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Chocolate Honey Cupcakes with Roasted Peanuts (+ a Chef’n Giveaway!)

Chocolate Peanut Honey Cupcakes with Honey Vanilla Buttercream

We have some really incredible locally-produced honey here in Tennessee. We pick up a giant jar of raw dark wildflower honey at the Farmers’ Market every few months or so, and use it in everything from tea to salad dressings to baked goods. I swear, once you buy some really good pure honey, you will never go back to the cheap-o store stuff (yes, I’m talking about you, Mr. Bear).

A few weeks back I made a chocolate cake, and the cake recipe I used included honey in the batter. Which I didn’t think much of until we were eating it that night. And you know what? You could actually taste the honey. It was a delicious complement to the richness of the chocolate itself.

So I took that idea (as I often do), and downsized it into cupcake form. Mixed in some roasted peanuts (because as a child who would choose a pb & honey sandwich over a pb&j anyday, I knew they were a perfect match), and topped it off with a subtly sweet and buttery rich honey buttercream. Yum. The honey adds an unexpected note of sweetness and depth of flavor to these cupcakes that you can actually taste in the final cake (surprisingly it does not bake out). Not to mention that since honey is naturally moisture-loving, these are some of the moistest cupcakes you will ever eat. To put it concisely, these cupcakes are all-around scrumptious.

Granted, Taylor has never been a fan of peanut butter and cake in the same bite, and while I had hoped that the ground peanuts would differ from simply adding peanut butter, I still think he would have preferred these sans-peanut. But I am sure he won’t put up a fight when I ask him to help me finish off this batch. I mean, cake is cake, right?

Chocolate Honey Cupcakes with Roasted Peanuts

Chocolate Honey Cupcakes with Roasted Peanuts and Honey Vanilla Buttercream

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup soy milk
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts, finely ground

For Frosting:
2 large egg whites
3/8 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 cups (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line muffin pan with paper liners.

Whisk together the soy milk, oil, sugar, honey, and vanilla extract until incorporated. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix in peanuts. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour in soy milk mixture. Stir until just smooth (do not overmix).

Pour into liners, filling each with 3 tablespoons of batter (cups should be no more than 2/3 full). For mini cupcakes, fill each with 1 tablespoon batter. Bake 18-20 minutes (or 10-12 for minis), or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

To make buttercream, combine the sugar, honey, and egg whites in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk constantly, keeping the mixture over the heat, until it feels hot to the touch, 7-10 minutes. The sugar should be dissolved, and the mixture will look like melted marshmallow cream. Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer, and whisk on high speed until mixture is completely cooled and stiff peaks form, about 6-10 minutes. Add butter, 2 tablespoons at a time, on low speed, mixing well after each addition. If at any point mixture looks separated or curdled, stop adding butter. Increase speed to high and beat until mixture smooths out again. Reduce speed, and continue adding remaining butter. Beat in vanilla and food coloring (if desired). Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.

And now on to the giveaway portion of this post! A few weeks back, I was contacted by the fine folks at Chef’n looking to collaborate on a giveaway here on this blog. While I didn’t immediately recognize the company name, I did recognize (and regularly use) a few of their products. Chef’n is responsible for a number of fun, unique, and out-of-the-box kitchen tools, designed to solve many common kitchen conundrums. In fact, I had had a set of their SleekStor™ collapsible measuring cups (in the most gorgeous teal blue) on my wishlist for some time now. When your drawer space is limited, every little bit counts.

So when they offered to send me a set, along with some other baking goodies, how could I say no? And the best part of it all is they have agreed to send a second set of baking gadgets and goodies to one lucky Love & Olive Oil reader!

Up for grabs is one Chef’n Gift set. Included in the prize are 1 set of SleekStor™ collapsible measuring cups (in your choice of 6 colors – Curacao shown above), one Switchit™ All-Purpose spatula and one Switchit™ Spreader spatula (again in your choice of colors – Arugula and Radicchio shown above), and one set of 3 multi-colored Nesting Mixing Bowls.

TO ENTER: simply leave a comment on this post by midnight (cst) on Saturday, March 13th. Only one entry per person. I will randomly select the winner first thing Sunday morning. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from a Chef’n representative. Giveaway is open to all readers – US and abroad!

You can also get yourself a BONUS entry by twittering about this giveaway, sharing it on facebook, or mentioning it on your own blog. Simply leave an additional comment with a link to the tweet and/or blog post. One bonus entry per person (multiple tweets won’t get you multiple bonus entries).

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get ahold of you, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com) for good measure, I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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  1. 1
    Theresa Meacham
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    can’t wait to try this recipe!!

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Though I would love to win the stuff, I want to try those cupcakes!! Been having a craving for choco and peanut butter lately, maybe this will help!! Thanks for recipe!

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  3. 3
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I love chocolate and honey. So ditto, I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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  4. 4
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I was just thinking about making frosting with honey earlier today! This looks fantastic!

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    Meghan
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    The cupcakes look great!

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I want both cupcakes and cooking implements. Both look so pretty.

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    allison
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    These look like they combine most of my favorite things!

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 6:56 pm
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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    pretty cupcakes. thanks for the giveaway!

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    sarah
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    7pm on a sunday, and i have everything on hand to make these…perfect end to the weekend – thanks!

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  11. 12
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    i’m with u – every bit of storage space is valuable in a cramped kitchen… gotta love chef’n

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  12. 13
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:01 pm
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    Liz Anderson
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Oh yes, that luscious, DARK honey is the key. Not only does it add flavor, but bread crusts come from the oven darker. And I’m sure you know honey has natural preservative properties, making it an excellent choice for home baked breads that aren’t consumed in one sitting.

    Not that I’ve ever had that problem! Nice cupcakes.

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  14. 15
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    yay chef’n!

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    Katherine M.
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Those cupcakes look wonderful!

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    Caralee
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I love that you had Chef’n projects already!

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  17. 18
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Look SUPER yummy!! Will have to try it!

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  18. 19
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Ooooh, those are so fun looking! Pick me! Pick me!

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    Katie
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Oh man…this sounds absolutely amazing.

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Wow! I would love to have this fantastic set. So cute!! Thanks for having a giveaway!!
    biehnl AT yahoo DOT com

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    Sarah
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    these cupcakes look amazing! they may just grace the table at my next staff meeting.

    p.s. the giveaway looks fabulous too =)

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  22. 23
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I need those collapsible cups. Mine always get trapped in the drawer.

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  23. 24
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    omgosh these sound so good!

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    Sarah
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Can u write more about honey and the different kinds. Love your blog

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    jan
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I can’t wait to make these delicious looking cupcakes! beautiful!

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    Katie in DC
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    These look amazing, and I love fun cooking supplies (and collapsible items and bowls that nest are a must in my teeny-tiny kitchen!)

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    irene
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    oh I’m a huge fan of those measuring cups! pick me!

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I always like to see recipes that use alternative sweeteners to regular sugar, especially honey

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    Whitney G
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    There’s a strong possibility I’ll be making these tonight. A chocolate + honey combination is just too interesting to resist trying!

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    Corinne
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Chocolate & honey? Never thought of it as a combo! Yummy!

    And, yes, Chef’n do make some pretty nifty gadgets for the kitchen – I own one of their mandolines :)

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Hmm.. sounds like something I could definitely wrap a fork around. Love the give-away. I have a soon to be married grandaughter & she would love to have these.
    Thanks for the chance.

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    Panya
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    So colorful!

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    If I win your giveaway, will I be able to make cupcakes that look and taste as amazing as yours!?!?! I’d hope so!!!

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Yum, these look delicious!

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm
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    Laura
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    went away w/o computer for the weekend and came back to great updates! Excited for this give-away AND those potato pancakes – YUM!

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    Megan
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    First, I love honey. Second, I love giveaways. I am a TN girl. Clover honey is my favorite.

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    Margaret
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I love the taste of pure honey — and I was reading this, I was thinking, “Yeah, but can you TASTE the honey?” When of course you answered that! Another reason I love reading your blog — you think along the same lines I do!

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    krisan
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    this recipe really makes me want to get cute yellow liners now. sounds delicious!

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    AW
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    How awesome of you to snag a set for the readers! Also, the cupcakes look awesome–one of the many reasons I’m happy I buy honey by the jug.

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I have to love any product that comes in the color “arugula.” I think it’s a match made in heaven.

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    Kelly
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Awesome set of baking stuff!

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    That cake looks pretty awesome. Do you think it would do well with dark agave in place of the honey? I think my niece would love those for her upcoming birthday (five is an important one!).

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway; the utensils look really great. Blogged about it here: http://theradioactivegan.blogspot.com/2010/03/purportedly-best-broccoli-ever.html

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    Shikha
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    i love it when i read your lovely recipes and find that I have all the ingredients in my pantry :) thanks for another yummy-sounding and interesting cupcake recipe!
    p.s. Saw chef’n stuff for the first time the other day and thought they were neat-o! thanks for the chance to win!

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  46. 47
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    That cupcake recipe sounds A-Mazing!!! Thanks for sharing. I would also love to be entered into your giveaway :)

    P.S. Here is my tweet on the giveaway too:

    http://twitter.com/lindsaybabble

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    Brooke
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Those sound so tasty! I love honey and like to get the good stuff from the local farmers market.

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Love cupcakes! Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win : )

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    Bridget
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Weee! Collapsible cups!!!
    All of the Chef’n gifts look great! :)

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I recently bought some local honey too. My husband agrees that local is luscious. Never thought about putting in it cake! Looks great!

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Please pick me!!! I would love to bake with these lovely items!

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    Jane
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    These are all such adorable, useful, cleverly designed and constructed pieces!

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    You turned me on to that very honey you have pictured last summer at the farmers’ market & I LOVE it! Have used it so much since~
    My mother-in-law gave me some of those collapsible measuring cups for Xmas this year and they are great! Very cute stuff :-)

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    Jane
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm
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    Marie
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    The mixing bowls are so cute! I would love to have that in my kitchen :)

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    sharron
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I am going to make these tonight, hubby loves anything with peanuts in it and can hardly wait for me to make them. Would really like to have the giveaway in my kitchen in BC.

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Those cupcakes look absurdly delicious! And who would not love such a fantastic giveaway?

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    Nicole
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I cannot wait to make these. I’m getting my wisdom teeth taken out tomorrow so I have to wait :( But these are definitely on my to-make list.

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    Kelly
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    i posted on my blog too – bakingsweettreats.blogspot.com

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I love these measuring cups and bowls! i always need new ones and these would be great!

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    Erin
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Yum!!

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    Angie
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Honey vanilla buttercream sounds divine! And those cooking tools look awesome too!

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    Maddie
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I has just eaten peanut butter and honey toast when I saw this recipe. I am so excited to try it. Also, the kitchenware is adorable.

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    Sandy
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Your Grandma Karen told me about this blog. Will mention it on my facebook, too.

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Mmmmm… Now I want cupcakes and a peanut butter and honey sandwich.

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    Tara
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity for this giveaway. tara r s at comcast dot net

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    Jenny
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Love this and love your blog!!!

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    Jessica
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    These look yummy!

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    Karisa H.
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I can’t wait to try these!

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    Shannon
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Chocolate and honey sounds interesting and delish!

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    Karisa H.
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm
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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    The blue on those measuring cups are so pretty, and I really need more bowls – mine are red and really don’t photograph well.

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    Sharon
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    This recipe sounds very interesting. I’m going to try them but instead of soy milk, I will be using rice milk. Everyone at work looks forward to trying out the newest creations. Thanks
    I will be letting all my fellow friends on facebook about this site.

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    Nancy
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I also luv to find good recipes that use wonderful local honey! This one looks like a keeper!

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    Melissa
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Sounds good! love your blog :)

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    That set looks great! I need prep bowls like nobody’s business!

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    emily
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    LOVE your blog and LOVE the look of that gear! :D

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    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    This giveaway is too cute!

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  80. 82
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I also tweeted about it @maddypage

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    Ali Cakes
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    a comment. Ha, ha just kidding. Always enjoy your recipes Lindsay

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    Lili
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Beautiful cupcakes, as always. They remind me of the peanut butter, honey, and Nutella sandwiches I’ve been making!

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    Sandhya
    Posted On March 7, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Yummmmm!

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    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Hope I win. :)

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    jessica
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:11 am

    love the blog and the bowls. they are great colors and i need some collapsible bowls in my little apartment kitchen!

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    ron
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:12 am

    the colors on the bowls are fun seeing as they would probably be sitting out on the counter in our kitchen!

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    Kate
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Those bowls are so cute! I love the bright and vivid colors!

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    Marisha
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Looks interesting but delicious! I love the colorful giveaway items!

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    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:56 am

    You never fail to impress, Lindsay! :) Great cupcake and fingers crossed on the contest :)

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    dani
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:59 am

    LOVE getting your weekly updates
    would also LOVE to win the chef’n products
    maybe it would help me become less of a closet chef?
    i also twittered my first tweet about this!
    http://twitter.com/danigorgi

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    Rachel R.
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Looks delicious. I’m going to make them this week without the peanuts. Love the giveaway too. Such vivid colors. I hope I win!!

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    lily
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:06 am

    wow, your cupcakes look amazing (:

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    karen
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:09 am

    i can’t wait to try to bake the cupcakes!

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    Annie J
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:52 am

    woo! those cupcakes look delicious. I’ll have to try that recipe soon.

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    margie/mom
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Your love of honey goes way back to your Winnie the Pooh Birthday Cake!
    Count me in on this giveaway!
    I will be making these soon, with our Farmer’s Market honey.
    Mom

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    Sarah
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Wow!! I’ve been lurking here for quite some time and while the added bonus of potentially winning amazing-looking baking tools is great, what I really want to say is that I, too, LOVE PB&Honey sandwhiches. Always have. They are a million times better than PB&J.

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    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Those cupcakes look wonderful!

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    Stephanie Schilling
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Fun! Thanks for a great giveaway and a delicious blog!

    Reply

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