Biscoff Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting*

I have a secret that I kept from y’all. Wednesday was my birthday! I was really nervous about this birthday. Growing up I had set goals and ages that I thought I should reach those goals by…funny how clear hindsight is. I told anyone who would listen that by 22, I would graduate college. By 24, I would have a well paying job and own my own home, with my name only on the lease. By 28-29, I would get married. And by 34-35, I would consider having children. Bullshit.

I turned 24 on Wednesday. I don’t own my own house…by myself — or jointly with Jorge. I don’t have a high paying job…and I surely didn’t wait till I was 28-29 to get married. I also tell Jorge that I totally want a baby girl, like right this second, to gussy up in dresses and bows. Luckily for our bank account and sanity, I know we aren’t ready for babies just yet. Plus, I am totally terrified of that whole giving up wine and soft cheese for 9 months. But in spite of all that, I know we will have kids…one day. My how things have changed.

For some reason, in my head, 24 was when I should have my shiznit together. I should have had everything figured out and been excellent at life in general. Well, let’s just say, I still put my underwear on inside out sometimes and don’t realize until half way through the day. I almost always forget how bad of a headache tequila gives me. I don’t have near as much savings as I think I should have, however my shoe and kitchen collections are quite impressive. And I am still struggling to be on time, all the time.

But in spite of where my 18 year old self thought I should be, I am pretty blessed to be where I am in my life. I have an amazing family who support and love me. They are also a blast to be around and I truly mean that. I have a husband that tells me to do what makes me happy. He doesn’t care if I am making $10 a month or $100,000 a month, just that I am happy. P.S. Have I mentioned my husband rocks??

I also have wonderful, beautiful friends…who do things like take me out sailing on my birthday…and bring champagne! And even better yet, let me borrow their swimsuit because I forgot mine…and they themselves swim in a sun dress. Yes, I have amazing friends. To top it all off, I have this blog. Y’all have no idea how much fun this is for me! When I started blogging, I was 21 and scared to tell anyone my age. I didn’t think anyone would read what I had to say…or trust any recipes I put up.

But as the years go by, I have really started to realize that age is just a number. So here I am, 24. Still completely screwing up and still not understanding life at all. But for the first time, I’m ok with that. Really, truly, ok with just being me.

I made these Biscoff Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting to take to my Mom’s to celebrate my birthday. Ever since buying my jar of biscoff spread, I knew I would have to create a cupcake to feature it. After 3 disastrous cupcake tries, this delicious cupcake recipe rose from the page of my spiral notebook. And while it may not be the standard buttercream, this marshmallow frosting is so delicious I can guarantee you will be licking the beaters and the bowl. Plus, it is the perfect accompaniment to such a sturdy, flavorful cupcake.

If you haven’t had Biscoff Spreadย yet…it taste like the ground up the cookie and put it into a jar. It is ‘effing amazing. Seriously.ย For those of you who have never even heard of actual Biscoff Cookies, much less the spread, they are handed out a lot on airlines (I have had them on Delta). Most people actually know them as “the airline cookie”. They are a delicious, crumbly cookie….that has almost a shortbread flavor…but better. I have found Biscoff Spread at Winn Dixie (for $5 a jar) and my local World Market, but you can also buy it online.


Biscoff Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

Yield: 12 standard cupcakes

Biscoff Spread takes the famous Biscoff cookies to a whole new level. Why not take it even higher and make a Biscoff Cupcake??


For the Biscoff cupcakes:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
a pinch salt
1/2 cup Biscoff spread
1/2 cups brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half and half

For the marshmallow frosting:
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste vanilla extract
crushed Biscoff cookies for garnish


For the Biscoff cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cupcake tin with cupcakes liners.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat Biscoff spread and brown sugar until creamy. Add vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla extract, mix well.

Slowly mix in the flour mixture, alternating with the half and half, until completely combined.

Spoon cupcake batter into prepared cupcake tin, about 1/4 cup batter per cupcake. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake!

Remove from pan immediately and cool on a wire rack. Then frost!

For the marshmallow frosting:

Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a double boiler over medium heat. Or if you do not have a double boiler, place a metal bowl over a pan of boiling water.

Whisk egg white mixture constantly, until sugar has dissolved and the whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer egg white mixture to a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form. Add vanilla, and mix until combined.

Using a piping bag (and a closed star tip if you want your cupcakes to look like the ones above), frost cupcakes. Top with crushed Biscoff Cookies.

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66 Responses to “Biscoff Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting”

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    JulieD — October 14, 2011 @ 12:12 am

    Happy birthday again!! So glad you got to go sailing after all. I love these cupcakes and the frosting!!! Adding to my list to try, I love biscoff spread. :)

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    Madeline — October 14, 2011 @ 12:25 am

    It means so much that you wrote how uncomfortable you were about talking about your age when you first started blogging. I’m 20, and I feel the same way you felt back then. I’m hoping the confidence will come with the more time I spend blogging. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one :)

    On a food related note, marshmallow frosting sounds and looks amazing! It’s so shiny and perfect looking!

    • Jessica replied: — October 14th, 2011 @ 12:29 am

      Just keep at it Madeline! I swear as you get older…you feel much more confident! :-)

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    Lauren — October 14, 2011 @ 12:26 am

    Your photos are BEAUTIFUL! White on Rice Couple would be proud!

    • Jessica replied: — October 14th, 2011 @ 12:28 am

      Aww thanks Lauren! That’s really sweet of you to say. I actually am really unhappy with these photos…my white balance is all funky and they look dull. But then again, we always pick our own photos apart! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      P.S. I was asked if I wanted to go out to dinner to a local burger joint…and I had to turn them down. Not sure I can ever look at burgers the same way again!!

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    JavelinWarrior — October 14, 2011 @ 12:52 am

    I’m obsessed with Biscoff cookies – I first had them on a flight to San Fran and I’ve been ordering pack of them off Amazon for a year now :) And Biscoff cupcakes – divine.

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    Ann — October 14, 2011 @ 1:18 am

    Happy Birthday! The cupcakes look delicious! Isn’t it amazing how life happens when we’re making plans? That you have a husband who rocks and you’re happy….you are already rich!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — October 14, 2011 @ 2:15 am

    Champagne and sailing! That sounds like an incredible way to spend your birthday. Wishing you a Happy Belated Birthday!

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    Jessica Lynn — October 14, 2011 @ 3:15 am

    happy, happy (belated) birthday!!! I love Biscoff cookies and never knew they made a spread made out of them! Awesomesauce…or maybe I should say, “awesomespread.”

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    Kathryn — October 14, 2011 @ 4:12 am

    I once saw a picture on pinterest of a baby dressed up as a plate of spaghetti and meatballs and ever since then, I’ve been demanding that we have a baby. Luckily my boyfriend knows not to listen to me.

    Happy belated birthday, it sounds like you celebrated it in a very excellent way!

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    Carolyn — October 14, 2011 @ 6:34 am

    Happy belated! I don’t think I’ve ever had the biscoff cookies, let alone the spread…need to remedy that situation. YOur cupcakes look wonderful!

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    Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups — October 14, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    Happy birthday!! Mine was Tuesday (26 years) and I’m still waiting for adulthood to set in!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — October 14, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    Happy 18th bday to you!! I hope you get carded :)

    And I lovvvvve marshmallows AND Biscoffs. Spread, the cookies, any form of Biscoff.

    And those cupcakes look crazy good! I want to lick the tops off the frosting, too! haha!

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    Jeanette — October 14, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    Happy Birthday! I remember coming up with the same types of goals when I was 18…I didn’t stick to it either, but at least it gave me something to reach for. Sounds like you have some nice friends….champagne and sailing! I’m sure I didn’t do that when I was 24!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — October 14, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    Happy B’day girl! Have a great one!!

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    Blog is the New Black — October 14, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Happy birthday to you!

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    amy (fearless homemaker) — October 14, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    happy belated birthday, darlin’! hope it was was a wonderful week + that you round out the week with a fabulous weekend. it was awesome to finally meet you in nashville + hopefully i’ll see you again at FBF in the spring!

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    Jihane @Sinful Sundays — October 14, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    Happy Birthday!! :) Gorgeous looking cupcakes!

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    Nicole, RD — October 14, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Happy Belated Birthday!! You’re a pup!! 24!! I want to be 24 again…and I’m only 26 :)

    These cupcakes look delish! And I’m still a virgin to Biscoff (I KNOW!!). Enjoy your birthday weekend!

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    DessertForTwo — October 14, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Happy Birthday, beautiful!

    Loved this post. SO honest and touching :)

    I think you should celebrate your birthMONTH, not just your birthDAY ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Erin — October 14, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Happy belated birthday! I’ve never really set age-defined goals for myself. Then again I don’t plan much further ahead than a year! Guess that way I don’t get disappointed when things don’t go the way they were planned. But no matter what, it’s great to see that either way wonderful things still happen :-). Great cupcakes too.

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    Nicole — October 14, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Happy belated birthday! And you certainly seem like you’ve got your shiznit together, even if you don’t. SO mad props for that! :)

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    Chef Dennis — October 14, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    happy birthday Jessica! thank you for sharing those delicious cupcakes with us!
    I would love to share one and celebrate with you today!

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    Kelly — October 14, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    Happy Birthday girl!!!

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    beth confusedhomemaker — October 14, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    Happy Birthday! Hope it was a wonderful day.

    And I am about a decade older than you & still don’t have my shiznit all together ๐Ÿ˜‰ I figure it’s better to be a work in progress.

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — October 14, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    This is the 3rd recipe I’ve seen using the Biscoff spread which means “culinary mission.” I’ll be running up to World Market much to hubby’s chagrin, who by the way, shares a birthday with you. 24. Aww, that’s cute. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Joanne — October 14, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    I didn’t realize we were the same age! I totally had plans for myself at age 24 that involved kids and a husband or at least having someone in my life who I thought could potentially be my husband. But alas…all I have is cupcakes. And I’m strangely okay with that. (Although if I still only have cupcakes by age 34 I’ll totally be throwing a fit.)

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    Melissa | Dash of East — October 14, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    Happy belated Birthday Jessica! These cupcakes look amazing, and I sure wish I could taste one too! :)

    Isn’t it funny how our plans for our life change? But that’s okay as long as we’re happy with where we are now ๐Ÿ˜€

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    natalie (the sweets life) — October 14, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    happy happy birthday! isn’t it funny how life never ends up like we anticipated? i got married young (i expected that) but also thought i’d have popped out a few babies by now, at age 25. ha definitely hasn’t happened and i’m more than okay with that! :) so glad you had a fun day celebrating–you have much to celebrate!!

    ps. i recently found biscoff at world market. SO excited to break it out (have somehow resisted thus far) and very tempted to start with these cupcakes!

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    Paula @ Dishing the Divine — October 14, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    Happy post birthday! I’m *way* older than you are – 29! :) – and still don’t have my crap together. But I’m happy, so that’s okay. And I know what you mean about the blog being life giving. I agree. So fun to share our love with the world. And little girls come in time. :)

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    Tina @ My Life as a Mrs — October 14, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY (again)! Hope your day was amazing! UM… these cupcakes have me DROOLING. I happen to have 2 jars of biscoff spread at home (yes, I’m that gluttonus)… guess what I’ll be making??? :)

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    Maria — October 14, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    Happy Birthday! I am obsessed with Biscoff-love the cupcakes!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — October 14, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    I’m a newcomer to your blog, and as soon as I saw a) Biscoff cupcakes, b) the use of the word “shiznit,” and c) fluffernutter cookies in your sidebar, I knew that good things were heading my head. :)

    Happy Birthday!! I totally agree with everything you said…and my shiznit’s sure as heck not together. But cupcakes make it better. Right? Right.

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    Melissa — October 14, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love the idea of Biscoff cupcakes. I had never even heard of such a spread. I will definitely look for it next time I am in Winn-Dixie. Also, as I was reading your post, I sympathize completely. I’m 24 and feel like I’m ready to start my life, but I’m still in law school! Things just end up different than you expect sometimes, and we learn to love every moment of it. I think it’s amazing that you got married young and you have the support of your husband/friends/family. And, I’m so happy you started this blog, because I have an inspiration to look up to!! Happy 24th, it’s a good one!

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    Krystal R. — October 14, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday!! I’d say for a 24 year woman, you are got the “shiznit” going on strong!! Jorge is so blessed to have a fantastic wife, awesome blogger, beautiful wife like you! These cupcakes look amazing, and has definitely has peaked my interest about this biscoff spread. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — October 14, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! I just turned 24 this past summer and I am totally not where I thought I would be either. In fact, I’m in the midst of a career change ALREADY.

    Just discovered your blog! Its beautiful and I love your humor and writing. Definitely will be back!

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — October 14, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    Happy Birthday! Screw the plan thing :) I’m 29 (when the hell did that happen?) have a 6 month old (when did THAT happen??), and married. Where I am now is not where I thought I would be, and now that I’m here, I’d never want it any other way. Your hub’s is a smart man, do what makes you happy :) (like making delicious cupcakes!)

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — October 14, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    You and your cupcakes, I love it! Happy Birthday! I love your blog and your honesty and I’m so glad I finally got to meet you in person. It was like meeting Oprah…OMG it’s the Novice Chef! I sure wish you lived closer! Hope to see you soon in March!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — October 14, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    I’ve still never seen Biscoff spread. But I haven’t checked at Publix, Harris Teeter, or the upscale Kroger (the one with valet). I did check at World Market, nada. ๐Ÿ˜› If I see some I’ll snatch it up.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! These cupcakes look divine!

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    Katrina — October 14, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    I’m turning 24 this year too! I’m not married though, but I do have a cat with my boyfriend. Real life. haha. Happy freaking birthday! These cupcakes look mad tasty.

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    jaclyn — October 14, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    happy birthday again, my love! i’m so glad you had a beautiful birthday, it sounds like it was a great day! your cupcakes look delicious, and would feel my newfound Biscoff addiction nicely!

    i totally had a list of goals i wanted to achieve by certain ages that i made when i was 18…it’s pretty hilarious to read! though i’m nowhere i thought i’d be on paper, i couldn’t be happier with where i am in reality. i’m so glad you’re in a happy, great place like that too. yay! <3

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    Sues — October 14, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    Happy birthday! You are so young :) These cupcakes look absolutely amazing!!! I’m obsessed with Biscoff Spread and have been eating it with a spoon!

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    Deborah — October 14, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    Happy birthday!! I’ve discovered that life always has a different timeline than we do. I actually thought I’d be married by 21 and done having kids by 30, but I didn’t get married until 28 and had my first child at 31! But it’s always a fun ride!

    These cupcakes look so good. I have a new jar of Biscoff in my pantry begging to be used.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 15, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    Happy Belated birthday!!! 24 is definitely young to have it all figured out… I just turned 27 and definitely do NOT have it all figured out yet. Will I ever? :-)

    These cupcakes look amazing! I need to try that Biscoff spread… although it could be dangerous when I do!

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    Cate — October 15, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    Happy (belated) Birthday! I definitely don’t have my life figured out at age 27 (and I just had a kid!)
    These cupcakes are beautiful!

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    Samantha — October 15, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Your words made me smile, I’m 25 and have no idea where I’m going most of the time. I think I do, then I change my mind. I always thought I’d know for sure by 25, but I don’t and I use to be uncomfortable with that. Okay, I still am uncomfortable with that, but your words might just help me become okay with it. Also, Happy Belated Birthday! :)

    About Biscoff Spread, I’ve never heard of the cookie, or the spread until it started to pop up everywhere. I guess I should get some.

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — October 15, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday!
    These cupcakes looks delicious. Glad to see you comfortable in you age :) I think it’s the key to happiness!

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    Carroll — October 15, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    24 Rocks! I stayed 24 for a few years! Enjoy it and look forward to you 30’s to start! It gets better and better!

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    Kristina @ spabettie — October 16, 2011 @ 2:07 am

    happy birthday!! Biscoff is always a perfect way to celebrate!

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    Cookin' Canuck — October 16, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Sometimes reality turns out even better than our dreams. It sounds as though you are in the perfect spot. Happy belated Birthday! These cupcakes are too tempting for words.

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    katie — October 16, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    These cupcakes look so delicious!! I have two munchkins at home who both happen to love Biscoff spread AND marshmallow…so, I think I know who I need to make a batch for :)
    Happy belated Birthday too! When I was in my teens I thought I would be doing or achieving certain things by certain ages…but, it rarely ever works out that way!

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    emiglia — October 16, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Happy Birthday! I’m 24 too — I get where you’re coming from — but for what it’s worth, I think that you’ve accomplished a great deal… and life is more fun when you aren’t walking exactly along the path you intended :)

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    naomi — October 17, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    Happy belated birthday. I think we all have those miss goals. It’s hard not to make declaration of how your life’s timeline will go when your young and eager. But the good thing as an adult, you have the perspective that all that is still possible, but with a more reasonable timeline. . . one that matches where you are in life. :)

    As for the Biscoff cupcakes with marshmallow frosting-lovely.

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    Mimi — October 17, 2011 @ 1:37 am

    This looks like the perfect reason to crack open my jar of Biscoff spread. I bought it a few weeks ago and have just been too darned busy to even be tempted by it but thanks to you that’s all out the door now!!!!! Thanks for what I am sure is a rocking recipe!

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    Liz — October 17, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    Happy Happy BIRTHDAY!

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    Wenderly — October 17, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday!! These cupcakes look divine!

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    Kita — October 17, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    You have to give up soft cheese for 9 months? Whoa whoa whoa… add that to the list of reasons Im never having a kid. I am not willing to make that sort of sacrifice.

    Lol. Seriously though, I feel ya on the goals, where we are and how we got there and how it all isn’t the way we thought it would be and yet its ok. I get that (somedays I fret over it still though). Happy birthday girl. You rock. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Tawnya — October 18, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    Yum! Happy bday, youngster!
    Can I sub vanilla extract for the vanilla bean caviar? How much? Thx. Can’t wait to try!

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    Tracey — October 18, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    I’m totally late to the party, but Happy Birthday girl! These cupcakes look like the perfect way to celebrate :)

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    Kerstin — October 19, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

    Happy belated birthday!!! Biscoff is sooo good – perfect way to use it and to celebrate!

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    Jen @ — October 20, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    Happy belated birthday! You’re completely right, age is just a number. These cupcakes are like a fluffer-biscoffer (or something).

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    Sonia — October 27, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    I know I’m late but HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You and my sister actually have the same birthday. lol But anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your blog! I am new to the whole blogging world but when I take a look at your blog, and others that I have seen, they are truly inspiring.
    On another note, I understand exactly what you are saying with the whole, not where you planned to be. I am 24 also and trust me, I had things all mapped out, but things don’t always work out the way you want them to, when you want them. But trust me, at some point they will. :)
    Btw…I have to check out this Biscoff spread asap!

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    Posti4 — November 17, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    Two things 1. enjoy everyday like its your birthday! and b. I made them & they were deeeelicious! Thanks for posting!

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