Only 3 days left until Halloween!

I can’t believe that October has come … and is almost gone!  All the other holidays will be here before we know it.  Time sure does fly when you are having fun!  I certainly have had fun sharing my ideas with you … and there are more to come :)

Here is a quick summary of Halloween …

   Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

   Eyeball Marshmallow Pops

   Textured Halloween Bark

   Witch Hat Cupcakes

   The Witch is Dead … Cupcakes

   The Bride of Frankenstein Pops

   Tangerine Jack-o-lanterns

   Black bottom cupcakes with spider webs

And for fall … this is what I have made so far …

   Peanut butter & chocolate acorns

   Candy corn popcorn

 

Now I am off to the kitchen …

 

 

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Halloween Black Bottom Cupcakes

Black bottom cupcakes have been around forever.  They truly are oldies but goodies.  The best of two worlds … cake and cheesecake all rolled into one … yum!

I usually don’t make colored filling for these cupcakes … but it is Halloween after all!  And the spider webs could be used on any cupcake or by themselves.

I will give you the recipe and directions for making the spider webs.  So let’s get started …

Make the filling.  Mix the cream cheese, sugar and egg until smooth …

Stir in the chocolate chips …

Stir in the orange food coloring (I use Americolor about 3 drops) …

 

Now make the chocolate cake.  Whisk together the dry ingredients … flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda …

Add the wet ingredients … water, oil, vinegar and vanilla … stir until smooth … 

Fill lined cupcake pans (1/3 full) …

Add the filling … (you could sprinkle some chopped nuts on top at this point) and bake …

 

While the cupcakes are baking, we can make the spider webs.  You will need …

  • Melted white chocolate or candy melts (about 8 ounces for 24 webs) in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag
  • Chocolate chips (24)
  • Black edible marker
  • Wax paper
  • A toothpick

I have a tendency to lose control over the size of things … so I drew 2-1/2″ circles on a sheet of paper as a guideline for the size of my spider webs …

I placed the paper on a cookie sheet and covered it with wax paper …

On top of the wax paper, make a small puddle (about the size of your thumbnail) of melted white chocolate and work the spiral out …

Using the toothpick, drag the white chocolate from the center to the outside rim …

Add a chocolate chip (spider body) to the center of the web …

Pop the webs into the fridge for a few minutes to firm up.   Then use the marker to give the spider some legs and lay the webs on to of the cooled cupcakes …

Black Bottom Cupcakes

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (light or regular) softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chopped nuts (optional)

1.  In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, egg and 1/3 cup sugar until smooth.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and 1 cup sugar.  Stir in water, oil, vinegar and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.

3.  Fill lined cupcake pans 1/3 full with chocolate mixture.  Spoon cheese mixture on top.  Sprinkle with nuts if desired.

4.  Bake at 350°F 30-35 minutes.  Do not overbake.   Makes 24 cupcakes.

I do recommend serving these cupcake after they are completely cooled.  I like to refrigerate them … but I like cold cheesecake.

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Cupcakes with Candy Witch Hats

Soo many Halloween ideas … too little time!  That is my dilemma right now.  I do have ideas for fall also … and will post them shortly.

This little project is a quick and easy one.  Great for kids … or adults … to make.  The witch hats could be used alone … but I really like them on top of cupcakes … edible decor!

You will need …

  • Cupcakes
  • Icing colored orange
  • York Peppermint Patties
  • Hershey Kisses – Special Dark
  • Candy melts – I used orange and purple

Set up a little assembly line to make the witch hats … it takes a while just to unwrap the mint patties and kisses …

Put a dab or dollop (very technical terms) of melted candy on the mint patty.  You can use a spoon … but a squeeze bottle would be a great option for kids …

Place the Kiss on the melted candy … a little will ooze out … creating a band.  Pop them in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to firm up the melted candy …


I used my favorite cupcake decorating tip … Wilton #1M … to frost the cupcakes.  Start on the outside rim and swirl your way to the center of the cupcake …

Put a hat on the cupcake … and you are done!

Do these fall in the “good for you” category?  They have dark chocolate … antioxidants … can we rationalize it?  If not, here is my find of the day …

I wish I could take credit for this quote … but I can’t … it came straight off a Denny’s menu!

Please feel free to leave a comment …

 
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Cupcakes To Go

Today I am sharing some things that I learned while making these cupcakes that were used as wedding favors.   A few weeks ago I showed you the “Queen of Hearts” cookies that were for the bridal shower tea.  The wedding took place this past Saturday and I volunteered to make the cupcakes that the bride wanted as favors.

This past week was one of the hottest of the summer.  I was hot … and lazy … I relied on my old friend, Duncan Hines, once again.  I baked the cupcakes a few days ahead and froze them as usual.  Friday evening I made the icing … my decorator icing recipe  … you may want to check it out because I made a few slight changes.  Then I prepared the assembly line …

Since it was so hot and the wedding was outdoors … I had already planned to deliver the cupcakes in an ice chest to keep them cool until needed.

This is what I did … I baked the cupcakes in regular liners … then placed them in parchment paper cups (sometimes called tulip cups) … just to keep things neat …

I knew that if I iced the cupcake and then tried to put it in the “to go” box … I would surely have my fat fingers messing up the icing … or have smeared icing on the sides of the box.   So, I decided to put the icing on the cupcake after it was in the box …

I used Wilton tip #1M … started on the outside of the cupcake and swirled my way to the center …

And it worked!  I was so lazy, that I even bought ready-made icing flowers at the cake decorating store.  Maybe I should be embarrassed … but I’m not.

I closed up the boxes and refrigerated them overnight.  Saturday morning I tied the ribbons … put them in the ice chest … and drove them to the wedding.  Here is a pic of the first 20 …

I hope that these hints help you to make cupcakes to go!

Brownie Oreo Cupcakes

This was an experiment … I have made brownie cupcakes before and love the convenience of single servings, no cutting required … but I have never stuffed a Oreo in one.  I have seen many recipes recently with Oreos inside cupcakes, cookies and brownies, so I gave it a try.  I will do it again, but it will probably be an experiment again!

First of all, I must confess that I used a brownie mix.   You see my family prefers brownies from a mix over brownies from scratch.  So, I keep my family happy and my life simple!

I followed the directions on the box and filled cupcake papers with the brownie batter.  I got 13 cupcakes from a mix that made a 9″ x 13″ pan of brownies …

Then put the Oreos in the cupcake batter … and put them in the oven @ 350° for 25 minutes …

This is what happened … the Oreos that I laid on top of the batter, stayed … I stood 3 Oreos on end and 2 fell down …  next time I may do it differently … maybe pour a little batter in the bottom, place a Oreo on the batter and then cover the Oreo with more batter …

I made these cupcakes to take to a birthday lunch … they looked so plain … so I added a little dollop of icing …

They needed more … a few sprinkles “partied” them up … and I put them in individual cupcake boxes for everyone to take home …

These Brownie Oreo Cupcakes were very easy and tasted good.  Let me know if you try it this way or another … I always appreciate input!  Just leave a comment below ….

I listed this recipe on “it’s a blog party!”  … click on the image below to get more great recipes!

Sweet Slider Cupcakes

Sliders … teeny weenie hamburgers … on cupcakes?  My sliders aren’t hamburgers at all … but I’m sure you knew that.  They are made with Nilla Wafers, York peppermint patties and candy coating.  The cupcakes … well, it is summer … I’m lazy … I used a mix … but I did make my favorite decorator icing (recipe above – all butter version).

This is what you will need to make the sliders … Nilla Wafers, small York peppermint patties and candy coating (frosting could also be used) – red/ketchup, orange/cheese and green/lettuce … I happened to have some candy in tubes (which is very handy, but not necessary) …

This is just like building a real burger … get your buns (Nilla wafers) and hamburger (York) patties ready … put some ketchup (red candy) on the bottom bun …

  

Then put the hamburger patty on the melted candy … add some melted cheddar cheese (orange candy) on top of the patty …

  

Don’t forget the lettuce (green candy) … and the top bun … your sliders are cooked!

  

Now, for the cupcakes … bake your favorite recipe or mix … make your icing … I used a bag and a plain round tip (#12) …

This is the voice of experience … do not make your icing and put it in the fridge … then try to pipe it out of a bag while it is still cold (like I did) … or this will happen … a hard skinny line of icing comes out of the tip … it breaks … it has some pretty big air bubbles … it is pretty ugly … let your icing come up to room temperature (or at least close) …

But help is on the way … sprinkles will save the day!   Sprinkles are a wonderful invention and cover a multitude of boo boos …

Place the sliders on top of the cupcakes …

I believe that if some sprinkles are good … more must be better!

Ladybug Cupcakes …

I am sorry for not posting anything for a while.  I was out-of-town … no internet access!  Now I am home and back in the swing of things.

Several weeks ago I was asked to make some cupcakes for a gathering of family and close friends.  I chose to make a very easy flower with a little ladybug on it.  Let me tell you why ladybugs …

Our sons grew up with a neighboring family’s sons … they are extended family, not  just friends … the neighbors’ oldest son married and had two daughters.  The younger daughter was named Kaitlynn … which became Katie … which became Katie Bugs … and ladybugs are Katie Bugs.  In honor of Katie … these are really “Katie Bug Cupcakes”.  Katie has been gone a year now … but whenever we see ladybugs … we think of Katie Bugs.

There are several new things that I learned while making these cupcakes … I had bought some cupcake papers that were a very different size … a small diameter and rather tall … so I “helped” them fit my cupcake pans by flattening out the bottom … I used a glass … now bake your favorite cupcakes …

The ladybugs can be made in advance … I used Peanut Butter M&Ms because they are bigger than plain M&Ms and flatter than peanut M&Ms … using a marker for food (Americolor Gourmet  Writer) just draw ladybug markings … and let dry for a few minutes before handling them … but I decided that these little ladies needed to see … so I gave them eyes using melted white chocolate and a toothpick …

  

Now for the cupcakes … make your favorite icing … color about 1/2 cup of the icing green (for 24 cupcakes) … place a star decorating tip (I used #199) in a bag and fill it with white icing … place a leaf tip (I used #352) in a bag and fill it with the green icing … have candy flower centers ready for use …

Make a swirl flower , or I like to call these “fried egg flowers” … start at the outside edge and work your way toward the center … add a candy for the flower center … I used very large edible confetti … yellow M&Ms could be used if the Peanut Butter Addict that you are married to did not eat all of the leftover M&Ms! … OK, I admit that I helped him … I will plan better next time …

 

Add leaves by holding the tip so that it looks like a bird’s beak … squeeze the bag … then release pressure as you pull away from the cupcake …

So that is how to make a Katie Bug cupcake …

 

 

 

 

Graduation Cupcakes with Marshmallow Grad Cap Pops

It’s mid May and I just can’t believe that time is passing so quickly … it just dawned on me that school has already ended for some … and will be ending very shortly for others.  So, I hope this idea for graduation may be helpful to you. 

The graduation caps may be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for several weeks.  This is what you will need … large marshmallows, ” Stacker” marshmallows (new from Kraft – at Wall Mart), dark chocolate candy melts, 4-1/2″ lollipop sticks, Extreme AirHead Belts and mini M&M’s …

First of all, remember that marshmallows are not perfect … the new StackerMallows are rectangular (not square as I was hoping for) … round ones are sometimes are oblong … but remember – they are marshmallows … have fun with them! 

I made the caps two different ways …  For each cap you will need 1 rectangular and 1/2 of a large marshmallow.  Cut a large marshmallow in half (check out the photo) and place it on the rectangular marshmallow with a dot of melted chocolate between …

 

Dip the tip of the stick in melted chocolate … insert into the marshmallows (go thru both marshmallows) … and let it dry.  Now dip the entire marshmallow cap in melted chocolate … tap off excess chocolate …

Place the pop in holder or styrofoam and put in fridge or freezer for a few minutes to firm up.  If you get chocolate drips on the stick you can use a paring knife (smooth blade) to clean it up …

Attach a mini M&M (M down) with a dot of melted chocolate … Using a paring knife slice the AirHeads into strips … cut the lengths to about  1-1/2″ long … attach to cap with melted chocolate … you may have to hold it for a moment to prevent slipping …

 

Let’s move on to cupcakes … bake your favorite cupcakes … let them cool … make decorator icing (recipe found in the icing section above) … fill your decorator bag (I used Wilton tip #1M) with icing … working in a spiral pattern (start on the outside rim), frost cupcake … add sprinkles … insert marshmallow cap pop … 

 

 

Congratulations to all graduates!!!

COME BACK TOMORROW (May 18) FOR A NEW “HAPPY GRAD POP” !

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Giveaway ends Saturday!

Did you enter? 

Do you want a chance to win some cute cupcake liners?  I just want to remind everyone that comments must be submitted by Saturday, May 7, 2011 midnight for a chance to win the cupcake liners/papers.   To enter, simply leave a comment below telling what you would do with them if you win!  Remember to leave your email address (it won’t be published) so that I can contact the winner.

Cupcake Paper Flowers and a Giveaway

Do you remember the cupcake liners of yesterday?  I remember the choices were so limited … white, pastel and silver.  Now, there are so many to choose from … bright colors, polka dots, zebra stripes and sooo many more.  Today I decided to use them for something other than cupcakes or muffins … something crafty … paper flowers.  I had seen this idea on a website … but can’t remember where … so I “winged” it.  It was a very simple  and fast project.  I probably spent more time arranging the flowers in the vase than I did making the flowers!

I would like to share … I took all of the marshmallow critters to the Easter gathering at my neice’s house … the children smiled as they bit the heads off of those little critters!  By the way, I apoligize for my lack of posting for the last nine days.  Life has been busy around here … holidays, a few days out of town, laundry, cleaning … you know what I mean … life.

So now,  back to the fun …

These are the supplies you will need to make the flowers … cupcake liners, buttons, pipe cleaners and something to poke a hole in the cupcake papers (I used an exacto knife) …

Bend 1-1/2″ of a pipe cleaner to form a tail … then poke the pipe cleaner thru the button holes …

 

Wrap the tail around the stem to secure the button …

Cut the cupcake paper/papers … thread the stem thru the papers so that the button becomes the center of the flower …

 

I added “leaves” to some of the flowers … just bend or wrap the pipe cleaners as shown …

 

 

I am not sure what the correct botanical name is for these flowers, but they are fun!  I hope you enjoy them.  Happy Mothers’ Day!

CUPCAKE LINER GIVEAWAY !

I do have a confession … I love all cupcake liners … I see them and buy them … friends buy them for me … I buy them for friends … I confess … I hoard cupcake liners.  But, here is the good news … I am going to share my liners with one lucky winner.  To enter, tell me what you would do with the liners if you won.  Would you use them to bake cupcakes, make a crafty project, or something else?  If you don’t know what you will do them, just say “Hi”.  To enter, please leave your answer below in the comment section (don’t forget your email address).   The deadline to enter the drawing is Saturday, May 7, 2011 midnight.  The Peanut Butter Addict will draw the winner out of a hat (literally) and  I will announce the winner on Sunday, May 8.  Good luck!

Giveaway is over, sorry  :(