Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lebekuchen Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Dear Germany:

This month marks 10 years since I have taken up residence within your borders.  It's hard to believe how time has flown by since I came for work and stayed for love. 

To celebrate this occasion I made cupcakes in flavors of lebkuchen and peanut butter. 

I would like to thank you for the following:

1) My very own McDreamy incredible husband, the one and only Dr. B. 

2) My wonderful in-laws/ extended German family and their animals including the chickens who produce amazing eggs to bake with, Lucy the sheep who thinks she's a dog, Rosalie the dwarf goat, Queenie the wunderhund and two aloof and affectionate cats.

3) All the wonderful friends I have made and all those late night girls evenings in Munich of talk, tears and laughter. Erin, Margaux, Marina, I'm talking to you ladies.

4) The incredible fun I had working here coaching talent and television hosts, creating and shaping TV shows and teaching young TV producers to fly.

5) Our beautiful house in the country.

6) Health Care

7) All the Oktoberfests and Karnevals and Christmas markets and one fantastic World Cup celebration.

8) Skiing and snowboarding in your alps and visiting so many of your wonderful, beautiful cities and villages so rich with history and architecture.

9)Deutsche Ordnung (German order), as much as it makes me crazy sometimes. Like Dr. B says, "Everyone makes fun of it, but everyone benefits."

Now if you could only do something about these:

1) Your ridiculous tax laws

2) The mountains of paperwork and rules that come with every day living

3) The weather

4) The language, specifically the articles. One word of advice for you. It's called the word "THE"


The Mad Hausfrau

These cupcakes are like me, flavors of both German and American. Taking it one step further, I colored the peanut butter buttercream to represent the colors of the German flag.

Lebekuchen Cupcakes with 
Peanut Butter Buttercream

For the cupcakes

I used the Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcake recipe Here 

I added two teaspoons of lebkuchen spice to the recipe. A recipe for mixing your own can be found HERE. Scroll to bottom of recipe for the spice mix.

 For the peanut butter buttercream


  • 3/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (I used smooth and creamy)
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Cream together the butter and peanut butter.
  • add 2 cups of the powdered sugar and blend
  • Alternate adding the rest of the sugar and the milk until your reach the desired consistency

For the Decorating

  • I divided the frosting into three equal parts and tinted each part with Wilton's paste food coloring. For the colors of the German flag I used black, red red and yellow gold.
  • Fit a disposable pastry bag with a star tip and fill it with each of the three colors on separate sides of the inside of the bag.
  • Pipe the swirls on the cupcakes.


  1. LOVE this post. Especially the things you'd like to have changed about Deutschland.

    Number 2 made me grunt in agreeance.

    Number 4 made me laugh out loud.

    Bonus in this post: The cupcake porn.


  2. I love your post!!!! and your cupcakes!!!!!!

    by the way, I totally agree with your number 4... I always mumble 4 or 5 different versions of the article, in all genres possible, until I reach the correct one!!! ahahahha.

    but being from Spain, number 3 is my main concern: Can someone put the sun back in the sky?? And take the rain away? Please??? ahahahaha

  3. Love ur post! It's fascinating to hear about adventures overseas... And ur cupcakes are awesome!

  4. Congratulations on 10 years as an expat! Funnily enough, my 10-year expataversary comes this year too, in October. I also came for work and stayed for love. Probably a common theme, which makes me think that love still does make the world go round. Or at least makes us go round the world!

    As for the cupcakes, well they have enlightened me on the nature of your pairing with Dr. B. He goes off and does good work to balance out the evil you do in the kitchen! Just too yummy for words. :-)


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