Cherry Almond Cupcakes

I finally got around to making a recipe from Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes, reviewed here. These cherry almond cupcakes were the first pick on my to-bake list and ROCKED! If this recipe is any indication, I think I’m going to enjoy trying a few others from author Lindsay Conchar.

You will notice in the pic absolutely no actual cherries in the cupcakes, although you can place one on top if you want to. I prefer just the flavor, minus the canned cherries 😉 The icing gets its flavor and pretty pink color from maraschino cherry juice.

BTW, almond + cherry married together are delicious! These are perfect little Valentine’s Day cupcakes 🙂

Recipe can be found in Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes! You can click on that cute little book below to purchase from Amazon if you’d like and I’ll get a small percentage to support this site.

Sausage Cinnamon Rolls

Who here enjoys a salty/sweet combination? I DO!! You might not know it by just checking out the picture, but those babies are filled with tiny bits of breakfast sausage. Yes…sausage INSIDE the cinnamon rolls. What is this magic I speak of? Read on!

I had the opportunity to be a recipe tester for our local public media station, check out link here – Getting to bake something yummy and blab about it is right up my alley!

Out of about a dozen recipes to choose from, I can say these mouth-watering cinnamon rolls were calling my name. I remember as a kid devouring some sausage links after dipping them in REAL maple syrup (must be the genuine thing – sorry Aunt Jemima).

Although I can’t reveal the secret formula to this breakfast of champions, I can say it came from Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day by John Currence. I will have to check out said book and perhaps expand my breakfast repertoire further.

Now on to the nitty-gritty – how do these taste? DELISH. The sausage is crumbled up pretty fine in the rolls, so those who don’t want a mouthful of salty but just want a touch of it will enjoy them. The roll is a nice fluffy yeast dough that came together beautifully, and the cream cheese icing is just tangy enough to let you know it’s in there.

I would make these again, and I know they’d be fabulous minus the sausage too as a just basic cinnamon roll.

I’d love to know – what salty/sweet match made in heaven is your favorite?