Those of you who don't follow the fabulous and adorable Lisa Mantchev on her blog or Facebook or Twitter (and really, what's wrong with you?) are probably wondering what the heck a Cupcakeathon is.
Well, it's pretty much a celebration of everything awesome, especially cupcakes, an author who's obsessed with them, and her incredible new novel Perchance to Dream, which hits stores today!!!
*pauses to SQUEE!!!!!!!!!!!*
I'm not going to talk too much about Lisa or her stunning books--only because I have an entire Lisa Mantchev week coming soon and I don't want to use up all my material (and trust me people, it is going to be EPIC). Instead, I'm focusing on what brought Lisa and I together in the first place: our mutual obsession with all things cupcake (okay, it's really all things sugary and bad for your waistline, but today is the Cupcakeathon so I'll limit myself to that.)
And believe it or not--I baked! I didn't even burn the house down! I mean, I'm not TOTALLY incompetent in the kitchen--but thanks to my hectic schedule I pretty much haven't touched my oven in months, so I was a little nervous to turn it on. But I did it! I made these:
And what they lack in beauty (cause lets face it, cake decorator I am not. We all remember the Were-Platypus Cupcake fiasco) they make up for in OMG-deliciousness. See--these aren't your average cupcakes. These are NUTELLA CUPCAKES!
(And for those of you unfortunate enough not to know what Nutella is, it's a chocolate-hazelnut spread that is life-changingly good. You absolutely MUST try it!)
Lisa and I share a *slight* obsession with the chocolate-hazelnutty goodness, so I knew I had to attempt Nutella cupcakes in her honor. You can find the recipe I used here (though I made the frosting myself--with a heaping amount of Nutella in it), and let me just say: they are awesome. I had to send the rest of them to work with my husband because I could not. stop. eating. them. :)
So do yourself a favor. Hop over to Lisa's blog, or find her on Facebook or Twitter. She's giving away prizes! Even better--go to your local bookstore and pick up a copy of Perchance to Dream. I was lucky enough to score an ARC earlier this year so I can say with absolute certainty it is AMAZING. The kind of book you want to immediately reread as soon as you're done. Which is what I will be doing today.
And of course--don't forget to have a cupcake! Or maybe two. Shoot, have three. I won't tell. ;)