So….things have changed a little in my world lately….

A little over six weeks ago – completely on a whim…I decided to live record myself cooking in my kitchen over Facebook live tv.  I do have experience as a presenter, cooking teacher and speaker, so it wasn’t hard to impromptu the whole thing.  It was such a relief to be able to reach an audience from my own kitchen without having to painstakingly edit anything and/or upload it to youtube.  It was well-received immediately and I had so much fun, that I did another “show” the next day, then another the next day.  And another the next day.

Now, a little over six weeks later, and I’ve recorded forty-four shows.  I’ve developed the content (which goes far beyond cooking), I’ve written the material, developed the recipes, and I’ve presented each one to a live and growing audience.  I’ve also received some incredible feedback.  I’ve reached an audience of over 75,000 people and I’ve received over 25,000 solid views.

It’s a runaway hit.

It’s the very first LIVE cooking show written, produced and presented by one person.  It’s the first of it’s kind.

Who knew?

But it’s super fun and I’m enjoying the process so much, that I’m just going to keep it up.  I’ve had several people tell me that I need my own Food Network show, but I’ve gotta say – I’m happy with things just the way they are.  I’d love to get an audience big enough to support some book sales (for one of the many books I’d love to write), but that’s about all I’m going for.  I just love the community that we’ve grown over such a short time.  Were talking about some super cool stuff and discussing some neat ideas.  It’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.

I promised my “buddies” all around the world that I’d make a nice blog post to go with these cupcakes so they would be able to read a concise, organized presentation aside from my ramblings.  So here we have it.

These cupcakes are for the Halloween party I’m throwing on Saturday.  It’s a “scaled down” party where the focus will be on the people and the conversation.  Besides these cupcakes I’ll be making my “Nachos For A Crowd”, and we’re preparing to just have a good time with whoever shows up.

*update*  The “scaled down” party was a huge success and everyone had a great time!  I can’t wait to throw another one!


Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

(Dark Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake)

Makes about 1 dozen

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup mayo

2 eggs

2/3 cup water

2 tablespoons strong coffee

The process:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees, F.

In one bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
In another bowl, combine the eggs, mayo and brown sugar.

Stir both….

dsc_2156Add the mayo/egg mixture to the flour/cocoa mixture…

Then pour the water and coffee in…


Stir gently to combine.


It’s going to be dark and glossy….  It’s really quite a perfect batter.


Fill your cupcake tins and bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Now, the icing!

Peanut Butter Butter Cream Icing

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

Mix will with stand or hand mixer

On my show, I made a large batch of icing.  I got some feedback from a viewer and she loved the recipe, but she said she had A LOT of icing leftover.  I so love good and positive and constructive feedback!  So I halved the recipe for my blog here, so you all will have just the RIGHT amount of icing.

dsc_2171-2It’s really very easy to whip together.

dsc_2175-2I used a large wilton tip to pipe it on my cupcakes.  Tip 1M.


The ganache (chocolate sauce) is HALF of this recipe here (link).  It’s easy enough to make.  Just chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream.  When it’s hot it will be too runny.  Cool it to almost room temp and pipe it out of an icing bag with just the tip cut off.


You gotta wait till the cupcakes are cool before you ice them.  Or the icing will melt right off.


This is my favorite part.


Drizzle the ganache….


And top with 1/4 of a Reses Peanut Butter Cup.  *DINK*

Super delicious.

Dear Viewers,
Thank you so much for your support. Thank you so much for your likes, comments and shares. I’m literally jumping out of bed in the morning because I can’t wait to visit with you. We have so much to look forward to! This is new, it’s innovative and it’s revolutionary. It’s going to change the face of “the cooking show” forever. Thank you for taking this journey with me.

Shannon Vavich