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Star Wars Day Admiral Ackbar Cupcakes

It’s no secret that I love Admiral Ackbar. When I was a little girl, weekends with my dad meant free reign over Blockbuster. I was allowed to rent 2-3 movies, and I’d spent the entire weekend eating take out and/or Kraft macaroni and cheese, holed up in my room watching weird/macabre/classic ’80s and ’90s kids movies on my little portable TV. From The Last Unicorn and Beetlejuice to The Labyrinth and the original Star Wars trilogy, I really liked dark and twisty movies — especially anything with a borderline-creepy puppet. So, obviously, I loved Admiral Ackbar.

Admiral Ackbar Cupcakes

That love has only grown over the past twenty-odd years of my life, and culminated in Alexei‘s 2012 Christmas gifts: the beginning of a beautiful Ackbar collection. Lego keychain? Got it. Talking plush toy? Also got it. Etsy watercolor painting? YOU BET.

Admiral Ackbar Cupcakes

I’ve mentioned that I’m not really a baker. I can sometimes finagle my way through a recipe, but I am usually shit when it comes to decorating. And even with this endeavor, which turned out surprisingly well, I nearly had a nervous breakdown when it got to the icing part. Luckily, I had Alexei to a) suggest mini Nilla wafers b) tell me to chill out, and eventually everything came together!

Admiral Ackbar Cupcakes

These cupcakes were 100% inspired (read: stolen) from the uber talented JustJenn. I used my trusty cinnamon cupcakes recipe, whipped up a simple cinnamon buttercream, and stuffed the cupcakes with Mexican chocolate pudding. I brought these little fellas to my friend Alex‘s Cinco de Mayo slash May the Fourth party. Amidst colored lightsaber taquitos, Wedge Antilles Wedge and Chilies (yep), and tons of delicious dips, Admiral Ackbar fit in just fine.

Did you do anything for May the Fourth? Sound off in the comments below!

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Make it Tonight: Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Fun fact: Cinco de Mayo is NOT the celebration of Mexico’s independence. To some, it’s a national holiday with deep historical and cultural roots. To others, it means another great excuse to make delicious tacos and strong margaritas. Whether you’re celebrating with your family, at a party, or at home, here are a few recipes to get you in the Mayo mood.

Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs (pictured above)

Churro Cupcakes

Dulce de Leche Stuffed Cinnamon “Churro” Cupcakes

Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas

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Chocolate Buttercream Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

I know what you’re thinking. You’ve been subsisting on cookies and mulled wine for days, and it’s not even Christmas yet! Believe me, I know. I’ve managed to squeeze in a few workouts here and there, but I’m pretty much in the same boat. But stick with me, it gets better. Cake.

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Buttered Popcorn Cookies

Popcorn Cookies

These might as well be called “Movie Cookies” because that’s precisely what they remind me of. I was searching for an interesting cookie to bring to a birthday party and was instantly inspired by Sift and Whisk’s adaptation Joy the Baker’s adaptation of a Smitten Kitchen recipe. Confused yet?

Ever since I first gleefully purchased The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, I’ve been looking for an excuse to make her Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies. Turns out I’m not the only one. When I stumbled upon Sift and Whisk’s malted milk ball adaptation, my choice was clear. For those of you who haven’t spent hours pouring over Smitten Kitchen’s long-awaited cookbook, these crunchy, tasty treats have copious amounts of buttered popcorn and malted milk ball bites sprinkled inside. They are salty. They are sweet. They are highly addictive. And they are here.

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