Unexpected Sweet Surprises

September is here. Yes, it means it’s the end of summer, but it also means Fall is on the way! Multi-colored mums, pumpkin everything, and sweater weather. My favorite time of year! I did have a wonderful summer though. This year we were lucky enough to be able to travel across the country to attend our son’s wedding in Utah. 

First off, Utah is God’s Country. I’m not sure I’ve seen anywhere more beautiful. Though Wyoming came in a close second. We spent the night in Laramie, Wyoming. What a cute little town. We shopped for cowboy boots and antiques, shared a one-pounder burger that was amazing, and then for dessert stopped at the cutest little cupcake shop I’ve ever seen.

With the best cupcakes I’ve ever tasted. 

People who live anywhere near Laramie Wyoming are very lucky!

I was so inspired, that I fashioned Lucy’s Cupcake Shop in my book Targeting Lucy in the Granite Falls Series after it. While researching frostings, icings, and everything sugary yummy, I came across this cake frosting that is so much better than canned frosting and easy too. Yes, I love my job!

Yummy Buttercream Frosting!

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  1. Cream butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated
  3. Beat in vanilla extract.
  4. Add milk and beat for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.

You can read more about Lucy and her fabuloso cupcakes here!!

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Cynthia Cooke is an acclaimed USA Today Bestselling author, with a prolific career spanning two decades. Since her debut in 2003, Cynthia has captivated readers worldwide with her compelling storytelling. With over 40 novels to her name, she has enchanted audiences in 12 different countries through her works published by esteemed houses such as Harlequin, Entangled Publishing, and Amazon Kindle Worlds. Recognized for her mastery of heartwarming small-town romantic suspense, Cynthia fearlessly guides her readers along the razor’s edge of anticipation and intrigue. Her immersive narratives leave no room for rest as you embark on a thrilling journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat long into the night. Take a leap of faith and immerse yourself in Cynthia Cooke’s world, where the heart races, emotions soar, and love conquers all.

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