Cupcakes for Lola

I have been away from my blog and twitter for what seems like forever, but in reality, it’s only been a little over a week. A rough week, a sad week…keeping a long story short, our two and a half year old Maltese pup, Lola passed away unexpectedly last Monday.

Lola was a happy, loving, loyal pet and the best buddy to our male Morkie, Henry. We are all having a difficult time dealing with our loss and miss Lola dearly. It is truly amazing to me the bond that us humans can have with our four-legged babies, but it’s a bond I will never be without. In my opinion, pets can be one of the most pure forms of unconditional love you can ever experience and we were blessed to have Lola in our lives.

Needless to say, I wasn’t really into baking or cooking the last week, but I did manage to make some cupcakes. After they baked, I was contemplating how to frost them and decided to make them white and fluffy looking…just like Lola. This may seem a tad bit odd, but at the time, it offered me a bit of comfort, so I went with it! I topped them with traditional cream cheese frosting then tossed on some shredded coconut. These last minute Lola inspired cupcakes, turned out to be quite a tasty combination. Thanks so much for stopping by, have a fabulous day and if ya have a pet, be sure to give them some extra lovin today!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 24 Cupcakes


For the Cupcakes

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1-2/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/3 cups water

For the Frosting

2 (8) ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


For the Cupcakes

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

2. Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl; beat on high speed of mixer 3 minutes. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating until blended. Add candy, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
(If making cupcakes, divide the batter into cupcake pans lined with paper liners and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Batter will yield approximately 24 cupcakes.)

For the Frosting

Using a mixer, blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Spread cream between layers and on top of cake. Top with shredded coconut if desired.


The dark brown cupcake liners are from

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81 Responses to “Cupcakes for Lola”

  1. cindy lothridge — March 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I have been reading your blog this morning with tears in my eyes. You to have found such a great support system with these wonderful bloggers. Thank you for loving little Lola!


  2. Tarrah Dame — March 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm
  3. Sam Kathryn — March 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I can’t imagine such a sudden loss. I’m sorry for what happened. Two and a half years just isn’t enough time…..


  4. CookiePie — March 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Lola – losing a pet is just terrible. My condolences.


  5. designjr — March 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    really sorry to hear about Lola


  6. Kerstin — March 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your cute little doggie. I know I would just be a mess if our pet died – *hugs*


  7. linda — March 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    so sorry for your loss…it is a very difficult time…our dear, beloved shetland sheepdog passed away unexpectedly & the loss was unbearable…
    cherish the wonderful memories of your sweet lola…


  8. Niki — March 13, 2010 at 1:08 am

    For only two and a half years? Isn’t that too short for some puppy lovin? >: I understand the loss.. My two siamese cats were gone, both catnapped. It was worse than them passing away.. T_T


  9. S — March 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss! You cupcakes look lovely, as does that photo of your Lola. :)


  10. Zaina — March 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm


    I read your blog every week, but have never posted a comment until now. I’d been wondering where you’ve been, and now I can see you’ve been through what I can only imagine as true heartbreak. I have two little loves myself, and I can’t imagine ever being without them. Lola – all white and fluffy- looks like she belongs up in the clouds where I’m sure she’s looking down on you and sending you big sloppy licks and lots and lots of love.

    Miles and miles away, I’m thinking about you and hope you get through this. One thing’s for sure – I’ll be trying out your cupcakes very soon:)


  11. CaSaundra — March 15, 2010 at 7:08 am

    So sorry to hear! Losing a pet is never an easy thing–but keep eating good treats like that and it might make it a bit easier!


  12. Amy Smith — March 16, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Hello, I just read about your Lola pup and wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and your family. I have been following your blog, as have several of my coworkers at Sur La Table in Arizona and we all enjoy your writing and photography. I have a 12 year old Maltese named Jonah. The bond we have with our ‘dog children’ is nothing short of our human bonds and is the loss is just as difficult. Thank you for your blog, and my heart goes out to you.
    I also have a 3 year old havanese named Bridget, also a terrific breed, very loving and active.


  13. Sunny — March 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I’m very sorry for your puppy, Lola.
    I would be really bummed if my puppy died..T.T
    ANyways, I made your cupcakes, they came you AMAZING!
    REallly good, simmple and EASY!
    Thank you!


  14. Tracey — March 16, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your pup. Lola was adorable and I’m sure she had a great life with such a sweet owner :)


  15. ellie — March 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I’m very sorry to hear about your loss…i have a pup named Lola, too, which we got a little while after our last dog passed away. they are truly amazing animals with unconditional love.


  16. Lori Ann — June 28, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    My daughter’s name is Lola :)


  17. Jes — August 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I’m pretty new reading your blog and this is my first comment. I just wanted to say I’m very sorry for your loss. I have a 8 mos. old Scottish terrier and he’s like another son to me (I have a 3 yr old boy. It’s just the 3 of us). Hugs from Argentina.


  18. Amy Nadeau — February 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for your post and I am sorry to hear of your loss. I had a puppy named Lola and she passed away unexpectedly as well.
    We had her for a short two weeks and she made such a huge impact on our lives.


  19. Mihaela — April 3, 2011 at 1:26 am

    So sorry for your loss, Lola was such a cute puppy! And the cupcakes are such a great idea to remember her :) For sure I’ll give a little extra love today to my kittie!


  20. Taylor Sanders — August 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Your story really hit me hard… i have a white fluffy dog named lola and i cannot wait to try out you recipe! Im sorry for you loss i can only imagine how hard it has to be. i send love to you and your family!


    • Jamie — August 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Taylor.


  21. ikoku — October 8, 2011 at 2:29 am

    just google chocolate cupcake with cream cheese…and bumped to yours…your cupcakes look so lovely and classy…so sorry for your lost.. I cried when I read your story..coz last 2 weeks I lost my handsome kitten…so so saaaaad :(((( ….and only now want to start baking again its my hobby…thx 4 recipe


  22. Sarah — December 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    This looks delicious! I would love if you shared this in my holiday dessert recipes Blog Hop. We’re giving away a prize from Wilton to the blogger with the most “likes”, come check it out! :)

    Sarah @ RecipeLion


  23. Baking Momma — March 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, I know how that feels, I just lost my cat, Bubba, on February 29! It was such a sad day, I wish that I could honor him with a cupcake or cookie or something sweet, because he was sweet cat, (Even if he was on the chubby side!!)


  24. Maya — January 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    These were Wonderful!! I love the inspiration behind them too!!


  25. Elaine Cobb — January 23, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I want to offer my sincere condolences for your loss of little Lola. As a Maltese Mommy myself I am filled with sympathy for you. Lola was beautiful and looks so sweet.
    I enjoy all of your recipes immensely.


  26. M — January 30, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Oh Sweet Lola! She had a great mom in you. She was beautiful.



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