HI ALL!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!! My Red Velvet Vampire Cupcakes are a finalist in the Yummly Halloween Contest! PLEASE GO VOTE by hitting the like button below my Vampire Cupcakes at Yummly here.
The tangled web of blogging. It’s been an odd ride this last 15 months to say the least. What started out as a strange obsession with baking and a random “What the heck” moment when clicking “publish” on my first post has turned into an even stranger obsession with blogging.
Writing for strangers, reading strangers’ blogs, and giving endless hours of thought as to how the crazy world of photography lighting works was not part of the plan. I am a tech idiot. I never thought in a million years I’d be on WordPress, Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I have written 131 posts, have taken about 10,000 pictures of food and read my comments like they are front page news.
I have been confused in this blogging world to say the least and have contemplated signing up with FoodBuzz, Foodie Blog Roll and others and have opted out for the time being. Am I envious when I see many of you savvy bloggers out there in the Top Nine? You bet! And do I wonder why on earth I haven’t opted in to gain more notoriety? Absolutely!
But yet, I sit here, impatiently waiting for a nod here and there, as quiet as I am in the blog world. Freshly Pressed is a pipe dream that so many of my nice friends and their amazing blogs have had the honor of being featured on, and yet I sit here and type and try to figure out what exactly I am doing this for.
It’s for the writing, which I have come to thoroughly enjoy, and it’s for the baking which has always been a passion and now it’s for staying connected to other bloggers, because I like you. I really do. I love how honest most of you are in your posts. You tell it like it is and if you don’t, then I usually move on. I love how much we all love food and get annoyed at the sun going down when our beautiful post is ready for its photo shoot. I love how we all agonize over lost shots and fallen cakes. It’s a bit of a fraternity I think— A group of crazy people I am sure.
I love that people have tried my own creations and LOVE THEM! That is amazing! I had never invented a recipe before this blog and now I do alot of the time. I love when I just know that a recipe needs a little of this or a little of that to take it to stardom. Baking is not as much a science as the legend tells, and I am able to wing my way through almost any twist I want to put on my baked goods.
So there I was this morning, expecting nothing unusual happening on this little unknown blog when I found out that my Red Velvet Vampire Cupcakes made the Halloween Recipe finals on Yummly! Woo hoo! Yeah, they may be in like 5th place at the moment and may end up in 10th, but someone noticed them and that’s really cool. So please go vote for them here (scroll down on Yummly below my Vampire Cupcakes and click “like”) because the people whose stuff is a 100 times cooler than my cupcakes, they have like 180 votes…and I need a few more…just to save face you know.
Anyhow, I believe I owe you a recipe for something scrumptious, and I will provide you with the next best thing to biting into a caramel apple. These spicy, apple-y, dripping with caramel cupcakes might just make you pass out from happiness. They taste like you are biting into the best caramel apple ever but they are SOFT and creamy and your teeth won’t get stuck in them. I always hate that.
This post was shared on Crazy Sweet Tuesdays.
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Adapted from Cupcake War Winner from Food Network
Makes about two dozen cupcakes
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 apples, cored, peeled, and chopped (recommended: 2 Granny Smith and 1 Fuji)
Cream Cheese/Butter Cream Frosting
1/2 c. room temperature butter, barely softened
1 12 oz pkg cream cheese
3 c. powdered sugar (more if needed)
1 t. vanilla
Caramel for drizzling on top
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 regular size cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl using an electric mixer on low speed, combine the sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla extract until blended. In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing on low until blended. Stir in the apples.
Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full with batter and bake until the cupcakes spring back when touched with your finger, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool in the pans for a few minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Beat butter and cream cheese together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attention on medium speed. Add powdered sugar one cup at at a time and beat. Add vanilla and beat. If the frosting is not fix enough to pipe, then add more powdered sugar 1/2 c. at a time until it has reached the desired consistency. Frost the cupcakes with either a piping bag and tip or the easy way with a knife. Either way, it will taste great!
Drizzle with caramel sauce. I put mine in a condiment squeeze bottle and drizzled it that way.
October 24, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Oooh, these cupcakes look incredible! Bookmarked. Congrats on your well deserved finalist spot! I only wish I could vote, but I don’t have a Facebook account. These contests that require Facebook are so unfair!
October 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm
I know…I don’t get that! 😦 But thanks anyway! 🙂
October 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm
These look gorgeous Geni! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!
I am printing this recipe out now….I have lots of gorgeous apples that we picked last week. I gave you a like on facebook as well…look for me there too.
Always nice to make a new friend!
October 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm
Great! Thank you. I will look for you on FB.
October 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm
I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of caramel and apple together being spectacular but the actual caramel-apple treat being a sticky nuisance–so here we get a wonderful solution. Yay for this!
And as for YOU, *yay* x 1000!!! Your vampire-cupcake recognition is so outstanding and so well-deserved that you should look in the mirror and see a Queen every morning. A really funny, smart, groovy queen! More than that, you should know that the lady in your mirror is a real inspiration to the likes of me, so whatever your *own* evaluation of your tech skills, photography and recipe-inventing adventures and suchlike, know that every post you offer sets new standards for my aspirations and new delights for my entertainment. Kudos, and thanks, my friend!
October 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm
Wow, such sweet sentiments. Thank you!
October 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm
These look delicious
I certainly hope you create a lot more of your own recipes 🙂
And oh my gosh congrats on the finalist spot – so well deserved!!!
October 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm
Congratulations and you’ve got my vote!
October 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Wow, let’s start with the cupcakes. Love them. Really had to stop myself from trying to lick the screen – Hubs would not have approved. 😉 Secondly, I truly think we are destined to be friends – I am just like you about this tech stuff, though I know a lot more now than before… but really, I write for the love of writing and for the learning of a new craft, cooking, that I’m beginning to love, too. As I think I’ve said before, I want to be like you when I grow up!
October 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm
First of all CONGRATULATIONS on being one of the finalists
You totally deserve it, you are truly talented Geni 🙂
I was smiling throughout reading your post..food blogging is a unique experience, and it takes a fellow food blogger to fully understand the roller coaster ride it all is 🙂
as for the cup cakes, I am addicted to apples and these seam like a dream come true!
October 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm
I voted for you..best of luck 🙂
October 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm
Just voted for you – best of luck.
October 25, 2011 at 3:14 am
Hi Geni! Great work on making the top 10 with your cupcakes! Keep at it, I’m more of a new reader but I have been enjoying your posts and recipes. And you have been having a ball cooking, writing and yes, thinking about best possible lighting for your photos! It rocks doesn’t it?
October 25, 2011 at 8:13 am
I didn’t realize the Witch hat was your entry!!! Congratulations on being in the finals as well! 🙂 I guess you will vote for you! But I will go vote for you too right now!
October 25, 2011 at 3:57 am
Congratulations on making it this far. You’ve got my vote and good luck!
October 25, 2011 at 4:49 am
Congratulations on the Yummly contest! I’ll be sure to vote after I post my comment! I am addicted to reading your posts, you are such the baker and your photo’s are so beautiful.
This recipe sounds amazing with the cream cheese frosting, so perfect for this time of year. You posted so many recipes I want to try but will have to do major cardio if I bake them all……I have a problem with not stopping at one serving when it comes to sweets! Have a great day and good luck on your contest!
October 25, 2011 at 5:09 am
The reason I blog: for the love of writing and for the friendships that are blossoming. Good luck in the yummly halloween contest – I know I like your cupcakes 🙂
October 25, 2011 at 6:25 am
Just finished voting for some very spooky red velvet cupcakes! 🙂 Congrats Geni! Well-deserved if I say so myself. I loved this post – I can relate to every single word. It’s been such an unexpected experience. I’m so glad to have “met” you through it though. 🙂
October 25, 2011 at 6:52 am
Voted for your red velvet cupcakes. They look deliciously dangerous. Blogging does get one very hooked. It is an obsession that grows with time. I feel so blocked with hardly any internet access & my blog dry this month. Will be back with a vengeance soon.
October 25, 2011 at 7:19 am
Voted! Congrats on the nomination. 🙂 I know how you feel; blogging has become my addiction. 🙂
October 25, 2011 at 7:56 am
How fantastic! No wonder these were the winner. Good luck in your competition!
October 25, 2011 at 9:54 am
Geni! I’m so happy for you and if I could I would LIKE you 100 times!! I felt as if I was reading my feelings and thoughts about blogging through your words. I’m right where you are in so many ways. I admire your blog and share it with my friends and coworkers – one who is making your vampire cupcakes this week!! I will let everyone I know to vote for you too!! And here again, another fabulous recipe…how gorgeous and full of flavor!
October 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Voted for you! Best of luck! Your caramel apple cupcakes look fantastic!
October 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm
I’m so excited for you and I will definitely head on over to vote for you.. TEAM GENI! :). Now onto these Caramel Apple Cupcakes.. amazing. I love them..
October 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm
Blogging is a strange obsession but I have to say that cup cake shot is just gorgeous, really really good, i could almost eat one! c
October 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm
They are so lovely, dear Geni, I can’t eat them, I just watch… because they are so beautiful. Thank you, with my love, nia
October 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm
These cupcakes sound delicious and that pumpkin bread pudding looks and sounds absolutely heavenly! I just voted for you, girl. I feel the same way about the blogging community. I LOVE this new world of friends.
October 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm
This was a great post — I have often wondered about signing up for some of the same things, but my photos and recipes aren’t quite at your level! This recipe looks incredible. I love your fresh, seasonal style.
October 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm
Those cupcakes look divine! Voted/liked your recipe. 🙂 I don’t get how things that aren’t really baked or cooked could be winning…oh well! Yours are the best!
October 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm
My vote is in… I hope you win!! I thought yours looked the best by far! I also love this new one with the caramel drizzle. Delicious! I tried those foodbuzz sites for a while. I really didn’t care for it… I’m with you, nicer to just meet fellow bloggers and enjoy their creations:)
October 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Yes, I am crazy. On another note, I love these cupcakes! Off to vote.
October 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm
Ok. I have a few things to say.
First, I love your writing. Your posts are always so entertaining. I love that you do more than post recipes. There’s always a store.
Second, these cupcakes look like they may be the best thing ever.
Third, I’m going to vote for you now. I tried at work the other day, but I couldn’t get it to take.
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October 25, 2011 at 11:10 pm
You got my vote, I hope you win this!
October 26, 2011 at 4:53 am
I don’t really know what I expected when I started blogging, but it’s now become a lifestyle more than a hobby. And I love every second of it.
Congrats in your recipe making the finals! I just went to vote and I’m SO happy for you!
these cupcakes. I want to eat a whole batch of them. For realz.
October 26, 2011 at 6:05 am
Both your apple cupcakes and vampires look delicious! Both winners to me! Congrats on the contest.
October 26, 2011 at 10:30 am
These are really pretty! The caramel drizzle sounds divine on the cheese buttercream.
October 26, 2011 at 11:37 am
I voted for you! And these cupcakes are amazing sounding! Such a tasty treat turned into a cupcake 🙂 They look beautiful! And I love reading your blog with your fun stories and your creative twists on food. You have wonderful creations on here, so keep up the great work!!
October 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Thanks so much!
October 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm
So exciting, Geni, congrats! I voted for you. I feel the same way about blogging, it’s just become part of my life now. Never expected it to turn into something I love so much. Oh gosh, I can’t explain how frustrated I get when I finish cooking/baking and get ready to photograph only to find that there’s not enough natural light. Then I have to wake up early before work to snap some shots. Eesh, such a process!
October 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Thank you! I
October 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm
I hear you Caroline!
October 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Congrats Geri!!! I voted for you for sure!!!
October 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm
October 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm
These look amazing! I love that there are chunks of apples in them. As always – your pictures are mouthwatering! Heading off to vote!
October 27, 2011 at 12:40 am
These cupcakes look so delicious – just perfect for fall!! And congrats on being a Yummly finalist, that’s amazing!
October 27, 2011 at 6:03 am
Good morning dear. I love your thoughts on the blogging. It can be a challenge sometimes to figure out why we do this but the community always brings me back.
Delicious looking cupcakes BTW. Keep up the great work.
October 27, 2011 at 8:47 am
Of course I voted. 🙂 And you captured so perfectly how I feel about the blogging community. AND, I need those cupcakes immediately. Wowzer.
October 27, 2011 at 11:48 am
Your cupcakes look perfect! I love caramel apples and I bet these cupcakes are amazing! I must try this!
October 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm
There’s really nothing better than passing out from happiness induced by a cupcake 🙂 And a big fat congrats – and vote, of course – from me! xx
October 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm
I’m so happy for you, and your awesome Halloween cupcakes deserve to win!! You and I must of been on the same page this week – I was looking at other bloggers who are getting in the top nine, getting out there in competitions and was thinking ‘I really should be doing more then just putting up blogs’. I signed up for some of those things months ago and have done with them since (and I believe just signing up isn’t enough funnily enough).
I’ve ended up deciding, for me, this is about writing, cooking and being part of the food-blogging community, which I adore. Maybe one day, when I have a camera that wasn’t bought second hand off gumtree I’ll do more. But for the meantime, getting a dozen comments each blog is super fun enough for me.
And writing small essays on other peoples blogs. 🙂 These muffins look awesome too, I’m going to try them!
October 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm
BTW, when I voted it went as a post on my Facebook page… cool and one of my friends “liked” it right away:)
October 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm
Awesome! And Thank you!
October 29, 2011 at 11:06 am
Yummy! Apple desserts are my favorites! These look delicious! I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.
October 30, 2011 at 6:29 am
Those cupcakes look delicious! I love the addition of apples and spices.
October 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm
Hi dear Geni, you are one of my nominated bloggers, if you visit you can find the details. Thank you, with my love, nia
October 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm
That’s so exciting, a huge congrats to you! Great minds think alike — I just made a caramel apple cake this week last week for a small dinner party Mike and I threw! It was so good and perfect for the seaon…your cupcakes are stunning!
October 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm
Congratulations! I just voted for your Red Velvet Vampire Cupcakes. 🙂 Best of luck in the contest.
LOL….I’m one of those crazy ones that “get annoyed at the sun going down when our beautiful post is ready for its photo shoot…” Good to know I’m not the only one out there! 😉
October 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Gorgeous! And such beautiful piping! Awesome.
October 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm
Wow! Thanks…I never in a million years though my piping would be compliment worthy! How sweet. Pun intended because I am just that corny.