Happy Halloween everyone! Check out my pumpkin carving skills…
Hello Everyone! I’ve had a busy and fun weekend– celebrating my birthday, carving pumpkins and eating way too much food. Just wanted to share these cool ideas for Halloween nails. I like the spider web best. Cheers!
I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. Just wanted to share with you all these really cute cake pops that are perfect for the Fall season. I think they would be great for school parties for kids, right? Happy Monday and have fun baking!! Cheers!
I meant to post this a few weeks ago – what I’m calling my “Fall Cake Pops”. I was so excited about Fall officially arriving, I wanted to celebrate with a fun festive baked good.
I used Red Velvet cake mix, orange and yellow candy wafers, brown ribbon, and the best part – leaf sprinkles!
Of course, you’ll bake the cake as usual, and after it bakes and cools, break the cake into a bowl into small pieces. Add half of your frosting and mix together. Use your ice cream scoop to create the perfect size cake ball (I still managed to add more cake mix creating them too big – lesson learned). Put them in the freezer for 45 minutes (UPDATE: I’ve since learned it’s better to put them in the freezer overnight). Heat up your candy wafers according to the directions on the package. Insert sticks, roll…
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Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. October is my favorite month and for me Halloween marks the beginning of the fun holiday season. For October, November and December we have some kind of celebration every month!! I found some great images for decorating ideas for Halloween. Tonite I put out my sparkly lighted pumpkin. It’s a rainy & cold night here in San Diego so perfect time to break out the lighted pumpkin! Now… I just need to find somewhere that sells a lighted turkey for Thanksgiving– I’ve been looking for this lighted turkey for years. (I’m pretty sure they don’t exist)
Oh, look… beer in an icy pumpkin.
The family that trick-or-treats together…
You can’t go wrong with a really fabulous pumpkin– the more the merrier!
Use up all that candy and make some fabulous Halloween treats. These yummy cupcakes start with a mixture of melted candy bars and are topped with a chocolate-marshmellow frosting. Oooh-la-la!
The recipe here is from Southern Living magazine- October 2004.
- 9 fun-size or 21 mini chocolate-coated caramel and creamy nougat bars
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 3 large eggs
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Chocolate-Marshmallow Frosting- recipe included below
- Garnishes: chopped frozen fun-size chocolate-coated caramel and creamy nougat bars, candy corn
- Melt candy bars and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat about 5 minutes, stirring until smooth. Set aside.
- Beat sugar and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer about 3 minutes or until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
- Combine flour and salt. Stir together buttermilk and baking soda. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in melted candy bar mixture and vanilla. Place 36 paper baking cups in muffin pans; spoon batter evenly into paper baking cups, filling two-thirds full.
- Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pan, and let cool completely on wire racks. Spread cupcakes evenly with Chocolate-Marshmallow Frosting. Garnish, if desired.
- Note: For testing purposes only, we used Milky Way Bars.
- Heavenly Candy Bar Cake: Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cakepans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack. Spread half of Chocolate-Marshmallow Frosting evenly between cake layers. Spread remaining frosting evenly over top and sides of cake. Garnish, if desired. Makes 12 servings. Prep: 15 min., Cook: 5 min., Bake: 30 min.
- 3 cups miniature marshmallows
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine, cut up
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Melt first 4 ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring 5 minutes or until mixture is smooth.
- Transfer chocolate mixture to a large bowl. Place the bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice and water. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed with an electric mixer. Increase speed to medium-high, and beat 5 minutes or until frosting is cool, thick, and spreadable. Stir in 1 tablespoon vanilla.