Summer Cupcakes!

summer cupcakes

I’m back with a delicious summer cupcake recipe that’s so easy to make, you’ll swear it came from a box.  But not this recipe.  Oh no, this one is made from scratch. I promise, baking from scratch is easier than you think.  Especially if you follow the directions of my recipe without missing a step.   The key to baking from scratch is to keep a light hand when mixing or keeping the beater on low when noted and NOT to over-mix.  This is important.  Over Mixing will produce a very heavy, dry cupcake.  It’s imperative you don’t do this.

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One of the ingredients in this cupcake that makes it melt in your mouth and light (that you will ruin by over mixing or over baking your cupcake) is buttermilk. Buttermilk always makes a very tender, moist cake that can’t be matched with any other ingredient. So for those of you who will ask (and I know you will) NO!  You may not substitute whole milk, 2% or fat free milk with buttermilk in this recipe.  In fact, unless the recipe calls for it, I wouldn’t substitute it in any recipe that calls for Buttermilk.  It makes a huge difference and is equally yummy in pancakes, muffins, breads and homemade waffles. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.

summer cupcakes

When baking your cupcakes, only bake one pan at a time to ensure even baking.  Bake for 18 minutes and remove cupcakes from pans immediately and let cool on a wire rack.  This will stop the over baking so commonly done when allowing cupcakes to cool in the hot straight from the oven pan. Top these babies with prepared vanilla buttercream laced with just a hint of lemon or orange extract.  Or, try using your favorite go to vanilla frosting recipe made from scratch.  They will be super delicious and so light and fluffy you will easily pop a few in your mouth one after the other.  Seriously, that addictive.  So go to it bakers…you will love this recipe as much as my kids and I do. Promise!

summer cupcakes

Summer Cupcakes

Summer Cupcakes
Yields 24
A light buttermilk vanilla cupcake with a hint of lemon and orange citrus flavor for a refreshing sweet treat for Summertime.
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Prep Time
8 min
Cook Time
18 min
Prep Time
8 min
Cook Time
18 min
  1. 3 c. flour
  2. 1 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp. salt
  5. 1 c. butter, softened
  6. 2 c. sugar
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  9. 1 tsp. orange emulsion or pure orange extract
  10. zest and juice of one lemon
  11. 1 c. buttermilk
  12. Frosting
  13. I can prepared vanilla frosting
  14. 1 teaspoon orange emulsion or orange extract or lemon emulsion or lemon extract
  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 24 cupcake liners in cupcakes pan.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together and set aside. With an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes on medium speed. Add eggs on low speed one at a time, incorporating each egg thoroughly before adding the next. Add extracts, lemon zest and juice. Stir until combined. Carefully add half of dry ingredients while mixing on low speed and when it is combined alternate with half the buttermilk until all is added. Do not overmix. Using a cookie scoop or spoon fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 full with batter. Bake one pan at a time at 375 for 18 minutes. Remove from pan and cool cupcakes on wire rack until completely cool. Frost cupcakes.
  3. Combine frosting ingredients until mixed and frost cooled cupcakes.
  1. Use your favorite vanilla, lemon or orange frosting recipe instead of prepared vanilla frosting. May add lemon or orange zest to frosting if desired.
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check out my new blog

Hi friends.  First off, let me apologize for being M.I.A.  As you may remember from a previous post, I am going through some life changes that have totally derailed me and my routine.  Simply put…I can’t do it all.  So unfortunately, buttercream bakehouse has taken a back seat.  So has the promotion of my new book, Simply Delicious Sunday Dinners that was released this past January. Not one book signing or meet and greet event, not one radio interview.  Nada.  Nothing.  Zero.  It’s my fault and no one else is to blame.  I am not hiding. I am not stuck in a hole and can’t get out.  I am not in tears all day long.  I am sad.  I am broken-hearted.  I am suffering emotionally.  But, I am focused.  I am focused on catching the pieces of my life shattering around me before they hit the ground.  I am focused on finishing school to become a Master Esthetician because my second love is skin care and I need to support my family.  


As a licensed Master Esthetician , I have a chance to finally become financially independent and work after 17 years of being a stay at home mom and financially dependant on someone else.  It’s scary.  The idea of working and not being here for my kids like I used to be. The idea of becoming the sole breadwinner when I never had to worry about that before.  The responsibility, the risk, the leap of faith is daunting and the anxiety is something I deal with daily (thank you zoloft).  But, I know with a positive attitude I can and will do this.  I need to study to get that license ( in June) and that’s where all my time is going.  This new career will be my bread and butter and what will keep me afloat.  And it makes my heart smile that I am able to do something that I love and I am really good at.

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Why not promote the book for money? The publisher takes such a huge percentage off my royalties that I earn pennies per book sold.  The books actually cost me more to make than I have made off of them.  I can and will promote my book ( this summer) when I am done with school just for the sheer satisfaction of celebrating a great accomplishment instead of sweeping it under the carpet like it never existed.  I do adore my books and the recipes in them are amazing.  But it is bittersweet as both books were created here at home during a very tumultuous time in my private life that left me a shell of the person I used to be.  I don’t know how I even made both deadlines.  But I did and that’s something to celebrate.  And this is what I think about that time in my life…



In an effort to start my new business venture and career as a Master Esthetician, I have created a beauty blog called about.face.  


This blog is still under construction but I wanted you to take a look and tell me what you think.  I needed a place for my clients to learn about skin care, schedule an appointment with me, keep up with discounts and promotions for my business and so on.  

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So, now I can add beauty blogger to my resume.  I am keeping positive in thinking that this is what will keep food on my table and will open doors for me.  This is what will save me.  I believe it to be true and I know I am good at what I do and will go far with this.  Not that I didn’t go far with selling cakes and blogging on buttercream bakehouse.  I mean, two book deals is nothing to sneeze at.  But lucratively speaking it killed me.  It was more financially draining than rewarding and I needed to move on to save myself and my kids.  You get it right?  I love food   ( my first love) and my blog.  It’s part of who I am.  The blog just took a backseat until I can get into the groove of things.  And realistically, it will revert back to a hobby and less of a business venture.  I love to share recipes and I plan to continue to do so.  I really miss being in the kitchen as much as I used to be and I am determined to get back to it.  Please don’t go anywhere.  Be back soon!





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Sweet Easter Desserts

It’s been a while, I know.  Truly I can explain.  But, it would take a while and I don’t want to bore you with my personal life struggles.  You can rest assured my blog is here to stay.  Although I don’t have time at the moment to make one of my own fabulous recipes, I compiled a beautiful collection of sweet Easter desserts that will make you cheat on your diet.  I personally can’t wait to try the carrot cake sandwich cookies…YUM! Whether you are entertaining at home, hosting a large gathering or taking a dessert to a church potluck, I have you covered. This mouth watering collection of desserts fit for Spring and delectable Easter treats will have your guests swooning.  Oooh, this is going to be good. Grab a fork and dig in my friends…Happy Easter!

Sweet Easter Desserts

sweet easter desserts

Coconut Cream Eggs

sweet easter desserts

Easter Basket Cupcakes

sweet easter desserts

Rainbow Bundt Cake

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Peeps Brownie Nests

sweet easter desserts

Chocolate Cream Eggs

sweet easter desserts

Meyer Lemon Pastry

sweet easter desserts

Raspberry White Cake

sweet easter desserts

Strawberry Cream Cake

sweet easter desserts

Hot Cross Buns

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sweet easter desserts

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

sweet easter desserts

Nesting Baby Bluebird Cupcakes

sweet easter desserts

Chess Pie

sweet easter desserts

3-Step Mini Cheesecakes

sweet easter desserts

Lemon Dream Tassies

Did you know…

My latest cookbook was released on January 12th, 2016.  I couldn’t be more proud to share my treasured family recipes with you.  Simply Delicious Sunday Dinners is selling like hot cakes on Amazon and in bookstores across the US?  If you don’t have your copy yet, jump on board and purchase yours today!  Click HERE to purchase Buttercream Bakehouse cookbooks.  I’ll be back soon with an original Buttercream Bakehouse recipe to share.  I miss you all and hope you will stick around…thanks for your patience!


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cookbook update and pre-order!

The day has finally come.  My new cookbook “Simply Delicious Sunday Dinners” is ready and waiting at the publisher’s warehouse for distribution.  The official release date is January 12, 2016 but I am happy to announce that starting today, you can pre-order your copy here. After distribution I will get a list of retailers selling my book but you can also preorder at Barnes and Noble and Books-a-million who also carry my first cookbook, Delicious Mornings.

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What will you get when you buy a copy of my cookbook? A whole lot of fabulous, easy to make family home style recipes made with easy to find fresh ingredients. The same recipes I grew up with in Burke, Virginia. The same recipes I created for my own family 16 years ago when I first got married. The same recipes my Grandparents developed in their tiny little kitchens for their HUGE close-knit families. I am so proud to share these recipes with you, as I am certain you will be smitten with them and crave these flavorful, restaurant worthy dinners for years to come. With recipes like Holiday Lentil Soup and Dad’s Chicken Noodle Soup, your tummies will be warmed with flavorful broth and hearty helpings of simmering goodness. Modern twists like Sweet Mesquite BBQ Whole Roasted Chicken, Big Flavor Hoisin Burgers and Individual Guinness Beef Pot Pies will have you swooning for more after each savory bite. Delicious sides including Firecracker Cranberry Salsa and Asian Carrot Slaw are made with fresh herbs and ingredients with scratch made taste that make your taste buds sing. Of course with classics like Beef Gravy Shepherd’s Pie and Skillet Pork Chops there is something that everyone will enjoy. Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Soups, Sides and of course Desserts galore to give you a variety of indulging temptations. You’ll love apple crisp topped with sugar cookies and baked to a sweetened golden bubbly bliss, rich and moist Italian Cream Cake, sweet and tart Bourbon Peach Raspberry Cobbler and so much more.

dina crowell  #Buttercream BakehouseHoliday Lentil Soup

dina crowell  #Buttercream BakehouseIndividual Guinness Beef Pot Pies

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dina crowell  #Buttercream BakehouseBig Flavor Hoisin Burgers with Dijon Hoisin Sauce

dina crowell  #Buttercream BakehouseSugar Cookie Apple Crisp

dina crowell  #Buttercream BakehouseBourbon Peach Raspberry Cobbler

Meet Dina!

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I can’t wait to start the promotional process of my book release and hope you will join me in the fun and excitement that is yet to come.  I worked hard to create a book worthy of your time in the kitchen and I know your family will love sitting down at the table for Sunday dinners with a memorable meal set before them.

Order here

Pre-Order your copy today…CLICK HERE TO ORDER.  There will be an East Coast book signing tour in 2016.  If you would like a signed copy and a chance to meet me, I would be thrilled to see you!   More information to come.

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