Marshmallow Popcorn Cupcakes

Hi everybody!  It’s been too long since we have talked … so nice to be back ;)  How have you been?  Did you have a nice summer?  I did receive some emails from readers … thank you so much … I’m fine and back!  Kids are back in school, autumn officially begins next week and summer weather continues in my neck of the woods!  Today, I’m sharing a little project that I took to a friend’s “movie night” earlier this summer.  She and her hubby hosted an outdoor movie in the cul-de-sac for neighbors and friends … Marshmallow Popcorn Cupcakes seemed very appropriate …

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I made mini-cupcakes, frosted them and added marshmallows … used yellow sugar as the “butter”!  Now that I look back on the photos … more marshmallows could have been added for a fuller appearance, but it didn’t stop them from being snatched up!

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Oh, the movie we watched was an old Lucille Ball movie … The Long, Long Trailer.  If you are a trailer owner, you’d probably appreciate the humor in it!  The hubby and I own a very short trailer and you will never find me in a dress, heels and pearls cooking dinner in the trailer ;)  However the hubby and I finally painted our trailer this summer … honestly, he painted and I applied the pin-stripping …

1966 Santa Fe Trailer

 

Not too bad for a couple of amateurs and ordinary cans of spray paint … please don’t stand too close … you’ll see a few boo-boos ;)

Back to the cupcakes … one box of cake mix yields about 36-48 mini-cupcakes.  My paper liners were on the taller side and I got 36 cupcakes.  I used the entire bag of marshmallows, but you can see in the photos that I didn’t make each marshmallow into “popcorn” … my hands got tired, that’s a lot of marshmallows!  I probably did about 2/3 to 3/4 of the 10 ounce bag and just filled in with the remaining marshmallows.

Marshmallow Popcorn Cupcakes

  • Mini-cupcakes (36-48)
  • Vanilla frosting
  • 1/2 cup yellow sugar
  • 10 ounce bag mini-marshmallows
  • scissors

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  1. Using scissors, cut an “X” in marshmallows  about half-way down.  (The scissors do get sticky and will need to be cleaned off occasionally.)
  2. Holding the uncut side of the marshmallow, dip the cut portion into the yellow sugar.
  3. Continue with remaining marshmallows.

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5.  Frost cupcakes, apply marshmallow popcorn and sprinkle remaining yellow sugar on          cupcakes if desired.

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It truly is nice to be back … the hubby even asked me if I’m ever going to blog again!  I think that’s “hubby talk” for “When are going to make some cookies or brownies?”

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Peppermint Oreo Brownie Cupcakes

A few weeks ago, I went to the mall with my niece … I call her The Cupcake Girl … she loves cupcakes!  I drug her into Williams-Sonoma … she wasn’t exactly kicking and screaming.  We waited in a short line to pay … short line, but took a long time.  It was lunch time, she was hungry and there were Peppermint Brownie samples on the counter!  The Cupcake Girl enjoyed those brownie samples and inspired me to make these …

Peppermint Brownie Oreos

I had Peppermint Oreos and Nestle Holiday Morsels just waiting to be used!  These brownies are the result of wanting peppermint, chocolate, Christmas colors and cupcakes for The Cupcake Girl.  They taste as fudgy and pepperminty as they look …

Peppermint Brownie cupcakes

This is what you will need …

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Peppermint Brownie Cupcakes

  • 24 Peppermint Oreos (or your favorite flavor)
  • 1 bag Nestle Holiday Chips (10 ounces)
  • 1 Brownie mix & the ingredients called for on the box (eggs, water, oil) (or your favorite recipe for a 9″ x 13″ pan)
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy (about 10 small candy canes, crushed)
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate
  • 24 paper cupcake paper liners
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  Place 1 cookie in the bottom of each cupcake cavity.
  2. Make brownie batter according to package directions.  Add Holiday chips to batter and stir.  Scoop batter into cupcake pans on top of cookies.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool completely.
  4. Drizzle melted chocolate on brownie cupcakes (I used a plastic squeeze bottle) and add crushed peppermint candy immediately.  Makes 24 yummy peppermint brownie cupcakes!

What are you baking this holiday season?  I look forward to hearing from you :)

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Pumpkin Mini Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Good Black Friday morning everyone!  How are you today? Have you been out Christmas shopping?  I’m thinking about going out later … not sure if I want to fight the crowds.

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I was hoping to share a recipe for a pumpkin muffins today … always a nice breakfast treat … things happened … things being frosting.  Can we have muffins with frosting?  I think my muffins morphed into cupcakes … so I’m sharing a cupcake recipe … you can call them whatever you like ;)

mini pumpkin pecan cupcakes

These came about because of another potluck contribution for Son #3 to take to work.  He left all decisions up to me and I had one of those moments where I couldn’t make a decision … I’ll make those simple pumpkin cookies with a spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin … maybe with some extra spice … how about muffins … with buttermilk and nuts … oh, those muffins look plain … I’ll add frosting … maple cream cheese frosting … yeah, that’s it … guess they’re cupcakes ;)

Pumpkin Mini Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

For the cupcakes -

  • 1 box spice cake mix (18.25 ounces)
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 ounce – not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

For the frosting -

  • 1 package of cream cheese (8 ounces), softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 4 cups confectioners/powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line mini muffin pans with 48 paper liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine cake mix and pumpkin pie spice.  Add pumpkin and buttermilk and mix well.  Stir in pecans.  Mixture will be thick.
  3. Scoop into prepared pans (I used a cookie scoop)  and bake for 14-16 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. Make frosting – Beat cream cheese and butter until combined, stir in maple flavoring.  Add powdered sugar and beat well.
  5. Place frosting in decorating bag with #19 tip and frost in a swirl.  Makes 48 mini cupcakes.

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We had too many cupcakes and shared with the neighbors …

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Sorry for the quality of the photo … but wanted to share my simple packaging!  Another use for egg cartons ;)

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Halloween Cupcakes … cute and not too scary!

Halloween … do you go for cute or scary?  I prefer cute with a little bit of creepy or scary, but not a lot, thrown in!

Bat spider bug pumpkin eye cupcakes

I was the mom that never did the “blood and guts” thing with my boys … maybe a little bit of blood for a vampire costume … that was about it.  It just wasn’t my thing … things haven’t changed.   I was much better at making cute treats for the school’s Halloween bake sale ;)

Personally, I find real spiders a little creepy, however if you make a spider out of candy and gumballs … put candy eyeballs on it … place it on a cupcake … it falls into my cute category.

Halloween Cupcakes Sixlets Gumballs

 

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Start with your favorite cupcakes (it’s chocolate for me) and frosting (cream cheese), colored yellow.  Fill a pastry bag that has been fitted with a #22 tip.  Frost your cupcakes in a swirl, starting from the outside edge working toward the center …

chocolate cupcakes

Now for the fun part … decorating …

I used black candy melts to attach parts (dark chocolate or royal icing could be used), candy eyeballs, heart sprinkles, licorice wheels (couldn’t find licorice laces), edible markers, green Laffy Taffy and black Disco Dust. Tweezers may come in handy for attaching tiny parts!  Just a reminder … give a minute or two to let the melted candy harden when attaching parts ;)

I truly enjoyed creating all of these Halloween critters and even named them …

Spider Cupcake Sixlet Gumballs

Silly Spider Cupcakes …

  • cut licorice for legs and place on cupcake
  • place a dot of melted black candy in center of legs and place a black Gumball (for spider body)
  • use melted candy to attach 2 candy eyeballs to a black Sixlet and place on cupcake for head
  • use melted candy to attach 2 red heart sprinkles on body (to form an hourglass)

Creepy Crawly Cupcake Sixlets

Creepy (not really!) Crawley Bug Cupcakes …

  • use an edible marker to draw a mouth on a Sixlet
  • use black candy to attach 2 eyeballs
  • place 5 or more Sixlets (including the head) on cupcake
  • use black candy to draw legs

Eyeball Eye of Newt Cupcakes Sixlets Gumballs

Eye of Newt aka Googley Eye Cupcakes …

  • use black candy to attach candy eyes to Sixlets and or Gumballs
  • use red edible marker to draw blood-shot lines
  • place eyeballs on cupcake

Frankenstein Cupcake Gumball

Frankenstein aka Frankie Baby Cupcakes

  • use black candy to attach candy eyeballs on a green Gumball
  • use black edible marker to draw mouth and scar
  • place gumball on cupcake and push it in a little
  • use black candy to create hair and 2 “neck bolts”

Pumpkin cupcake Sixlets Gumball

Pumpkin Patch or Jack o’ Lantern Cupcakes

  • Use little pieces of Laffy Taffy to create stems … they should be sticky enough to attach to orange Sixlets and Gumballs (if not use a dot of candy melts)
  • Use black candy melts (or edible marker) to draw a face on pumpkins

Bat Cupcake Sixlets Gumballs

Blingy Bat Cupcakes

  • Use black melts to draw “bat wings” on a sheet of wax paper or parchment and let harden.  I just drew the wings, freestyle … I winged it, hahaha ;)
  • Dip a brush in Black Disco Dust and tap it over the wings … bats need glitter!
  • Use black candy melts to attach a Sixlet (head) to a Gumball (body) … then attach eyeballs and draw ears
  • Place bat body on cupcake and push the body into the frosting a little.
  • Insert wings into the icing next to the bat body.

cute halloween cupcakes

Thank you to Sweet Works for providing the Sixlets and Gumballs … it was so much fun using them :)

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Spiced Up Spice Cake

Yesterday I shared these cupcakes …

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with a tutorial for making the candy birds.  Today I am sharing the simple recipe for the cupcakes.

It is no secret that I like to use cake mixes … sometimes I make a few changes to them … this is one of those times! By adding buttermilk, using 4 eggs and adding extra spices, the cupcakes tasted more like a cake made from scratch.

Spiced Up Spice Cupcakes

Spiced Up Spice Cupcakes

  • Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Place 24 paper liners in cupcake pans.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Mix on low-speed for 30 seconds, scrape sides of bowl and mix for an additional 3 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Pour batter into cupcake pans.  Bake for 18-25 minutes.  Cool completely.
  4. Frost cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.  Use a disposable pastry bag fitted with a 1M tip.

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Birds on a Branch

Today, I made birds sitting on a branch … for you!

Bird on a branch

These little candy birds have been in my mind ever since I made the M&M Chicks and Sugar Swings made Birds on a Wire! When I made the chicks, I couldn’t decide if the chicks should have wings … I asked for opinions … and you gave opinions!  These chubby little birdies have wings!

Chubbby M&M Birdies

Some projects are more fun than others … this was definitely a fun one!  I smiled the whole time while I was making these birds!  They remind me of tiny little toys … I want to play with them, hold them, talk to them … the hubby ate them without a second thought!

Making M&M birds is more like an arts and crafts project … it’s like a paper and paste activity using candy instead of glue and paper.  It’s pretty easy if you ask me!  My biggest problem was my own fat fingers … small kids’ hands are probably better at this ;)

This is what you will need …

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  1. Work on a tray lined with wax paper or parchment.  Melt colored candy coating.  Lay pretzel flat side down and place a small amount of melted yellow/orange candy on top of pretzel … this will be the bird’s feet.
  2. Place an M&M on top of the “feet” and hold until set.  I tried to place the M&M so that the white “M” was not showing.
  3. Use a tiny amount of melted candy to attach sunflower seeds to the sides of the M&M (hold until set) … creating wings.
  4. Use the black marker to make dot eyes and yellow/orange melted candy to make a beak.   Maybe you even want to make a couple of birds on a branch!
  5. Pick up your birds and tell them how cute they are :)

This really is easy peasy once you get going and  I find them so stinkin’ cute …

M&M Birds on a Branch

Remember to stop by tomorrow for the spice cake recipe!

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Candy Sombreros

HOLA!  Hello everyone!  How are you on this fine Friday afternoon?

I am a happy camper … it’s Friday … I’m struggling with using my new computer and I made some candy for you :)

Candy Sombreros for your fiesta

Yesterday I made this little Cinco de Mayo treats and took photos.  Last night I spent a few hours trying to navigate my way thru editing photos … no success!  This morning I spent a few more hours … success, finally ;)  Now I just need to remember what I did, for next time!  This old dog is determined to learn a new trick or two.

We don’t really celebrate Cinco de Mayo … we just use it as an excuse to have chips, salsa and guacamole … maybe a margarita and candy sombrero!

This is another easy and quick project.  You will need …

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  • Mini muffin pan/tin (any type will do)
  • Dots candy (fruit flavored gumdrops)
  • Colored candy melts (1 pound will make 24 hats)
  • Melted dark chocolate candy melts (2 ounces)
  • Sprinkles (candy confetti or sequins)

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  1. Make the hat brims – spoon melted candy in mini muffin pan (just a spoonful), chill 5-10 minutes, pop out of pan (if they don’t come out easily, chill a few more minutes).
  2. Dip the flat side of Dot candy in melted candy and lay on top of the candy/chocolate brim, allow to sit and adhere to brim.
  3. Use the melted dark chocolate to draw a border around the brim and attach sprinkles (tweezers may come in handy).

Do you want to put your sombrero on a cupcake?  How about this …

I moustache you to do the hat dance

Simply draw moustaches on wax paper or parchment …

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Start by making two dots of melted chocolate and use a toothpick to pull the chocolate to form a moustache.  Chill for a minute and remove from paper!

Candy Sombreros

My inspiration for this idea came from Lisa at Hoopla Palooza… she’s a crafty lady!

Here are a few more ideas from the past for your fiesta …

sweet nachos Nacho Cupcakes

Chicken Enchilada Cupcakes Savory Chicken Enchilada Cupcakes

Guacamole Cupcakes Guacamole Cupcakes

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