I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

cupcakes + time out for women

cupcakes + time out for women


I want to tell you a little about Time Out For Women, some of you may have heard of it before, it is an event tour that goes all over the country. It is a time for women to come together and be uplifted and enriched. They also have a website TOFW.com where they have inspirational messages and ideas for women. They are a division of Deseret Book Company. And they have asked ME to do a guest blog post for them! So you should go check it out, I am so excited to be a part of this great group of women.

You can check out my post here.

Recently I came across this post on TOFW.com that had a recipe for The Sweet Tooth Fairy's black and white chocolate cupcake. So, since I love cupcakes, I just had to try making them. It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, while the kids were napping and my husband was at church meetings... basically, it was a perfect baking day. And the cupcakes were

d e l i c i o u s !

You can find the recipe at this link, but I have copied and pasted it here for you too.

The Sweet Tooth Fairy's

Black and White Chocolate Cupcakes

8 ounces all-purpose flour
7 ounces granulated sugar
4 ounces dark chocolate cocoa
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 ounces sour cream
3 eggs, beaten
6 ounces chocolate pudding, prepared
4 ounces butter, melted
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 cupcake pan cups with paper liners. 

In a large bowl, measure the dry ingredients and mix together with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds until well combined.

Add wet ingredients and mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl and resume mixing on medium speed for 1 additional minute. Stop mixer and fold in chocolate chips. 

Fill the prepared cupcake liners with batter 3/4 full, and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool completely. 

White Chocolate Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces butter, softened
6 ounces white chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
10 ounces powdered sugar

To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Add melted chocolate and vanilla; mix for an additional 1 minute.  Add powdered sugar gradually, beating until light and fluffy after each addition.

Frost the chocolate cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting. Ideas for garnishing: fresh raspberry, mini chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles.  

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