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!
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…
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!!
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.
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!
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? 😉