Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Happy birthday, Paula Deen!! In honor of my most trusted and beloved recipe source, I made my favorite of her recipes–red velvet cupcakes. Surprisingly, out of all her buttery cakes and gooey chocolate bars, these cupcakes are her best dessert yet! (And as a very discriminating red velvet critic myself, that praise means a lot!) But although I am picky in finding the perfect red velvet cupcake, when the recipe is right, the flavor is fantastic because it gives you a touch of chocolate without the overly rich heaviness, and Paula’s deliciously moist cupcake recipe definitely passes the test! Continue reading

Paula’s Lemon Bars

I find most of my dessert recipes through intense Pinterest, Foodgawker, and blog research. Instead of Christmas wish-lists and “wanted shoes” as my  Safari bookmarks, I file over 700 recipes (and counting) into differnt bookmark menus–cakes, layer cakes, pies/tarts, bars/brownies, cookies, macarons, and “bites”. I mean business! You can certainly consider at350degrees recipes obsessively pre-scanned by a Type-A baker! Usually, I ignore big-name/Food Network chef recipes, except Martha Stewart and of course THE Paula Deen. Paula Deen is the only chef whose recipes I trust without a reference picture  because all of her recipes are incredible! To pay homage to her baking magnificence, I would post this as an early birthday present to her, but Janurary 19th is a little while away. (Yes, I know her birthday, and yes, expect an all-things-Paula birthday post!) Anyways, I had made these incredible lemon bars a while back, when I was still baking cakes from mixes, but I wanted to make them again to share with all of you. I was so surprised when I had first made them (I had never tasted lemon bars before) because these bars were so lightand tasty with a great flaky shortbread crust! They are also pretty easy to make, always a plus! Remember, the powdered sugar on top is a crucial–it’s just so pretty!! Enjoy!!

Recipe: Lemon Bars