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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. 201
    Amy
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I am baking my way through all your cupcakes. This one looks splendid for tonight :] thanks!

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  2. 202
    KC
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I finally tried a cupcake recipe, The Go To Chocolate Cupcake. I made them for my sisters birthday and they were a big hit. This is another chocolate cupcake recipe I will have to try! I love your blog, keep up the great work!

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  3. 203
    Dana Beth
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    oooh pick me!!

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    Lisa
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    cupcakes look delicious- and the bowls look so fun!

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  5. 205
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Yum, love the idea of honey and chocolate.

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  6. 206
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    The cupcakes look delicious AND those bowls/measuring cups are adorable!

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  7. 207
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm
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    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    YUUUUUUMMMMY! Great idea!

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  9. 209
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Wow, I’d really love to have these. Today was my first day on the job as a baker, and this would be such a great way to start my new job!

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  10. 210
    katie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Something tells me that making these cupcakes with any other equipment would just be sub-par! I would really like to add the Chef’n set to my kitchen collection!

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  11. 211
    Nida
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Aaahhh! I really want these. Also, can I use any kind of honey? I’m very specific about the honey I eat, and want to know if the taste will change drastically due to different kinds of honey.

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  12. 212
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm
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    Darlene
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Those cupcakes look yummy!

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  14. 214
    Jen Burns
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Lindsay,
    These cupcakes look fabulous, will put them on my list to make this Spring. I’m making your chocolate chip cookie dough truffles tonight for my pottery class party on Wednesday night.
    I also tweeted about your blog & giveaway today.
    Thanks,
    Jen B (crackerjen on twitter)

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  15. 215
    Erin
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I have to agree with Taylor about the peanuts, but otherwise sounds great!

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  16. 216
    Erin
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm
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    Caroline
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Would love to have those kitchen gadgets!

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  18. 218
    Hannah
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    These look wonderful!

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  19. 219
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I just made two batches of your double-shot mocha cupcakes this weekend (two, because the first disappeared nearly instantly!) and this will be the next one I try!

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  20. 220
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Quality honey makes a huge difference – I make a bittersweet ganache sweetened a bit with honey and I can definitely taste the difference.
    Also, recently discovered your blog and it is wonderful!

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  21. 221
    Natalie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    DELICIOUS!!!!! I just love your blog! :) Can’t wait to make these!!!

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  22. 222
    Natalie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    loveandoliveoil Enter to win a Chef’n baking tool set – http://bit.ly/bIWOyp, plus Chocolate Honey Cupcakes with Roasted Peanuts about 7 hours ago via Tweetie Retweeted by you and 6 others

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  23. 223
    Natalie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    shoot – my last comment didn’t leave a link to MY twitter… haha.

    here it is :)

    http://twitter.com/natwhat

    Reply

  24. 224
    Daniela Renee
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    i’m in love with the design and colors of this giveaway!!
    crossing my fingers!!! pick meeee please :)

    lovely blog.

    Reply

  25. 225
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve been super craving honey lately, so I might have to make these this weekend

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  26. 226
    Sarah
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Everything you make turns out so cute and beautiful. I can’t wait to try some of these… I have made a list of the ones I want to try already!

    Reply

  27. 227
    Candace Parchen
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks : )

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  28. 228
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Oh my… looks delicious!

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  29. 229
    Amanda
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Yum! I’ll definitely be trying these

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  30. 230
    Sara
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Oh please please please!

    I love you Love and Olive Oil!!!

    Reply

  31. 231
    jillian
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I have the Swtichit Spatula and it is the most amazing spatula I have ever used- you will love it! Other than a mini-williams sonoma one I got in a christmas stocking and use to clean out my mini prep food processor, the other 5 spatulas in my kitchen have essentially not been touched since I bought this one.

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  32. 232
    julie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Oh how I would love those! So cute and useful!

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  33. 233
    Elaine
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I need some new mixing bowls!

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  34. 234
    Laura
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Never would have thought of adding honey to chocolate. From your description, it sounds lovey, though my mind & tongue are still trying to imagine the taste. :)

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  35. 235
    Leslye E
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    My mouth was watering so much that my finger slipped and I entered my email wrong on comment #234…oops!!!

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  36. 236
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    do you think the cupcakes would work with agave instead of honey? i wonder…

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  37. 237
    Ruth A.
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Love chocolate, love honey, love peanuts. Definitely going to be making these soon!

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  38. 238
    Linda
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Pick me pick me!! Those look super cute!!!

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  39. 239
    Kimby
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Mmm those cupcakes sound delicious!

    Reply

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    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm
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    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm
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    Leigh
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    This looks so delicious and as a PB & honey sandwhich person myself, I can’t wait to make these!!

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  43. 243
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    fingers are crossed!

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  44. 244
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    and on another note….these are my favorite of your cupcakes yet! i love the color scheme as well!

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  45. 245
    Jean
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    have y’all thought of writing a cupcake cookbook? it would be divine!

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  46. 246
    Leigh
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I tweeted about these cupcakes… gotta love social media!!
    http://twitter.com/LeighGunnels/status/10199196079

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  47. 247
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    those measuring cups are adorable! love the colors. very spring-y.

    cheers,

    *heather*

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  48. 248
    Melanie
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    cupcakes!

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  49. 249
    Inessa
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    These look amazing! How do you come up with these flavors? And the kitchen tools are just adorable, the colors are too cute :D

    Reply

  50. 250
    Mel
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Can’t wait to try the cupcakes!

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  51. 251
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Oh Yum! I also found some fabulous local honey – this sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  52. 252
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Love the cupcakes!

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  53. 253
    Nadia
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    These look yummy, and Chef’n products rule!! <3 your blog and your cupcakes, and me and my gal pals swooned over the cupcake proposal (I know it's old news, but this is my first time commenting…)

    Reply

  54. 254
    Ivy
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    This looks really good. I’ve got a bridal shower coming up and am looking to offer a variety of cupcakes and am hoping to add this one to my batch. Thanks!

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  55. 255
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    The cake part of these cupcakes (not a fan of icing in general) sound delicious! I can’t wait to get the chance to make these!

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  56. 256
    Anna
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    These sounds amazing. Crossing my fingers that I’ll get the awesome giveaway this time!

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  57. 257
    Andrea S.
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Those cupcakes look yummy!

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  58. 258
    Kristen
    Posted On March 8, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    That looks great! I’ve used brown sugar in chocolate cake, but I’ll have to give honey a try. I love using it when I make whipped cream.

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  59. 259
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Oooh! Those measuring cups are on my wishlist too!!! So cool!

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  60. 260
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 1:38 am

    The cupcakes look delicious! I love baking with honey.

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  61. 261
    Fatima
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 2:10 am

    We just bought some raw honey and I’d love to try putting that into these cupcakes . My husband’s a fan of chocolate and honey so I think these will be a hit. And those measuring cups are so cool!

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  62. 262
    naila Shakil
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Thses cupcakes look amazing .yummyyyyy

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  63. 263
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 4:12 am

    So it’s a lucky draw, huh? Cool. Can I campaign on behalf of my friend? If not, pick me! (And I’ll give it to said friend…who coincidentally, has already left a comment here…two, really lol!). She’s a baking aficionado if that helps! :)

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  64. 264
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Oooh. . . Your cupcakes look delicious! I’ll have to try that recipe soon.
    Those measuring cups are so cute!

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  65. 265
    Moeed
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 6:23 am

    I’m trying this recipe as soon as possible! Those cupcakes look heavenly!!!

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  66. 266
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 6:47 am

    I even use honey as a moisturiser for my hair, how would I not try those cupcakes!?

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  67. 267
    Helen
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 7:37 am

    The cupcakes sound yummy! I have many chef’n products in my kitchen and they are all top notch!!

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  68. 268
    Amanda
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 7:46 am

    I will most definitely be making these cupcakes today!

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    Emily
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 8:06 am

    These look so yummy!! Too bad I currently don’t have an oven..

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  70. 271
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

    The cupcakes are cuteeee!

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    Chelsea
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Those look delicious! I’ll just have to replace the peanuts with almonds due to my allergy but I think that will still work!

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    Mary-Kate
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 8:24 am

    WOW! chocolate and honey in one cupcake? looks like an amazing combination. even though my boyfriend is allergic to peanuts, i’m making these!

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  73. 274
    Stacy
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Oh dear. I love chocolate. I adore honey. I’m addicted to peanuts. All of those ingredients in one cupcake? Definitely a match made in heaven (:

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  74. 275
    Cathy
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I’m a new reader (found you through Cheap Healthy Good) and I’ve really enjoyed reading your archives. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  75. 276
    Stephanie
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 8:55 am

    My boyfriend and I love your blog and try to make at least one recipe from it a week! That chef’n stuff is absolutely adorable!!!

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  76. 277
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 9:06 am

    ooh, those cupcakes sound amazing!

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    Alana
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I must have these :-) !!

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  78. 279
    Elizabeth K
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I love this site, love the recipes and the giveaways! you guys are great! keep up the good work, and I have to get to baking…. :-)

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  79. 280
    Jane
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

    the cupcakes look amazing, and so does the giveaway!

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  80. 281
    Rachel
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 10:39 am

    LOVE your blog. Started following you because http://www.entertainingbyevie.com mentioned you… I’m so hungry after reading your blog!!

    Reply

  81. 282
    chokolaj
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Such pretty colors! And I must try the cupcake recipe – that sounds like an awesome combo of ingredients.

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  82. 283
    Erin S.
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

    This stuff is so fun, and those cupcakes look delicious!

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  83. 284
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I have the teeniest tiniest kitchen that these would be perfect for. And this recipe looks amazing.

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  84. 285
    Diane L
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Thanks for using honey! My husband and I are new beekeepers, going on our second year and I’m just learning how to incorporate honey into my baking. Love your blog and your recipes. Delicious!

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  85. 286
    Kyle
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 11:36 am

    THANK YOU! You are the best. I just tried these with Dominican honey which has a very distinct flavor and they are out.of.this.world. Can’t wait to find some U.S. honey to check out the difference!

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  86. 287
    Jenny
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I just got a huge jar of home-grown honey from my uncle in S.D. and I wanted to bake w/them, and I LOVE peanuts-this sounds great!
    Thanks for sharing

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  87. 288
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I love that even your mom commented. BTW, love your blog. Your cupcakes always look amazing!

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    Anna
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Mmm, love anything with honey in!

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    Jacquelyn
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    can’t wait to try this recipe out!! i wonder if subbing almond flour would work out too??

    Reply

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    Erin
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Love your blog – looking forward to rying the cupcakes!

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    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    chocolate? honey? roasted peanuts??

    i’m sold. :D

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    Cori S
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I’ve never thought of honey and chocolate together before! Sounds fantastic!

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    Anne
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    mmm – cupcakes, if only I wasn’t attempting to fit in a wedding dress…

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    Jenna Tulman
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks for giving me inspiration! I have been commissioned to make hundreds of cupcakes for my sister’s wedding!

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    Laura
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Pick me, Pick me!

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    Karie
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Ohh! Those look yummy. I may have to try these with the honey my boyfriend purchased from a farm located in his hometown.

    Reply

  97. 298
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Oh, yum! Those cupcakes AND bowls look delish! I love the colours. They would bring so much cheer into any kitchen :)

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    Sarah
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I have never had “good” honey, but I want to try some after reading this post! I always went for the peanut butter and honey combination rather than the pb&j, as well.

    Reply

  99. 300
    Posted On March 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Those cupcakes look divine, and the cooking tools are perfect for Spring with those bright colors!

    Reply

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