Key Lime Cupcakes filled with Key Lime

You can say I’m crazy about Key Lime Cupcakes, they are so tangy. I’m a citrus nut I guess.  I recently posted about Key Lime Curd and this is what I filled they little treasures with. Spring is the perfect time of year for these cupcakes, you should find plenty of citrus to use. These gems are perfect for your next tea party. I like to use mini cupcakes for my tea party’s and I put 3 small desserts on a plate. I usually place a cupcake, maybe a chocolate dipped strawberry and then either a cookie or a mini cheesecake. I hope you are following me on bloglovin. This recipe is part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.


Key Lime Cupcake on plate by A day in

Key Lime Cupcakes filled with Key Lime Curd

Yield: 16-18 cupcakes


  • 1/2 lb of butter room temp
  • 1 & 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 ts salt
  • 1 ts key lime juice (Nellie and Joe's)
  • 1 ts almond flavor
  • 4 large egg whites beaten fluffy not stiff
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 lb of softened butter
  • 3 cups of sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 TB of vanilla extract
  • 1 ts of lime oil or Key lime juice to taste
  • 1/8 ts of salt


Cream butter and add sugar beating until well blended. Add flavoring and egg yolks to butter mixture and beat well. Add sour cream and mix well. Fold in dry ingredients. When incorporated remove from mixer and set aside. Beat egg whites in a clean bowl until fluffy. Fold into the batter until well mixed. Do not over mix. Heat oven to 350 degrees and use an ice cream scoop to fill paper cups 2/3 full. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes until light golden.

Frosting -

Beat softened butter with sifted powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Add extracts and salt. Beat for 3 - 5 minutes. Add more extract to taste.

Fill with Key Lime Curd and frost when cupcakes have cooled.

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Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe

When you think of Spring and cupcakes what comes to mind? For me its Carrot Cake Cupcakes. I love these easy cupcakes that are perfect for Easter or any occasion. These would be perfect for a Spring Tea Party or just serve them with a pot of tea next time you have friends over. If you aren’t following me on Bloglovin make sure you subscribe now. For an easy decoration on top just add some shredded carrots or maybe some of the new carrot cake M & Ms they are so good.  This post is part of the April Ultimate Blog Challenge.

Carrot cake cupcake


Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 - 15 cupcakes


  • 2 Cups Sifted AP Flour
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 ts Baking Soda
  • 1 ts salt
  • 2 ts cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Cup coconut oil
  • 2 Cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 Cup walnuts or pecans
  • Frosting
  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese
  • 1 stick of butter softened
  • 3 Cups of sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1 TB Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 ts cinnamon


Beat the eggs until foamy and add oil slowly as you continue beating. Add dry sifted ingredients and beat until smooth. Add carrots and nuts. Both can be chopped in a food processor.

Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Check every five minutes after 20 minutes.

After cooled beat cream cheese and butter, add 1 cup of sugar at a time, until blended. Add vanilla and cinnamon and frost when cupcakes are cooled.

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Find other dessert recipes on my easy recipes page.



Dessert Recipe Strawberry Mousse Cupcakes

What is your favorite dessert recipe for Valentines Day? Is it Cupcakes? Or is it something else? Well today we are talking Luscious Strawberry Mousse Cupcakes. There are so many wonderful desserts out there right now if you don’t believe me, just check out pinterest. I also have a post here for Strawberry Nachos, and also Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies.

But today I am sharing these cupcakes that make my heart sing. These light Vanilla Cupcakes with a strawberry mousse filling is just what you need to make a simple recipe come alive. You can slice up a strawberry on top or maybe even dip it in chocolate to add a little pizzazz to your cupcakes. I have more dessert recipes over here.

Strawberry Mousse Cupcakes:


Strawberry Mousse Cupcakes





Dessert Recipe Strawberry Mousse Cupcakes


  • Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 ts baking soda
  • 1 1/4 ts baking powder
  • 1 ts salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 whole eggs plus 1 yolk room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 ts vanilla extract
  • Strawberry Mousse Filling
  • 16 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ts strawberry jam
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • (I used mousse from a cake supply store, but this will work fine)
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 stick of room temp butter unsalted
  • 3 cups of sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1 ts of vanilla extract
  • 1 ts of salt
  • Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart


Preheat over to 350 degrees, line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

Put both flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and whisk to sift.

Put butter and sugar in a mixer and start beating. Add eggs one at a time.

Add the flour mixer in three batches with the buttermilk in between. Then add the vanilla extract. Scoop your batter into liners with an ice cream scoop. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Check often, don't overbake. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cooled - use an apple corer and core out the middle of the cupcake.

Mousse whipping cream:

Put the heavy whipping cream into a bowl with whisk attached and add confectioners sugar and whip until medium stiff peaks. Add strawberry jam and whip until blended. Put in pastry bag and fill cupcakes.

Vanilla Frosting:

Place butter in mixer and add 1 cup of sifted confectioners sugar at a time. Then add vanilla and salt. You can also add a drop of food coloring if you prefer. Fill a pastry bag and use a 1M tip by Wilton and swirl around the top of the cupcake.

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Ten Easy Steps to Create A Tea Party

I have had so many Tea Parties, it used to be my business. How fun is that! Now I just share with others how you can have your own Tea Party for your friends. I don’t know what it is about having a Tea Party, but it gets me so excited just thinking about it. Maybe it’s the idea of having friends together, or maybe it’s about the food or the tea, but whatever reason you are having a party, it is sure to be a success. This page shows you more Tea Time ideas.

You don’t even need a reason to throw a Tea Party, you can just plan a date and a theme and make some tea and a few desserts or sandwiches and your done!  Not really there is a little bit more to it, but it is pretty easy. I will show you how in ten easy steps to create a tea party. 

Ten tea party how to's by

  1. Set a Date – Make sure you give it a few weeks so your friends can make it.
  2. Send an invite – You can use paper or use Evites
  3. Get out your china – It doesn’t have to match, I love a mismatched china tea table.  Do you need a place setting chart? See one below.
  4. Get some Herbal Green Tea and a tea pot. Here is a tip to help you learn how to make a great pot of tea.
  5. Candles. They are always fun at a party, you can even go scentless.
  6. Make some sandwiches like these, and desserts like these.
  7. Put on some nice music.
  8. Get out your favorite hats.
  9. Hopefully you got an RSVP from everyone, they wouldn’t want to miss it and you need to know just how much food to make.
  10. Be a great hostess, tell a cute tea cup story, or the history of tea, and this is the best part, pouring tea for your friends and having great conversation.

Tea Party Place Seating Chart for A Day In

I hope you plan a tea party soon and use these tips and table setting to help make it easier. Please pin this to one of your boards so it’s easy to find in the future. You can also follow me on twitter or facebook.  I would love to hear your comments, so leave one below.


Shark Week Cupcakes

It’s Shark Week.

Don’t worry, these cupcakes won’t draw blood. But when you bite into them you might get a surprise.  This post started a year ago and somehow I never sent it out. So since Shark Week is almost over and that’s all that’s on our T.V. this week, I thought we would celebrate with some Shark Week Cupcakes.

Shark Week cupcakes

Have fun with these cupcakes and surprise your guests.

You can use your favorite boxed recipe or use one from scratch. After their done cooling, fill them with some strawberry or raspberry jelly. Just cut a little cone out of the top, spoon in some jelly and put the cone back on top. Then frost with some blue icing and pick up some fondant, cut out a heart shaped piece with a cookie cutter and cut off about 1/2 off it and you have the shark fin. Use some grey food coloring on the fondant before you cut them out. You can frost these by putting icing in a piping bag and use a wilton star tip. These are super easy and you can even cut them out free hand.


I Wanted to leave you with one more picture from a few years ago.

Shark week at the beach

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Tax Day 2013 Freebies

It’s tax day 2013. This year for the first time I had to get an extension for our personal taxes. I usually file at the beginning of the year, but my husbands shop became an LLC during the year so we have different returns to file. I am a little nervous because I like things simple and I like to be in control and right now, it’s in the hands of my preparer.


Taxes Due - April 15

So I decided to find the silver lining in an otherwise red letter day.

I wanted to share some freebies with you to get you  excited about April 15.  I love free stuff, don’t you?

Most of these are nationwide, some might be in specific areas.

In L.A check out –    if you  like Cinnabon make sure you get there in the evening. Two free bites. Yum.

If you like the movies and popcorn check out

I bet your local city has some specials too. Don’t forget to google it.

Happy Tax Day and enjoy something for free. Who says you can’t get something for nothing? Enjoy.