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Fall Apple Cupcakes

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Apple CupcakesCelebrate fall with these cute little apple cupcakes! Filled with a chocolate chip “seed” core, these are sure to make everyone smile!

Well. Fall is here. I just began to notice the changing leaves this week, and of course every morning it’s a little bit darker on my drive to work.

Every fall, our family makes a special trip to a local orchard to sample apples, doughnuts and cider. As the temperatures drop I find myself looking forward to pumpkins and rustling leaves and all the fun flavors that come with this new season! These little cupcakes don’t taste like apples, but they sure do look like them!  I even added a fun seeded core to these, using my trusty cake pop maker.

Apple cupcakes filled with seeds

How fun is that? Surprise chocolate chips are always a plus in my book! You can skip the “core” if you want- just make solid-colored cupcakes instead of using my added steps in the recipe. Either way, these are a lot of fun and easy to make!

Here’s the recipe: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 boxed white cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs to make according to package)
  • Food coloring gels in desired colors.
  • 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips (if making core)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened
  • 2 sticks (1 cups) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla
  • Colored sugar sprinkles (in desired colors)
  • Fondant for stems and leaves (or use pretzel sticks for the stems and spearmint gummy leaves instead!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to package
  • Remove one cup of batter and place in a separate bowl.
  • Mix in mini chocolate chips.
  • Bake in cakepop maker (or use a small mini-muffin tin), making 24 cake pops (or mini-muffins)
  • Divide remaining batter into separate bowls and color using color gels. I did green, red and yellow apples, but you can do just one of those colors if you want.
  • Place cupcake liners into tins and spoon just a small amount of batter into each liner.
  • Use a cake pop to spread batter evenly into bottom of liner and then leave the cake pop in the center.
  • Spoon remaining batter evenly over the cake pops, covering each pop completely.

Cake pop apple coresCake pop apple cores

  • Bake at 350F degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Make frosting by placing butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beating on high for 3-4 minutes until very light and fluffy.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop frosting on each cupcake, and then turn cupcake upside down into a bowl of decorating sugar, pressing until all of frosting is covered in sugar.
  • Decorate with fondant leaves and stems, or use pretzels and spearmint leaves.
  • To use fondant, you can buy it already made in white and color it with gel in green and brown, or you can make it from scratch and color it the same way. 
  • Use a leaf fondant cutter to make leaves and just roll and cut the stems.
  • If you are new to fondant, we did a tutorial on it here.  It is MUCH easier than it seems like it would be, and you can make such cute decorations with it!

Apple Cupcakes

My thoughts: These are such a happy fall treat! You can go all- out and make little chocolate chip cores, or just make plain cupcakes in various colors.  Either way, they are a yummy, easy, fall treat that look beautiful on a fall-themed table.  Hope you get a chance to try these!  Enjoy!! ~Ruthanne

Apple Cupcakes!

Other fun fall recipes here on easybaked:

Honey cut-out cookiesFall Acorn Cupcakes!German Chocolate CookiePeanut butter Acorn Cookies!

Frosty Fall Pudding Treats

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Frosty Candy Corn Dessert!
Who says you can’t do frozen treats for Halloween??  These yummy little frosty pudding cups have a Golden Oreo crust and are decorated like fun candy corn treats!

I’m back with a recipe in my Chicago Metallic Mini Cheesecake Pan.
For those of you who haven’t gotten one of these yet, they are SO much fun.  I’ve done some of my favorite desserts in this little pan.  You can do this particular dessert in cupcake liners placed in muffin tins, but they are just SO cute in the mini cheesecake pan.

Here’s how the pan works:  You get a pan that looks just like a muffin tin but each cup has a hole in the bottom.  You also get 12 little metal disks that fit perfectly in each cup, covering up that hole.  You make, bake, freeze, etc. your dessert and then just push up through that hole in the bottom and the disk pushes out with your little dessert on top.  I love fun individual desserts, so this is pretty much the perfect idea, in my opinion!

These are really easy, but they need to freeze for several hours/overnight, so make them ahead.

Frosty Fall Pudding Treat!!

Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One package of Golden Oreos
  • 1 package (4 servings, 3.3 oz.) of Jell-O Instant White Chocolate Pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups of cold milk
  • 1 (8 oz.) container of Cool-Whip topping (thawed in refrigerator)
  • Food colorings in yellow and orange
  • Fall sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

  • Crush about 2/3 package of Golden Oreos in a food processor or large food chopper.
  • Add orange food coloring until desired shade of orange is reached and mix on high until cookie bits and color are well combined.
  • Place metal disks into cheesecake pan and spoon cookie crumbs evenly into all 12 wells of mini- cheesecake pan (or cupcake liners), and press firmly into bottom (I use a Mini Tart Shaper– and I love it!)
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix cold milk with pudding for 2 minutes.
  • Add yellow food coloring to get desired shade and mix until well combined.
  • Fold in 1/2 of the Cool Whip (the rest will be used as topping- keep it refrigerated until use)
  • Spoon pudding mixture into a large zip-top bag (and zip it tight).
  • Cut a corner of the bag off and pipe pudding mixture into each cup, all the way to  the top.
  • Use a knife to smooth the tops flat and cover entire pan with plastic wrap.
  • Freeze until serving (at least a few hours)
  • Before serving, remove pan from freezer and allow it to warm up a little bit before popping desserts out.
  • Press a finger up through the hole in the bottom of the pan, pushing each dessert up- grab it by the crust and take metal disk off the bottom.
  • Serve immediately, or place in a sealed container back in the freezer until ready to serve.
  • Pipe remaining Cool Whip on top of each little dessert cup and decorate as desired.
  • Enjoy!!

Frosty Fall Pudding Treats!!!My thoughts:  There are two things that make a dessert perfect in my mind.  Taste and the amount of smiles that happen when you serve them.  These are really yummy (how can you go wrong with pudding and Oreos???) and the number of smiles….?  Well, you are just going to have to make them to see that for yourself!  Enjoy!! ~R

Other mini-cheesecake pan recipes you will love:

Mini chocolate chip cookie cheesecakesFrozen S'mores CupsMini Cookie Dough CheesecakeRaspberry Lemon Cream Cups!!!

Halloween Cookie Swirls!

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Halloween Swirl Cookies!!!
These festive, fun cookies are made with refrigerated cookie dough, and are SO easy!  A little chocolate on the bottom and you have not only cute cookies, but really yummy ones as well!!!!

I keep seeing these swirled cookies online and I decided I simply had to try them in halloween colors this year.  They were a little time consuming, simply because you need to color your cookie dough and then blend the colors together.  Not hard at all– but set aside a little prep time.

Want to see how to put these together?  Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tube refrigerated cookie dough (I used Pillsbury)
  • Gel food coloring in the colors you desire
  • 1 bag of Wiltons dark chocolate candy melts.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Divide cookie dough into 4 equal parts and color each part using food color gels. (I recommend wearing food-prep gloves to save your hands from being colored along with the dough!   Also, start with the lightest color 1st)
  • Starting with the lightest color, divide each part of dough into small balls (about the size of a small grape)
  • Take one ball of each color in your hand, and gently squeeze it into a 4-color ball.

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  • Roll each ball out into a long strip and then gently coil it together into a cookie.  Tuck end under cookie and gently place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

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  • Bake at 350F degrees for time recommended on cookie dough tube.
  • Remove from oven by sliding parchment paper off cookie sheet and on to a flat surface.
  • Cool cookies completely
  • Melt Wiltons candy melts in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring between until smooth.
  • Spoon a bit of melted chocolate on a clean piece of parchment paper- make it about the size of one cookie.
  • Gently press a cookie on top of the chocolate until you can see it around the edges.
  • Allow chocolate to cool and harden.
  • Peel away parchment paper and ENJOY your cute cookies!!!!

Halloween Swirl Cookies!!!
My thoughts:  These were a fun Halloween baking project.  I really enjoyed how each cookie looked so unique and I learned as I went how to swirl them most effectively (so that all the colors can be seen on top).  I loved using the pre-made cookie dough, that saved a lot of time!  I hope you get a chance to try these!!!  Enjoy!!  ~r


Halloween Swirl Cookies!!!!Halloween Swirl Cookie!!!!
Other fun Halloween ideas from Easybaked:

Halloween Bundt CakeGinger Maple CookiesSpider Cupcakes!Pumpkin Roll

Toxic Slime-filled Cupcakes!

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Toxic Slime-filled Cupcakes!
Fudge cupcakes filled with toxic green slime!  Yummy white chocolate pudding makes the slime and fun buttercream and bones complete this mad-scientist dessert.  Print some free radioactive cupcake toppers and you have such a fun October treat!!

These cupcakes are delicious…..  I know the green slime might throw you off, but that slime is the creamiest pudding filling….oh my.  It is like a custard filled doughnut…but better.

I’m a scientist in my day job, so when thinking creepy I tend toward the blood and guts variety more than ghosts and monsters.  I knew I wanted green slime, so I looked up recipes for ideas (realistic slime….it needed to be realistic….)  and I came across an adorable blog with the idea of using plain old pudding with green food coloring– easy! Plus I loved her frosting “blob” technique, so a few parts of this recipe are borrowed from ideas on Make Bake Celebrate.

I also created some free printable “radioactive” cupcake toppers for you.  Just click here for the link, print 2 pages on card stock, cut them out and use double-sided tape to stick them back-to-back over a toothpick.    Easy-peasy and a perfect finish on these!  Aren’t they fun?!???

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Lets make these cute little cupcakes together!  (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box)
  • One box (3.3 oz.) Jello Brand White Chocolate Pudding (instant)
  • Milk (to make pudding according to package)
  • Green food coloring gel
  • Purple food coloring gel
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Sprinkles/ decorations for tops of cupcakes  (I used Wilton Bones Sprinkles)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Make cupcakes according to box and divide evenly into 24 cupcake liners placed in cupcake tins.
  • Bake according to times given on boxed mix.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely.
  • Make pudding according to package and at the end add green food color gel (I used Leaf green by WIlton ) until it looks like radioactive slime!!!  Carefully spoon into a zip-top bag.
  • Core your cooled cupcakes- you can use a paring knife to just remove a core, but a cupcake corer is much faster and more uniform.  I use the Chicago Metallic Cupcake Plunger and it is cheap and small and perfect for the job!
  • Carefully clip a corner of your green slime (pudding) bag and fill each cupcake cavity about half full of “slime”.
  • Trim a little off the bottom of the “core” you removed and place it back on top of the filling- like a little cupcake cork!

Filling Cupcakes with Slime!Filling cupcakes with slime!

  • Make frosting by combining butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beating it on high until light and fluffy.
  • Divide frosting in half and mix green into one half and purple into the other half until fully combined.
  • Place each color of frosting in a bag that has been fitted with a Wilton 2A round decorating tip.  Pipe round dots of frosting in alternating colors all over each cupcake top.

Frosting creepy cupcakes!

  • Add sprinkles, bones, skulls, eyeballs…. any cool and creepy decorations you want!
  • Top each cupcake with a free printable topper and ENJOY!!!!

Radioactive Cupcakes filled with SLIME!
My thoughts:  I would make these again in a heartbeat.  I might make them again this weekend.  Yes, they are super fun, but the pudding is really SO good inside!  I feel like every cupcake should have pudding inside…!  I always love to watch the reactions when people bite into things for the first time– and these don’t disappoint!!!  Lots of laughter and smiles at this yummy green slime!  Enjoy!!!!!! ~r

Radioactive Cupcakes!!!

Other fun Halloween treats to try!!

Sweet Tart and Pixie Stix CakePeanut Butter Caramel SauceHalloween Bundt CakeFall acorn cupcakes!

Creepy Broken Glass Cupcakes!

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Broken glass Cupcakes!!!
These delicious Red Velvet cupcakes with smooth cream cheese icing are topped with all the makings of a horror movie (or, according to my friend Ricky, a Stephen King novel!).  These are just in time for your creepy October festivities!!

[and if you aren’t a fan of the decorations, they are an amazing cupcake all by themselves!]

Ok.  These were really fun to make.  I’d seen SO many examples of these online– this is not an original idea.  However, I made it my goal to create these in the easiest possible way, with the fewest steps and NO candy thermometers!  Not original, but EASY!!!

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Note:  I did a cake mix fix by swapping out the water and oil for milk and butter and adding one extra egg.  It was SO good!  (Thanks for the idea Rex!) Heavy and moist cupcakes with exceptional flavor.  I highly recommend it, but you can certainly make the mix as directed for these cupcakes.

Here’s how they are made: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

The cupcakes:

  • One boxed Red Velvet cake mix
  • Milk (in the same amount as the water required by the mix)
  • Eggs (in the same amount as required by the mix PLUS one extra egg)
  • Butter (twice the amount of oil required by mix- for example if the box calls for 1/2 cup of oil you would use 1 cup of butter).  Measure and then melt before adding to mix.

The icing:

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup of butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (melted)

The glass candy:

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of clear flavoring (I used raspberry)

The edible blood:

  • 1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Black gel food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon of clear flavoring (I used raspberry)

DIRECTIONS:

I recommend making the decorations 1st (the glass and “blood”) and keeping them until just before your party to decorate with.  They will both keep for several days, so you can make them ahead of time.

Candy Glass:

  • Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and spray the wax paper liberally with non-stick spray.
  • Place granulated sugar and corn syrup into a microwave safe bowl and mix them together.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from Microwave and CAREFULLY remove plastic  wrap (beware of hot steam!)
  • Stir well and re-cover with fresh plastic wrap.
  • Microwave on high for another 3 minutes, but watch mixture after about 2 minutes. Because microwaves vary, you need to watch it to make sure it doesn’t start to turn color.  If you cook it too long it will be an amber color instead of the nice clear glass you want.  My microwave was perfect at 2 and 1/2 minutes.
  • CAREFULLY remove from microwave and CAREFULLY remove plastic wrap.
  • This is soooo hot and sticky– using caution to not touch any of the hot candy, pour it out over the greased wax paper and allow it to sit and harden completely (at least a couple of hours)

Candy Glass How-To Pics

  • When candy glass is hard, tap a knife tip into glass to break it into sharp pieces.  
  • Carefully (the pieces are actually sharp!) push pieces up off of wax paper and onto a plate.
  • Candy glass can be kept in a zip top bag or an air tight container for about a week. Moisture (including the moisture from the frosting on the cupcakes) will eventually start to break the glass down.

Candy Glass How-To

Edible Blood:

  • Place sweetened condensed milk into a small bowl and mix in red food color gel and flavoring until you get a brilliant red color.  Add a TINY bit of black (use a toothpick- black goes a long way!).
  • Mix and adjust until you get a nice dark red color.
  • Spoon “blood” into a zip-top bag and seal TIGHTLY.  Keep refrigerated until use.

Edible Blood!Cupcakes:

  • Make cake mix according to box (swapping in cake mix “fix” ingredients if desired)
  • Divide equally into 24 cupcake liners in cupcake tins.
  • Bake at 350F degrees according to times on box.
  • Remove cupcakes from oven and cool completely.

Frosting:

  • On medium speed, beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and salt until creamy.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
  • Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between, until smooth.
  • Add melted white chocolate to icing and beat on low until completely combined.
  • Place in a zip-top bag fitted with a decorating tip and pipe frosting on top of cooled cupcakes.

Decorating:

  • Put parchment paper on a counter to protect it from all that red food coloring. 
  • [or- use a large platter or tray that you will serve the cupcakes on- blood splatter and all!]
  • Place frosted cupcakes on protected surface and press 2 to3 pieces of glass into the top of each.
  • Clip the corner on the bag of edible blood and drizzle over the top of the glass and the cupcakes, allowing it to drip down the sides of both.
  • Serve the same day after decorating.
  • Use care transporting and serve with plates and forks, or you will all have red fingers!!

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My thoughts: These are such yummy cupcakes all by themselves.  But the decorating was SO much fun!  My friend Amber helped and we both were a little in awe of how realistic they looked…and how yummy they tasted!  I wasn’t sure how the sweetened condensed milk would taste on the cupcakes, but I added a little raspberry flavor and oh my…so good!

Setting up for photos was fun too…splattering fake blood everywhere and letting it drip off my cupcake stand was interesting…not my typical cupcake photo shoot!

I really hope you get a chance to try these– even if you just go for the yummy cupcake recipe minus the drama!

I will leave you with a little insiders look at my picture-taking experience:

Broken glass cupcakes-- food photography at its finest....lol!

So fun!!!

Here are some other fun “creepy” October recipes to try:

Mummy Oreo Pops!Spider Cupcakes!MISfortune cookies with caramel apple cupcakesHalloween Bundt Cake

Candy Corn Peanut Bars

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Candy Corn Peanut Bars!!
A chewy cookie crust topped with peanuts and sweet candy corn.  So many fun fall flavors in one  little bar cookie!

I confess.  I hate candy corn.  Everyone I know loved these cookie bars, but I had to make a little section of no-candy-corn just for me.  This recipe is easily made with or without the candy corn.  The candy makes it pretty though…and that counts for a lot!

Candy Corn Peanut Bars!!

Want to know how to make these easy little cookie bars?

Here you go (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 bar cookies)

Crust:

  • 1 boxed yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 egg

Topping:

  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 (10 oz) package of peanut butter chips
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 2 cups salted, roasted peanuts
  • One bag of candy corn

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, 1/3 cup of melted butter and one egg.  Mix well, kneading with clean hands at the end.
  • Carefully press crust into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan. (I line mine with parchment paper)
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 12-14 minutes.
  • Carefully pour mini marshmallows over top of hot crust and place in oven for about 5 minutes (until marshmallows puff up)
  • Cool.
  • In a large saucepan, heat peanut butter chips, corn syrup, vanilla and 1/4 cup of butter until all chips are melted and smooth.
  • Add Rice Krispies and peanuts and combine well.
  • Working quickly, spoon topping over marshmallows and then press candy corn on top.
  • Chill before cutting and ENJOY!

Candy Corn Peanut Bars!!


My thoughts:  I can’t believe it is already October.  When I spotted candy corn at the store I did a double take.  October….already?  These are an easy and fun treat for all of your fall parties and events.  Hope you love them!! ~r

Candy Corn Peanut Bars!!!
Other fun fall recipes:

Inside-out Caramel Apple!!Honey cut-out cookiesFall Acorn Cupcakes!Peanut butter Acorn Cookies!

Mummy Oreo Pops for Halloween!!

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These make me smile– aren’t they cute?  I saw the idea on a regular cookie at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (along with a really cute mummy hot dog idea!) and I immediately thought of my Oreo pops recipe from last spring and decided to turn some Oreos into mummies!  It was a little time consuming, but not difficult.  I think the results were worth the effort!  Here’s how we did it:

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Carefully twist apart all of the Oreo cookies.
  • Using one of the pop sticks, make an indentation in the white filling of each cookie.
  • Melt the Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until completely melted and smooth.
  • Dip the end of one stick into the melted white chocolate, drizzle a little in the center of the white cookie filling and then gently press it into the indentation made.
  • Place the top of the cookie back on and allow white chocolate to harden (5 minutes or so), cementing the cookie back together with a stick inside.

(For a picture tutorial on this click here)

  • Before dipping the entire cookie, unwrap your fondant, split it in half and immediately place one half in an air-tight zip-top bag (you will only use half of the fondant).
  • Roll the remaining  fondant out with a rolling pin as directed on the box.  Using a sharp knife, cut strips (about as wide as an oreo) in the fondant and then cut narrow strips across (see photo)

  • Now it is time to dip your Oreo pops (you may need to put your candy melts back in the microwave for a few seconds to remelt them)
  • Holding the stick, lower the entire Oreo into the bowl of melted white chocolate, spooning it over the top and sides to cover it completely.
  • Allow the excess chocolate to drain off and gently place covered Oreo on a piece of parchment paper to harden. 
  • Immediately place two eyes on the front and gently lay strips of fondant back and forth across the cookie.  It took me a little bit to figure out a pattern that looked good and worked– copy mine if you want!!
  • Allow everything to harden and place in treat bags with ties.

My thoughts:  These are a little time-consuming, but if you enjoy the process  (I do!) and you have a free afternoon (I did!) these are just really fun to put together.  The smiles when people see them make all that work worthwhile!  Enjoy!  ~r

Other recipes you might enjoy (click on the image to see the recipe):

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

Halloween Bundt Cake

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Creepy colors all swirled together inside make this bundt cake a holiday hit!  Drizzle it with gooey frosting and fun colors for a perfect (EASY!) party dessert!

Confession:  I needed a fast dessert a few nights ago, saw this online and decided to use a recipe rather than create a new idea.  Its a FABULOUS and EASY idea, so I just couldn’t help but share it!  Kudos to Lets get Cookin’ for this idea- wonderfully creative!  Here’s how I made my own: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One box of white cake mix (and oil, water and eggs to make according to box)
  • One box of chocolate cake mix (and oil, water and eggs to make according to box)
  • Orange, Black and Purple gel icing colors (these gel colors give the batter the vibrant colors you see without having to add much–I invested in the Wilton set of 12 colors months ago and I LOVE them.  Click here to see them on Amazon.  You can order them there or sometimes find them at craft or cake decorating stores).
  • One tub of chocolate pre-made frosting
  • Wiltons Candy Melts in purple (and orange too if you want!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Make both cake mixes according to packages.
  • Divide the white cake batter into two bowls, equally.
  • Add black coloring to the chocolate cake to darken it.
  • Add purple to 1/2 of the white batter and orange to the other half.
  • Pour about 1/3 of the chocolate batter into the bottom of a well-greased bundt pan.
  • Pour all of the purple batter over the chocolate
  • Pour all of the orange batter over the purple
  • Pour another 1/3 of the chocolate batter over the colors.  You can use more than 1/3, but you want to give the cake room to rise- so leave a bit of room.  You can discard the remaining chocolate batter or make a couple of cupcakes with it.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for about 45-55 minutes (until the center is set and a cake tester inserted comes out clean).
  • Tip over on a cake rack and cool completely
  • To finish, melt the tub of frosting in the microwave (about 15-30 seconds) and stir well.
  • Place frosting in a zip-top bag, clip a corner and drizzle over entire top of cake.
  • Melt candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until smooth and pipe these colors over the top as well.  I think both purple and orange would be fun, but I only had purple in my cabinet!

My thoughts- quick and easy and yummy moist cake that makes people smile and ask– “how’d you do that”?  Very fun!!  I have to add that the recipe over at Lets Get Cookin’ used vanilla frosting colored with the gels and drizzled over the top.  I decided to use chocolate because its what I had 😉  It was really yummy with the chocolate– I think you would get a better color match doing it with the vanilla frosting though- my candy melts color clashed a little with the inside purple color.  Also, I put a cookie sheet on the rack below the cake while it baked– just in case it dripped over.  It didn’t, but you might want to do that just to save yourself an oven-cleaning day!  Hope you get to try this cake– I think you are gonna love it!!!  ENJOY!  ~r

Maple Cream Ginger Snaps

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Tangy ginger cookies filled with sweet maple cream.  Cut them into fun fall shapes for your Halloween party!

INGREDIENTS:

Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 2 T. vinegar
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 t. ground ginger
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. ground cloves

Maple cream:

  • 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. melted butter
  • 1 t. maple flavoring
  • Food coloring

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Beat in egg, molasses and vinegar.
  • Blend in sifted dry ingredients.
  • Chill 2-3 hours (this is important– the dough is very easy to roll after chilling)
  • Roll 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick on a floured counter or board (thinner is better!)
  • Cut dough into small, equally-sized cookies (if you want to make cookies with cute cut-outs on one side, I used Halloween Linzer Cookie Cutters)
  • Place on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for about 7-10 minutes.  Check often- take out when cookies have risen and are easily removed from sheet.
  • To make maple cream, combine powdered sugar, melted butter and a little water until a thick frosting consistency is reached.
  • Add maple flavoring (you can add vanilla if you don’t like maple)
  • Divide cream into 2 bowls and color as desired with food coloring. (my maple flavoring added a brown tint to my filling, so I just experimented with coloring to reach the shade I wanted– use gels so that you don’t dilute it!)
  • Frost one cookie’s back and top with another cookie.  The filling will harden up and make these very easy to store and serve.
  • ENJOY!

My thoughts:  These are a really unique flavor.  I love them– ginger and maple– YUM!  The ginger cookies are my grandma’s recipe and they don’t rise much so I thought they’d be perfect for this type of cookie cutter.  Roll them thin though– thicker cookies don’t keep the inside cut-out shape as well.  I’ve never used a Linzer cookie cutter (I’ve no idea how its SUPPOSED to be used-  I will probably read the directions eventually!) but it worked just great with this cookie recipe and these make me smile 🙂

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