There are 3 food bloggers that I was a tad intimidated by when I started this adventure: Bridget at Bake at 350, Ree at The Pioneer Woman, and Angie at Bakerella. I’m not sure why but they are kind of baking/food royalty. I secretly (or not so secret anymore) refer to them as the Baking Trinity.
I know that is silly. I made Bridget’s hostess cupcakes as cupcake #3. She emailed me back, was completely gracious in sharing my link with her readers, and to this day has continued to be friendly despite her giant following. I’m so grateful. She’s down to earth as they come.
So today I’m tackling another project of the Baking Trinity, Angie at Bakerella. She is also known as The Cakepop Queen. Her attention to detail is impeccable and her photography is swoon worthy. I have made cake pops several times and I have been tempted to call her and ask her to roll her perfect balls for me, but alas I didn’t have her number.
So I went looking for a snickerdoodle cupcake and when I saw these, my heart skipped a beat. I knew I once again would be mother of the year for at least one day (or perhaps just during dessert).
So Angie’s recipe was adapted by this other unknown lady named Martha Stewart. And as this cupcake will show you, that woman does know everything. And Angie is smart and smart enough to know that about Martha as well. But do you want to know what that Angie did? She took Martha’s cupcake and her cookie and put them together to make the perfect duo… the snickerdoodle duo. I told you she was smart.
The recipes for both the cookies and cupcakes were very easy to follow. Except my cookies just didn’t turn out very pretty. Tasted perfect but perhaps I let them bake a little too long? I am just now starting to “get” cupcakes finally. So perhaps I should try 52 cookies after 52 cupcakes is finished to get the hang of baking cookies?
Cookies are rolled in cinnamon and sugar before baking.
The frosting is light and meringue like. A vanilla cinnamon buttercream would taste great as well.
And if you run out of time for the cookies or you have a kid that doesn’t want to mix her cupcakes and cookies (what?), you can just make the cupcakes. Still adorable. And yes, one of my first jobs in high school was at the Dairy Queen. And I can make the cutest curly Qs and little points on my cupcakes. I’m telling you, I have mad skills.
So please head on over to Angie’s site at Bakerella and tell her I sent you. The recipe is here. But I warn you: be prepared to take 1 hour out of your day (minimum) if this is your first experience at her site. Just don’t come back and blame me for missing pick up at your kid’s school or forgetting to make dinner. It’s that much of a love and distraction. You have to check out her Sesame Street cakepops and her Thanksgiving turkey cakepops. You just have to.
One more thing. Yes, I love Angie’s cakepops and her snickerdoodle cupcakes. But there is a much bigger reason. Angie has survived 2 kidney transplants yet continues to live. I have shared my experience as a former heart transplant coordinator and how illness can unfortunately cripple people. Angie hasn’t allowed that to happen. You will be inspired by her determination and grace as much as her baking ability. Enjoy those cupcakes!
Blessings sweet friends – Jenny
If you are new to my site, welcome! I’m so glad you’ve joined me on my 52 cupcake journey.
Story of the 52 cupcakes:
I am making 52 cupcakes this year in honor of my chemotherapy buddy. When we were undergoing chemotherapy, people would bring cupcakes and other treats to the chemotherapy “lounge”. We would smile, laugh, and talk about how we were so nauseous and that all we could eat was saltine crackers and Sprite. We were glad that our family and friends were comforted by them though.
My friend said, “If we survive this disease, we should eat a different cupcake every week for the rest of our lives.” My friend did not survive. So in honor of him, I am making a different cupcake every week for a year. Every time I make a new cupcake and lick my fingers, I think of him and his zest for life. So in honor of my friend and all cancer patients, I challenge you to eat a cupcake today and remember to always lick your fingers.
And for waiting later in the day on Wednesday for my post, here is a special surprise. I’m going to Amazon to buy 2 of Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes book. I’m going to be selfish and keep one, but then I will have one to give to one of you, my sweet friends. All you have to do is leave a comment as to a suggestion for one of my next cupcakes. Deadline is Friday night at 7pm (Arizona time) and I will announce the winner on Saturday.Tweet