A new trend in desserts has been popular for quite a while. This fad has lasted a lot longer than anyone thought it would. It is cupcakes.  They are used for all occasions, parties and events. Cupcakes used to be considered just a snack after school or a fast way to have something to take to a potluck. Now the tiny dessert that was an “after-thought” has leaped to new heights as the star of the party.

Wedding receptions feature cupcakes of all different flavors instead of a traditional wedding cake. A nice idea is sending a cupcake home with your guests in a small box or container as a way of saying “thank you for celebrating with us.” The boxes could be set out at each place setting or stacked up on a table by the door so they can be available upon leaving.

Children love to decorate cookies and cupcakes. A birthday party in which the guests ice and decorate prebaked cupcakes is a fun way to keep them busy. Cupcake liners are available in all different designs including birthday themes. Another plus is that cupcakes freeze well in case of an emergency when a dessert is called for.

“Black bottom” cupcakes have a layer of chocolate on the bottom, are very moist and do not require icing. This recipe comes from one of our favorite cookbooks from the 1970’s. They are made from scratch, but totally worth it.

Black Bottom Cupcakes

2- 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese

2/3 cup sugar

2 eggs

¼ tsp salt

Mix and add 12 ounces chocolate chips. Set aside.

3 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 cup oil

1 tsp. baking soda

2 Tablesp vinegar

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups water

½ cup cocoa

Mix together and fill cupcake papers ½ full.  Add 1 Tablesp. cream cheese filling on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  (Recipe does not state how many this makes)

Wednesday January 22

BBQ chicken

Homemade macaroni & cheese

Baked beans

Homemade roll

Chocolate chip cookies

Thursday January 23

Ribeye steak sandwich

Cheesy hash brown casserole

Seasoned green beans

Peach crisp

Monday January 27

Chicken casserole

Cinnamon apples

Blueberry muffins

Mississippi mud cake

January 28, Tuesday

Marinated grilled pork chop

Baked potato

California blend vegetables

Homemade roll

Black bottom cupcakes

January 29, Wednesday

Fried chicken strips

Dippin gravy

Cottage fries

Mixed vegetables

Blueberry delight

January 30, Thursday

Baked turkey & dressing

Mashed potatoes & gravy

Seasoned green beans

Cranberry salad

Pumpkin dessert

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