Cupcake Adventures

The Best Girl Scout Cupcakes

If you’ve spent any amount of time here on the blog or on my social media then you know I love cupcakes!  Like they’re my favorite y’all!  A world with cupcakes is just a better world.  But I have discovered a way to make them even better…use Girl Scout cookies to make them!  So I figured it would be the kind thing to do to gather up all of the best recipes for Girl Scout cupcakes and share them with you.  This way you can take your cupcakes to the next level.

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The great news is, if it’s not cookie season you can order them from Amazon (each type of cookie has a link where you can get them on Amazon).  Which means you can make these cupcakes in the middle of summer.  Even if you’ve already eaten the last box of Thin Mints you stashed away in February!

Samoa Cookies

Samoa Cupcakes from Baking Mischief

Decadent Samoa Cookie Cupcakes from Virtually Yours


Tagalong Cookie Cupcakes from Inside Bru Crew Life

Tagalong Cupcakes from My Baking Addiction

Thin Mints

Thin Mint Chocolate Cupcakes from “Cents”able Momma

Thin Mint Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake

Thin Mint Cupcakes from Just 2 Sisters

And if these Girl Scout cupcakes aren’t enough cupcakes for you, you can find more cupcake inspiration, go check out my Cupcakes board on Pinterest.  This is a carefully curated board filled with hundreds of yummy ideas!  And I’m certain hundreds of cupcake recipes is always a good thing.

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Cupcake Adventures – Sift Dessert Bar

Let the Cupcake Adventures continue with a stop at Sift Dessert Bar in Petaluma, CA!  When I travel I’m always on the lookout for a fun, new cupcake shop to try.  Reader recommendations, Google searches, Yelp reviews and Instagram searches all help me discover new cupcake shops.  And my trip to Sift Dessert Bar to try was not a disappoint!

Not only do they have a delicious variety of cupcake flavors, they have frosting shots.  Frosting shots y’all!!  I don’t know what it is about frosting shots but anytime I see a cupcake shop selling them, my heart just gets excited!  Frosting is a big part of how I form my opinion of a cupcake shop so I think the frosting shots are a great way of sampling a variety of frosting flavors.

So the big question is…how does Sift Dessert Bar measure up to my cupcake trifecta?

Moist cake?  Check!  Fortunately I visited Sift Dessert Bar with my family so it was much easier to sample a variety of flavors (when I visit places on my own I just look glutenous!) and there were no dry flavors!

Frosting too sweet? The frosting was excellent…especially the lemon frosting!  And in case you were wondering…lemon is my default favorite cupcake!

Cake to frosting ratio? A really outstanding ratio!  I rarely, if ever, see cupcakes with too little frosting.  But I often see cupcakes with too much frosting…but that wasn’t the case here at Sift Dessert Bar.

Bottom line…if you’re in the greater San Francisco area, be sure to look up the Sift Dessert Bar locations and stop by to try one of their delicious cupcakes!

Tweet: My Cupcake Adventures continue at @siftdessertbar via @jmdenouden #cupcakes

Other Cupcake Adventure posts you might like:

Cupcake Crawl: Orange County

Tipsy Cupcakes

B Candy

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Fall Cupcakes Roundup

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s this…I love cupcakes!  Overall I live a very healthy lifestyle.  I workout 4-5 times per week and almost everything I eat is clean.  But I believe life is all about balance and so occasionally I indulge in cupcakes!  So I did a search in my favorite cupcake cookbook and on Pinterest for some fall cupcakes I can indulge in during my favorite months of the year…the “ber” months!

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Fall kicks off in September, a month filled with lots of apple goodness!  So I thought we should start our list of fall cupcakes with all things apple!

Apple Cider Cupcakes

Apple Pie Cupcakes 

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

October is all about the pumpkins and a roundup of fall cupcakes would not be complete without a few pumpkin cupcakes!

Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes

Mini Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Toasted Meringue 

And no roundup of fall cupcakes would be complete without a look at fall decorations and holidays!

Fall Leaves Cupcakes

Halloween Brownie Cupcakes

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

Tweet: A few yummy fall cupcakes from @jmdenouden #cupcakes

Other cupcake posts you might like:

Orange County Cupcake Crawl

Cupcakes in Chicago

Cupcake French Toast


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Cupcake Crawl: Orange County

Right about now you might be wondering, “What in the world is a Cupcake Crawl?!?” And I’d have to say this…



A genius idea.

So I’m pretty sure you get the idea 😉

If you’re new here to Girl on the Move, here’s something you should know…I am OBSESSED with cupcakes!  A few months ago I saw a post somewhere on social media about a pub crawl and realized that what would make a pub crawl better is that instead of traveling from one pub to the next, you traveled from one cupcake shop to the next!

And so the idea for a Cupcake Crawl was born!

For this first crawl I teamed up with Pavé Group to host this awesome afternoon.  We journeyed through Orange County, CA along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) so our crawl not only included fantastic cupcakes, but ocean views!

Our first stop was French’s Cupcake Bakery in Costa Mesa, where we tried several delicious cupcakes.  My favorite was the Lemon Blueberry and if the lines were any indication, French’s won Best Bakery in Orange County in 2015 for good reason!

Cupcake Crawl in Orange County, CA with stops at 3 cupcake shops

From there we traveled to B Candy! You might remember my trip to B Candy a couple of years ago…well, they’ve only gotten better!  I mean, these sprinkles though!  A visit to B Candy is not only delicious, but a visual treat!  Filled with ice cream, dessert novelty items, cupcake stools at the counter and a unicorn mural on the outside, B Candy is a must-see if you’re in the Corona del Mar/Newport Beach, CA area!

Tweet: Go on a Cupcake Crawl through Orange County, CA with @jmdenouden #cupcakes #SoCal

And finally we headed over to Sweet & Saucy Shop in Newport Beach! This is where my cupcake affair began so they had to be a stop on the tour.  And they did not disappoint!  The cake pops are always a hit but this visit my favorite was probably the Strawberry cupcake…so yummy!

Cupcake Crawl in Orange County, CA with stops at 3 cupcake shops

I am confident our first Cupcake Crawl was a big success and I have to say, I’m already dreaming and planning about when I can organize another Cupcake Crawl, so I’d love to hear…where should I take the Cupcake Crawl next?!?

Other Cupcake Adventure posts you might like:

Cupcakes in Chicago

Mountain Cupcakes

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Cupcakes in Chicago

I know it’s been a while since you’ve seen cupcakes on here, but I’m back today with a quick stop for cupcakes in Chicago for Travel Thursday!  If you’re newer to this blog than you might not know about my obsession with cupcakes, but I have a long standing love affair with cupcakes…as in I’ve been to over 75 cupcake shops around the country (and blogged about approximately 50 of them!)  I am all about overall being a fit and healthy traveller…but I splurge on cupcakes!  And in case you’re wondering…

Cupcakes and running with Girl on the Move

Tweet: If you’ve ever wondered how many cupcakes you can eat after running a race, @jmdenouden has your answer! #cupcakes

When I was in Chicago it only made sense to stop in and try a couple of shops…after my runs of course! My first stop was at Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique and I have two words for you…Frosting. Shots.

I mean do you even need another reason to pop into Sugar Bliss?  I don’t think so!

Sugar Bliss Cupcakes with Girl on the Move

My next stop was a cupcake truck…because that’s just genius!  Cupcakes for Courage is not just a regular cupcake, it’s a cupcake for a cause and I just absolutely love that!

Cupcakes in Chicago with Girl on the Move

What cupcake shops would you recommend I check out in future travels?  What is your favorite flavor of cupcake?

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Cupcake FAQ

Usually on Wednesdays I post about my cupcake adventures but I wanted to take a quick break and answer the most common questions I am asked about cupcakes!  And if you have any additional questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them!

How do you eat all of those cupcakes and not weigh 300 pounds?

Hands down, this is the question I am asked the most often and I actually think the answer is pretty simple.  I average close to 1 cupcake a week but that’s really my only indulgence.  Outside of that one cupcake I eat a pretty clean diet and I love running so I think that’s why I don’t weigh 300 pounds. B Candy Cupcakes | Girl on the Move Blog

Do you have a favorite cupcake shop?

I’d have to really stop and think about this one!  I think I’ve been to about 75 cupcake shops across the country so it’s difficult to pick a favorite.  But…

Sweet and Saucy is where everything started so they’ll always hold a special place in my heart.  I also love the concept behind Church of Cupcakes in Denver so they’re pretty high on my list.  And Brown Betty Dessert Boutique in Philadelphia is just downright delicious!

And if you want to check out the other cupcake shops I’ve been visited, you can explore more of my Cupcake Adventures.

What is the cupcake trifecta?

In my opinion there are three things that make a cupcake perfect…

-The cake part is moist

-The frosting isn’t too sweet

-There is a balanced ratio of cake to frosting…too much or too little frosting just doesn’t do it for me!

Clockwise from top: Salty Caramel, Sweet Dream, The Big Cheese, Charlie Brown
Clockwise from top: Salty Caramel, Sweet Dream, The Big Cheese, Charlie Brown

How do you find new cupcake shops to try?

Lots of ways!  I get lots of referrals from people, I’ll come across cupcake shops that others mention in their social media posts and sometimes if I am traveling I will simply google “cupcake shops in fill in the name of the city where I am traveling”

Will you come try our cupcakes?

I’d absolutely love to come and try your cupcakes!  If your cupcake shop fits in with my upcoming travel plans I would be happy to come and check it out!  You can get my contact information on my Contact page so we can get in touch! Mountain Cupcakes | Girl on the Move Blog

Do you ever have cupcakes that you don’t like?

Rarely.  But I’ll be honest, it happens.  There has only been one cupcake shop I regret blogging about because the cupcakes weren’t really that good and I struggled with what to say.  But I was committed, so I wrote the post anyways.  And there have two or three times when I’ve had a cupcake and not blogged about it because I didn’t like it.  But hey, 3 out of 75 isn’t bad!

What is your favorite flavor of cupcake?

I am a sucker for anything with salted caramel.  And I also just love a traditional vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting.  Oh, and cream cheese frosting…that’ll get me every time!

So I’d love to hear from you…where should I visit next?  And what other cupcake questions do you have?

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