Sweet Little Pumpkin Cupcakes

img_7381Trick or treat? Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. If you don’t, I don’t care. I have a whole tray of mini pumpkin cupcakes waiting over there. Enough said. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 24 mini cupcakes
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 1 pouch of Better Crocker Decorating Cookie Icing, Chocolate

Instructions

  • Combine the vanilla frosting, red food coloring and yellow food coloring
  • Keep adding additional food coloring and mix it until you get your desired shade of orange
  • Frost all cupcakes with a thin layer of orange frosting
  • Take the cookie icing and draw jack o’lantern faces on the cupcakes
  • Let the icing sit for an hour and then serve

Since the cupcakes are so small it’s ok to have two or three!

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Always Room for S’more

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Having a sweet tooth makes it tough to say no to chocolate, cupcakes, candy, marshmallows, donuts, ice cream, cookies…and the list goes on. Lucky for you, it’s a known fact that if the cupcake is this tiny, calories don’t count. In fact, you might as well have s’more! Here’s a quick and easy recipe that will have you celebrating National S’mores Day in no time!

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 1 tub of chocolate frosting
  • 3 Hershey’s milk chocolate bars (you won’t really need that many, but sometimes they don’t break along the line the right way and you can always find room in your tummy for leftovers)
  • 2 graham crackers
  • 12 mini marshmallows

Directions

  • Break the Hershey’s bars into the individual rectangles as shown in the picture above (you’ll need 12)
  • Break each graham cracker into 6 pieces
  • Cover the top of the cupcake with chocolate frosting
  • Place one piece of graham cracker, one chocolate rectangle and one marshmallow on top of the cupcake

Who wants  s’more?

Sun’s Out Buns Out

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Nope, not talking about a streaking party here. Instead, we’re just going to stick to cupcakes this time around. Now that BBQ season is heating up, these hotdog cupcakes are the perfect dessert for your next event.

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 1 pound cake
  • 12 red Starbursts
  • 1 yellow icing tube
  • 1 tub of chocolate frosting
  • 1 small container of rainbow sprinkles

Directions

  • To create the buns, cut the pound cake into 1 inch slices
  • Next cut those slices in half from top to bottom and then in half again across the middle to have four equal pieces
  • Then cut a small triangle out of top part of the pound cake to make room for the hotdog (you can just cut a thin slice to put them in, but it works better if you remove some of the pound cake to make room)
  • To make the hotdog, put the Starbursts in the microwave for 7 seconds each and then roll them into a ball and then into a long hotdog
  • Place the Starburst hotdogs into all the hotdog buns
  • Use the yellow icing tube to draw a thin squiggly line for mustard on all the hotdogs
  • Ice the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting
  • Add the rainbow sprinkles on top of the chocolate frosting
  • Then put the buns with the hotdogs on top of the frosted cupcakes

We’ll be frank, your guests will love these!

Sweetest Watermelon on the Block

Watermelon Cupcake

It turns out that today is National Watermelon Day. While yes, watermelon is delicious on it’s own, it’s even better when it’s sitting on top of a cupcake. And actually, it’s even better when your watermelon is made out of pound cake, icing, candy and chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • A tub of vanilla frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • A chocolate bar
  • 12 green apple Laffy Taffys
  • 1 pound cake

Directions

  • Ice all 12 cupcakes with vanilla frosting
  • Cut the pound cake into 12 small triangles with a curved top (matching the shape shown in the picture above)
  • Add a drop of red food coloring to 1/2 cup of frosting (keep adding drops until you get desired shade of pink) and mix
  • Cover the sides and top of the pound cake triangle with pink frosting
  • Put 2 pieces of Laffy Taffy in the microwave for 5 seconds (time with vary by microwave)
  • Form the Laffy Taffy to fit on the curved top of the triangle
  • Using a knife, cut small rectangular pieces of the chocolate bar off
  • Add a few of the chocolate shavings all over the pink frosted body of the watermelon
  • Place the watermelon on top of the cupcake and serve

 

Don’t be afraid to go for seconds, it is National Watermelon Day after all!

Beary Nice Beach Day

Beach Bears

The sun is out and beach season is in full swing. Maybe you’re spending your weekends perfecting your tan while waves are crashing at your feet. Maybe you just dream of being there every time you look at the beautiful beach sunset picture on your desktop. Either way, these little beachy cupcakes are sure to leave a smile on your face.

Ingredients

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 1 Fruit by the Foot
  • 1 tub of vanilla frosting
  • Blue food coloring
  • Green food coloring
  • 24 Teddy Grahams
  • 4 graham crackers

Directions

  • Add a drop of blue food coloring to 3/4 of a cup of vanilla frosting and mix
  • Add a drop of green food coloring to 1/4 of a cup of vanilla frosting and mix
  • Ice all 12 cupcakes with blue frosting
  • Crush the graham crackers into crumbs as shown above
  • Cover half the blue iced cupcake with the graham cracker crumbs
  • Use the green frosting to paint bathing suits on the Teddy Grahams
  • Cut the Fruit by the Foot into tiny rectangles to serve as the beach towels
  • Using a small drop of icing, stick the Fruit by the Foot beach towels on the sand
  • Using a small drop of icing, stick the Teddy Grahams on the beach towels
  • Place the remaining Teddy Grahams’ legs into the blue water
  • Mix up all the cupcakes so that they have different numbers of bears swimming, tanning, etc.
  • Serve and watch the smiles come rolling in

Not only are these cupcakes beary cute, they’re also beary tasty too!

Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes

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When it comes to holidays, my childhood was filled with holiday themed desserts,
appetizers and party decorations. With July 4th right around the corner, here is
an easy and patriotic dessert for you to bring to the dinner table.

RED, WHITE AND BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES

 

Ingredients
12 Cupcakes
Container of vanilla frosting
12 blueberries
1/2 cup of coconut
Red food coloring

Directions
Ice all 12 cupcakes with vanilla frosting
In a small bowl, mix the coconut and red food coloring
Carefully line the cupcakes with rows of red coconut for the stripes (you can
also replace the coconut with red Twizzlers Pull & Peels)
Place a blueberry in the corner
Dot a few dabs of icing on the blueberry to form the stars

We guarantee there won’t be any leftovers…it just wouldn’t be patriotic!

March Comes In Like A Lion…

Lion Cupcakes

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. How come it’s almost the end of March and it still feels like the lion paPride of Lionsrt of the month outside? Actually, this picture is what it would really feel like if a pride of lions were waiting outside. However, they look a lot warmer than we do in NYC! Either way, these lion cupcakes are a perfect treat to make for a friend’s birthday during March.

Lion Cupcakes

Ingredients

Serves 12

  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup of coconut
  • yellow food coloring
  • orange food coloring
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting
  • black writing gel
  • 24 Cheerios
  • 24 mini chocolate chips

Preparation

  • Use yellow food coloring to turn the vanilla icing yellow
  • Coat the top of each cupcake with a thin layer of yellow icing
  • Mix orange food coloring with the coconut until each piece of coconut is colored orange
  • Take the orange coconut and line it along the outside of the cupcake (as shown in picture above)
  • Put two mini chocolate chips for the eyes and two Cheerios for the ears
  • Finally, draw the mouth onto the lion’s face with black writing gel

And if your friend doesn’t like them, I have a feeling this hungry lion would gladly finish them up!

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In It To Win It

Game Night Cupcakes

From time to time, my friends and I like to get together for game nights.  The nights usually start with a real game like Pictionary, Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, and end with another game called gossiping and drinking and eating. Basically, the games are just an excuse to get everyone together to hang out and catch up. And of course, the food being served has to match the theme. Here is a simple recipe to follow for one of my favorite game night inspired desserts.

Tic Tac Toe Cupcakes

Ingredients

Serves 9

  • 9 mini cupcakes
  • 36 two inch pieces of red licorice rope such as a Twizzlers Pull “n” Peel (exact length may vary depending on cupcake size)
  • 1 candy necklace
  • 9 caramels
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting

Preparation

  • Ice all 9 cupcakes with vanilla frosting
  • Lay 4 pieces of the licorice rope on top of each cupcake to form the tic tac toe grid shown above
  • Scatter the individual pieces of candy necklace across the different cupcakes to form the “o” part of the tic tac toe game
  • Next, take a caramel and melt it in the microwave for 10 seconds
  • Remove it and roll it into a thin log
  • Cut the log into 1/2 inch pieces and use two pieces to form an “x”
  • Repeat with additional caramels until you have enough “x” pieces for your cupcakes
  • Scatter the “x” pieces within the tic tac toe grids on the cupcakes and serve

You are guaranteed to win with this dessert!