Burning Down The Kitchen with Movita Beaucoup while making her Classic Cupcakes


Hi folks.

Okay I need a brief “mommy” moment before we begin today. As many of you know my son is in school getting his Master’s Degree. Well today he had to defend his thesis. He called a little while ago saying there are no revisions so whoo to the hoo! He made it through with his sanity intact, well, mostly. So congrats to B-Dude on a job well done. He was also accepted to Calgary for his PHD so we’ll be saying goodbye to him this summer. Going to be so weird without him here eating all my food and doing my dishes. Guess mini-me needs to start kicking it with dish pan hands soon. Okay all joking aside I am super proud and going to miss the little hooligan when he goes. I’m threatening to move down there with him. A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do!

Now on with the show!


Today I have the hysterically funny Movita Beaucoup in the house. She not only burns it up in the kitchen but she makes me laugh so hard I’ve been known to wake the neighbours. It’s okay though cuz I don’t really like my neighbours so it’s all good. If you are not reading Movita’s blog you are missing out. She cooks up incredible food that will make you drool all over your keyboard. Today I will be showing you my take on her Classic Cupcakes. They caught my eye when she posted them. So fancy shmancy looking and I’m not going to lie, the thought of turning everyone’s teeth blue and not telling them really appealed to me. Movita also hosts the ever popular Ginger series where people get to bake their faces off making gingerbread houses. I plan on entering this year and winning so just watch your backs folks. She also does a Pumpkin Carve Off which I plan on entering this year and winning so you might want to up your game folks. There’s also Bake My Cake 2012 to celebrate Movita’s impending 40th (the contest will run whether Movita decides to turn 40 or not) which I plan on entering and winning so if I were you I’d just accept defeat now. Well, maybe not. I hear Isabelle from Crumb might enter so I need to find a way to sneak on over to Toronto to sabotage her cake so I stand a chance. Movita also does tutorials on refinishing furniture and doing crafts. I cannot wait until hubs is working again so I can get back to that myself. I miss projects. I want to make her pallet table. So as you can see I am a huge fan of this woman. She makes me laugh, makes me drool and I am happy to report I plan on meeting Movita when I visit my brother out her way next summer. Look out Halifax, the two of us out on the loose is sure to spell disaster and hijinks for certain. Now here’s your chance to wander around in the mind of Movita. Hope you enjoy getting to know her better. I sure did. For those curious her real name is Rachael but I find myself calling her Movita all the time even though I know that.

I asked Movita to share a picture of herself with us. I could not find one single photo of this lady on her blog. So me being the forward kind of gal I am I asked her if she could send me one. Imagine my surprise and delight when she agreed. I recommended she wear a bathing suit in the comment section of her blog when she posted her new series Crap Movita Worries About. She was quite concerned about her beautiful body plummeting naked through the floors while in the tub. I mean it’s a legitimate worry so I suggested a bathing suit. Not only did she heed my worldly advice but she sent a pic of her in her lovely bathing suit to share with the world. She claims to never take it off since I suggested it. This is why I love Movita more than chocolate:

The photo was aptly named Movita Bares All!


Rapidfire Q & A with Rachael of Movita Beaucoup:

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

I started blogging back in 2004 – I had a non-food related blog, which outlined my dating disasters and the like. After I met 2.0 (my permanent dude), I really got into baking. Since he wasn’t really keen on me dating other men for blog material, I started a new site which developed into a blog about the butter-infused life we lead. We do some pretty dumb stuff around my place, so I can only assume people follow my blog to feel better about themselves.

2. What is the enjoyable part of blogging for you?

I have made a great number of invisible friends. I truly appreciate every comment and email they send my way. There’s a weird reassurance I get from knowing they’ve got my back. I count them among my best friendships now.

3. Anything about it you don’t like?

The photography. I love it and hate it at the same time. For a perfectionist, it’s a constant struggle.

4. What is your favourite post of yours and why?

I feel like I should say my tutorial on antiquing and distressing furniture with paint. It drives thousands of people to my site every week. But in reality, any post involving 2.0 and something weird he has done, is a winner with me.

5. What sparked you to do your super popular Ginger contests and the Pumpkin Carve-Off?

Those competitions began several years ago between my enemies, The Rutherfords, and I. We forced our friends and colleagues to judge who could make the best gingerbread house and/or carve the best pumpkin. It was borderline violent. Once The Rutherfords had children, they were rendered useless, so I opened the competitions to the entire planet. And I’ve made a whole new set of enemies.

6. I’m entering your Bake My Cake competition, any advice to tip the scales in my favour?

As J-Lo would say, you can go hard, or you can go home. Also, you could just read some tips I wrote out for you here:http://movitabeaucoup.com/2012/03/09/tips-for-winning-competitions-on-movita-beaucoup/

7. You are very crafty, is there anything you’re bad at? Something that just chafes your *bleep* that you can’t do? 

I can’t do a cart-wheel. Or draw. Or whistle. Or snap. Feel better?

8. What was your worst kitchen disaster?

Last year, I had to make my mother’s birthday cake three times. I chose a recipe from a famous food blogger, which had hundreds of comments saying how awesome the cake was – and a few saying it contained grievous errors. The cake failed twice – spectacularly so – and 2.0 refused to let me attempt the same cake a third time. That’s not to say the cake didn’t work for that blogger and dozens of her readers. It just didn’t work for me. It was a good lesson in learning to walk away, and I ended up making an old family recipe that kicked cake ass.

9. I’m coming to visit you and you’re making me dinner (seriously!), whatcha making?

Well, no visit to the East Coast would be complete without some seafood chowder and a huge, honkin’ lobster. So, I guess we’ll go to Burger King.

10. Do you have a favourite dish you just love to make?

Beaucoup Seafood Chowder. It’s always a hit. And anything with icing.

11. Coke or Pepsi?

Diet Coke.

12. Sweet or Savoury?

Both. See question 14 for further explanation.

13. Butter or Margarine?

Butter. So much butter.

14. Candy or chips to snack on? Fave kind?

I have a snacking policy which I never stray from: if you are eating a sweet treat, it must be followed by a salty snack. If eating chips, they must be chased by candy. It’s the only aspect of my life in which I have achieved perfect balance.

15. Fruit or veggies?


16. Morley makes me swoon, any plans to sell your needle felted creations at any point?

Lately, my crafts have taken a back burner to blogging and my real job. Perhaps when I become famous, I will have people to take care of the mundane tasks currently occupying my time, and I will bake and sell needle felted crap on the interweb. Fingers crossed.

17. If you had the opportunity to cook at any famous restaurant for a day where would it be and why?

My brother and his family live in France. I wouldn’t mind kickin’ it at a French boulangerie or pâtisserie for a day. Imagine all of the cool stuff you could eat. Oh, and learn.

18. Apron or no apron?

When company is over, I’ll put on an apron. Mostly so they’ll be intimidated. When alone, I let stuff fly all over my outdated, gym inspired wardrobe.

19. You are famous for your sense of humour. Where does that come from? Are you this funny at home with the fam cuz seriously I’d get nothing done with you around. I’d just sit and laugh all day.

I’ve always been surrounded by funny people – my family, friends, 2.0. Basically, if you don’t keep up, you’ll be destroyed. It makes for a very happy life. (And relatively strong abs.) Let’s just assume that you’d be totally useless at my house.

20. You are headed to real, live, professional baking school in the fall, so what inspired you to do that? Are you nervous?

Yes, I’m nervous, Kim, thanks for bringing it up. I’m petrified. I’m turning 40 next month, so I figured it was time to take a leap – even if it meant putting myself into a completely new and terrifying situation. Though I’ve enjoyed my career as a ballet teacher immensely, I’m ready to consider some new options. I’d like to do more writing. Perhaps become a baking guru. Getting some credentials could help me work toward a new, bigger-than-Kanye-West career. I’m kind of excited to see what comes next. Also, I’ve really missed buying school supplies.

Dare Portion:

Take a pic of your kitchen mid baking or cooking extravaganza!

Movita’s gorgeous kitchen. Love the cubby!


I don’t know about you but I am feeling so much better now that I know Movita cannot whistle or do a cart-wheel or snap. It’s like a huge relief to me. I will let the fact that she can’t draw slide. I mean considering how hot she looks in that bathing suit we should forgive her I think.

So I made Movita’s Classic Cupcakes for this feature. I also used her buttercream icing and her notes say this: adapted slightly from i am baker, who adapted it from Rick Mazzuca (icing colour inspired by Chocolate Chili Mango). So she was inspired by many. Props to those who inspire. I love that Movita gives credit to those who deserve it.

I shall share a photo of Movita’s cupcakes with you first. Then show you my version. Hers is prettier. Makes me want to just reach in the screen and grab it. Personally I think this photo is magazine worthy. It just looks so decadent.


Movita’s Beautiful Classic Cupcake


My version of Classic Cupcakes! Why are black sprinkles green?

The only thing I changed was the fact that I used my vanilla salt and vanilla sugar. I just love the flavour it adds. Also I was out of almond extract so I just used extra vanilla extract in its place.


I love that you can play with icing, although I need some icing lessons. Maybe from Movita next summer!

Classic Cupcakes
Prep time
Cook time
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A beautiful classic cupcake with a fun twist!
Recipe type: Dessert, Cupcake, Baking
Serves: 28 cupcakes
  • Recipe for the cupcakes:
  • 3 cups cake flour, divided into 1 cup measurements
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup of butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups of vanilla sugar
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of hot water
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Recipe for the icing:
  • 1 cup of butter (or you can use shortening)
  • 4 cups of confectioner's sugar (icing sugar)
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla salt
  • 1½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • Black gel food colouring (adjust to desired shade you want)
  1. Instructions for the cupcakes:
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. (F)
  3. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together 1 cup of the flour, the vanilla salt and the baking powder. Set aside.
  5. Using your stand mixer on medium speed, combine your butter and sugar until fluffy. (about 3 to 5 minutes)
  6. Add milk, hot water, 1 cup of flour, and 1 egg. Mix on medium speed until combined then scrape sides.
  7. Add 1 cup of flour and 1 egg, mix again until well combined. Scrape sides.
  8. Now add the flour/vanilla salt/baking powder mixture to the mixer and 1 remaining egg. Mix on medium until well combined. Scrape sides.
  9. Add the vanilla and mix again until well combined.
  10. Now fill each cupcake liner so it's about ⅔ or ¾ full. Tap on the counter. Place in your preheated oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes. Or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  11. Instructions for the buttercream icing:
  12. In your stand mixer cream the butter until it's fluffy.
  13. Add 2 cups of the confectioner's sugar and mix. Start slow so you don't make a mess.
  14. Once well combined add the other 2 cups of confectioner's sugar and mix well.
  15. If mixture is too thick and mixer struggles add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream now, but remember to subtract that later.
  16. Add the vanilla salt, vanilla and heavy cream and beat until fluffy.
  17. Add your black food colouring now and mix on slow to combine.
  18. If you need to adjust add a small amount of either cream or confectioner's sugar until the consistency is just right.
  19. Place in a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes.
  20. Serve with a big old blueish smile!

I love cupcakes liners. Did you know you can store them in mason jars? True story!

I went back and asked Movita another question. It is the same one I asked David Leite at the Food Blog Forum Conference. So here’s the bonus question.

How do you write for a G or PG audience if you don’t necessarily live or talk PG? I know you push the envelope a bit as do I. How do you decide where to draw the line and how real to be? Most readers are PG so how do you balance your style with the reader?

I try to be genuine on my blog. I’ve been pretty clear that I:
a) don’t have kids, and have gone to great lengths make my house perilous to children,
b) often write about food that might kill you, and
c) have never claimed to be a PG blog.
Yah, I swear a little, but the voice you are reading is mine. I don’t try to sound edgy – if you have to tell people you’re a badass, you probably aren’t. I don’t follow trends, I don’t have cool sponsors, I have nothing neat to giveaway. (Sigh.) I really hope my readers like my blog. That sounds nerdy, but it’s true. I don’t believe in censorship. My favourite bloggers have a unique voice, are usually funny, and don’t seem to worry about what other people think. That being said, I also try not to be hurtful. I don’t leave mean comments on blogs, or criticize other people’s recipes. If I don’t like something, I just move on. I guess I’ve always assumed that other people will do the same.
I love Movita’s answer. I am always concerned about pushing the envelope too much with my trucker mouth and tend to find myself editing my language often. Which is okay, I do not want to offend anyone who reads. But I feel that sometimes by editing myself that way I lose a bit of myself in the process. So it’s nice to get input and advice from those who have a similar sense of humour and lifestyle as me. Well except the kid thing cuz that bridge has been burned already and I adore my wild hooligans. Most days. Especially when they do the dishes.
So thank you to Movita for being such a joy to interview. I really enjoyed poking around in your brain a little bit. I think we’re kindred spirits, except you have better camera skills and rock a bikini better than I do. You can follow Movita Beaucoup by stopping by her blog. She is also on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. Stalk the crap out of here folks. It’ll make me happy. It’ll make Movita happy. Maybe so happy she’ll surprise us all and pull off the most fantastic cartwheel of all time.

The sad and fleeting life of a cupcake during a Lunatic photo shoot! I almost feel bad. *big blue grin*

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. says

    congrats to your son!! woohoo! Has he been attending University of Windsor? I am sure it will be different with him out of the house. We are in total different stages of life as my kids are 5,7 and 9. I cannot imagine them off to university! crazy even thinking about it. Oh and the cupcake….yeah that looks awesome! love the deep colour

    • Kim Bee says

      Hi Steve. Yes, both my kids are at U of Windsor. Great school and has saved a ton of moolah over the years. He did 6 years here and is now off to Calgary (sad face) for his next adventure. My daughter is just finishing off her first year here. It’s more fun when they’re little. They’re not always borrowing your car, dating people you aren’t quite sure of, or asking to go to concerts in the city so you know you won’t sleep that night. The best is when one works late so I stay up then the other one gets up early for work and I get up too. That’s awesome. I love it. See, young kids rule.

      Thanks. It took a ton of food colouring to get that way. Lol!

  2. says

    Okay – that was the awesomest! I LOVE her answers….sounds like y’all are goin’ to burger king! Bwahahaha! I’m headed over to see her blog now and the cupcakes are amazing! Thanks, Kim – you have GREAT friends!

    • Kim Bee says

      It’s Nova Scotia, I’m thinking even the Burger King has lobster burgers. I’m so screwed.

      I know right. I feel like I’m living in a friends episode some days. I have awesome buddies who make me laugh. Pretty lucky duck really.

  3. says

    Hmmm… Methinks someone is trying to get some brownie points for a certain cake-baking competition. (Or is that cake points, seeing as there’s cake involved?) 😉
    But really, I’m madly in love with Movita and her blog, so it tickles me pink to see her featured here. I can only dream of being as hilarious and entertaining as her.
    And also, congrats to your son! You must be so proud right now. Well done, mama!

    • Kim Bee says

      Totally just interviewed her to tip the scales in my favour. She has no idea, shhh, don’t tell her.

      She is such a riot, I have so much love (and evil jealousy) for this woman. And you are just as entertaining my dear.

      Thanks. Beams with pride and a blue smile! xx

  4. says

    Thanks to Movita for sending me to your blog too! I have been following Movita for a while now, and ADORE her. Her recipes, photos, and kick a$$ laughs ! She is a hoot !!!
    Happy Blogging, and thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to explore more of your blog now too.
    Lynne xx
    p.s. as soon as I get the blue outta my teeth

    • Lynne says

      Lynne, I saw your comment and thought I had already posted something (and that old-age had finally set in before my time… that might *still* be true…) Too funny to see another Lynne (with an ‘e’) who is a Movita fan. We should start our own fan club!

      (who finally feels that her sanity has been seriously compromised & is really talking to herself… in addition to referring to herself in the third person…)

    • Kim Bee says

      Lynne K- I am so happy you popped by. Blue teeth and all. I adore Miss Movita. She makes me giggle and drool. Which is sort of like going to the dentist but less painful.

  5. says

    Mmm, “having” to eat things so I can so the inside texture is my favorite part of food blogging/photography! Your cupcakes look delicious! And congrats to your son!! I’m sure even if you don’t move with him he will expect regular care packages full of baking :)

    • Kim Bee says

      I always tell everyone it’s for quality control but I don’t think the believe me. Thanks my dear. And thanks again. I am pretty sure I’m moving with him. Living in his closet or something. I’ve always wanted to live in the wild west. This may spark a move down the road. If mini me goes west too hubs is gonna have to look for work out there. Dream farm here I come.

  6. says

    I made it a point to stop by today because you told me you were doing another Burning Down the Kitchen and I am so glad I did! I have never been to Motiva’s blog but I am going to spend some time exploring – I love a blogger that can make me laugh – and this interview had me there. I can’t do a cartwheel either and will never hold that against anyone 😉 I love her answer on being real when it comes to ratings too. I think it just feels much more natural that way. So, when are we all going to the BK Lounge?

    PS. Congrats to your son!!!

    • Kim Bee says

      We must set a date for the BK Lounge. Maybe we’ll all luck out one day and meet up at a conference. Then we’ll burn down the hotel. In a good way.

      Thanks. Super proud.

    • Kim Bee says

      She is so hilarious and talented, and really rocks a swimsuit. You will love her.

      Thanks. Very proud Mom right now. Still don’t want him to move but what can you do.

  7. Lynne says

    Movita fan here!

    Wow – I get to read a great interview of one of my most favorite blog writers ever – AND I discover another great blog. It’s a win-win here!

    Thanks so much for this – and thanks to Movita, for doing her part for her fans, new & old (as in, old-we-knew-you-when, not old as we all have one foot in the grave.. myself excluded), in answering questions you gave her in the interview, and especially for sharing that awesome bikini-clad photo of yourself! (Now we need one of 2.0… 😉

    By the way – want to know Movita’s achilles heel? it’s: LOL LOL LOL…


    (I posted this here because it would have gotten deleted on her blog.. no LOL’s allowed… lol!!)

    • Kim Bee says

      I plan to use the LOL to drive her to madness during her Cake contest. I’m an evil doer. Ohhh, now why did she not send 2.0 in his suit.

  8. says

    I must say that after all of the hints that teeth were turning blue, I am disappointed that you didn’t show us even one cerulean tooth.

    Loved the interview. I live in such a narrow corner of the food blog world. This series is opening up a whole new vista for me. Thanks, Kim.

    • Kim Bee says

      I was going to show you but I hadn’t showered and didn’t want to scare anyone. My tongue is now perpetually blue and I need to whiten my teeth but dang these are the best cupcakes I’ve ever had.

      I enjoy expanding horizons. And waistlines!

  9. says

    Thanks Kim for introducing me to this FABULOUS blog. I can’t believe I was missing out for so long. I absolutely love this series. Keep it up girl!

  10. says

    It is always so much fun coming here KIm, brightens the day. I love your posts they make me laugh and the cupcakes ain’t bad either. They look delicious. I’ve never been to Movitas blog, heading over there now. Thanks for leading me to another fun blogger. Hope your day is going.

    • Kim Bee says

      Yeppers, he is just finishing year 6 of Uni. Then off for a bunch more soon. Mini-me is also in Uni, just finishing her first year. Thanks. So proud of him.

      Thanks. Frosting is my nemesis so this was tough.

  11. says

    Hey Kim, congrats to B-dude and all of you guys! I think BDTK is my favorite thing that you do! I get all excited when I see the title because I know it’s going to be good! Loved Movita and I’m thrilled to be a new follower of hers so thanks for sharing her with us! You know me and my love of humor – she cracked me up almost as much as you do! Mini Movita cartoon has me jealous – note to self, must make a mini Mellissa blog icon someday. One that can rock a bikini as well as hers! A girl can dream! XO

  12. says

    Congrats! :) i know the turmoils of defenses, so a heartfelt thumbs up to your son.

    And these cupcakes look fantastic! I’ll have to visit Movita.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks Kiri. I am quite certain yours was way more technically challenging given what you do for a living. I am super proud though. It has been 6 years in the making so it’s nice to see it reach this point.

      Thanks. Movita rocks. You must get to know her.

  13. says

    Congratulations to your son! I remember defending my thesis all too well-a totally terrifying experience. These cupcakes are gorgeous, and I’m swooning over that icing.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thank you so much. He was a wreck beforehand but he did great. I fell in love with these when I first saw them and knew one day I had to make them. Best icing recipe I’ve ever tried.

  14. says

    Wonderful! I adore Movita’s blog and her photography is a constant source of inspiration for my own. It’s great to know a little more about her and this is a really commendable initiative.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thank you so much Nick. I really enjoy doing this series. It is so much fun to poke around in other people’s brains a bit. Movita’s was a trooper.

  15. says

    Learn more about Movita AND find a new awesome blog? Don’t mind if I do. Those cupcakes speak to my inner goth. And my outer goth. In fact I have some suitably gothic, wrought iron effect cupcake wrappers around here somewhere, this is a recipe worthy of their spooky mystery…

    • Kim Bee says

      Aw shucks, thank you. I say feed your inner and outer goth immediately. Black cupcakes are the way to achieve true gothiness (that just sounds odd but I’m going with it)!

  16. says

    You must be one proud Mama. Well done for encouraging his thirst for knowledge.

    Now about Movita Beaucoup. How have I missed this wonderful blog? Thanks so much for the introduction. It was a fantastic interview. You are both incredibly talented.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks. I am determined both my hooligans get a higher education. It’s just worth it to keep going. Although B-Dude seems to making a career out of going to school. Lol. But it’s all good, one day he’ll teach the classes instead of being in them.

      I have no idea. But you must follow her immediately. She rocks. And in a bikini to boot.

  17. says

    i’d burn down the kitchen with movita any day of the week; love her. great interview, kim!
    also, i’m SO excited you persuaded movita to hand over the photo of herself in a bikini. that is a lovely body…i’m jealous. :)

  18. says

    First, let me start off by saying CONGRATULATIONS to your son!! What an accomplishment. Secondly, holy cow you’re making me laugh. I’m new to your blog but I love the way you write and your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I want to pluck your cupcakes right off my screen and take a bite. Thirdly, I’m headed over to check out Movita right this very moment cause I’m clearly missing out. Thanks for having such a wonderful blog and introducing me to Movita.

    • Kim Bee says

      Aw thanks Kate. I am so touched and honoured you like it here. You will love Movita, she is a delight. And mildly demented like me.

  19. says

    I love that kitchen, and that cubbie! What a fun post:-) And those cupcakes would disappear quickly at my house too:-) Take care, Terra

  20. says

    Oh my foodness! I’ve just stopped by to read these comments, and I’m blushing in my bikini! I’m so honoured to have been featured on this here blog, and completely floored by all of the kind comments. Kim, you’re the bomb. I loves yah like I love icing.


  21. says

    Looks so good!! Glad to be introduced to Movita. Love your rendition Kim. And what a clean kitchen Movita has amid the cooking chaos! Wish mine looked clean like that 😉 And a BIG congrats to your son!! What an awesome accomplishment!

  22. Dana S says

    Hi there! i was just wondering if i could use a cakebox recipe instead of making them from scratch? also i dont have vanilla salt or a gel food coloring so is there a substitute? PLEASSEE answer this as soon asyou see this because i was hoping to make it for april fools this year and i always leave things for the last minute. thank you :))

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Hey Dana. You can use a boxed cake if you like. Just use plain salt in place of the vanilla salt. The food colouring is not something you’ll be able to mimic. You’ll need to buy black food colouring if you want black icing. The gel is better than the liquid because it gives a truer, deeper colour but if you can only find the liquid type in black then you can use it. It would likely help to start with chocolate icing because you’ll get a darker colour. If you add black colouring to white icing it’s going to go grey. Hope that helps. xx


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