Life (well, waist) altering….

“I want to do yoga, it makes you thin,” were the words spoken to me by my friend C.
She brought up a good point, you never see any fat people in yoga class (well, except when I go). But just like, which came first the chicken or the egg, I think the question that begs to be asked is what comes first, yoga getting you thin or being thin to do yoga?
I think the latter. As someone who has dragged her chunky butt (actually, my butt is pretty nice, it’s more like my chunky tummy) to yoga several, several times, I think that those of use with more cushion of the pushing just aren’t made for yoga.
When we are bending down and folding our bodies up like a suitcase, my body says, nope, not going to happen. It sticks my stomach in the way. I don’t fold, I squish. And well, squishing doesn’t feel all that good. I definitely miss out on the mind body connection yoga is suppose to bring. Mostly because I feel squashed all class and second because they have mirrors everywhere reminding me of what it looks like to be chunky in yoga class.
Why keep going back you ask? The hype. I have so many friends who love yoga. Who tell me to stick with it, it can change your life. Personally, if something is going to change my life, I’d really like it to be winning the lottery instead. ;) But still I go and still each time I think, why am I here.
I will really be saying that next week, when my gym starts up Bikram yoga, or hot yoga. In case you don’t know what it is, it’s yoga for 90 minutes. Except in a room that is 105F and 40% humidity (sometimes more). I’ve done it twice. It sucked twice. And yet, I know somehow I will go. I just know one day the life altering something will happen. ;)
Until that life altering something happens, I will simply just alter my waistline with cupcakes. One of my favorite desserts is Tiramisu. I had leftover ladyfingers from my Key Lime-Raspberry Tiramisu and decided to use them up. I didn’t have enough to really do anything with them, so they became garnish. I think the Espresso-Chocolate Mousse in the middle really makes these over the top yum.




  1. Gah! Why is it whenever you post something I have this urge to lick the screen?! The cupcakes look fantastic! I have no shame in admitting I’d rather indulge in your cupcakes than sit in a yoga class. Life is too short – lol!

  2. Oh my godness! That is the king of all cupcakes! Lovely!


  3. Yummy on the recipe and totally agree on the Yoga…it’s not for me or my stomach! I’m going to stick to my Sweatin’ to the Oldies…hehe:)

  4. Margaret says:

    I love yoga and I like sitting in a sauna. Doing yoga in a sauna…I don’t think so.

    Also, Espresso Chocolate Mousse and Mascarpone Frosting – sounds divine. Now I have a three-way tie for what I want my birthday “cake” to be.

  5. The cupcakes look delicious!
    And I happen to be a fat girl who loves yoga. I don’t think it changed my life, but I like the stretching. :)

  6. Yoga was tough for me I am not flexible at all and have decided to stick to spin and pilates. I applaud you for going for it!

    These cupcakes though are not going to do any of our waistlines any good!! HA HA – Really these look so DAMN incredible!

  7. Katie K says:

    I’m delurking to say that I am speechless :) Those look just so unbelievably good.

    And I’m also delurking to say that I am a squishy girl (in the tummy as well) and I’ve loved yoga and hated it. For me it was all about the teacher. And a room that wasn’t 100+ degrees–you’re a brave soul for trying Bikram!

  8. OMG!!! I made these over the weekend and they were amazing! I didn’t have lady fingers, so I put garnished with choc shavings. I thought they were going to be pretty complicated but they came together much easier than I thought (and I’m not an experienced baker). They may not have been as pretty as yours, but they looked AND tasted pretty darn good. Thanks so much.

  9. I love your blog! You are so personable when you write and just suck the reader in! I have envied people who can do the yoga stances and I am not one of those people either. I think each person has to find what fits for that individual. I am forcing myself to treadmill, and I have to say I really dislike treadmilling!

    Your tiramisu cupcake looks simply delicious! I use Gale Gand’s recipe for a tirmisu that uses 10 double shots of espresso, my first tiramisu experience ever =), and fell in love. Your cupcakes rival Gale’s recipe.

  10. Ah, the best part of going to any exercise class – the dessert afterwards that feels slightly less naughty! These look delicious – have copied down the recipe – as does everything you post here (have been lurking for about a year. It’s time to come clean!).

  11. These cupcakes look picture perfect. You are incredibly talented.

  12. Oh this post cracked me up because I just tried yoga this week and HATED it! There’s no way it makes you thin- thin people do yoga because they don’t need to sweat! lol

    I’d much rather run a few miles so that I can enjoy cupcakes like these every day :)

  13. Yum. That looks great! You are a great writer:)

  14. You just spoke my thoughts when I am in yoga class. :)

  15. stephanie says:

    First of all, the cupcakes look fantastic and am going to trying them out when I get to work.

    Secondly, I think your friends need to better educate themselves on health. Yoga isn’t going to make you thin. What it will do is greatly improve your balance, posture, and flexibility.

    I personally don’t like going to the classes because of the mirror thing so I got myself a video and do it at home. I really hope you stick with it, you will have more positive results if you put yourself in a more comfortable environment. Good luck :)

  16. Wow! Those look so good that I’m almost tempted to run into my kitchen and bake myself a dozen or two. I am sitting here in my workout clothes ready for some strength work, so I probably should wait until tomorrow, bake them for Husband to sell at work, and sneak myself a couple.

  17. I like yoga.
    I like these cupcakes better.
    Workout (NOT yoga, more like 30 minutes of cardio + 1 cupcake (or two, but we’ll say it was one) = one HAPPY tummy :)
    Tummys rock!!!!!!

  18. Ugh, yoga :{
    Bellydancing > yoga! Fun, fit, flexible, body-friendly + COSTUMES!!!
    Just a thought ;D

  19. beautiful creation, as usual. THe result looks divine, I love all the details about it, especially the crunch of sprinkled ladyfingers on top

  20. These are quite a treat, Pea! Love the whole combo – filled cupcakes are so much fun!

    I tried yoga and pilates a couple of times, but it did not work out (I could not bend even a little for the life of me)…

  21. Oooh my I have to try this one! Absolutly mmmm

  22. oh good grief! I consider this sabotage and serious temptation!

    As far as yoga goes, I’ve tried it several times and quit several times. I feel like a wreck afterwards. If I do it on a Saturday morning I’m done for the rest of the day. I know it’s not supposed to be this way, but that’s how it works for me.

    Don’t know if you remember me – I quit blogging about 1 1/2 years ago and recently picked it up again. I’m so amazed at how all my favorites I used to visit kept it up so diligently. Not fickle wimps like me!

    Your blog looks beautiful and delectable.

  23. That cupcake (especially the cross-section) is very tempting though my waist could do without further altering! :)

    I don’t know if yoga can help you lose weight, but it can certainly improve muscle tone and flexibility. And in India, you can find plenty of plump {I like this word better ;)} people in yoga class.

    And this is the first I’ve heard of “hot” yoga, though the temperature and humidity you’ve mentioned is what the weather here is close to, in summer!

  24. I just wanted to let you know that I am making your Camping Key Lime Pie for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum. I have credited you for the recipe and photograph. I just love your blog by the way:) Thanks so much for sharing all of your terrific thoughts and recipes.

  25. Peobody, where are you?
    Come out, come out, wherever you are!

  26. Wow, these look amazing!

  27. The tiramisu cupcakes are terrific…would love to have a bite…yummie!

  28. These look incredible! You know..I have never been a fan of yoga. Perhaps it is the little extra weight that makes me avoid it.

  29. wow. these look SO good. i’m adding the recipe to my soon-to-make (me chunkier) cupcake list.

  30. This thing looks pretty awesome, nice cup cake. I read your post a couple of days ago about continuing to blog. Do it because you enjoy it forget how popular you are or how regularly you post. This is a hobby that’s meant to be fun — remember that. You get burnt out — take a break — focus on whats important, then return. Cheers.

  31. Seriously yum! I know those are way too complicated for me, so I will just have to drool from afar. As far as yoga goes, the only yoga I’ll be doing is with the wii fit lady :)

  32. Cupcakes are a much better form of meditation than yoga, I’m just sayin’…

  33. These look incredibly beautiful and delicious~

  34. Ahh I tried yoga but was far too self-conscious to get the whole clear-brain thing. Maybe I should try again too and hopefully reach the life altering stage ;) ? But hot yoga sounds so plain uncomfortable!
    As for the cupcakes: there’s absolutely nothing wrong with over the top in my mind :D

  35. Simply amazing – so glad you didn’t quit.

  36. I’m going to bake a batch of these for my personal trainer and my yoga instructor… muuahhhahhhaa!

    I’m another… generously endowed woman that occasionally dabbles in yoga. I’ve experienced the uncomfortable “squishy”… but once I find my balance I do a pretty respectable “tree” pose. And the warrior is GREAT for fatigued hip muscles.

  37. I just ran across your website, and these cupcakes look DEELISH! Definitely the next cupcake recipe I try! Thanks!

  38. Hi! I have been a long time lurker here, but coming out to say 2 things. First, omg, these were amazing. I mean, really, really good. I got about 2 dozen out of the recipe, kept 6 for my family and gave the rest away. I have gotten a ton of calls and texts today from the recipients telling me how delicious they were. I referred everyone to your site, of course. The second thing is, after reading so many food blogs for so long, I finally started my own. I used these cupcakes in my first post. I shared my own pictures, and linked your site for the recipe. Hope that’s ok!

  39. Pardon if this is a silly question, but does this recipe yield 24 cupcakes? I was just wondering because I volunteered to bake dessert for an Italian-themed dinner for about 30 college students, and I figured that this would be better than, say, a 9″ round version of tiramisu.

  40. hi… could someone pls tell me how long in advance could i make these cupcakes?

  41. I wouldn’t make them more than a day in advance.

  42. Hi! These cupcakes look delicious, but how many does the recipe make?

  43. Been awhile since I made them. I would guess 16.

  44. I made these and got 22. I tasted each of the 3 parts, (Cake, frosting and mousse) and each was amazing on their own. So I couldn’t wait for the complete cupcake to be finished. The consensus from half of the folks who had one, they were just too rich! I put about the same amount of the mousse as your photo. Next time, I will only put about half the quantity of mousse in the cupcake, as that mousse is extremely rich! And I had more than half of the mousse leftover. Thanks for the recipe.


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