Cooking with Courtney Crave

Courtney Crave.  Photo:, MUA/H: Ladonna Stein. Apron: Mia Maria Designs

Courtney Crave. Photo:, MUA/H: Ladonna Stein. Apron: Mia Maria Designs

April happens to hold the ever so confusing holiday of Easter (seriously… a rabbit leaves eggs around your yard?) and my beloved boyfriend’s birthday.  To pay homage to my boyfriend and our inner child who once was able to believe in some bunny deftly stuffing candy and toys into plastic eggs and hiding them around our houses I will tell you how to make his favorite cake in every child’s favorite form: the cupcake.

Yellow Cake Cupcakes

Cake Ingredients/Supplies

  • 3 eggs (substitute with plain applesauce for vegan option)
  • Boxed yellow cake mix (Yeah, I said it, it’s yummy and it’s easy. I prefer Betty Crocker Super Moist or Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe.)
  • Cupcake cups and cupcake pan
  • Olive oil

Frosting Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg or a couple tablespoons of milk (soy or almond milk can be used as a substitute)
  • 1 generous tsp vanilla extract
  • 16 oz box powdered sugar
  • 6 heaping Tbsp cocoa


  • I’m going to make this super easy for you and still super tasty.  Just follow the directions on the box with one exception, instead of using vegetable oil as instructed replace it olive oil, measure for measure.  For a vegan cake substitute ¼ cup plain applesauce for each egg.  Place cupcake cups in cupcake pan, pour batter into cups, and bake according to the almighty cake box instructions.  While your cupcakes are baking mix the frosting.  In a large bowl cream all the frosting ingredients together until light and fluffy.  If it’s too thick add some milk.  After removing the cupcakes from the pan and allowing them to cool frost the tops and enjoy!


Giving another nod to the main man in my life I bring you the Caipirinha, which, like my boyfriend, hails from Brazil.  Have a few of these with your Easter brunch and you might find yourself willing to believe this whole magic bunny thing. If a magic bunny starts talking to you however, stop drinking.


  • 1 lime
  • 2 ounces of cachaça
  • Ice cubes
  • Sugar to taste (regular or raw sugar)


  • Wash the lime and roll it on the cutting board to loosen the juices.  Cut the lime into pieces and place them in a rocks glass pulp side up.  The lime pieces should take up about ½ of the rocks glass.  Sprinkle the limes liberally with sugar and, using a muddle, crush the lime pieces.  Only push down with the muddle, do not twist as this will cause the drink to be bitter!  Add cubed ice to the glass and pour just enough cachaça to cover the ice.  Look at your drink!  If you have done this correctly the muddled limes and sugar will fill 1/3 of the glass while the ice and cachaça fill the remaining 2/3.  Oh, why hello there Mr. Bunny. What’s that?  You have chocolate eggs for me?

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