Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Since I was diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago, I’ve struggled to manage it. Turns out it’s kind of hard to make regular appointments, pick up regular prescriptions, and monitor healthcare when you have a condition that makes it a struggle to manage time and logistics. WHAT A SURPRISE.

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San Miguel makes history with 5th straight Philippine Cup title, outlasts Magnolia in Game 7

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FIVE PEAT. Beermen win their historic fifth straight PBA Philippine Cup championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Game 7 matched the hype and the San Miguel Beer lived up to its promise again.

Struggling mightily and pushed to their limit by a gutsy Magnolia side, the Beermen still found away to win and extend their reign in the PBA Philippine Cup for a historic fifth straight year.

Reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot showed nerves of steel in the pressure-packed moments as the Beermen overcame the biggest challenge yet to their throne.

Fajardo willed his way to 17 points and career-high 31 rebounds that also set the all-time high for most rebounds by a local in a game.

Cabagnot fired nine of his 18 points in a back-and-forth final frame including a tough fadeaway jumper that put San Miguel ahead for good, 72-71, with 57.2 ticks to go.

Arwind Santos also had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Beermen, who needed to climb back from a 17-point hole and withstood a dreadful second quarter where they scored measly five points.

The Hotshots had no reason to be ashamed of but had several moments down the stretch they will most likely regret as the title slipped away from their fingertips.

Jio Jalalon, who was brilliant all-game long, muffed a gimme that would’ve put Magnolia ahead with less than 10 seconds left. Ian Sangalang also missed from short range with under a minute to go.

To no one’s surprise, Fajardo bagged the Finals MVP award, the third of his career, after averaging 22.9 points, 19.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in the series.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

4 mint chocolate chip cupcakes on a rack with chocolate shavings

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes with a mint chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream and chocolate shavings.

Mint chocolate chip ice cream is my kid’s favorite flavor. If we go out for ice cream, at least one of them will order mint chocolate chip ice cream. I had some extra Swiss Meringue buttercream leftover from a cake I made and decided to make a cupcake inspired by their favorite ice cream flavor.

These lasted all of about four minutes in my house. They are so good. I love when I get good ideas like this one.

mint chocolate chip cupcakes and a bottle of milk

Swiss meringue buttercream is my favorite frosting. It is super smooth, glossy, and tastes amazing. You can flavor it and color it to just about anything you could ever imagine. Lemon, strawberry, chocolate, caramel, coffee, you name it.

I like mint, but sometimes if you go too far whatever you make can taste like toothpaste. Go slowly with the peppermint extract. You can always add, you can’t take away. Go slowly, give it a taste after you mix it up and add more if you need it.

You can add mini chips, but I really like how chocolate shavings work in this frosting. You rarely get chips in mint chocolate chip ice cream, so I wanted to use shavings. I put a bittersweet chocolate bar in the freezer for about 10 minutes, then used a cheese grater to get the shavings the size that I wanted.

chocolate cupcake with a bite taken out

I usually make my cakes from scratch, but I’m not going to not use a mix every now and again. Especially since I was making these mint chocolate chip cupcakes for my kids and let’s be honest, all they really care about is the cupcake being the delivery vehicle for the frosting.

I do like to doctor my cake mix whenever I use one. Adding extra eggs, some sour cream, and vanilla punch up the flavor and make the cake super moist. (I do this with whatever flavor I use.)

cupcakes on a cooling rack

Swiss meringue keeps really well. If I make a full recipe and have some leftover, I keep it in an airtight container. To refresh it, let it come to room temperature and put it back in the mixer and rewhip it. If I already have really soft buttercream, I just color and flavor it by hand using a whisk.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Yield: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes with a mint chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream and chocolate shavings. I prefer to use my Swiss Meringue recipe, but you could also use your favorite American buttercream recipe if you prefer.

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line two muffin tins with 18 paper liners.
  2. Add cupcake ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix for two minutes.
  3. Scoop into prepared liners.
  4. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  5. To make the mint Swiss Meringue, add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint and vanilla to the prepared buttercream. Mix until well combined. Taste and add more peppermint if desired.
  6. Add green food color to achieve desired color. Fold in chocolate shavings.
  7. Frost cooled cupcakes and top with chocolate shavings.

Notes

Start with a 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and taste. Add more if you like a more minty flavor.

I save some of the chocolate shavings and reserve them to garnish the cupcakes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 35mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 5g Protein: 2g

I hope you give these cupcakes a try. If you have a mint lover in your life, make these for them.

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Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

Sometimes you just need sprinkles.

Not too long ago I made my coworker some Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes for her birthday.  It was on this occasion that my soon to be 4 years old son changed his entire outlook on cake.  You see, my sweet little boy has always loved chocolate cake and only ever requested chocolate cake for special events.  Then he ate one of these and declared them the best cake ever and changed his birthday request from chocolate cake with red frosting to sprinkle cake with red frosting.  I cannot say I blame him as these are truly delicious cupcakes.  My boy, being the thoughtful loving brother that he is, also made a special request for one pink cupcake for his sister.  I love this kid and we love these cupcakes!

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes 
recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction

makes 24 cupcakes

3 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large egg
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (I used Greek)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup rainbow jimmies/sprinkles (not nonpareils)

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line muffin tin with 24 cupcake liners. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Whisk in sugar – mixture will be gritty. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 minute. Stir in egg, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract until combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick. Slowly stir in sprinkles, but do not overmix because the sprinkles will bleed their color.

Divide batter among 24 cupcake liners and bake for up to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool.

Very Vanilla Frosting
recipe by Baked Perfection

2 sticks of butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 -4 tablespoons milk
food coloring if desired

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.  Add food coloring if desired.

This photo was taken from the original batch.  I used about 1 1/4 cups sprinkles in this batch.

Red Velvet 4th of July Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist and fluffy homemade red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. A perfect red white and blue dessert for the 4th of July or any patriotic occasion!

Red velvet 4th of July cupcakes with cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Now that it’s July, everyone here is finally healthy, out of school and ready to enjoy summer! Seriously though, only a few days out of school and all three kiddos got sick. One right after the other. What a way to start summer break! Thankfully it was short lived for each of them. Fingers crossed we’re all healthy straight through the rest of summer!

And finally, summer weather has hit! Of course, this year it’s meant super strong storms and a roller coaster of temps to get where we are. Last night alone, I we were woken up from sound sleeps to an intense storm with lightning flashes every 1-3 seconds. I’ve never in my life experienced a storm like that before. It was fascinating and a bit intense. Fingers crossed for sunny weather for the week ahead! It’s a big one… and my favorite of the year!

4th of July has and always will be one of my absolute favorites. But then my oldest decided to make her debut on the 4th! Every year I’m always thrilled she’s still in love with the 4th and all things red, white and blue. We’ve always joked that the country is celebrating her birthday, along with the country’s of course. Who wouldn’t love fireworks for their birthday?!

Red velvet 4th of July cupcakes with cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

This year’s birthday cake won’t be red, white and blue so I had to fit in a little something to share here ahead of time. Everyone loves a fun and festive treat for a party!

These classic red velvet cupcakes are light and fluffy, with the perfect pop or festive color and topped off with the silkiest cream cheese frosting. Absolutely heavenly and a guaranteed favorite with friends and family! Don’t forget a few fresh blueberries on top! A perfect touch of tasty red, white and blue for any 4th of July party.

Easy, moist, fluffy and 100% delicious!

Be sure to add these to your 4th of July menu! You’ll be glad you did!

Red velvet 4th of July cupcakes with cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

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Our New Website Home

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We are very excited about our move to Squarespace, which has given us the opportunity to create an entirely new website design. Here are some major features which will include additional content that we will now be offering.

On the designing front, there will be over 20 pages, and several photos per page, in addition to the 12 years of blog postings and recipes.

The navigation bar will have the following pages: Home page (Realbaking with Rose), Our Books, Our Blog, Television & Videos, Recipes, About Us, Ask a Question, and Recipe of the Month.

Most of the pages on the navigation bar will have further content pages.
For example Television & Video will have a page listing Rose’s 150 plus appearances, and portals to her PBS Baking Magic series and her first television appearance on the Charlie Rose Show in 1988. And there will be many new videos as well.

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New pages will include:
Recipe of the Month Page

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Ask A Question will have its own dedicated blog page.
Many of Rose’s books will have their own pages with a gallery of photos and portal links to blogging bake through groups.

The Home page will feature a Baking Tip of the Week.

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We look forward to your joining us on our new website and continuing our international baking community.

Meister Bayern lässt sich feiern

Rund 1000 Fans haben den alten und neuen deutschen Basketballmeister Bayern München auf dem Nockherberg gefeiert.

Es gab Freibier, Geschäftsführer Marko Pesic sprach bei der Präsentation der Mannschaft vom “besten Jahr der Vereinsgeschichte”. Auch die U19 und U16 holten in der abgelaufenen Saison den Titel.

Bayern zuhause eine Macht 

Die Bayern hatten in den Playoffs der Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) kein Spiel verloren und die Finalserie gegen ALBA Berlin mit 3:0 gewonnen. Zu Hause gab es in der gesamten Spielzeit keine Niederlage.

Trainer Dejan Radonjic bedankte sich deshalb “für die großartige Unterstützung der Fans über die gesamte Saison und ganz speziell im dritten Endspiel gegen Berlin”.