Time for this week’s Thursday Things:

1. Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. It’s ironic that with all the chocolate-based recipes, desserts, and sweets on my blog that I’ve never posted a recipe for a basic chocolate cupcake.

Chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and chips

I do have a killer cake recipe that’s a one-bowl and very fast and easy. The cake has the springy and spongey nature of a cake-mix cake, but it’s from scratch and the batter takes five minutes to whisk together.

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache on white floral plate

If you need chocolate cupcakes, Sally has you covered

2. I was nominated as one of the Top 25 Recipe Blogs by Skinnyscoop. You  have to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the big spacebar with ‘See all suggestions’ on it to see all 25. There’s a voting period that goes until October 31 if you want to Like or vote for your favorite blog. I was just happy to make the cut because I’m in the company of some people whom I really admire.

Top 25 Recipe Blogs by SkinnyScoop Team

3. How adorable is this little Recipe book from Anthro, $28. I was just talking about what a hodge-podge my recipes are and that they’re strewn all over the place from saved emails to myself to dog-eared pages in cookbooks to Pinterest boards to Recipe Box.

Maybe this would help me.

Recipe book with fake spoon on it

4.Last week the Huffington Post featured my Spiced Apple and Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze in their Caramel Dessert Recipes roundup. The glaze on that cake is my hands down favorite glaze of all time. The cake is good but the glaze is bliss on a spoon. I love caramel anything and they have some gems in their roundup.

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Spiced Apple and Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze on caramel recipes slideshow

5. These Apple Cinnamon Mini Monkey Breads look like a fair amount of work but boy, they sure look good. But stayed tuned because I have a monkey bread-ish recipe on Monday that’s not a lot of work.

Apple Cinnamon Mini Monkey Breads

6. Owl The Better doormat, $34 from Modcloth

Doormat with owls on it and blue green shoes

7. Bon Appetit has 26 Cakes in their October print issue that I have been wanting to make. Yes, I want to make all 26 but first I need to find a football team who’s accepting donations after I have my one or two slices and am already thinking about what’s next.

This Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting caught my eye. They use Jif peanut butter for the frosting, as do I for all my peanut butter baking needs when I’m baking with peanut butter, but I was glad to see that Bon Appetit isn’t too highbrow for some good ole Jif.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

8. Mascot Cardigan, Free People $248. I love Free People and I love this cardigan with all it’s kitschy funkiness but it was 94F in San Diego on Wednesday. A freakish hot snap and it’s hotter now that it was all summer, but I’m sure not complaining because I love it hot. However, it’s definitely not sweater weather right now.

woman wearing free people patterned cardigan facing away from camera

9. Here’s a Chocolate Brownie Cake from Williams-Sonoma and although it’s not quite a cupcake in honor of today’s holiday, it combines brownies and cake in one, which is akin to a holiday for me.

Chocolate Brownie Cake

However, we’ve barely just finished the Chocoalte Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie and I wasn’t going to make anything ‘big’ for at least a week, but I couldn’t help it and made a cake on Tuesday that is one of my best ever. However, it’s a post-Halloween/pre-Thanksgiving and pre-Holiday baking season kind of cake given the flavors I used. I try to think at least six weeks ahead so in my kitchen, Christmas cookie baking season is going to commence any day now right as it cools off to 89F.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie

10. And now for a little tear-jerker story, especially for those of us who are wives and mothers that you may be able to relate to:

A little boy asked his mother, “Why are you crying?” “Because I’m a woman,” she told him. “I don’t understand,” he said. His Mom just hugged him and said, “And you never will.”

“All women cry for no reason,” was all his dad could say. The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry. Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he asked, “God, why do women cry so easily?”

God said: “When I made the woman she had to be special. I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort. I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children. I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining. I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly. I gave her strength to carry her man through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart. I gave her wisdom to know that a good man never hurts his woman, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfaltering. And finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed.” “You see my son,” said God, “the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart – the place where love resides.”


What are your Thursday Things?

If you’ve made anything, done, seen, or bought anything fabulous recently, feel free to link it up in the comments.

Do you have a favorite chocolate cake or cupcake recipe?

Please link it up if you have one that’s a tried-and-true hit.

I realized a few months ago that I was lacking in some of the more traditional and classic recipes on my blog and have been trying to change that, and apparently chocolate cupcakes need to be added to the to-make list. I do make them from time to time, but not often. I prefer making whole cakes, pans of bars, or brownies rather than individual cupcakes or muffins. It’s less work to make one big pan of something than 24 individual items, which usually need to be piped with icing, individually too, rather than just smearing on one layer over an entire pan.

I know it’s really early, but have you thought about your Thanksgiving menu or holiday baking?

I’m inspired to make new things and goodies this December that I’ve never made before. I just don’t know what those things are…yet. I have the problem of choice overload and rather than narrowing my list down, it’s growing. Oh boy.

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