Hallmark Movie Recipe: Truly, Madly, Sweetly

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Hey all you Hallmarkies out there!  Are you ready for the first “Fall Harvest 2018” movie, Truly, Madly, Sweetly?”  I know I am.  Hello, my name is Debbie and I am a Hallmark Channel movie junkie..

Isn’t life a little crazy right now?  Wouldn’t you enjoy a relaxing escape for a couple hours every Saturday night?  Who wouldn’t, right?  A cutesy, silly, fun, harmless, family Hallmark movie is the way to go.  The extreme popularity of Hallmark movies has been written about endlessly, so there must be something to it. Viewers of all ages love Hallmark movies.  And I have a true story about that.

The following scenario took place recently on a New York City subway.  My daughter Kristina was on the subway sitting across from a big, burly guy wearing a baseball cap, shorts, and tee-shirt, and looking like a nose tackle for the Giants or Jets.  Talking completely serious to his buddy next to him with his thick Brooklyn accent, he starts explaining something to him.  “Hey, here’s the deal,” he says.  “Man, all you need is a Saturday night, a bucket of popcorn, and a Hallmark movie.  You eat your popcorn and nobody dies!”  It took everything Kristina had not to burst out laughing!

So let’s get down to business.  Since I never miss a Hallmark movie, it’s easy to notice how much food is in all of them.  They must have a great food stylist because it always looks good.  I thought I would try to figure out by either the title or the trailer what food might be included in each  movie and have a recipe and photo to share.  The first movie, Truly, Madly, Sweetly was easy because the character has a cupcake truck.  Cupcakes it is, and since it’s Fall, I offer you “Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting.”

The buttermilk and brown sugar cupcakes have aromatic spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.  The buttery frosting has more cinnamon and a little vanilla.  Perfect for snacking while watching the movie, which is about a woman who has the cupcake truck and something about a bakery she inherits.  We’ll have to watch and find out the details!


Tune in Saturday night, September 22nd for the premiere of Truly, Madly, Sweetly at 8:00 CST/9:00 EST starring Dylan Neal and Nikki DeLoach.  Check back on my blog every Friday for the latest Fall Harvest movie and a new recipe.  After Fall Harvest will be “Countdown to Christmas” movies starting late October!

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Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting
  • Spice Cake:
  • 2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cinnamon Frosting:
  • 1 box (16 ounces) powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 egg white
  • Dash of salt
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard size cupcake pans with liners to make 24 cupcakes. Set aside.
  2. For cake: Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices into a bowl; set aside. In bowl of electric mixer cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Divide batter into cupcake liners in pans. Bake for about 14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack about 5 minutes, then turn out cupcakes from pan and cool completely before frosting.
  4. For Frosting: Sift powdered sugar and cinnamon into bowl; set aside. In bowl of electric mixer, beat together melted butter and ½ cup of the sugar mixture. Beat in egg white and salt. Add remaining sugar mixture, milk, and vanilla. Beat until of spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Makes 2 dozen cupcakes.
  5. Note: This is enough frosting to spread on cupcakes, but if you like a lot of frosting and want to use a pastry bag to make large, high swirls, the frosting should be doubled.


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18 Responses to Hallmark Movie Recipe: Truly, Madly, Sweetly

  1. Ellen Kidd September 21, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

    I would love to love the cupcakes! And, yes I am a Hallmark movie junkie. Much to Alan’s demise. Love you. EJ

    • Debbie September 24, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

      I didn’t know you were a Hallmark movie junkie! Yay sis! We’ll watch together someday when Alan is sleeping. 😉

  2. Kim Marsden September 22, 2018 at 6:45 am #

    I’m Kim, and I am a Hallmark movie junkie, too!! And I love spice cake!! And your spice cupcake recipe looks divine. I am planning on visiting my daughter in college next month and taking a variety of cupcakes to her college house of 13 ladies, with multiple friends always visiting, and I will definitely add your recipe to the list. Thanks for sharing your ‘sweet’ blog!

    • Debbie September 24, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

      I hope you, and Lydia and her friends will like the cupcakes! You are such a good mom! Someday we must sit down and watch Hallmark movies together.

  3. Madonna September 22, 2018 at 8:45 am #

    I’m Madonna. Please add me to the list of Hallmark movies junkies (but you already knew that). I also confess that I have a big crush on Dylan Neal and am so unhappy that there will be no more Gourmet Detective movies. I’m looking forward to my Dylan/foodie fix tonight. Your spice cupcakes look delicious. I might have to try that recipe.

    • Debbie September 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

      Madonna, you must know that you are one of the reasons I decided to start the Hallmark movie and recipe blog! You are the first person I ever admitted to that I was a Hallmark Channel junkie! Did you see that Dylan Neal himself responded to me on Twitter?! Said he liked my idea of the blogs, and the cupcakes. 🙂

      • Madonna September 24, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

        Two of a kind! I haven’t checked Twitter for a few days. I need to see that tweet.

        In other culinary news, I’ll be in New Orleans next week (one of my cousins is getting married). You know what that means.

        • Debbie September 26, 2018 at 11:57 pm #

          Have a great time in NOLA!

  4. Dana September 22, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

    First of all, I adore the Hallmark channels…. but I’m more of a Hallmark Movies and Mysteries person. Murder She Baked series is my favorite – duh. 🙂 Secondly, those cupcakes look fabulous! You’re speaking my language with spice cupcake and cinnamon frosting, truly…. are they one of your recipes? Many hugs.

    • Debbie September 24, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

      Hi Dana- I like the Movies and Mysteries too, including the Murder She Baked series. I am going to miss the Gourmet Detective. Did you like that series? The recipe is one I received from a neighbor many years ago. It’s one of my husband’s favorites.

  5. Cynthia September 29, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    Would you happen to have the recipe for the Chocolate Manchester Cookies the characters made for the school bake sale? Looked like a pinwheel type cookie

    • Debbie September 30, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

      Hi Cynthia- I love how you noticed the food so closely on the show! I do the same thing. Hallmark has great chefs and food stylists on their staff. I remember those pinwheel cookies but I’ll go back to the movie and take a closer look at them. At first they reminded me of the pinwheel-type Scandinavian cookies shaped more like stars and not a sliced pinwheel, but they usually have a jam or prune filling. I’ll get back to you if I find something similar. I wonder if Hallmark keeps tab of all their recipes?

      • Madonna September 30, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

        Hallmark should publish cookbook of recipes from their movies.

        • Debbie September 30, 2018 at 9:37 pm #

          I wonder if they have and we haven’t discovered it yet. If they haven’t, they should! I know there was a Cedar Cove cookbook because I wrote about it when that series was airing, but it was a series and not a movie. Maybe someone reading this will know.

      • Irene October 8, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

        Hi Debbie
        Thanks so much for the cupcake recipe.
        I’m just watching the movie now & also wondered about the chocolate Manchester cookies —— I’ve never heard of them before and have yet to find them anywhere online.
        Did you ever happen to find out what they are and their recipe?
        They do look like VERY large pinwheel cookies.
        Now I’m intrigued to find out the recipe.
        Thanks so much Debbie!

        • Debbie October 9, 2018 at 12:18 am #

          Hi Irene- I’m still looking for the Manchester cookie recipe. Someone else also requested it here. I’d love to have it too, so the search will continue!

          • Karen Gumbs October 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

            I too would love the Manchester cookie recipe. My son wants me to made them for his school bake sale.

          • Debbie October 10, 2018 at 12:24 am #

            Karen, you are now the third person who is seeking this recipe! I will let all three of you know if I find it. Still looking!

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