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I'm going to be so tired soon, but I'm having so much fun right now.

First, let me say I don't consider myself much of a baker.  I haven't really baked anything from scratch for a couple of years.  Two years ago, for Stonbender's birthday, I made a German Chocolate cake and frosting completely from scratch.  It was cold and rainy and the ramp on our van was broke, so we couldn't go anywhere.  It was one of two things I could do to make a birthday celebration out of an otherwise yucky day.  It came out okay (not great) for the first cake I'd tried in probably 10 years.  Told you I'm not much of a baker.

Tomorrow is my work picnic.  I'm in the dessert group and I volunteered for cupcakes.  At first, I figured I'd just do the cake mix thing or even just buy some, but then I started searching on-line for something cooler.  And I found the perfect recipe for the Department of Information Technology folks - coffee cupcakes with coffee frosting and a chocolate covered coffee bean on top.  I want to make about 100 cupcakes - we're a large department.  I measured out the dry ingredients last night so I could come home and just start mixing and baking.  The batter is wonderful and we tasted the first batch and they are so moist,  and I still have to frost them.  I think they'll be a hit.  I'm also planing on making come peanut butter cupcakes.  It's going to be a long night.  I'm only baking a dozen at a time.  I can't find my other pans and I heard they come out best if baked right in the middle of the oven and there's only ONE middle.  

I got the recipe at this link, but I thought making donuts to go on top was a little too much for me.   And I'm making different frosting - whip cream frosting will not survive a picnic.  http://cupcakeblog.com/index.php/2007/09/doughnuts-and-coffee-cupcakes/

Besides tripling the recipe, the only change I made was using salted butter (cuz that's what I had); then I didn't add the salt the receipt calls for.  Maybe there'll be pictures later.  Now off to mix and bake and frost and mix and bake and frost and . . .

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