On A Mission For The Ultimate Cupcake

It’s the last morning having breakfast at The Crockett, time to say goodbye and begin our trip home with a side trip planned to see the Silos at Magnolia Farms in Waco. There they also have a brand new bakery, yet it is already famous for Joanna Gaines delicious, one-of-kind cupcakes.

Chuck, not ready for goodbye just yet.

The last marine to leave is Chuck, he shares a cup of coffee with us before heading up to pack, and we are left with a sadness that the fun has to end sometime, and wondering if and when we will all get together again. We get our bags and make our way to the supposedly haunted lobby, where we never felt one cold spot or a presence of any kind. Maybe the ghosts were on vacation!

The Crockett’s spooky lobby

We planned our route and headed north, excited at the prospect of good shopping, the Silos are the love child of Chip and Joanna Gaines from the DIY show Fixer Upper. They have a thriving business after transforming many of the run-down houses in Waco not to mention a huge cult following. The show had already made them popular and now thousands visit the Silos every day for a chance to purchase chic home decor and taste the wonderful creations of her bakery-a side hustle gone mad, just check out the line! Luckily it moved fast and soon we were doomed to a sugar coma after practically inhaling the delectable confection.

Claudette and Barb wait in a long line to get the ultimate cupcake

The lines evidently don’t deter many, the nice lady inside the bakery said Mondays were the busiest day,  and annually they see around 2.6 million visitors a year in Waco, thanks to Chip and Joanna’s booming businesses. A recent article in Fox News said, “The ‘Fixer Upper’ Silos are quickly becoming the Times Square of Waco.”

My shot of the famous Silos

First, though, we checked out Magnolia Market which is next door to the Silos. There was no entry to the Silos on this day, due to some construction or event I guess. The lines were long whether you were buying something or going to the restroom!

Lots of folks waiting in line at Magnolia to check out with their treasures.

The selections were cute little tchotchkes but very expensive and too rich for our blood. My thought was to take her examples and try to mimic them in my own home for less. I’m pretty good at thrift store finds. Anyway, here’s a couple of her designs.

Some of the wares at Magnolia

And what a cute idea this is!

I could see one of these hanging in my house

Soon we realized we better go get in that long line if we were going to get a taste of heaven so, that we did. Finally Barb and Claudette were at the counter and I was next.

Barb found us a nice spot and we sat down with our goodies and began to unwrap the adorable package they were placed in. Each cupcake is housed in its own little box, seated in a plastic cup to preserve its beauty. They were a wonder to behold and an even greater experience to taste. I got one called Nuts and Bolts, undoubtedly named by Chip, a delectable creation of vanilla cake, nuts, plus cream cheese icing, topped with a nut crumble. Oh, my God. I knew with every bite I was adding another pound but I just didn’t care. It was magnificent! I figured I could cleanse later, right now I was going to enjoy every last crumb!

You even get to keep your ordering card as a souvenir
Me, sinning at the Silos

I think we all did, Claudette and Barb look like they enjoyed theirs as well. They cost $3.50 each and it was worth every last cent.

Barb getting ready to enjoy lemon perfection

Even the little leaves on top of their cupcakes were edible!

Not concerned with her diet whatsoever right now.

After chasing off the honeybees vying for a bite, we took a pic under the Magnolia sign for proof we were there. Then it was back on the road again headed for home. What a great ending to a wonderful trip! Talk about putting the icing on the cake!

We came, we conquered the cupcake!


Day 241-A Respite and A Recipe Fail!

Sorry folks, I just can’t bring myself to do the ole Throwback Thursday post when I have such a funny story to tell. Well, not funny really unless you like to look at what can go wrong with a recipe. So, I’m taking a respite from the usual and now I present you with how a cupcake can go so horribly wrong.

First thing off the bat, my computer was doing a slow download, so I decided to make some yummy sounding cupcakes for breakfast out of my new Crave recipe book I got for free from Shana Ekedal.  They are called:

Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

(And here’s the recipe)

Cupcakes: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar • 1⁄2 cup maple syrup • 4 tbsp. coconut oil • 2 tsp. vanilla extract • 1 cup almond our • 1/3 cup cacao powder • 3⁄4 tsp. baking soda • 3⁄4 tsp. baking powder • 1⁄4 tsp. salt

Vanilla Frosting: • 3⁄4 cup coconut butter • 2 cups xylitol • 1 tbsp. vanilla bean extract

Directions:: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F 2. Line cupcake tine with cupcake liners. 3. Add almond milk and ACV to a medium size bowl and set aside for 3-4 minutes. 4. In a separate bowl, combined the maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract; add to the almond milk mixture. 5. Sift together our, cacao, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium size bowl. 6. Pour wet ingredients into the our mixture, mix well and pour evenly into liners 7. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. 8. Meanwhile, make frosting by blending xylitol in a blender and turn it into a powder. Pour it into a food processor and add coconut butter and vanilla extract, processing until smooth. 9. Once cupcakes have baked and cooled. Apply icing and enjoy!

Well…I followed the recipe and here are all my ingredients to prove I was ready!

Everything you need for the cupcakes

Only once I pulled mine out of the oven, this is how they looked! 😔

Fallen angels

So…After eating a few of the crispy edges, this is what I did. I had made the “frosting” which turned out super delicious, so I simply put as much of a cooled fallen angel into my bowl as I could and spooned some frosting on it. It was so yummy!!

Not pretty, but delectable just the same!

I wonder if I can save them by melting them down and adding a little coconut flour and rebaking them. Or, if I should start all over and use less maple syrup, although it looked to me like the oil was too much. I’ll tweak it later and let you know how it turned out. 🙂

I’m going to check with her and make sure she doesn’t mind me sharing this with you all, it was free for me though so I don’t see why she would. If you click the link with her name in it, you can get your own copy of the cookbook, it’s free! Then you can make them and show off your results. And then you can tell me where mine went off the rails, lol!

I used quality ingredients, but maybe I measured something wrong or the fact that I didn’t sift the dry ingredients was my mistake. Anyway, I’m no quitter…I’ll be trying these again-if for no other reason than the excuse to eat more frosting on something!! It’s so yummy!

Join me tomorrow for the next installment in the Angels of Arvada series (as yet untitled) (not to mention, unwritten 😉) and until then, I’ll be staying warm and dry on the patio!