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?”

So … what have you been up to?  I ♥ your comments!

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Review … some oldies, but goodies!

St. Patrick’s Day is just five days away.  We should probably figure out what we will be wearing … don’t want to get pinched (is that still a thing?)!  Maybe start practicing our Irish accent … Top of the mornin to ya!  Will you be going out to an Irish Pub for green beer … I’ve never had one!  Last but not least … what food will we be making?  How about a review of some past ideas … oldies, but goodies …

These Edible Shot Glasses received quite a bit of attention this year after they were featured on BuzzFeed

edible shot glass

 

I used ice cream cones again to create these Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes …

Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes

 

I know that Oreo Cakesters are no longer available … how about using Golden Oreos or Nilla Wafers to make these Leprechauns …

Leprechaun Cakesters

 

How about a super simple Mint & Chocolate Cookie

Mint & chip sandwich cookies

 

These Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow Cupcakes are from a few years ago … oh, how I love gold Disco Dust …

Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow cupcakes

 

Don’t forget the new things from this year …

Mini Chocolate Donuts were used to make Pots of Gold at the end of an easy Cronut Rainbow

cronut rainbow donut pot of gold

Irish Creme Parfaits can be an adult dessert or suitable for all …

Irish Creme Parfaits

These Shamrock Oreos may be these easiest and fastest thing ever …

Shamrock Oreos

 

So … what do your St. Patrick’s Day plans involve … corned beef & cabbage … green beer … green eggs & ham … or??? 

Friday is Pi Day (3-14) … I’ll be sharing a “pie” … please come back and check it out ;)

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Recap

Valentine’s Day is in just two days!  Have you finished making treats for the special people in your life?  I haven’t made anything for Friday … I’m so behind!  My hubby was home last week … we hung curtain rods, went grocery shopping … very exciting stuff ;)  Having him home is nice, but I fall behind in other things … like blogging, visiting other blogs, Facebook … trying to play catch-up now!

I thought that a recap of a few past ideas may be fun and inspiring.   These are some of my favorites …

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Nutter Butter Hearts  … Nutter Butters are suitable for all occasions!

edible cupcake box

Cupcake Box … that’s totally edible!

Very Vanilla Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Vanilla Valentine Cupcakes … I love the marbled hearts!

valentine snocaps

Hand Made Valentine Sno-caps … these were so easy to make!

Peas be my Valentine

Peas in a Nutter Butter Pod … what can I say … more Nutter Butters ;)

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M&M’s Lovebirds … I just love these guys!

We are staying home for dinner on Valentine’s Day … what are your plans?

Candy Arrow Cupcakes & A Quick Sweet Giveaway

Oh my gosh … Valentine’s Day is just 10 days away!  I’m going to make this short and sweet … sharing Valentine’s Day cupcakes and giving away some candy to one lucky person … it’s a Quick Sweet Giveaway !  You must enter quickly … winner will be selected quickly … prize will be mailed quickly ;)

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Cupid’s arrows are totally edible … made with chocolate sticks and gummy cherry hearts … can’t get much sweeter than that!

Well, I said this would be quick … better get started …

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Bake your favorite cupcakes … make your favorite frosting … make candy arrows like this …

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  1. Use a small sharp knife to make openings in two gummy candy hearts (I used cherry, but sour and cinnamon flavors are available).
  2. Insert hearts gently on each end of a chocolate Ovation stick. (Hint – Refrigerated chocolate sticks don’t break as easily)
  3. ???  I tried to create an arrow using an Ovation Break-A-Part and white candy coating.  I wasn’t happy with the results … showed it anyway because I’m including a Break-A-Part in the giveaway!

Frost your cupcakes like this …

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Now for the Quick Sweet Giveaway 

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This sweet package includes a few Valentine’s Day candies …

  • A milk chocolate and raspberry Break-A-Part … yummy!
  • Chocolate coffee sticks … for making arrows!
  • Red and white pearls … for decorating cookies, cupcakes, candies or ?
  • Valentine Sixlets … just because you need them!

Here’s the Rules …. One entry per person – open to United State residents only – entry deadline is February 5, 2014 (11:59pm, p.s.t.)- winner will be selected (using Random.org), announced and e-mailed on February 6, 2014 – winner must respond by February 7, 2014 or a new winner will be selected.

The contest is now closed.  Random.org selected comment #2 – Dee!  I have sent an email to her!  Thank you to everyone for entering :)

Here’s how to enter … Follow SweetSimpleStuff by subscribing to receive e-mails or follow by “Liking” SweetSimpleStuff’s page on Facebook.  Leave a comment on this post … what will you do with the candy if you win … make treats for the kiddos, neighbors, coworkers … or just say HI ;)  Good Luck!

Thank you to SweetWorks for the candy!

Arrow Valentine's Day Cupcake

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Bubbly Cupcakes in Silver and Gold

It’s hard for me to believe that the year 2013 is reaching its end and a new year will be beginning!   The older I get … the faster time flies ;)

Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve?   Will you be attending an adult affair or one that includes the entire family?  Will you toast with champagne?  I have a bottle of “the bubbly” that can be shared with everybody … pssst, it’s not really champagne … it’s chocolate shaped like a champagne bottle …

chocolate cocktail bubbly cupcakes

I was very excited when I opened a box of goodies from SweetWorks that included this chocolate bottle and even happier with the gold and silver candies!  I am sure that you have seen cookies and cakes decorated with silver and gold dragees … you know those little silver balls that most of us have eaten at some point in time.   Well … let me tell you that they are virtually impossible to find in California … most distributors will not ship here, due to legal action quite a few years ago!  I was very happy to have a great alternative …

Chocolate Champagne Gumballs, Sixlets & Pearls Cupcakes

 

This is what I used to make my bubbly and sparkly cupcake platter …

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Make some curly silver and gold decorations by wrapping the chenille stems around a knitting needle (pencil or whatever you have) …

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I gathered five of these curly stems, wrapped another stem around the ends and attached them to the top of the bottle with hot glue.

champagne bubble cupcakes

I frosted my cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting in a pastry bag and a #22 tip … added gumballs, Sixlets and pearls randomly … then I added the sparkle …

champagne new year's cupcakes

 

I dip a brush in the Disco Dust and tap the brush … a little goes a long way!

Happy New Year Cupcakes

 

These cupcakes are fun, sparkly, kid friendly and versatile …

 

Bubbly Cocktail Cupcakes

I wish you a happy and safe New Year!

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Thank you to SweetWorks for the box of surprises!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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

 

These cupcakes are made with Sixlets, Gumballs, or both, from Sweet Works P1030227 ed

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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