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Almond Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

If you love almond, these Almond Cupcakes are for you! Filled with almonds, the cupcakes are topped with a caramel frosting that tastes like fudge!

Almond Cupcakes with Caramel frosting by crazyforcrust.com

I just did something I never thought I’d do:

I called the American Girl Store in LA and asked if I could schedule an appointment for a doll to get her hair done and her ears pierced.

{Yes, doll ear piercing is a thing.}

I also uttered the following sentence to Jordan:

“If the salon can’t fix Jenny’s hair, she may have to make a trip to the doll hospital for a new head.”

Go ahead. You can say it. I’m totally that parent. The one who is obsessed with making her daughter’s doll human.

{In my defense, Jenny’s hair is pretty bad. I tried the whole downy/water spray. We brushed it. She needs a style or a new head and that’s that. It’s gotten so I make her wear a hat in public.}

I was having a discussion with a friend about how crazy I am recently, and I realized that, yes, I’m that parent. But there is a reason behind my madness:

The longer Jordan plays with Jenny, the longer that she cares about things like doll hair, ear piercing, and bunk beds that cost more than a real bunk bed, the longer she stays a kid.

In this age of an 8-year-old having her own iPod, worrying about if her shorts are “fingertip length,” and grown-up style music and TV shows, I think fostering a relationship with a doll is an awesome idea. Do I like spending $25 on a doll ‘do? No, but if it keeps my kind younger for even a minute, I’m okay with that.

So, next week on our way to Disneyland, I’m going to be that parent who stops for lunch at The Grove in LA. While my husband scouts out Maria Menounos, I’ll spend an hour walking seven miles around and around a doll store trying to find the perfect doll outfit that can be bought with a $30 gift card.

And I’m okay with that.

What I’m also okay (more than okay) with?

Almond Cupcakes. With a to-die-for caramel frosting!

Almond Cupcakes with Caramel frosting by crazyforcrust.com

I would rather sit and eat one of these cupcakes than watch Jordan decide between a wheel chair for a doll and a new bathing suit that will never see water.

Really, I would rather eat this frosting with a spoon than do most things.

It’s from-scratch cooked caramel frosting, people. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Unless you put it on top of Triple Threat Almond Cupcakes.

Almond Cupcakes with Caramel frosting by crazyforcrust.com

The cupcakes start with a box mix. The mix is doctored with crushed almonds, almond milk, and almond extract. Triple the almond flavor! (I can never get enough almond, how about you?)

Then the frosting. Oh, the frosting. It’s seriously like fudge. It’s hard to spread, but it’s the best stuff ever. Add a little salt for a salted caramel frosting.

If the frosting doesn’t make it to the cupcakes, that’s okay. Serve the cupcakes for breakfast and call them muffins. No one will know!

Almond Cupcakes with Caramel frosting by crazyforcrust.com

Can someone have these waiting for me at The Grove next week? And maybe a martini? I’ll need both.

Almond Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Almond Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Almonds in every bite of cake and a caramel frosting that's to die for! {Recipe from Betty Crocker.}

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups toasted almonds, divided (see note)
  • 1 box French Vanilla or Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk (or water)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners (24 cupcakes).
  2. Place 1/2 cup of the toasted almonds in a food processor and grind until they are finely ground.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, almond milk, oil, eggs, and almond extract with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds. Turn the mixer up to medium and beat for two minutes. Fold in ground almonds.
  4. Divide batter evenly amongst cupcake liners. Bake 17-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  5. To make the frosting, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and boil and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in milk. Heat back to boiling then remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm, about 30 minutes.
  6. Carefully stir powdered sugar into pan of brown sugar mixture. Place the pan in a bowl of cold water and beat with a spoon until the frosting is smooth and spreadable. If the frosting is too stiff, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. (I added 1 teaspoon, but should have added 2.) Frost cupcakes, a few at a time, and press remaining toasted almonds into the frosting. The frosting dries quickly, so be sure to only do about 3 at a time. (I found it easier to frost by piping frosting on the top of the cupcake, and then pressing the almonds into it, instead of using a knife. The frosting gets thick quick and can rip the top of the cupcakes if you’re not careful.)

Notes

To toast almonds: place on a baking sheet and bake at 350, stirring pan often, for a few minutes. Alternately, you can put them in a frying pan and cook over medium heat for a few minutes, stirring often. Do NOT walk away from the stove. They cook fast and burn faster!

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  2. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on June 9, 2013 at 9:58 am (#)

    Oooh these cupcakes are prettyyyy, I love how that caramel frosting sounds too!

    American Girl dolls are THE BEST and I totally agree about doing what you can to keep your kid a kid as long as possible-smart lady you are!

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  3. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on June 9, 2013 at 11:55 am (#)

    Aww, I love that she loves her doll :) The doctor thinks our baby is a girl (they guessed at an early ultrasound, so we’ll see in a month if it sticks!). My husband is going to make sure she plays with legos and tools, and I’ll be pushing princesses…and, yes, dolls! I kind of love the American Girl dolls but felt kind of weird buying one for myself ;)

    Oh, and I love your cupcakes…and the liners!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      I bet she’ll love both until she starts school. Then the princesses win out. It was seriously an overnight thing in our house!! :)

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  4. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on June 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm (#)

    Love, love, love this! Almonds make everything better! :)

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  5. Jenn@eatcakefordinner posted on June 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm (#)

    Gorgeous pics seriously! Almond is my favorite flavor and these look ah-mazing!

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  6. keri @ shaken together posted on June 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm (#)

    Those cupcakes sound absolutely AMAZING! And I have two boys, so the whole doll ear piercing thing is kinda awesome ;)

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  7. Amy posted on June 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm (#)

    You are SUCH an amazing mom!! American Girl Dolls are worth every penny spent. I received Kirsten as a Christmas present when I was, umm, around 8 maybe? And I still have her! My grandma sewed me homemade doll clothes every year (at least 2 or 3), and I actually liked those better than what I saw in catalogs. But I still asked for a horse for Kirsten to ride!

    Have a great trip, and good luck with the doll’s hair!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      My mom sews so many things for Jenny! And Jordan loves every one. Thanks for sharing your memories!

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      • Amy replied on June 11th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

        That’s so sweet of your mom! It’s cute how spoiled American Girl Dolls can be. Much more so than their owners! ;)

        • Dorothy Kern replied on June 12th, 2013 at 7:02 am

          Right? It’s a little ridiculous, but fun!

  8. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on June 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm (#)

    You know, my mom was totally THAT mom that took me the the American Girl store and spent money to have a tea with my doll and take her to the hair salon and all that… and I loved it. And I still love that my parents took me! It was something really special and I know that Jordan will love and appreciate it!

    Those cupcakes look amazing and I love that they’re a doctored up cake mix!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      I think she’ll remember it for a long time and I love that!

      Reply

  9. Michele posted on June 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm (#)

    I think it’s important for a girl to look good, even if she IS a doll. ;-) And don’t feel bad, I make my animals seem like people. The cupcakes sound sinful. I could never pass up anything with almonds and caramel.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      I like it when animals look like people. :) I’d dress up my dog but my husband won’t let me, lol.

      Reply

  10. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat posted on June 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm (#)

    These cupcakes sound wonderful and sound super simple to make! I look forward to giving these a try!

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  11. Sherlyn posted on June 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm (#)

    Seems like it would be easy to make this in a 9×13 inch pan? Since we have no more kids at home, a cake works better for us – what do you think?

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Yes, you totally could! It’s from a box, so it should work fine – just adjust your baking time!!

      Reply

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on June 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm (#)

    I have a caramel frosting recipe on my site that I made sort of by accident last fall to go with an apple bundt and it’s my fave frosting I’ve ever made! Yours looks incredible! I love almond extract.

    And as a mom, trying to hang onto dollie stage rather than ipad stage is one of those things I’m going thru too!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      YES! It’s way better to play with dolls. :)

      Reply

  13. nessa posted on June 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm (#)

    The Grove! Brings back lots of great memories :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      For me too…of dolls. LOL

      Reply

  14. Jamie @lifelovelemons posted on June 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm (#)

    LOVE these! Almond is my favorite flavor, hands down!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      One of my very favs too Jamie! Thanks!

      Reply

  15. Tieghan posted on June 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm (#)

    What a yummy little cupcake! I love the toasted almonds and that caramel frosting! YUM!

    I also love you story! Made me smile! LOL

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  16. Mindy posted on June 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm (#)

    I DO love almonds. I love these cupcakes. Wait, I haven’t had them yet. But I will. Soon. Very soon. Maybe tomorrow.
    Have fun in doll hell. :)

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  17. Natasha @ The Cake Merchant posted on June 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm (#)

    Doll ear piercing? Wow, those American girl dolls have come a long way since I was a kid. I still have my Samantha doll! Caramel frosting is my favorite thing ever, so I will definitely be trying this recipe. Enjoy your time in LA!

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  18. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on June 10, 2013 at 3:45 am (#)

    Ooooooo! I CAN’T get enough almond! Also, fingertip length?!?!? Sweet lord. Keep my baby girl two forever thankyouverymuch!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      LOL, totally. It’s so hard to find clothes!!!

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  19. Ashley posted on June 10, 2013 at 5:26 am (#)

    Caramel frosting that tastes like fudge? Sign me up! I absolutely loved American Girl dolls – they just started to get big when I was a kid (but they only had the original few dolls at that point). Not gonna lie that I am pretty jealous they have all these cool other options for kids now! haha

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      I know…I want one for me!

      Reply

  20. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on June 10, 2013 at 5:49 am (#)

    These cupcakes are so pretty, Dorothy! I love the way the almonds are effortlessly sprinkled on top of that glorious caramel frosting. Caramel frosting is my favorite flavor! Hope you had a blast in Austin! I wish I could’ve made it.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks Sally! I wish you could have come too!

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  21. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted on June 10, 2013 at 7:39 am (#)

    These look so delicious, Dorothy! Great recipe and lovely flavors. It was so nice to meet you at BlogHer this weekend!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      It was great to meet you too Georgia! Thank you!

      Reply

  22. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on June 10, 2013 at 7:46 am (#)

    I’m all for frosting that tastes like fudge, especially caramel fudge!!

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  23. TiffanyAzure@CremedelaCrumb posted on June 10, 2013 at 8:40 am (#)

    I am such a sucker for almond, my husband tries to hide it from me to keep me from putting in EVERYTHINg… These cupcakes with that caramel frosting look absolutely wonderfully, can’t wait to try these!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      I am a huge sucker for almond. I can’t have it around! Thanks Tiffany!

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  24. Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} posted on June 10, 2013 at 9:17 am (#)

    That’s so funny that you’re taking Jenny to get her hair done and ears pierced!! My boss’s daughter JUST had an American Girl themed birthday party where they had a spa day for the dolls. Did you know the “salons” have a full spa day with facials for the dolls? Craziness!! And almond is like my favorite flavor ever!! Combine that with caramel frosting… SOLD!!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Yup, Jenny totally needs a facial. She’s got tons of spots! :) Thanks Emily!

      Reply

  25. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on June 10, 2013 at 11:32 am (#)

    Loving these flavors! I would die for one of these right now! I’m just waiting for the day my little girl starts playing with American Doll. I’ll be just like you when she’s 8. :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 10th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      I’m glad it won’t be just me! :)

      Reply

  26. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker posted on June 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm (#)

    I love almonds and these cupcakes look so moist and delicious Dorothy. YUM!

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  27. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on June 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm (#)

    I completely understand where you are coming from. Especially for a girl. It seems like they grow up way too fast these days. Some things are worth the $$ ;) So jealous you are going to Disneyland next week! I hope you will write a big post about it.

    Gorgeous pictures. These look like they walked right out of a magazine.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 12th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      I’m sure I will! And I’m gonna copycat food!

      Reply

  28. Mr. & Mrs. P posted on June 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm (#)

    What a delicious paring of flavors!!! Thats almond and caramel combo must be amazing!!

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  29. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on June 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm (#)

    Sending you a virtual martini now :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 12th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      That would be awesome. Thanks :)

      Reply

  30. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork posted on June 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm (#)

    If it makes you feel any better, I still have my American Doll (and I’m turning 33 on Friday!). Maybe Jordan will always love her Jenny! There are just some childhood things that will always be special to Jordan, no matter how old she gets. :)

    That caramel frosting sounds AMAZING! I need that in my life.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 12th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      I hope so!! Thanks Meghan!

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  31. Heather @ French Press posted on June 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm (#)

    how i wish I was “that” parent…Stella is DONE with dolls and I am very sad:( but i can make those cupcakes for sure

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 12th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      I know I only have a couple years left! Thanks Heather!

      Reply

  32. Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit) posted on June 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm (#)

    Never enough almond is right! And never feel guilty for indulging your kid in American Girl swag. When I was little, I wanted nothing more than a Samantha doll! They are awesome and wholesome, and like you say, so much better than a lot of stuff young kids get exposed to now.

    Plus it teaches you about history right?

    PS. I’m impressed by the homemade caramel frosting. I’ve made it before and it’s not that easy!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 12th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      I SO wanted Samantha! She was my dream doll! Thanks Lindsey!

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  33. Tahnycooks posted on June 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm (#)

    No dolls in my household! All boys here! And they would devour these cupcakes within seconds!

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  34. Lindsay@Life, Live and Sugar posted on June 11, 2013 at 5:08 am (#)

    Sounds like a great flavor combo and looks awesome! I LOVE caramel and have been wanting to make a caramel icing for forever!

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  35. Janine | sugarkissed.net posted on June 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm (#)

    This sounds like an awesome flavor combo! What is the consistency of the icing like? If you pipe it on the cupcake will it hold its shape?

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 12th, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Yes, it’s VERY thick. I should have added the extra teaspoon of milk, but it sort of solidifies on the cupcake like fudge!

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  36. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on June 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm (#)

    I am all about making sure my kiddo stays a KID as long as possible…so yeah, I’m probably that parent, too. Totally okay with it.

    I’m also really okay with these cupcakes and frosting. I love almond anything – I put almond extract in just about everything, because it’s the bomb. And these pics are fab, Dorothy!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 12th, 2013 at 7:21 am

      I know, they grow up so dang fast. Thanks Ashley! And it was SO great to meet you!

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  37. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on June 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm (#)

    You’re going to be in my neck of the woods, I live 15 minutes from d land ;) Hope you have a fabulous time with your family! I love Disneyland so much always had passes up until a few years ago. You know what else I love? That caramel frosting, I would take that bowl of frosting down!!!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 12th, 2013 at 7:19 am

      Thanks Elizabeth! We are so excited!

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  38. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on June 12, 2013 at 8:01 am (#)

    Wow I am impressed that American Doll is still around! I wonder if I still have mine? Prob stashed in my parents basement somewhere.

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  39. Deborah posted on June 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm (#)

    My 4 year old is obsessed with American Dolls, and she doesn’t even have one yet! I told her she has to be 8 before she can get one – I’m hoping she’ll be responsible enough to take care of it at that point. But I’m totally with you – keep them young as long as possible!! And these cupcakes? I need!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Yeah good luck waiting until 8, lol. We made it to almost 7, but she had a bitty baby first. :)

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  40. Carolyn posted on June 13, 2013 at 3:28 am (#)

    Last Xmas, I bought my daughter an American Girl knock-off from Kohl’s. She loves it, but I don’t think I am going to get away with it for long. American Girl really has us parents under their thumb!!! Love the cuppy cakes, I need to make a low carb GF version of these!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 13th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      I know! Most of her friends have the Target version, but they’re all about brands these days. It’s kind of annoying!

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  41. Sherry Murphy posted on June 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm (#)

    I notice it says to preheat the oven to 250 degrees – should that be 350 degrees? I love almonds so this sounds wonderful!

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  42. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling posted on June 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm (#)

    These cupcakes look amazing…and the almond/caramel combo sounds to die for. I love your thinking on the doll… I am always trying to keep my girls little (Max & Ruby instead of Disney Channel, kids’ songs instead of radio…even though I’d SO rather listen to the radio….) Thanks for sharing. Go AG!!

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  43. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on June 15, 2013 at 6:55 am (#)

    I think it is ok that you are that parent in this way…kids grow up way too fast now. So, whatever it takes to keep them innocent and childlike. My daughter hardly touches her AG dolls now, and it makes me sad she is past the doll stage. Love those cupcakes…and caramel frosting that is like fudge? I must have some!!!

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  45. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on June 15, 2013 at 10:12 am (#)

    One: I was obsessed with American Girl Dolls when I was ten. I even sewed them sleeping bags and did their hair every morning. Two: I think I am going to be obsessed with these cupcakes. Caramel and almond sounds killer. Triple threat is aptly titled!

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  46. Laura Dembowski posted on June 29, 2013 at 9:01 am (#)

    I never had an American Girl doll and I never let my mom forget it ;) I still secretly hope to get one each Christmas. I had no idea you could get their ears pierced. Now I want one even more. Sometimes it’s fun to still be a kid at heart!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 29th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Right? I never let my mom forget either!

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  47. Jenle82 posted on July 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm (#)

    I baked these at 250 per your instructions and they didn’t cool at all

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 3rd, 2013 at 8:10 am

      OMG I am SO sorry! It was supposed to be 350! I missed that one big time. :( I just fixed the instructions. Again, I’m SO sorry!

      Reply

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