Cupcakes Always Win



My name is Anna!

As you have seen my blog is a collection of recipes that I make myself. I also take the photos myself with a DSLR Canon T1i camera, and use a 50mm lens. I didn’t take the photos in my about page, these were taken by Barbara Kowalski. Barbara is awesome and does a lot of different photography. Check out her website!).

I hope to use this blog as a way to keep in touch with people interested in my various adventures in and out of the kitchen! (But… mainly in the kitchen).

>my passion: When I enter the kitchen my brain starts to do cartwheels of joy! It is my time to really take a recipe and make it my own. Adapting a recipe and making it my own allows me to practice my personal kitchen ethics. I only use real butter and work to only use ingredients that are close to home and natural. I do as much as I can to make the recipe ‘more’ homemade.

>my experience: I went to college for a certificate in Baking, along with finishing an undergrad in Communications. This website is my playground for testing out photography, and design techniques along with styling, and creating recipes. I’m always trying something new and testing a recipe until it’s just how I like it, and I hope it’s how you like it too!

 My experience with baking also includes A LOT of running. The only way for me to have a healthy relationship with my sweet tooth is to run kilometre after kilometre after kilometre!

>travel: I love to travel! I try to incorporate foods from the different countries I have visited. From teaching English in Korea, to backpacking around Asia, I’m super grateful for all I’ve seen and hope to get outside and see some more! To see more of my out of kitchen adventures check the world travels tab at the top to find travel photos and stories.

>your turn: Take a seat (if you are not already seated), grab a beverage of choice (I do not judge) and enjoy browsing through my life made by recipes! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to let me know what you think by commenting on my blog and I will try my best to respond. Feel free to email me at or follow me on Twitter, @cupcakesalways or instagram @cupcakesalwayswin

 Wishing you the best, from my kitchen to yours,


P.S>If you are interested in using any of my photos, please ask. Thank you!

50 thoughts on “About

  1. Everything looks scrumptious. I wish I could jump through the computer screen and sample those treats!

    Remember to make “fair trade chocolate hand ground peanut butter cups”!


  2. Everything looks sweeeeeeeeeet! Suggestion: post the recipe for that peanut butter cake thing you once made. Just saying!


    • I will post the peanut butter cake sometime soon, the challenge will be to make it fair-trade. The recipe is on Smitten Kitchen if you are ever interested in making it yourself!
      Thanks for the shout-out!

  3. Dear Anna,

    You are my Kitchen Inspiration. Please keep posting fun, easy recipes for me to try.

  4. I love you, put up billions more recipes… OR just make them for when I come home 😉

    you are amazingggg!

  5. Awesome as always Anna!

  6. Anna! This blog is such a great idea and very fun to read. Reading it makes me feel like you’re right there with me, and it really does make us want to bake up a storm! I’m so glad your doing this. Can’t wait to see the next recipes! Have fun!

  7. Hi Ana,
    Your mom and dad sent me your blog. I really enjoyed reading it and look forward to trying some of your recipes. I will follow your news of Korea and wish you all the best in your time there.
    Love, Cousin Eileen in N.Y.

  8. Nice blog Anna! I’m hungry now… 😉

  9. Hello Anna, found you through Maangchi. ^^
    I like your blog about South Korea and the recipes. May I suggest something…Can you please do a dessert with coconut?

    • I can’t believe you actually have a coconut dessert! yay!! and it’s a good one too!

      • Thank you Nancy, I am glad you found my coconut fudge recipe! It is very tasty! I will try to do a coconut dessert, but to be honest I haven’t seen anything coconut while living here, so it may be a little tough! But if I find something coconut I will for sure post a recipe on my blog! Thanks again for the feedback and hope you are having a great day!!


  10. Hey, Anna. We have been enjoying following your blog abt your adventures in Korea. I (Sarah) have known several people who have taught there, but none have taken such an interesting view of the country through the food 🙂 Your picture of the puffed wheat is worthy of an art room print. Way to go, girl!

    • Dear Sarah and Wayne,

      It is so great to hear from you!! I am so happy you enjoy my blog! The food here is amazing, or at least I think so! So it is easy for me to blog about it! Thank you so much for the compliment! I hope that you are doing well! Miss you guys lots!
      Love Anna

  11. anna~i’m min~~
    it is so greate!!
    i saw u r foods~include korea foods^0^~
    so nice! im realy enjoyed read u r blog.
    especialy i like u r hoddock!!!kkkkk

  12. ANA!!

    your blog is so amazing. Your photography is beautiful, and the dishes look sooo good. I love how you have combined all of your loves and made such a creative website. I have a big smile on my face everytime I see the new pics and food.

    Miss you, big hug from Canada!


    • Bridget! So great to hear from you! I am so glad you like my blog! Wish you were still living two houses away!
      Miss you too, BIG hugs from Korea!!!!
      Anna xoxoxo

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  14. HI anna,
    Finally i’m checking your blog. haha it’s glad to see what you baked and cooked.
    this is awsome. everything looks so sweet and lovely.

  15. your blog is wonderful, so glad to have found it xxxx

    • Thanks so much! I took a look at your blog and it is super cool too!! I love the concept of travelling and cooking with such a small space. I had a really small kitchen in Korea and I really respect people that are able to cook awesome things in small kitchens!

      Hope you have a great day!

      • I love my little kitchen, due to the housesitting I do I often get much bigger kitchens where I can spread out and experiment but baking in the van is so much more fun! I’d love to visit Korea one day 🙂

  16. Recently found your blog and I think it is really lovely, I’d like to nominate you for the one lovely blog award 🙂 See what it’s all about here:

  17. Anna, I absolutely love the new layout! And those cupcakes in the header look delicious! 🙂 We should have a baking party one of these days while we’re both here in the city!

  18. Anna, I absolutely love the new layout – it’s gorgeous! And those cupcakes in the header look scrumptious. 🙂 We should have a baked goods picnic or something while the weather’s still warm!

  19. Hi. I am loving your blog so I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. See it at Regards, jen

  20. Your blog looks really great! I’m so glad I found it!

  21. I was just scrolling through your blog and found myself saying “ALL of this looks amazing!” Loving your vegan recipes, I’m sure I’ll be finding lots of inspiration here. 🙂

  22. Hi Anna, just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for a Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Participation is optional, so if you would like to know more you can check out my post here: 🙂 – Niki x

  23. You have a beautiful blog with beautiful photography, thank you for sharing with us. I’m now following so I can’t wait to see what more you have to offer!


  24. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it. I think you have great photos and I especially love the travel section. I recently started blogging myself and apart from blogging about cookies I also have a travel section (which is looking forward to be expanded). Congratulations, you just got yourself a new follower. 😉

    • This is awesome! I checked out your blog and you have some super lovely photos too 🙂 I adore travelling, I can’t wait to go on more adventures around the world, and learn about food around the world too. Keep up the awesome work, and look forward to reading more about your trips, and treats too 🙂 xoxox

  25. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog! I love all your photos (I use the T4i and a 50mm macro lens – I LOVE it) I can’t wait to see what other wonderful recipes and photos you come up with! 🙂

    • Thanks so much for the awesome comment. I am happy to here the words I write and photos I take are enjoyed. This is my little creative hub to experiment with food and photos and it’s great to see other people enjoy it too! I would love to work with a T4i, I know the T3i has the moveable viewing screen which would be handy. Keep up the awesome! :):)

  26. Hey! What do you think of ‘The Sunshine Award’? 😀 I hope you love it ‘coz you have been awarded. CONGRATULATIONS! 😉

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    xx Jhuls xx

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