Archive | September 2013

Almond Joy Cupcakes

Interesting thing about these cupcakes: I won’t eat them.  I don’t like coconut, and therefore, don’t like Almond Joy bars.  However, my coworker requested that I make an Almond Joy cake for her anniversary (pictured below).  Since it was just for her and her hubby, I had some batter left over that I decided to play with.   Plus I bought myself a cupcake corer a few weeks ago that I’ve been dying to play with.

Almond Joy Cake

I used this recipe for the cake, then just finished it a little differently for the cupcakes, using a chocolate sour cream frosting instead of the melted chocolate drizzled over the top.  Also, I switch out sour cream for the oil in the cake.  I think it makes the cake more moist and slightly healthier but doesn’t change the flavor.

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Pouring Beer Mug Cake

As I’ve mentioned several times, I make cakes for birthdays at work.  The company has grown significantly since the beginning of the year so I’ve started doing monthly birthday celebrations with generally 2 cakes (or some sort of sweet items).  Well, August is one of the few months there is only one birthday, one of our admin guys.

As usual, I asked what kind of cake he wanted and he said anything.  Asked if there were any restrictions and he said no.  As much as I love this, it almost makes it hard to have unlimited options.  I bugged him again about it and he finally told me white cake.  Okay, I can work with that.  With such a simple cake, I figured I could get a little more creative with the decorations.  I had a few other ideas, then remember seeing this on Pinterest.

I’m not the most amazing cake decorator in the world, but I do okay, so I figured I could probably handle this one.  I think it turned out pretty great:

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IRS Now Recognizing Same Sex Marriages

Okay, so yes, a very different blog post than normal but since I work in taxes, this is a pretty big deal for me and I’m sure there are plenty other people who are VERY interested in and excited about this change.  The IRS is now recognizing same sex marriages!  Next year, when Sally and Susan or John and Tim file their tax returns, they can filed as married… assuming they got married in a state recognizing actual marriage, not just a civil union.

“Under this rule, individuals of the same sex will be considered to be lawfully married under the Code as long as they were married in a state whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex, even if they are domiciled in a state that does not recognize the validity of same-sex marriages.”  AKA, if you were married in New York but moved to (or lived in) Texas, you could still file as married.

“For Federal tax purposes, the term “marriage” does not include registered domestic partnerships, civil unions, or other similar formal relationships recognized under state law that are not denominated as a marriage under that state’s law, and the terms “spouse,” “husband and wife,” “husband,” and “wife” do not include individuals who have entered into such a formal relationship.”  AKA, if you live in a state, such as CO, that only recognizes civil unions, you still must file as single.

Want to know where your state sits as far as marriage/civil unions are concerned?  Check out this handy-dandy map here.

If you’d like to read the Revenue Ruling yourself (some pretty exciting reading), you can view it here.

Make sure you check in with your state before filing your state income tax return to see how they handle same-sex marriages.