Monday, March 30, 2009

The Monday Muse: Cupcakes, An Awesome Author, and a Delicious Giveaway!

Welcome to this week's Monday Muse, and last giveaway of this month's March Madness feature (details below)! Today's amazing/wonderful/talented visitor is Laura Schaefer, author of The Teashop Girls! I've already conducted an interview with her here, but I thought I'd shake up the usual interviews with something more fun and Laura sharing a favorite recipe that you'd find at teatime at the Steeping Leaf, the teashop in Laura's book! So grab a cup of tea, a comfy seat, and have ingredients at the ready, because this recipe sounds seriously yummy.....
Laura's Apple Cream Cheese Cupcakes 

From Laura: "Here's a cupcake recipe I just made. It's something I invented by modifying an apple coffeecake recipe. The cupcakes turn out slightly messy, but delicious!"
8 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large tart apple, cored and chopped
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Prepare a cupcake pan with paper liners.
3. Cream 5 tablespoons butter and 1 cup sugar. Add egg and milk and beat well. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and apples. Batter will be stiff. Spoon into prepared cupcake pan. Bake about 25 minutes.
4. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and remaining butter. Mix inn the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Frost the cupcakes after they've cooled. Makes 12.
Yummy! Sounds great, Laura! I will definitely have to check that recipe you all know, I'm a big fan of cupcakes (especially carrot cake ones.....yum...). 
Interested in reading The Teashop Girls? Well, I have one beautiful, lovely ARC to give away, courtesy of Laura for the last March Madness contest (thanks, Laura!). Rules are the usual:
+1 for becoming a follower
+2 for already being a follower
+1 for posting on your blog
...To enter, post a comment here with your email address and your favorite dessert, tea, or teatime snack. Remember, all March Madness entries will be counted by April 6, so don't forget to enter to win books by Melissa Walker, Lisa Greenwald, and Kimberly Pauley as well!
Click here for a review of The Teashop Girls
Click here for a previous interview with Laura


Debs Desk said...

My favorite dessert is white cake with orange icing. Please include me in your giveaway.

Debs Desk said...

I am already a follower.

katie said...

My favorite dessert is lemon cake with cream cheese frosting. I would love to be entered in your contest! I am already a follower. And I just might have to try that recipe!

Jenna said...

My favorite dessert is chocolate creme brulee. It's very, very good. Please enter me in this contest, the book looks good.

+2 for already being a follower

Thank you,

Anonymous said...

Carrot cake cupcakes? Intresting!My favorite dessert is a tie between Strawberry Shortcake and Banana Ice Cream. That is why my thighs are huge as well! Love to enter the contest!


GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Yum! This looks so good! My favorite desert would have to be cupcakes, or cookies if they're soft and gooey right from the oven.

Jen said...

I like Breakfast tea ^_^ Also Ive got a whole bunch of special edition tea that was given out to celebrate something to do with the queen (Im Canadian) a couple years ago and its lovely

^_^ Please enter me

Erika Lynn said...

I have a couple different teas that I brought back from Australia when I was there and I love them. I will be sad when they run out.
I follow in google reader

sports dot erikalynn at gmail dot com

Carrie said...

I'm an iced tea girl. Unsweetened which horrifies all my friends from the south, but I'm a Missouri girl, we like it unsweet, what can I say?

I'm a follower and my e-mail is

the epic rat said...

Man, it's hard to pick a favorite, but I love to make Watergate cupcakes. And the Bundt pan is my friend :)

I already follow.

cecilia } cecpham(at)

Anonymous said...

You are back! YAY! We missed you!

Annie said...

We have a little bakery in my town and my kids have grown up eating their "pink" tarts, which are basically almond tarts with a pink glaze and they are delicious! Pink tarts with tea are perfect!


Annie said...

I follow already #1


Annie said...

I follow already #2


Michelle Kuo said...

I'd like to enter! My favorite dessert.. hm that's hard to choose, since I like so many! I definitely like cheesecake and tiramisu, but it's hard to pick only ONE.


I'm already a follower :)

Violet Vixen said...

I'm a big fan of homemade cookies, and I've been on a snickerdoodle kick recently. And I'm a new follower! This recipe sounds wonderful.

katayoun said...

brownies and green tea with flower petals. heaven!

and i'm already a follower

Ms. Yingling said...

I really liked this book, and it has circulated well in my library.

Llehn said...

My favorite dessert ... hmmm ... that's a tough one because it changes all the time depending on my mood. At this moment I have a craving for cream puffs.


Thao said...

Delicious post. I love cupcakessss.

I just followed you ^^

Pissenlit said...

Wow, those cupcakes sound fantastic! :D

Oooh, I heart tea! My favourite tea would be regular run of the mill Red Rose Tea(the Canadian blend, not the American one) with a bit of 2% or whole milk. Favourite teatime snack would be cucumber sandwiches and fave dessert is cheesecake...or maybe crème brûlée...


Nora said...

I'd definitely say my favorite dessert is chocolate chip cookies, hands down. I am already a follower and I posted here:


Willowe said...

Ooh, those look delicious (though my favorite dessert will always be peanut butter pie!)

Also, please enter me! I'm already a follower and I posted a link on my sidebar here:


Liyana said...

Heyy. (:

I'm already a follower, and I posted about all your MM contests here. My favourite snack would be the biscuit the ysell at Popeye's for a buck apiece. All soft and fluffy, yummy!

My email is:


Do you mind doing a link exchange? I already linked you up.:)

mindy said...

cheesecake is my all time fave followed by hot pecan pie thanks for the giveaway minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

BN Book Blog said...

Well, when I was in London this winter I bought some amazing Christmas Spiced tea from Fortnum and Mason. It's the best stuff ever.
We're followers!!!

Beth (& Nathan too)

tatertot374 said...

My favorite dessert is angel food cake with fresh cream and strawberries.
Thank you!

(: Isa :) said...

This sounds delicious! One of my favorite desserts would be caramel custard (flan)!

I'm already following you.

Michele said...

Thank you for the great giveaway! My favorite dessert is cheesecake with cherries!

Lenore said...

Those sound delish!

Kaye said...

That recipe sounds really good. My favorite is spice cake with a maple walnut frosting and walnut halves on the top with a cup of vanilla almond tea. YUM! please enter me in the drawing. I just signed up to be a follower.


Christina said...

Love to have this. I really enjoy raspberry filled chocolate cookies.



K. Cleaver said...

My favorite dessert is angle food cake. Yummy!

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I sent you an e-mail about Prada and Prejudice!:)

Bookworm said... guys are making me so hungry! Some of these desserts sound majorly I feel inspired to bake! (:

Polo.Pony said...

+2 I became a follower earlier today before I knew about the "Teashop Girls" contest, does that count?

+1 I posted a sidelink on my blog here (copy and paste together):

My favorite dessert, hmmm, I have to many!! I love fruit filled crepes! Num! And if you get the right ingredients, there healthy to!

Thanks for the contest!

MJ said...

Yummy...key lime cheesecake!


MJ said...

new follower

BUSY BEE said...

I love tiramisu. My favorite!

thanks for a great contest!

wdebo said...

Thanks for your contest!

I have already been a follower!

Wdebo :)

Wrighty said...

This book sounds good! Desserts are one of my favorite topics, especially carrot cake. I'm gaining weight just thinking about it. Please include me.

- I'm a follower
- I've added this to my sidebar


Katie said...

My fav dessert is hands down cheesecake.
I'm already a follower.

liane66 said...

My favorite dessert is devils food cake with marhmallow icing.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Paradox said...

My favorite kind of tea is Earl Grey.

I'm already a follower.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Marie said...

My favorite dessert is White Chocolate Mousse Torte!

xdaisyx said...

Sounds great! I would have to say coffee cake...I know that's weird combination with tea , but I like it.

I am already a follower.

xdaisyx said...

Oops, forgot to tell you that I have a link on my blog (scroll down a bit)

Jayme said...

my favorite desert is cherry or apple whatever. it's soooo good. i can't wait til Easter--the roommate and I are making a berry whatever.

this books sounds good!
already a follower

Book Spot said...

It's random but one of my favorites (I'm really horrible with deciding) is grasshopper pie--that mint/oreo crust pie they have around St Patrick's Day....Sadly, though, I didn't have any this St Patrick's Day ;) (I have made it for my birthday, though)

The Not So Closet Geeks said...

I'm already a follower, and I love Spruce Lake Cake.


Gwendolyn B. said...

Mmmmm. Nothing beats a chocolate chip pecan oatmeal cookie! Yum! This book sounds like a lot of fun, and I'd love to share it with my nieces. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

I'm alread a Follower!

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

James said...

Wow, looks gorgeous. I am always too nervous about making smaller cakes.