Y'all, I love me some desserts.  So much that I choose to use bad grammar in that first sentence.  Seriously, I have to resist having chocolate after every meal.   For Zoe Grace's Homecoming Party, I was addicted to the leftover icing from these cupcakes...I literally sat with the spoon to my mouth licking up the last drops of chocolately goodness....can't let it go to waste, right?

The cupcakes that I made were Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes.  I topped these delightful treats with nutella and peanut butter frosting.  Both were fantastic additions and I can't decide which one I liked more.  The nutella icing was a chocolate lover's dream but the peanut butter reminded me of eating buck eye's at Christmas...so I liked them equally but for different reasons.

I followed this recipe.  I did attempt the three swirl icing at first but my cream cheese frosting had sat out for too long and had gotten runny.  So, instead of fighting a gooey downhill battle, I settled for using the nutella & peanut butter icing separately so the party attendees could choose.  I think it worked out nice.

Of course, the cupcake wasn't complete without its very own party circle.

I have so much fun using these.  We went with the Welcome Home theme for these cakes but Raleigh can design party circles to coordinate with your own party.  Just e-mail him what you want at n2sshop@gmail.com.

For a lighter sweet treat, I love using strawberries for dessert.  Even though the calendar says fall, these easy treats can be served year round.

All I did was tear up some pre-made pound cake (you can certainly make your own but I had some leftover) into a mini cupcake wrapper.  Top with cut up strawberries and whipped cream.  I prefer homemade whipped cream (whipping cream + confectioner's sugar mixed at a high-speed until fluffy peaks) but you can go with the Cool Whip if you don't have time.  Fabulous finger food treat to end a meal.

Finally, I wanted to share my Na Na's Bread Pudding recipe.  You wanna know what the key ingredient is?  Hot dog buns.  Yep, you heard me right.  This is great to make after a Saturday cook-out with your leftover buns.  I mean, who uses all of those anyway?

Na Na's Bread Pudding:

6 Hot Dog buns, arranged long-wise on your pan (Na Na puts the dark side of the buns on top)

2 Cups Sugar

2 Cups Milk

1 Cup Self-Rising Flour

1 tsp. of vanilla extract

1 1/2 Sticks of Butter, melted

6 eggs

Melt stick of butter and pour over the buns.  Then, beat the eggs and mix together the sugar, milk, flour, and vanilla extract. Pour that entire mixture over the buns.  Cook for 350 degrees for 35 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.  Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Yum :)

Hope you enjoy these sweet treats as much as I do!

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen