Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Leaves Cupcakes

Living in the Mid-Atlantic, I'm spoiled by Mother Nature and all of the beautiful fall colors that she has to offer. These Chocolate Leaves and stunning colored cupcakes were 100% inspired by the changing leaves on the trees, in the wind, and on the ground here in West Virginia.

I loved the BIG, beautiful chocolate leaves that I made in the top photo. They were really impressive and I used the leaves on the cupcake liners as the template. However, they were a bit too big and a bit too fragile and they broke before I could get more than three photos.

So, I made some more chocolate leaves and this time they were a smaller and not so fragile and detailed. I still like them, but I think that the top ones are a lot better :)

I love the yellow, orange, and red swirls on the frosting. Isn't it pretty! Doesn't it just scream FALL to you? Well it does to me. 

Growing up in Hawaii I didn't exactly get a fall season as a kid. I do enjoy the fall and spring, but not the winter so much. Ideally, I'd have a second home in the the southern hemisphere that I would go to around November and return back from in March. That would be perfect for me! 

New Zealand would be an awesome to have a second home! Where would you want your second home to be? Someplace warm, cold, or somewhere in between?

Fall Leaf Cupcakes

by Karyn Granrud
Keywords: chocolate frosting cupcakes fall
  • Favorite Cupcakes
  • Vanilla Frosting - homemade or 1 can Vanilla Frosting and 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • Yellow, Orange, Red food coloring
  • Chocolate Chips
Bake your favorite batch of cupcakes.
Make some vanilla frosting, either with homemade buttercream or mix together canned frosting and powdered sugar until thick.
Put the frosting into a piping bag with a 1M star tip. Alternate adding a stripe of food coloring to the inside of the bag. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe on your frosting.
Place a handful of chocolate chips in a baggie and place them into hot water to melt. Massage the baggie to make sure that it's all melted then snip off the corner of the bag and pipe leaf outlines on to parchment paper. Refrigerate to set the chocolate leaves for 10 minutes. Place a leaf on top of a cupcake and serve at your fall party!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Edible Cookie Dough Pops

I'm getting ready for a big bake sale this weekend for Cookies for Kids Cancer with my daughter's school. To keep things easy, we decided to go with just chocolate chip cookies. Any and all chocolate chip cookies. So that means we have chocolate chocolate chips, white chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip, gluten free, and even a few brownie/cookie cups.

My contribution was 60 fruity, cake mix cookies with white chocolate chips and these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pops! I hope that everyone loves them!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fancy Pumpkin Spice Macarons

I have a new love of Macarons. I think I've finally figured out the trick to them. I've made them a few times now and each time they get easier and easier. 

My best tip is to WEIGH your ingredients. It's not enough to measure 1 cup, you must weigh your almond flour and powdered sugar. If you don't have a kitchen food scale, get one! They aren't that expensive and once you have it, you'll use it all the time.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Two Cup Tuesday No.94

Where has the year gone? October is almost over and that means that I'm approaching another birthday. How is that possible?!? Ugh! It's not that I'm getting older, it's just that time is flying and I can't believe another year has flown by!

I'm celebrating with Sandra! If you haven't entered for the KA Mixer - here's your chance! Good Luck!

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Anyway, didn't get a new post for Dieter's Downfall done, so here's three great fall recipes for ya!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Gourd Cake Pops

It's Fall!! It's Fall!! And Fall means lots of pumpkin, gourds, and squashes! I dedicate this post to all of the misshapen, odd colored, strange textured, and made-fun-of gourds out there. I feel for ya. I can identify with ya. I think that your colors make you special and that your weird bumps and bruises give you character. 

When I head off to the farmers market or local pumpkin patch, I want to take all of the strange and unusual pumpkins home. I want to put them on center stage for everyone to look at and marvel over. They need a place of honor to show off how wonderfully different they were created.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cadbury Screme Egg Cupcakes

Since I'm all about EASY, how about these easy Halloween Cupcakes for your weekend snack? They start off with your favorite cupcakes, then get a super funky frosting decoration and finally topped off with a Cadbury Screme Egg! So easy, so yummy, so packed full of sugar for all the crazy kids!

I love it!

You've gotta be a fan of the Easter Creme Egg to enjoy this treat. I personally love them and try my hardest not to induldge... but...for the sake of the blog, I just had to pick them up!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Cherries

Phew! It's been one of those days! Ah, who am I kidding? It's been one of those years! You know what will make my life just a bit easier? Simple treats. I don't think it gets much easier than Chocolate Dipped Cherries.

However, these chocolate cherries are all dressed up for Halloween! I found some orange Roland Cherriesand knew they would be perfect for a fun, quick and easy snack.

These would be great to add to a cake or cupcakes. Place them on you Halloween treat table or just enjoy them as it. That's what I did.
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