Black Cocoa Cupcakes with Raspberry Chambord Buttercream…and a Giveaway

Black Cocoa Cupcakes with Raspberry Chambord Buttercream  RecipeIn this post from September, I shared with all of you about my journey through treatment and recovery from breast cancer.  That journey humbled me and changed me in ways I will be forever grateful.  I rarely sweat the small stuff, and I’d like to think (depending on who you ask) it softened my rougher edges just a bit.  I know I am one of the lucky ones.  Too many women (and men) are still loosing their battle, but with continued research, my hope is that a cure for breast cancer is near.
Black Cocoa Cupcakes with Raspberry Chambord Buttercream  RecipeAs we round the bend toward the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and as I celebrate my 10 year anniversary cancer free,  I would be remiss not to  acknowledge it in some way here on my blog.  It comes as no surprise to any of you that I am passionate about baking.  If you’re reading my blog, you likely are as well.  Following my final chemotherapy treatment, as a gift to myself, I bought a lovely Kitchen Aid mixer.  It was the best gift I have ever given myself.  Now, I want to give that same gift to one of you so you too can find your baking joy.  In addition, for every comment left on this post, I will pledge $1 to the Susan G. Komen research fund, up to a total pledge of $500.  So let’s get the celebration going!
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