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  1. I love your story, I know exactly what you mean. And I´ve fallen in love with the boy in the book from your description, I think I need it for my kids ( and myself). Your sweet escape cupcakes seem just the right answer ! They look and sound heavenly, Amanda!

  2. I loved this post. I’m drawn to your reflective style of writing, I think. Honesty is nice to read. I’ve always been comfortable with my own company, and it actually saddens me a little bit that I don’t see more people dining out or in the cinema alone, etc etc. While I like my own company, I haven’t yet managed to conjure up quell that somewhat less-than-positive inner sphere. But I still manage to wring enough amusement out of the world… Just! Ha. These cakes look great. I’m not usually a fan of cupcakes, too sweet for me, but that cannoli cream sounds perfect. What a great idea!

    • Thanks so much, Karinna. Your comments are so thoughtful. I think the positive inner monologue is like learning a language. You have to keep using it and sometimes you forget. I’m glad you like spending time alone too. I don’t love sweets either but this is just the perfect balance. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Cannolis are my all time favorite dessert and I really, really like cupcakes too…guess I would be head over heels for these. 🙂 They look delectable!

    Lovely narrative as well… learning “alone” doesn’t necessarily mean “lonely” was one of the greatest gifts I ever gave myself!

  4. ‘a return to that world of self with no one to accommodate’…What a beautiful way to describe the unsettling, yet exhilarating, experience of leaving, temporarily, the sanctuary of your relationship, city, life…I understand.
    Your pictures of Mexico are so evocative of this sentiment.

  5. What lovely cupcakes! And, you know, I like traveling alone. I wouldn’t want to do it all the time, but it can be really nice. I am appalled at how often I hear people say that when they do business travel they just eat in their hotel rooms. What are they, insane?

    • So funny! I totally agree. I really hate hotel room eating. It’s sad. Mexico City has some the best restaurants I’ve ever eaten at, especially in condesa, Roma and Polanco. Not to mention downtown and street food. No way re hotel room!

  6. Well you know me, no lover of cakes, but your cup cakes did remind me of a friend’s birthday cake in Barcelona two years ago which was delicious, all down to cannoli cream!
    I had to watch the Red Balloon all the way through – I know Paris really well, but it’s so nice to see it in the 50s with almost no cars.
    I hope you are having the very best time in Mexico 😉

    • Thanks, MD. I did think of you as i started making these. It actually occurred to me that MD is going to hate this. They really are wonderful. I’m doing well here and only have a few days left is this trip. Lots of good work and eating. I went to the market today and you would have loved it. The pics are mostly unpostable, but if you click on some of the instagram pics you’ll see pics from the market today. Carcasses and all.

  7. Amanda , what a lovely post, besides the sweetness of Cannoli’s I so much enjoyed the “Red Balloon” , it was my first movie as a child and I ever loved it, such a artistic movie back than and still today. Thank you , you brought some childhood memories back for me.

    • Thanks so much for reading and for your beautiful comment. It was such a beautiful movie and the pastry part is what i think of when i need a pick me up. So glad you liked it too. Such a classic. It’s always great to hear from you, Cornelia.

  8. I have to ask Her Majesty about this book! She devours books so she might have read it in school. She would love to eat your beautiful and creamy cupcakes! She adores cannoli cream! I have a very old family cannoli recipe that I haven’t tried yet. The challenge will be to find some sheep’s ricotta in my neck of the woods!

    • Oh francesca that sounds so good! You must make those and send! The book is an adaptation of the movie and it’s so cute. These cupcakes and the book are really grownup treats disguised well so that kids like them too 😉

  9. I see more Kahlo 🙂 Great pictures, Amanda–so vibrant.You’ll treasure these travels forever. And the cupcakes? Oh my goodness. Divine. Love that you have “cupcake moments.” It’s all about getting pleasure out of the smallest things.

    • I so agree about the small moments and that’s so much a part of your blog too. A drink here or a recipe there. It all helps to make things better and more fun.

  10. Stunning post – your words resonate and I rememebr The Red Balloon. I think there was a film too, made in Black and White with just the pop of colour of The Red Balloon. Beautiful recipe and now I need to go and make cannoli cream!

    • Thanks so much, Chica. The book was adapted from the movie. I kind of want to make these cupcakes again right now. I hope you’re doing well.

  11. Such beautiful art and inspiration and those cupcakes look amazing! I have company over all the time but I agree that some time to balance yourself is always a good thing. Haha #Tranquilizate!

  12. Oh my goodness Amanda, sounds like you have a huge life changing experience happening right now. Mexico?! You have to be completely loving life! I’ve been out of touch far too long and look forward to reading more about your discoveries and experiences. Gorgeous photographs and delicious cupcakes! I love The Red Balloon too!

    • Thanks, seana!!! It’s always nice to see you and life pulls you in a million unexpected directions so no worries. It’s been an interesting project for work and definitely alters your perspective. … but not in a bad way. By changing your reality it makes your priorities more clear.

  13. Did I know and then forget that you’re also a lawyer here in NY or did I seriously never know this until now? Shameful, but I’m so happy that we’re kindred spirits! These cannoli cupcakes sound out of this world good, and I love your reflective prose so much. Working in Mexico City sounds like an adventure and a half for all sorts of reasons and you’ve captured so much of what it feels like to be in a new place on your own. Loved reading this so much 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you, Cynthia! I don’t think i ever really said it. I was afraid to talk about one world (work) in the other (blog) and vice versa but honestly you deal with the work life balance so well and upfront(ly) on your blog (is that a real adverb?) that you inspired me to be more candid about it. It’s part of who we are so own it. It is amazing to find a kindred spirit in Internet land! You are totally an inspiration. As for travel, it’s been very cool and shines a new lens on things. Happy hump day!

  14. I came here earlier, read the story and the recipe. I was so overwhelmed that I could not write any comment. I was reminded of a friend from my University days who used to talk like this with a lot of content. I am back again and I love these cupcakes! Enjoyed your thoughts and those lovely pictures!

    • Thank you so much. I’m glad you cane back, though you didn’t have to. That happens to me sometimes. I do know that just because i don’t comment doesn’t mean I’m not reading 😉 xo

  15. Amazing photos, Amanda!
    I’ve heard of the red balloon book but don’t think I’ve ever read it. I shall have to seek it out as it sounds very lovely 🙂 I have a little niece who would no doubt enjoy it too.
    These cupcakes look delicious. Cannoli cream is a new one for me but I love the idea as a change from over-rich buttercream or drippy glacé icing.
    Have a happy time on your travels!

    • Thank you, trixpin! It’s always so nice to hear from you. I’m really surprised that cannoli cream isn’t as present around the world as it is here in ny. I can’t get enough.

  16. Beautiful story and lovely photos. I love the tree with purple flowers and the gorgeous white Calla lilies. Seeing photos of people selling food on a boat makes me think of Thailand. And your cupcakes are absolutely luscious! Thanks for sharing, Amanda. Have a lovely Easter!

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