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Maple Hedgehog Cupcakes!

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Hedgehog Cupcakes

Hedgehogs are the MOST adorable things, and these yummy maple cupcakes capture all the cuteness in edible form!

Seems like hedgehogs are all the rage these days. I’ve seen slippers and t-shirts and recently found the MOST adorable hedgehog salt and pepper shakers at Target.

I love them. I think they fall into the category: “so ugly they are cute”, in the animal kingdom…along with the walrus and basset hound…

In any case, I decided that the cupcake world needed a cute (and EASY) version of these, and here they are!


Now, the dilemma of every blogger of desserts is this: who do I give these to, so that I don’t eat them all and gain 500 pounds?

I had an obvious answer for these little hedgehogs: Warner Press!

You see, about a year ago at this time I was getting ready for the publication of my first cookbook, and I was partnered with an absolutely WONDERFUL publisher~ Warner Press. Through the process, many of the people I worked with became dear friends. One of those friends HATES hedgehogs. In fact, it is a long-standing office joke that Regina despises the cute little rodents. Obviously, she needed Hedgehog cupcakes~ so I went for a visit!

Warner Press

We had a fun day of cupcakes and catching up- and I promised them I would tell you all about the (adorable!) boxed set of Hedgehog cards that Regina reluctantly approved for publication. She was so convinced that they would be an epic fail, that she agreed to a wager: If the hedgehog cards make it into the top 10 selling items at Warner Press she would take them all out for dinner…and they are close…!

Hedgehog Cards!

I love them, and thought I’d give you all a chance to purchase some (and maybe put them into the top ten best selling items?!?!) They would be a cute gift for Mother’s Day! Click here to see the rest of the fun hedgie pictures and to order.

The cupcakes are as easy as can be! Here’s how we put them together: (printable recipe)


  • 1 boxed cake mix (plus water oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • 1 tub of pre-made vanilla frosting
  • 2 teaspoons of maple flavoring
  • 1 cup of chocolate jimmies
  • 1/2 cup of Wilton’s Candy Melts in dark chocolate (or you can use mini chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 cup of Wilton’s Candy melts in pink.


  • Make cake mix according to package and bake as cupcakes for recommended time and temp. Cool completely.
  • Place frosting into a small bowl and heat for just 15-20 seconds in the microwave until soft. Add maple flavoring and stir until combined.
  • Dip tops of cooled cupcakes into frosting and pull into a slight “point” on one end of the cupcake for a little nose (see photo)
  • Immediately (over a plate) pour and pat jimmies into place, opposite the “point”, leaving a small circular section empty for face. Finish all cupcakes this way ( if you use mini chips for eyes you should place them now, before the frosting hardens)

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  • Melt candy melts in the microwave in a small bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Place each color in a small zip-top bag and seal.
  • Clip a small corner off and squeeze out drops of chocolate for the eyes and pink candy melts for the nose- right on the end of the “point” left by the frosting.
  • Allow cupcakes to harden up.
  • Enjoy!!!!

Hedgehog cupcakes

My thoughts: Cute and easy! Plus that maple frosting is YUM-MY! You certainly could use your own favorite cupcake recipe for these too- I just used a cake mix for simplicity. Such a fun recipe for kids too! Gotta love those hedgehogs– right, Regina?!?  Enjoy!! ~r


Other unique cupcakes from Easybaked: (click a photo to see the recipe)

Apple cupcakes filled with seedsPancake Cupcakes!!!!Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!!!Bomb Pop Cupcakes!!!


Lucky Charms Truffles

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Lucky Charm Truffles

If you like Lucky Charms Cereal, you will love these chocolate-covered treats!

I was walking down the cereal aisle and a box of Chocolate Lucky Charms jumped into my cart and begged me to make a dessert with it.

That’s almost how it happened…! I love Lucky Charms and I adore the chocolate version. Did you know that just before St. Patrick’s Day they have a limited time version full of shamrocks and pots of gold. Too cute!

I had actually been wondering if the oft-used technique of Oreos + Cream Cheese, rolled into a ball and covered in chocolate would work with cereal. Perfect opportunity to try!

These are yummy little chocolate-y and marshmallow-y treats that are SO cute for the month of March!

Lucky Charm Truffle

Here’s how we put them together: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24-36 truffles, depending on how big you make them)

  • 4 cups of Lucky Charms Chocolate cereal (marshmallows and all)
  • 1 bar of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (at room temp)
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s candy melts (in any color you like- I used up some leftover bags in a variety of colors)


  • Finely crush cereal into crumbs (I used a food-chopper).
  • Combine with cream cheese until it forms a soft ball of dough.
  • Roll dough into small balls.
  • Melt candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between, until melted and smooth.
  • Use a fork to dip balls of cereal into the melted candy. Tap the fork on the side of the bowl to drain off excess melted candy, and slide fork along edge of bowl to remove excess.
  • Place each truffle on parchment paper to harden. Top with marshmallow bits from the cereal, or sprinkles.
  • Allow them to harden completely.

Lucky Charm Truffles

My thoughts: Aren’t they cute? They are pretty yummy too. I thought the consistency was a little weird, but once they are covered in chocolate it’s not as noticeable. I got a thumbs up from friends who tried them and kids LOVED them. Just a fun little St. Patricks Day project! Enjoy! ~r

Other yummy St. Patrick’s Day treats here on Easybaked: (click on image to see recipe)

Andes Mint CupcakesKey Lime CakeLime Soda Cupcakes!!!!Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes

Learning to make Scones

Chocolate Chip Scone4These dense, rich scones can be made with a variety of flavors, and they are SO good!

One month ago I could say that I had never even tasted a scone before, much less made one. Today I made nearly 80 of them and they are one of my new favorite treats!

About a month ago, I offered to help with a baby shower for my friend Heather. I asked if they needed help with food, thinking cake or cupcakes or fancy cookies- typical shower requests. Heather’s mom Sharla explained that they were having an English tea for Heather and could I please make scones?

Scones…? I agreed and started to read up on scones. They sounded difficult. They sounded dry and crumbly and b-o-o-o-ring…. yawn.

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I started with a basic recipe for chocolate chip scones. I won’t tell you where I got it, because it wasn’t very good. At the time, I thought it must just be how scones are supposed to be (since I’d never tasted one before). Yuck.

I was explaining my dislike for scones in a group of friends one night, and one family started protesting that they make the best scones ever. The mom (my friend Beth), got the recipe from her mother-in-law, who sold them in a tea shop she ran years ago.

It sounded promising, and Beth sent me home armed with the recipe, tips and two scone pans (I didn’t even know those existed, but I LOVE them!).

I started with Apricot White Chocolate Scones, and the rest is history. I love them. They are easier than cookies and so much yummier!

Apricot Scone

Here is how to make them: (printable recipe)

You really need to have a pastry cutter (you can cut cold butter in with a knife, but it is SO much harder). You might also want to consider a scone pan. Those links will take you to products on Amazon, and if you get them I will get like 6% of what you spend. And then I will buy a scone pan for myself. *smile* If you want, you can cut the scones and bake them on a cookie sheet too- but they aren’t quite as moist and amazing that way.


  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder (fresh!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, or any combination of those three
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of cold butter
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 3/4 cup of whipping cream
  • Milk (as needed)
  • Sugar/ Cinnamon to sprinkle on top.


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and spray pan (or sheet) liberally with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add stick of butter and cut into crumb-like pieces using the pastry cutter.
  • Add nuts or chips (if using) and toss together with dry mixture until coated.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together whipping cream and eggs until well combined.
  • Add dried fruit (if using) and toss together with wet mixture until coated.
  • Make a “well” in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into it.
  • Combine and then gently knead with hands until it holds together in a ball. Add milk if mixture is too dry (this is most often the case when no fruit is added). Don’t over-knead this dough (you’ll melt all those little pieces of butter with the heat of your hands!)


  • If using a scone pan, set aside about 1/4 of the dough to bake in a second batch. I overfilled my pan and they rose too high (as you can see in my pictures). When I made them for the shower, I used less dough and it was perfect!
  • Press remaining dough into a square on a floured counter and cut into triangles as shown (I used a pizza cutter and a knife- both worked fine).
  • Set into pan (or on cookie sheet) and brush tops with milk. Sprinkle with sugar (I used cinnamon and sugar).
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.


  • Allow them to cool in pan for about 5 minutes and pop out with forks.
  • Enjoy!!!

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My thoughts: Goodness…this sounds complicated, doesn’t it? I thought so too, but now that I’ve made a bunch of them I really do think they are easier than cookies! Today for the shower I made 4 kinds. I added white chocolate chips and apricots to the first (I cut the dried apricots into smaller pieces using kitchen scissors).  I added dried berried (cherries, blueberries and cranberries) to the second. I added mini chocolate chips to the third, and I added Hershey’s cinnamon chips to the fourth.

DSC_0894Here’s Heather, the beautiful mom-to-be at her English tea baby shower- SO much fun!  Enjoy!!~r

Other fun shower desserts here at Easybaked (click on a photo to see the recipe):

Gender reveal cookiesOriginal Oreo pops!!!!!Cotton Candy Fizz Gender reveal cupcakes

Confetti Sugar Cookies!

Confetti cookies!What better way to celebrate the New Year than with confetti? Especially the edible kind that pours out of the center of a delicious sugar cookie? So. Much. Fun!!!!

These sugar cookies are a fun and festive surprise that are sure to make your guests smile as you ring in 2015! These are easy to put together and a creative addition to any celebration!

Here’s how we made these fun treats: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 cookies)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of butter flavoring
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 bags of Wilton Candy Melts in any colors you wish to use
  • 2-3 cups of small confetti sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and butter flavoring and mix well.
  • Add all dry ingredients and mix until able to knead into a firm ball of dough (add additional flour if necessary).
  • Roll out on a floured counter with a flour coated rolling pin to desired thickness.
  • Cut about 72 circles using a cookie cutter (I used a 2″ cookie cutter)
  • Use a slightly smaller circle cutter to cut out a center circle from 24 of these cookies.
  • Place cookies on cookie sheets covered in parchment paper and bake at 350F degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Slide baked cookies and parchment paper together onto a counter to cool completely.

Confetti Cookies!

  • Melt about 1/4 of a cup of candy melts (I used white, but you can use whatever colors you’ve chosen) in the microwave for 30 second increments, stirring between until completely melted and smooth. Place the melted candy in a small zip top bag and cut one corner off.
  • Pipe around the bottom of the “ring” cookie and place it on a “solid” cookie. 
  • Fill the open center of the “ring” cookie with confetti sprinkles.
  • Pipe melted candy melts around the top of the “ring” cookie and set another “solid” cookie on top.
  • Allow these cookies to harden completely (I placed mine in the fridge for about 20 minutes).

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  • Melt remaining candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted and smooth.
  • Dip cookie into melted candy and cover completely, using a spoon. Use a fork to lift out and tap against side of bowl until excess melted candy falls away. Slide bottom of cookie against side of bowl and gently slide onto parchment paper to harden.
  • Immediately sprinkle with confetti or other decorations before candy melts harden.

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    • Package up in a tightly sealed container or in cello bags.
    • Wait until midnight and celebrate with the BEST  confetti ever– the edible kind!!!

Confetti Cookies!!

My thoughts: these look complicated to make, but they really went together quickly and it was so fun to see people’s surprise at all that confetti inside. I did warn them to take that 1st bite over a plate- haha- I guess that just depends on how messy you want your floors during that NYE party!  Enjoy!!!

Confetti cookie3 Other fun NYE treats:

Koolaid Pie5Pink Champagne Cupcakes1Pile of Cupcakes!Raspberry Confetti Kisses

12/19/14: On a personal note: I blog my recipes ahead, and I prepared this post (and scheduled it to publish) several weeks ago. Since that time, my mom has been diagnosed with very, very aggressive cancer and admitted to Hospice. I just wanted to ask for all of you who have followed this little blog and enjoyed these recipes to keep our family in your prayers as we say good bye to her during this Christmas and New Year season. Because of this, and because I am in the process of starting a new job, I will be taking a few weeks off from publishing recipes here. May this New Year bring great hope and joy to you and your family! God Bless! Back in a few weeks.  *Hugs* ~Ruthanne

Jeepers Creepers Oreo Pops!

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Scary Oreo popsThese scared little pretzel monster Oreo pops are not only adorable but a perfect salty and sweet combination!

Because I love desserts and I obviously blog about them all the time, my friends are often pointing out cute ideas they find online. That was the case with these cute little pretzel monsters. A friend found them in Family Fun Magazine and posted a picture on my Facebook wall. As soon as I saw them I knew they belonged on an Oreo pop!  Aren’t they so cute?!?

Monter Oreo PopsThey are also very easy, and a great make-ahead treat for fall parties!

Here’s how to create them for yourself: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 26-30 pops)

  • One box of Oreo Double Stuff cookies
  • 30 lollipop sticks
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s Candy Melts in black or purple (or both, if you want both colors!)
  • Small amounts of Wilton’s Candy Melts in other halloween colors (for the “eyes”)
  • Round sprinkles
  • 30 Flipz white chocolate covered pretzels

DIRECTIONS: (Need a visual for making Oreo pops?  Click here.)

  • Make pretzel monsters first by laying all 30 Flipz out on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Melt a small amount (maybe 1/3 cup) of any Candy Melt color for the eyes, and spoon into a small zip top bag.
  • Zip bag closed and clip a corner off.  Pipe color into top two holes of pretzel and gently set a sprinkle “iris” in place.
  • Repeat with other colors and allow eyes to harden completely.
  • For Oreo pops, carefully twist apart all of the Oreo cookies
  • Using one of the lollipop sticks, make an indentation in the white filling of each cookie.
  • Melt the about 1/4 of the black or purple Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until completely melted and smooth.
  • Dip the end of one stick into the melted candy, drizzle a little in the center of the cookie filling and then gently press it into the indentation made.
  • Place the top of the cookie back on and allow candy melts to harden (20 minutes or so), cementing the cookie back together with a stick inside. (Freeze for 5-10 minutes to speed this process up)
  • Melt remaining black or purple Candy Melts in the same manner.
  • Holding the stick, lower the entire Oreo into the bowl of melted Candy Melt, spooning it over the top and sides to cover it completely.
  • Allow the excess to drain off and gently place covered Oreo on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Immediately place a pretzel monster on top and allow the Oreo to harden completely.

Alien Oreo Pops!

My thoughts: These are cute and yum yum yummy!  I like the cute little surprised looks on the pretzel monsters, and they taste GREAT! Wrap these up in cello bags with cute ribbons and you have a fun party treat to share!  Enjoy!  ~r

Jeepers Creepers Oreo Pops

A few other October treats here on Easybaked (click on photo to see recipe):

Inside-out Caramel Apple!!Peanut butter caramel Sundae- yum!Sweet Tart and Pixie Stix CakeHalloween Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Guts!

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Pumpkin Guts Dessert!

This delicious coconut cream pie dip is disguised as gooey pumpkin guts (with sliced almond “seeds”)~ a perfect Halloween treat!!

I love carving pumpkins. The smell is my favorite part, it reminds me of being very small and in a homemade costume anxiously awaiting trick-or-treat time. We always carved pumpkins several days earlier, but we lit them on Halloween and all evening the lids would quietly cook in the candle flame, filling the house with an indescribably wonderful scent that still reminds me of childhood whenever I smell it.

I carved a pumpkin for this recipe.

1. To serve this dip in.

2. To use as a reference in coloring this dessert!

Pumpkin Guts!!!!Isn’t it fun?  I savored the smell and enjoyed the squishy guts between my fingers…I even roasted a few seeds and ate them with salt as a reward for getting my pictures taken!

Want to know how to make this yummy fall treat?  It is SUPER easy!  (Printable recipe)


  • 3 cups of shredded sweet coconut (to desired consistency)
  • 1 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1 box (3.3 oz.) Jello Brand White Chocolate Pudding (instant)
  • Milk (to make pudding according to package)
  • Orange and yellow food coloring
  • Chocolate cookies for dipping!


  • Make pudding as directed on package and color to desired shade with food colors
  • Place coconut in a large zip-top bag and add the same food colors to the bag. Toss and mix coconut until colored as well.
  • Mix pudding with enough coconut to make a gooey pumpkin consistency.
  • Mix about half of the almonds in, and use the rest to sprinkle on top.
  • Serve with chocolate cookies or graham crackers for that “Almond Joy” taste!
  • Enjoy! 

Halloween dessert!My thoughts:  Well, I love coconut, almonds and chocolate- so this was a given “perfect” dessert for me!  I think it would be fun to serve this with a “murdered” pumpkin, I just didn’t have time to draw a dramatic face and stick a big knife in mine! Serve it up classy, or make it into a funny Halloween treat- either way, it is easy and soooooo yummy!  ~Enjoy!!!!! ~r

Pumpkin Guts!Other fun fall desserts here on Easybaked (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Halloween Swirl Cookies!!!Frosty Candy Corn Dessert!Ginger Maple CookiesSpider Cupcakes!

Creepy Earthworm Cupcakes

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Edible Jello Earthworm CupcakesThese fun little cupcakes will entertain your family and friends with slimy (raspberry!) earthworms poking out of the top!

Well, it’s October, and that means it is time for creatively creepy edibles!  Last year I had SO much fun with my Broken Glass Cupcakes and my Toxic Slime Cupcakes!  Oh my goodness, I love both of those recipes so much that it was hard to think of anything that fun and creepy for this year!!!

I loved the idea of worm-filled cupcakes and decided that gummy worms are way too cheery, with all their fun bright colors.  I wanted WORMS- big fat earthworms- in my cupcakes.

I’m not sure why these are not readily available for purchase in the candy aisle of my grocery store, but fortunately I found a TON of recipes for make-your-own gummy earthworms online.  I read about 10 recipes (they were all very similar) and gave it a shot.

Edible gummy earthwormlove them!!!!  I had a hard time biting into one to try out the flavor because they were so realistic!  These are really not very hard to make, and I can think of a TON of desserts these would be fun to serve with.  These are even Father’s Day friendly (I realized this when the men who were eating the cupcakes started talking about fishing with earthworms…) or maybe you could “dress up” my apple cupcakes from last week with a few worms! 🙂

Here’s how to make these fun little desserts: (printable recipe)


  • 1 boxed chocolate cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla
  • Green sugar crystals
  • About 15 Oreo cookies crushed into crumbs
  • brown and green food color gels
  • 1 (6 oz) packet of raspberry jello
  • 4 (1/2 oz) packets of unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups boiling water


WORMS: (make the day before)

  • Take about 40-60 bendable plastic straws and pull them out to full length.
  • Place them each in a tall glass with the bendable part down.
  • Put a rubber band around the top to hold them together and upright.
  • Mix jello and unflavored gelatin together in a mixing bowl and add boiling water.
  • Stir until dissolved and refrigerate for about 20 minutes until cooled.
  • Place cream and a little bit of green food coloring in a separate bowl and mix well.
  • Mix cream with gelatin mixture until well combined.
  • Gently pour the mixture over the tops of the straws until they, and the glass are full.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and lightly spray it with cooking spray.
  • Run warm water over the glass until you can pull the entire jello mold out (straws and all!)
  • Gently pull apart straws and use a rolling pin to roll each little worm out.
  • Place each worm on the parchment paper until all of them have been removed from the straws.
  • Keep covered and refrigerated until use.

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  • Make cake mix according to box and divide evenly among 24 cupcake liners placed in tins.
  • Bake according to package, and allow them to cool.
  • Make frosting by placing butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beating it on high for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Color frosting using a combination of green and brown to make a clay-like color for inside the cupcakes
  • Use a cupcake corer or a small knife to cut a core out of each cupcake.
  • Pour green sugar into a small bowl.
  • Use a knife to spread a thin layer of frosting on the top of each cupcake, around the hole cut out by the corer.
  • Turn the cupcake top down into the green sugar, coating the frosting entirely.
  • Spoon or pipe a small amount of frosting into each cored cupcake.
  • Set a worm into the frosting, letting it “stick” and be held in place.
  • Spoon Oreo crumbs over the worm and frosting, filling up the rest of the hole in the cupcake.
  • Keep refrigerated until serving.
  • Enjoy!!

Worm cupcakes

My thoughts:  These crack me up. Everyone loves them, but kids are SO suspicious that you might have used real worms!  One of my friends gave some to her grandkids and the oldest just sat and stared at hers and finally declared, “I saw one move!”  They are disturbingly life-like.  These are great covered in the fridge for a day, but at room temperature the worms start to dry out after a few hours. I hope you get a chance to try this creepy little treat!  Enjoy!!! ~r

Cupcakes with worms

Other creepy recipes for your October fun: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Mummy Oreo Pops!Caramel Apple Cupcakes with misfortune cookiesBroken Glass Cupcakes3 Radioactive Cupcakes filled with SLIME!

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