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Sunshine Baking: Caramel Filled Apple Cupcake Recipe


Katie with Sunshine Baking is visiting us today to share one of her favorite fall treats. Caramel Filled Apple Cupcakes. Be sure to stop by her Facebook page and say hello.


My favorite memories growing up always revolve around the kitchen, or cooking. Stringing green beans on the swing with my Grandma Sebert, making pie dough with Grandma Jo in the kitchen at the farm, or baking and decorating an array of cookies with my Mother.  So it came as no surprise to me when I quit nursing school midway to do what I loved most . . . Cook, and Bake!
Since I began Culinary School, I have undertaken an array of different venues from an Italian kitchen, a quaint local bakery, and most recently a cruise ship kitchen. My journey is only just beginning as I set out to learn, share and bake my way through life. - Katie Kelley
Caramel Filled Apple Cupcakes



Caramel Filled Apple Cupcakes
            2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
            2 teaspoons baking soda
            2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
            1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
            1 teaspoon salt
            8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
            2 cups sugar
            2 large eggs
            1 teaspoon vanilla extract
            4 cups coarsely shredded apples, such as Macintosh (about 1 3/4 pounds)
Caramel Filling:
            1 cup sugar
            ¼ cup water
            1 cup heavy cream
            ½ cup butter
            ¼ cup vegetable shortening
            1 tsp vanilla extract
            3 Tbsp spiced rum
            1-2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
            6 cups powdered sugar
            4-6 Tbsp milk
1) Melt butter and combine with shredded apple, vanilla, eggs and sugar.
2) Add all dry ingredients, to the wet ingredients, until combined and all ingredients evenly distributed.
3) Fill baking cups a little more than ¾ of the way full.
4) Bake for 15-25 minutes at 350 degrees, when done, let cool.
5) While cupcakes are baking, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan, turn to medium heat and allow the combination to boil until it turns a light amber color.
6) Remove from heat and whisk in the heavy cream a little at a time, put it back on the heat and whisk until any clumps of sugar and cream are dispersed. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
7) Once both have cooled, use a filling tip to pipe caramel into the center of each cupcake.
8) For icing, whip together butter and shortening, once light and fluffy, add vanilla, rum and cinnamon.
9) Add powdered sugar and milk in increments until the desired consistency is achieved.
10) Ice cupcakes, drizzle with caramel and enjoy!
(Cupcake recipe is modified from a Martha Stewart Recipe)


What is your favorite fall recipe? We'd love to know in the comments. 



C.S. Lewis on Stage at the Aronoff Center Cincinnati Save 25% September 24, 2016



Hey there locals! Have you heard about this new performance? If you are a C.S. Lewis fan, now is your chance to learn about him through this on stage performance. One day only Saturday Septmber 24. Two shows, one at 4pm and one at 8pm. 

Exclusive for Vintage Indie Readers & the OINK Homeschool community 

Save 25% (Ref. $59 - $49)

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Disclaimer:  I was provided with tickets for my family in exchange for promotional purposes.  All opinions are my own.  

Alice & Wonderland The Musical with the Cincinnati Children's Theatre: Enter to Win!

With my oldest child turning fifteen, I'm a beliver in more memories and less stuff more than ever before. We still have a preschooler, who has too much stuff. Don't get me wrong we're still working on it.

The older two have too much stuff as well, and I find them downsizing the junk when they start to get overwhelmed.  If you were to sit down and talk with them about their favorite things, they'll more than likely tell you about a trip we took, or an event we attended. They both have fond memories of visiting the Cincinnati Children's Theatre, and still like it as a teen and pre-teen. Now they're excited to take along their little sister, and see how she reacts to the scenes unfolding. 

Since 1924 The Cincinnati Children's Theatre has been aiming to bring smiles and the wonders of the theatre to children across the Greater Cincinnati Area. To kick of their season, they're bringing Alice in Wonderland to the Main Stage at Taft Theatre! Bring your kids to explore their first show of the season, with Alice and all of her friends. 

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Create memories to last a lifetime, and introduce them to the kid-friendly performaces that The Children's Theatre works so hard to bring you. 

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND begins the 2016-2017 season at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, October 15-23, 2016. Saturday October 15 at 2 PM; Sunday October 16 at 2 PM and 5PM; Friday October 21 at 7:30 PM; Saturday October 22 at 2 PM and 5 PM; and Sunday October 23 at 2 PM at the Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati.

Purchase your Tickets $10-30 by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting  www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are selling as fast as the White Rabbit!


or Enter to Win a pair of vouchers right here on Vintage Indie! (Thanks to The Children's Theatre for the giveaway vouchers)



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Congratulations to Candy Burns! She is our winner! 






Disclaimer:  I was provided with tickets for my family in exchange for promotional purposes as well as ticket for the winner.  All opinions are my own.  

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Mom! Mom! I have mail, Mommy! Mommy! Look, it's mail for me! This is the squeal of my preschooler every time something comes in the mail for her. I don't know about you, but whenever my preschooler gets mail, it is the best thing ever. Pipsticks didn't dissapoint, and as the envelope was slowly unveiled, the excitment only got bigger. 


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As a child, I don't remember ever collecting anything. Maybe I did at one point, but I don't remember it. My middle love, loved stickers though, and started a sticker book when he was very young, perhaps a preschooler just like his sister. She went through every sticker set one by one, showing me and telling me which one was her favorite. In fact, anyone who visited us that week got a tour of her stickers. It was pretty darling, if I do say so myself. 

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The best part was when she gathered her big brothers at her table to show them her new sticker collection and her very own special ticket. Pipsticks gives each monthly subscriber a yellow raffle ticket for your chance to win a special prize each month. I think my daughter liked the excitement from that ticket as much as her stickers. 

Her favorite stickers were by far the smelly ones. Pickle scented stickers! She quickly filled up the included post card with her chosen favorites and sent them off in the mail to grandma and grandpa. She's also been using many of these during our preschool time to decorate pictures and create art work. A monthly subscription to sticker madness is in our future.

Please go check out Pipsticks, and get your stickerbooks ready! 


Disclaimer: Thank you to Pipsticks for providing the super exciting sticker mail. As with all of our reviews here at Vintage Indie, the opinions expressed are our own, and can not be purchased. We find it very important to bring you truthful as well as imformative travel reviews.