Baking Extravaganza!!

I had a baking extravaganza this afternoon!! I will share in just a bit, but first things first…

I officially decided to push back my long run until tomorrow. I think this will work out best for me. So today, I quickly went for a 3 miler before the wind advisory officially started!! My goal was to keep an easy, comfortable pace and to not look at my Garmin until I was finished! I didn’t want to push it today since I have a long run tomorrow and I know that I have a tendency to try to run pretty hard on shorter runs. But, I did what I was supposed to and just ran at the pace that felt comfortable. And would you guess what that pace was?? 9:15 min/mile! Nice, right?! Never would I have thought that I would be comfortable at this pace again post injury! It’s taken almost a year and a lot of hard work, but my pace is getting back to where it used to be! And I couldn’t be happier about it!! I am so looking forward to my long run tomorrow!!

I got back from my run and took Sadie on a leisurely 1 mile walk and then did Whittle My Middle 2 and stretched my legs out. My PF is still bothering me! Ugh! I thought I was over this. I’ve iced it once today and foresee doing it again later this evening. Luckily, it doesn’t really bother me when I run. Mostly just when getting up after laying down or sitting for awhile. So i can deal :)


Lunch today was a semi repeat from yesterday’s lunch. Semi repeat because I decided to make some more Quick Cornbread instead of heating up some frozen cornbread muffins! I love this Quick Cornbread recipe!! This was the first part of my Baking Extravaganza!!




I had the last of my Smoky Chicken Chili 


And 2 slices of Quick Cornbread! Yum!!


Obviously, y’all can tell I have been really into cupcakes lately with all the Muddy’s Bake Shop stops I’ve made recently! So I decided it was time for me to make my own cupcakes!! I decided to make Chocolate Cupcakes with the Best Strawberry Frosting You’ve Ever Had In Your Life!! The frosting recipe comes from my Nana’s Strawberry Cake and I thought it would go perfectly with a chocolate cupcake!! First up, the cupcake recipe. I got this recipe out of Southern Living.

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup hot water

Beat sugar and butter at medium speed until creamy and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until yellow disappears after each addition. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa in a small bowl. Add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, starting and ending with flour mixture. Beat at medium-low, just until blended after each addition. Beat hot water into batter, just until smooth. Use immediately.


Place paper baking cups(I used the silicone ones I had) in a muffin pan and coat with cooking spray.


Spoon batter into cups, about 3/4 full.


Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely, about 1 hour. Top with desired frosting. Makes 24 cupcakes.




Just want to let you know that the batter is delish! And it may or may not be the reason I was too full for my afternoon snack! Ha!





Next up, Strawberry Frosting:

Strawberry Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter at room temp
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped strawberries

Cream butter. Gradually add sugar and strawberries alternating between them. Beat on high until smooth.


I used a plastic bad with a hold cut at the corner to frost my cupcakes.




Seriously, this is the BEST Strawberry Frosting you will ever have!! Yummy!! I think they turned out pretty cute looking!! I hope they taste just as good!!

That’s all for now!! Gotta get to making dinner! Have a wonderful night!!


  1. Wow, you were a baking queen today! You can send me those cupcakes... :D
    Have fun on your long run today

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  3. Nikki-
    That icing sounds indeed delicious! And the cornbread has me drooling!!! I know I should be working on accounting for the bakery, but I think I'm going to have to go eat cornbread first...