Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cupcake Week 2013: My Favorite Candy Bars

Every few days around 3 p.m. at the office, I realize those last two hours require some sort of candy to make it through. It is just necessary. Fortunately the coffee shop in my office building is bizarrely well-snacked with every single candy ever. So I often find myself staring at the selection trying to figure out which candy fits the mood I am in, the craving I am craving.

There are five candies that I always fall back on for my candy break. And one day while trying to come up with a theme for this year's Cupcake Week, I started breaking down those five candies into cupcakes. And just like that I had all the flavors for Cupcake Week 2013's theme of "My favorite candy bars."

As I started working on this year's Cupcake Week, I realized that I started Cupcake Week before Pinterest existed. With the creation of Pinterest, I feel like the world lost the concept of a new original idea. It just feels like everything has been done already. Or people are creating totally bizarre things in hopes of being being pinned and getting blog hits. Blogging has become such a weird world.

I can almost guarantee that every single flavor I present this Cupcake Week already exists on Pinterest, probably with versions that you can make in a crockpot or with a ranch dressing packet or with actual candy bars shoved inside the cupcake. (Pinterest is so bizarre).  But the way my Cupcake Week process works involved never ever Googling the exact cupcake flavor. That just seems like cheating. I deconstruct flavor translations the same way I always have

And if you break down this week's flavors, the parts are so simple. I did not even have track down recipes for components; I just used five or six classics recipes that I always use to create the finished flavors. I do not bake quite as much as used to but I do still love the creative process of it. And I hope you all enjoy what I came up with!

For previous years' Cupcake Weeks,
I was going to do Cupcake Week next week but then I realized the whole candy theme tied in really well with Halloween and trick-or-treating (or 'trunk-or-treating' whatever that is that is all over my Instagram feed). And since I have not put up a single Halloween decoration, I decided I had to celebrate somehow. So as you are indulging in your favorite candies this Halloween (or the Friday after Halloween when everyone brings the extra candy to the office), try imagining the cupcake version of them.


  1. My favorite candy is peanut m&ms (they are like crack to me) and the Cadbury Fruit and Nut bars from overseas. I've tried the same bar bought at Target here in the states, but it does NOT taste the same. Needless to say, I stocked up on them when I was in Ireland!!!!

  2. I so know what you mean about that 3pm time at work...we don't have a cafe at our work, how I wish we did! So if I'm unprepared with chocolate-y treats man does the afternoon drag! Hooray for cupcake week..can't wait to see what delights you bake up!

  3. This is so stinking awesome. You are brilliant