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Strawberry Cream Confetti Cups!

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Nothing says “Happy New Year” like confetti!!!  These cakes, baked in cups, have confetti in every fun bite!

Confession: I am a confetti addict. I LOVE it. I don’t mind vacuuming it up for months after New Year’s Eve- at all! A few years ago we piled as much confetti as we could on my ceiling fan blades and at midnight we turned on the fan. Ah— SO much fun!!!!  You should totally try it. As a side note… on Cinco de May0 we also piled little candies on the fan and turned it on. We called it a “FAÑATA” ! 🙂 It hurt a little…but the memories!!!

Someday I want to be in Times Square on NYE…mainly for the confetti, but this year I will celebrate at my dad’s, and I have serious doubts about the level of confetti at our party…but he reads my blog, so maybe he will be inspired by my ideas! (*hint *hint dad…!)

Whether your party includes real confetti or not, these cups of cake will add some edible confetti to the celebration! Plus the strawberry and cream flavors… oh my.

Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 12-16 cups of cake, or 24 cupcakes)

  • One boxed strawberry cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • 2 cups (seriously- or more…) confetti sprinkles
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of clear vanilla
  • A little white food coloring to brighten up the frosting (if desired!)
  • 12-16 (8 oz.) party cups. I got mine at Target in the dollar section, but there are all sorts on Amazon- like these. (or make these as cupcakes with polka dot cupcake liners!!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees and place cups on cookie sheets (preferably the sort with edges, to prevent sliding!)
  • Make cake according to package.
  • Mix in a cup of confetti sprinkles, and spoon batter into cups, filling them about 1/2 full.
  • Bake according to package directions for cupcakes- but add a little extra time since they are bigger, and test with a toothpick. When it comes out clean, they are done!

*Note: I was a little uncomfortable baking in these paper cups- so I kept a constant eye on them. I’m not sure if they can burn- I suppose it depends on the cup- and I read about people who made cupcakes in Starbucks coffee cups and just did it with no problems. Please be careful though- and use your good judgement about baking in paper cups. If you have any hesitation, use cute cupcake liners instead! 😉

  • Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely.
  • Make frosting by combining butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat on high until very light and fluffy (about 4-5 minutes). Add white coloring if desired.
  • Scoop frosting on top of each little cake and then press the frosting into a bowl filled with confetti sprinkles to coat the top completely.

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My thoughts: These are a delicious and pretty way to say “Happy New Year!!!” I hope you love them as much as I do!!!

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Other fun New Year’s treats to make for your party! (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Confetti cookies!Ball Drop CupcakesPink Champagne Cupcakes1Raspberry Confetti Kisses

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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Peanut Butter Cupcakes!!!!!!Moist cupcakes filled with a creamy peanut butter cup and topped with peanut butter cream icing and a mini peanut butter cookie.  This is a peanut butter lover’s dream come true!

I was determined to get mini peanut butter cups into the center of these cupcakes.  I did some of them plain, and tossed some in flour 1st and all of them sank to the bottom.  Sad me.  I think the only alternative is to either eat them on the bottom (still yummy!!) or invest in one of those fun little pans that hold candy in the middle.  Have you seen them?  Click here if you want to check them out.  Now that I’m in the middle of the Navajo Nation, I seriously doubt I will be coming across one- lol!  Maybe I will order one once I have an address to send it to!!

Peanut Butter Cupcakes!!!!

These happy little cupcakes use melted frosting on the tops—I’m addicted to melting frosting now!!!  Make me stop!!!

Here’s the recipe (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed yellow cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to directions)
  • 24 Mini Reese peanut butter cups
  • 1 tub of chocolate frosting
  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 24 mini Nutter Butter cookies for decoration

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Make cake mix according to box directions and divide equally into 24 cupcake liners placed in tins.
  • Place a mini peanut butter cup on the top of each cup full of batter

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  • Bake according to box directions, remove from oven and cool completely.
  • Spoon tub of chocolate frosting into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds.  Stir until well mixed.
  • Dip the top of each cupcake in the chocolate frosting and allow them to cool, and to harden a little.

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  • Place remaining melted frosting in a small zip top bag and zip it closed.
  • To make peanut butter frosting, place butter, vanilla, and peanut butter into a large bowl and mix on high until smooth (about a minute)
  • Add powdered sugar and beat on low until combined and then on high until light and fluffy.
  • Place frosting in a zip-top bag fitted with a decorating tip and pipe on top of each cooled cupcake.
  • Clip a corner off of the bag filled with the melted chocolate frosting and drizzle over the top of each cupcake.
  • Top with a mini Nutter Butter cookie.

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My thoughts:  YUM!  These are perfect if you love peanut butter.  I love the fudgy layer of melted frosting on the top– when I shared these with friends they all loved that part.  You could dip cupcakes into all sorts of melted frostings– so many flavor possibilities!!!! FUN!!!!   I hope you really enjoy these!!! ~r

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes6-13-14: Did you know, that this yummy recipe is available on adorable blank note cards?  With a picture of the cupcakes on the front, the recipe on the back, and plenty of room inside for a message, these make the PERFECT gift.  Why send just a card, when you can send the gift of a recipe instead??  Click here for more information and to order.

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I usually give you other similar fun recipe to try on easybaked at this point, but my internet is so slow that I’m skipping it this week!!  🙂 The photo gallery is always a fun spot to shop for recipe ideas… since your internet is likely faster than mine this week, I will let you hunt for treasures on your own!!!  Have a good one!!!!! ~r

Caramel Apple Cupcakes (with Halloween MISfortune cookies!)

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Caramel cupcakes dipped in gooey caramel cream and topped with tangy green apple frosting~ yum!  Add a caramel MISfortune cookie on top to celebrate Halloween with some laughs.

INGREDIENTS:

  • One box of Duncan Hines Caramel cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box)
  • One bag (14 oz) Kraft Caramels
  • 1/2c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4c. butter or margarine
  • 1 stick (4oz) salted butter
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 t. clear vanilla flavoring
  • 1 packet of Crystal Light drink mix- Appletini flavor

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Make cake mix according to box and divide into 24 cupcake liners in a cupcake tin.
  • Bake according to box. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  • In a small saucepan, combine 16 unwrapped Caramels, 1/2c. sweetened condensed milk and 1/4 c. butter.
  • Melt (stirring constantly) until creamy and smooth.
  • Pour warm caramel into a small bowl.  Dip tops of cooled cupcakes into caramel to coat the top.  Stir caramel occasionally to keep it smooth.  (I had to spoon the remaining caramel onto the last few cucpcakes instead of dipping them)

  • Allow caramel to cool completely.
  • Make frosting by adding butters, powdered sugar, vanilla and Crystal Light drink mix together in a mixing bowl.  Beat together on low until combined and then beat on high until light and fluffy.  **note: the apple flavor in the drink mix is strong and tart– I LOVED it, but you might want to add it a little at a time and taste as you go to decide how strong a flavor you want.**
  • Pipe frosting over the caramel on each cupcake and enjoy!!!

To add fun little misfortune cookies on the top for Halloween party: 

  • Unwrap the rest of your Kraft Caramels and place about 15 in a large ziplock bag.  Microwave for about 15 seconds to soften them, remove them from the bag and knead them into a ball.
  • Place the ball back in the bag and using a rolling pin, roll the caramel out flat and thin.

  • Carefully remove the flattened caramel from the bag and use a round cookie or fondant cutter to cut circles out of the caramel.

  • Slide a funny misfortune in the center and fold into a fortune cookie shape (fold lightly in half and then pull the corners back and together).

Need ideas for MISfortunes?  Print a free PDF of my favorites here

  • Place each MISfortune cookie on a cupcake and enjoy!

To give credit where it is due: this GENIUS idea of using Kraft Caramels to make fortune cookies came from a wonderful book called  What’s New, Cupcake?  I was browsing the  cookbook aisle a few weeks ago and came across this book- it is AMAZING.  If you click on the title it will take you to Amazon and you can see pictures of some of the cupcakes other people have made using this book…..amazing creativity!

My thoughts:  These are such a unique cupcake– the tart green apple frosting is the perfect balance to the sweet caramel and the misfortune cookies just make everyone laugh. The frosting is a tart and strong green apple flavor- a little like Jolly Rancher candies.  You can add less drink mix to tone it down if you’d like- just add a little at a time and taste as you go.  I loved it exactly the way it turned out!

 I want to apologize ahead of time to my international fans.  I’m pretty sure you are going to have a hard time finding caramel cake mix and almost positive you won’t be able to get your hands on the Appletini drink mix.  A homemade caramel cake would work, and any powdered drink mix with a green apple flavor..?  As I said- my apologies!!!  

I hope you really enjoy surprising people with these unique cupcakes!!  ~r

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