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Halloweeny Cupcakes

I made some Halloweeny cupcakes for my daughter’s fourth grade class.  I have been teaching a weekly class and tomorrow happens to be my last day.  I thought the kids have been so great that they deserved a little treat from me.  I made mini cuppies so the teacher wouldn’t have to deal with the sugar rush!
Since there is a student with a gluten sensitivity, I went with a chocolate gluten-free recipe and topped them with vanilla bean buttercream…


I dipped them into some sanding sugar and Halloween sprinkles to make them a little more festive.


But I really liked the mini cupcake holders I found at Michael’s…


They were so cute I couldn’t resist.  Happy Halloween!

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Fall is my very favorite time of the year.  I love everything about Fall.  The cooler weather, the beautiful colors, the yummy baking.  All of it.  So when the PTSO asked me to donate cupcakes for the teachers to have a treat during the parent/teacher conferences last week, I couldn’t resist.  I was so excited to try out a new recipe…Caramel Apple Cupcakes.  Oh my goodness, they were divine!


I shredded Granny Smith apples into the batter so that there would be apples in every bite with the caramel topping.  I added some chopped nut to the top to have the authentic taste of an actual caramel apple.  I’m sure that you could be creative with toppings.

I also made a spice cupcake with maple buttercream.  The flavors scream Fall.  I didn’t take a picture because I was so excited that the caramel apple cupcakes turned out so well.  I also added a traditional vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream and a chocolate chocolate chip cupcake with chocolate buttercream.  Again, while they were delicious, I just didn’t photograph them for the blog.  I’ll do better next time!

But, with keeping things real around here, this is what my kitchen looked like on the morning of all this baking…


Halloween Treats

I have a few Halloween treats that I wanted to share yesterday but just didn’t have a chance.  First we have bones…Actually they aren’t real.  I know, I fooled you, right?  These are sugar cookie bones.  Their real name is Boneyard Cookies.  My son wanted me to try to make them and they turned out ok but I felt they needed a little help.  While they were shaped like bones, they really didn’t look like bones.  So I dipped them into white chocolate…Since I dipped them, they kind of got a “creepy” look to them but tasted so so yummy.  My son approved!

Next we had an assortment of cupcakes.  As I’ve mentioned before, my husband takes cupcakes in for his squadron’s cadet birthdays.  They all agreed that they wanted “funfetti” flavor which is just my vanilla cake recipe with sprinkles thrown in.  I used vanilla icing and dipped them into colored sugar or various Halloweeny sprinkles to make them festive…The kids are in a sugar coma from all their treats.  I hope Halloween was fun for you too!

Supporting Teachers

This week is our parent/teacher conferences at school.  The PTA coordinates suppers for the teachers so they can do their conferences and get them all completed before Fall break.  I volunteered to do some cupcakes for them.  The kids helped pick out four different flavors.I made chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream and dipped them into chocolate sprinkles…and white chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream…and applesauce cupcakes with maple buttercream…and carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing…

A good variety to support our great teachers!

Surprise Cupcakes

Some of you may know that my husband is an officer in the Air Force and currently working at USAF Academy.  He is in command of squadron 6, The Ragin’ Bulls.  Today marked the day that all the firsties (senior cadets) get to know what their jobs will be in the Air Force after they graduate.  So my husband thought it would be cool to put their jobs on a piece of paper and stuff them into cupcakes.  We went with red velvet cupcakes (Red for Rage) with cream cheese buttercream.Since the graduating class is a silver class, I lined the pans with silver cupcake paper.  I also used Wilton’s edible decorating spray in silver and sprayed the tops and added some silver sprinkles…We also labeled each cupcake with a toothpick that had the cadet’s name attached.  We wouldn’t want anyone to find out the wrong job.  No one ate their jobs, by the way.  I was happy to hear that!  The treats went over quite nicely and the cadets were happy with their jobs.  Good luck in June, Firsties!!

Back To School

So I had a little problem with my computer and it’s hard drive.  Long story short, I have lots to post on here.  I want to come back to all that.  Let’s start with back to school treats.

My kids started back to school today.  All three of them, all day long!  They deserved a home-baked treat.  They never agree on one treat but they do always agree on chocolate.  So I decided to make chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and top them with peanut butter buttercream and dip them in chocolate sprinkles.

To say these cupcakes are good is a total understatement.  These are melt-in-your-mouth yumminess.  While my son was enjoying his tonight, he noted there were chocolate chips in them and asked, “How did you not melt the chips?”  My daughters didn’t say a word while eating and that’s saying something ;-)!  These are best the day they are made but I’m pretty sure the leftovers will be eaten over the next few days.

Green Things

March is a fun month in this house.  While we aren’t Irish, we do celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  My son loves all things green and it kind of represents the Spring is right around the corner for us.  So more green things appear, like the grass and the buds, etc.  So I decided to try my hand at some truffles.  I made mint chocolate truffles.  According to my kids, they were yummy…I used green candy melts for the coating and drizzled white chocolate on top.  They were very minty and refreshing!For St. Patrick’s Day, I treated my kids with mint chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla mint buttercream.  My 10-year-old said it was almost as good as the ice cream, which is her favorite.  I’ll take that complement ;-)!And one more “green thing”…since Spring break is upon us, it was time to celebrate the cadets’ birthdays for March.  I made a green velvet cake with vanilla buttercream tinted green.I had never even heard of green velvet before.  I saw that one of my pinterest friends pinned it.  I had to try it with my yummy new red velvet recipe.  It smelled the same but looked green and turned out so wonderfully that I was giddy with glee!

Cuppies for Cadets

Today my son and I went to the Air Force Academy to celebrate the February birthdays in Squadron Six!  We took along red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing and they were pretty much devoured by the end of the day.

We love celebrating their birthdays.  I may have to think of something green for March birthdays!

Brighter Days

Last week a Mom called me asking if I deliver.  She stated she was in Iowa and her son had moved here a few months ago and was a little down.  I said that I do deliver and asked what she wanted for him.  She said, “just something to brighten his day”.  So after talking a little more we came up with some cupcakes with smiley faces just to make him smile.

These happen to be vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream.  I tinted vanilla buttercream for the bright colors of the faces.  At first, the faces were ok.  But they needed something more.  I mean, this was a young man who was living here on his own.  He can’t have just plain smiley faces, right?  So I added some hair.  My son personally liked the comb-over blue guy.  I think these would certainly brighten up my day if someone sent them to me!

The best part was the delivery though.  I drove this dozen of cupcakes over to his place of work.  I walked in asking for him by name.  After being pointed in his direction, he came walking toward me with a skeptical look.  I was carrying a box of something.  No one could see into that box.  Maybe I should switch to window boxes.  But after I explained that his mama was trying to brighten up his day, the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on a young man appeared.  That’s why I loved this order so much!

I spoke with the Mom after and she said that he loved the whole thing.  And the cupcakes were good.  His roommate apparently ate 3 before making sure they were available for him to eat!

I also realized that my kids are going to be so embarrassed by me when they go off to college.  Oh, the joys of motherhood, right? 😉

Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is on Sunday.  Any Steelers fans out there?  How about Packers fans?  I’ll admit that even though I’m from Pennsylvania, I am a cheesehead!  But that’s not what you are here for, right?  You’re here to see what’s up for possible goodies to be served on the big game day, right? 

Well, last week I found the ultimate Super Bowl treats.  I discovered that bacon and chocolate really do go together!  I know, I know…it’s sounds absurd.  But I can’t stress enough that these are THE best chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten.  And I’ve taste-tested a lot! 🙂

The salt from the maple bacon makes this chocolate chip cookie so savory.  YUM!

Then I decided to try a recipe for these Dark Chocolate Bacon cupcakes…

Oh my goodness! These are just sinful.  So, so rich.  I used a chocolate buttercream for the icing and then topped it with a few extra bacon crumbles just for kicks…

Again, YUM! 

I think I will try my hand at bacon fudge brownies next.  I hear they are just divine…

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