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October 3, 2012

Courtney Caughey-Stambul: The cupcake — is it for breakfast or dessert?

NEW CASTLE — Happy Wednesday!

I'm in a pretty good mood today as I just signed up for my first half marathon. I will be running the Pittsburgh Half on May 5, 2013, and I will be running for a reason. I am raising money for the Animal Rescue League (ARL) Paws Over Pittsburgh.

If you love animals like I do, consider donating. I would love to surpass my fundraising goal and help as many animals as possible! Here's THE LINK.

OK, that’s out of the way. Now let's get to the food.

Last night, I watched "Cupcake Wars" on the Food Network. I love cupcakes. If you read my blog regularly, you know I love a variety of foods, just add cupcakes to the list. I've never made a cupcake from scratch and know next-to-nothing about mixing this flavor with that flavor and coming up with something someone would actually want to eat. But, I have eaten a lot of cupcakes, and thus I feel I should be a judge on the show.

Haha! I wish!

 Curious about making a cupcake from scratch, I took to the web following the show. I want to try baking a unique cupcake, something bacon-flavored. I don't really even like bacon, but it sounds interesting. Plus, I can then justify eating the cupcake for breakfast.

 So, I will be going tomorrow to buy the ingredients to bake a ... Maple Bacon Cupcake! (Get the recipe HERE.)

 Who knew the website, "Bacon Today," existed? They even sell shirts. People must be serious about their bacon.

 Stay tuned for the results of my cupcake experiment!


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