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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. 101
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Adore your blog, most of all because you seem to really enjoy all your culinary adventures. Love from England x

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  2. 102
    Amelia
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I’ve book marked this for future use! Mmm, looks so delicious.

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  3. 103
    amber
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 4:42 am

    YUMMY!!!!

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  4. 104
    Tina Marie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 5:35 am

    I would love, love, love the Chef’n kit !!
    Thank you!
    Tina

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  5. 105
    Tina Marie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 5:35 am

    I’m off to share this post on my FB!!

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  6. 106
    Ashley
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Wow! I may need to get some nice honey soon.

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  7. 107
    Kara
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I can’t wait to try these!

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  8. 108
    Naazmi Johnston
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Love this blog. You make everything look delicious. So far I have made the Homemade Oreos and they all disappeared in only one day!

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  9. 109
    Caitlin O'Grady
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Your blog is great and I have enjoyed several recipes published here. I am totally curious about the honey-chocolate flavors in these cupcakes.

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  10. 110
    Melissa
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I can’t wait to make these Chocolate Honey Cupcakes! Good thing my fiance doesn’t like honey. Maybe I can horde them for myself…within a reasonable time limit, of course!

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  11. 111
    Alex
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Mmmm honey and peanuts. I have to get over reese’s magic shell on frozen bananas first…

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  12. 112
    TerryBMc
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Great give-away. Thanks for thc chance!!

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  13. 113
    Laurel Schooler
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 7:46 am

    What a fab spring-time recipe!!!

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  14. 114
    Tim
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Sounds like an excellent recipe!

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  15. 115
    J
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I’ve never been much of a honey person. Free stuff, on the other hand…

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  16. 116
    Alison
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm, lovely cupcakes! And a great giveaway! :)

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  17. 117
    Lauren
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I can’t wait to make these! I also preferred peanut butter and honey sandwiches (and still do).

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  18. 118
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

    i love the sweet yellow frosting!

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  19. 119
    Jenn
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I have a foodie friend’s birthday coming up, can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with chocolate…gotta try these!

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  20. 120
    Becca
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Those cupcakes look AMAZING! And thanks for another fabulous giveaway!

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  21. 121
    vanessa
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:01 am

    hmmm, i never thought about using honey to make cupcakes. i´m going to give it a try. yours look yummy!

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  22. 122
    Mim
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:09 am

    How fun. Love the look of those cupcakes. Mmmm if only I had one right now. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. 123
    Julie S
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my favorite things! The Chef-n giveaway looks great too! Thanks!

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  24. 124
    Cristina
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:15 am

    These cupcakes look amazing! I can’t wait to give them a try.

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  25. 125
    Ms. McD
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I LOVE honey. I will have to try these on for size now…

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  26. 126
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Sweeeet. Retweeted.

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  27. 127
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Those cupcakes look divine and super tasty!!!! What a great idea to add the honey.

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  28. 128
    Cee
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:39 am

    What a lovely giveaway, and such gorgeous colors! They would look excellent in our kitchen (we had flooding and had to redo our kitchen — we chose retro turquoise formica countertops :))!

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  29. 129
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I love local honey! I use it for cough medicine and allergy medicine as well. Talk about making the medicine go down! :) Will definitely have to try these cupcakes.

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  30. 130
    Shannon Mac
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Wow — local honey AND a giveaway … thanks for waking up my Monday morning :)

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  31. 131
    Shannon Mac
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Just shared on FB too — but I don’t know how to send you a link of it :(

    Reply

  32. 132
    Hanna Grene
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Hoping to add these goodies to my new kitchen where I will finally have the room to bake your lovely cupcake recipes!
    Thanks!

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  33. 133
    Denise
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  34. 134
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I can’t wait to try out this recipe! I LOVE honey and you are right about local hives…it’s the best!!! Great give-a-way too!

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  35. 135
    Mikaela
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Those are some tasty looking cupcakes! I can’t wait to give them a try.

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  36. 136
    Mhoban
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Those look really good!

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  37. 137
    Rachel L
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Oh my goodness! Another thing to enjoy local honey in. Fantastic!

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  38. 138
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

    i love this! cupcakes looks delicious! :)

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  39. 139
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:33 am
  40. 140
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Your cupcakes are so pretty & look delish! Love the colors of the baking supplies you are giving away :)

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  41. 141
    Michelle
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:41 am

    These are so pretty and space savers too! I hope I win!

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  42. 142
    Wendy
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Those measuring cups are so clever – and I really like the bright colors. It looks like I’ll be doing some kitchen shopping … again … :)

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  43. 143
    Carrie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Measuring would be fun with those cute cups! Thank for the giveaway!

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  44. 144
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Dying to try these! I might try it first without the peanuts, because I’m curious about maybe recreating the cake you first discovered. Yum!

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  45. 145
    Julie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Oh me me me, pick me! Love those measures! Great cupcake recipe too. thx.

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  46. 146
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Nesting mixing bowls and collapsible measuring cups? Sounds like a great way to cut down on kitchen clutter (and look great while doing it!). Count me in!

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  47. 147
    Joanna
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for another tempting recipe and beautiful photos!

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  48. 148
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:58 am
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    Karelisa
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

    These cupcakes look amazing. I tried your mexican tart recipe for Valentine’s Day, big hit with the hubby. I have a feeling this recipe will be too. Thanks for sharing!

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  50. 150
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

    yay!!! \o/

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  51. 151
    Rebecca
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Oooooh, these look delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

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  52. 152
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I LOVE and ADORE your cupcakes! I would love to try to make some soon for a bachelorette party, and wouldn’t these utensils be a nice way to do it! Or else, I’m going to throw myself an “I’m single but still need to stock up on kitchen gadgets” shower.

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  53. 153
    LeeH
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

    My tiny kitchen would love these measuring cups

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  54. 154
    Angie P.
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Hey Lindsey,
    Another recipe that looks amazing, if only I had more time to cook.
    It will have to go on the list though of things to try!

    Reply

  55. 155
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Those look divine and I would LOVE to win the gift set!

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  56. 156
    Alanna
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Facebook’ed! Heck it don’t matter if I win or lose. I like telling people about your blog and the neat things you do with cupcakes :)
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=536423889

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  57. 157
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Honey and Chocolate sounds like a great combination! I’ll definitely try these out! And those baking supplies? Completely adorable. I’d love a set of those for my kitchen! Thanks so much for everything you do on your blog! You’re definitely one of my inspirations.

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  58. 158
    lisa
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Wow! these sound amazing and look so Spring-y!
    I never would have thought of putting honey and chocolate together. I’m definitely trying them. :)

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  59. 159
    roanwight
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

    After a long holiday season that felt more like a two-month-long cupcake and cookie binge, I needed a break. But I think that break will be coming to an end. Must try this recipe!

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  60. 160
    Christine
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I looove honey. Delicious looking! (And delicious tasting, I’m sure!)

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    Jenn in Tenn
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I’m a Tennessean too, and yes, our honey is to die for!

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  62. 162
    Monica DeAngelis
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Sounds absolutely delightful! A great spring treat! And what fun and colorful mixing and measuring utensils!

    Reply

  63. 163
    lindalicious
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    LOVE the colorful cookware!
    Can’t wait to try the yummy cupcakes.

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  64. 164
    Kati
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Oh yum, maybe I’ll try it with almonds! I wonder how you could use the honey method in more of a muffin? I bet it’d be delicious!

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  65. 165
    Rachel
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Soo cute! These recipes are like torture for my pregnant cravings!

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  66. 166
    Eleana
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    The boyfriend LOVES honey; I’ll have to make these for him!!

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  67. 167
    Eleana
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm
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    Brie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I’m going to make those cupcakes RIGHT NOW. That fact that it’s 9:30am won’t stop me.

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  69. 169
    Wendy W.
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Can’t wait to try the recipe! They look SO yummy!

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  70. 170
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Those cupcakes are super cute! And I wouldn’t mind those prizes either!

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    Tricia
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    YUMMO! These look delicious!!!!!!!

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  72. 172
    Joan Garmong
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I would never thought of using Olive Oil for Cupcakes, or baking for that matter. Looking forward to trying the recipe. Thank you.

    Reply

  73. 173
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I’m the biggest Chef’n fan girl and that bake set looks ah-mazing!

    And your cupcakes look so pretty. I’ve never considered the chocolate/honey combination, but now I definitely am!

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    Stefan naccarato
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    This Recipe looks amazing, a friend of mine just forwarded me a link to your website and i am in love with everything your doing…..so so so great.

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  75. 175
    Kristyn
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Those cupcakes look awesome. I’ll have to make some minus the peanuts (but I do agree cake is cake xD).

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  76. 176
    Amber
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Yum!! A delicious cupcakes (I’m making tonight) AND a give away!! Yay! Off to the store!

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  77. 177
    Jennifer
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    There is nothing that says “Spring” like farmer’s market honey! These look delicious! (As does the giveaway!)

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    Melissa K.
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Chocolate and honey-what a perfect combination. I’m going to try this with a mild olive oil (there are even books about baking with it, and so far it has been yummy), and some whole wheat pastry flour.

    The Chef’n things sound great too!

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  79. 179
    Jordan
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Hey Lindsay, I’m a new reader and I made your Raspberry Truffle Cupcakes over the weekend (except I used black raspberry, and made raspberry vanilla buttercream instead of ganache) and they are totally amazing! Love your blog; thanks for all the new ideas!

    Reply

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    Julie Martiniello
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Yummy Cupcakes :)

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    Beth
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Just ordered the silicone flower molds from another cupcake you made. Great ideas and recipes!

    Reply

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    marcia
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Excellent!

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    Valerie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    These look delicious! I never thought of trying honey.

    Reply

  84. 184
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    These cupcakes look sooooo good! And I love Chef’n products!!

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    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm
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    Yun
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    cupcake looks great, yummmmmm

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    Brae Mason
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    This recipe looks amazing, and I cannot wait to try it! I just made your Chocolate Amaretto butter cream cupcakes for a birthday this weekend and they were a huge hit. Just discovered your site and can’t wait to try more!

    Reply

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    Aly
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    What a wonderful give-away! I would love to receive this!

    aly

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    Laura D.
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    We’ve been on a cupcake trip lately, can’t wait to try this recipe!

    Reply

  90. 190
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Woot woot! Sign me up. Awesome.

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  91. 191
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    i love your site! I ‘ve already made one of your recipes(almond cupcakes)!!

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    Arlene
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Honey cupcake? Sounds delicious! :)

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  93. 193
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Can’t wait to try these amazing cupcake recipes! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  94. 194
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I also tweeted about this! http://twitter.com/AdrieneTweets

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  95. 195
    Jeanne
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I love your recipes and have shared your blog with many friends – cooks and non-cooks alike.

    Reply

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    NRH
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    These look delicious! I’m so glad I came across your blog, I love chef’n!

    Reply

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    Perri Budd
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Two of my favorite things…chocolate and honey…can’t wait to try these cupcakes..they look so good!!

    Reply

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    Laura
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Your cupcakes look fabulous, and I really would like to win your giveaway.

    Reply

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    Pam
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    !!!

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    Steven
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    OhBoy—those look REALLY Yummy….and the CupCakes do too!

    Reply

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