I love this time of year and it is even more exciting this year since my daughter will be able to trick or treat. Last year, we put her in a cute lion costume for about 10 minutes because she was not having it. Hopefully we have better luck this year!  

Plenty of Halloween parties and Thanksgiving dinners will be here in no time so we added a few new fall themed edible cupcake toppers for Halloween and Thanksgiving!  Edible toppers are perfect for the school party or an easy way to make your dessert stand out on the Thanksgiving dessert table.

The new edible cupcake toppers are available at Sweet’n Treats!

 

Halloween Cupcake Toppers

 

 

 


Thanksgiving Cupcake Toppers



Today is the first day that it feels like fall. Yesterday was in the low 80s and right now it is only 54 degrees!

This time of year I love lighting a pumpkin spice or banana nut bread candle to make it smell like I’m actually baking ;)  But today, I’m going to make these delicious Pumpkin Cupcakes with a Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting to get the real smell through out the house!

The recipe can be found at Kraft Foods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If these turn out as good as they sound, this could be a great alternative to pumpkin pie for dessert at Thanksgiving!

Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!


Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Around this time every year, my mom ends up either baking a pineapple upside down cake or buying one from the local grocery store for my dad’s birthday.  This is his favorite cake in the entire world and he would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner…if my mom would let him :)

A few days back, I found a recipe to make pineapple upside down CUPCAKES!  I want to try this out soon, and of course my dad will be the judge to see if this recipe beats what we traditionally have.  I like the easy presentation of the cake in the cupcake liners for this type of cake since usually becomes a little bit of a mess on the cake plate. My dad will argue with me that this is the best part of the cake!

Thanks to FamilyFun Magazine for the recipe and the step-by-step instructions to make these cute cupcakes.  They do not use cupcake liners but it is a quick step to do in the beginning while your oven is heating up.

This recipe will make 12 cupcakes – just enough for a family birthday party or dessert for every meal for my dad for a week ;)

A little tip to make this recipe even faster to make is to use yellow cake mix instead of making your batter from scratch. If you use cake mix, you can also double your recipe to make 24 cupcakes since you will more batter.

Just a note: this recipe does not require the use of the cupcake liners. Just flip the muffin pan over to release each cupcake and display on a nice dessert platter…or you can add the cupcake liners so each person can have fun unwrapping their own dessert. I’m going to use fun decorative cupcake liners to match the decor of the party.

Love the Presentation!

Thanks to CookbookManiac.com for this great photo sequence of her version of pineapple upside down cupcakes. You can find the recipe at her website.

 

 



I’m excited to try out a new recipe and if it turns out as good as they look in these photos, then I know it will be a big hit at my dad’s birthday party!

Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!


Cupcake Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

 

One of the cute ideas I made for my daughter’s birthday party were cupcake shaped rice krispies treats dipped in chocolate.  What a great response to this quick and easy treat!  I had so many people ask me how I made them and I’m even making some more this weekend for our friend who is having a birthday party for her daughter.

A little twist on a classic treat!

 

 

These treats are easy to make with very few ingredients.

What you’ll need:

  • Cupcake Cookie Cutter (or any shaped cookie cutter to match your party theme)
  • 1 1/2 cups White Chocolate Chips
  • 10 oz. package Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 3 tbsp. Butter or Margarine
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Sprinkles (optional)
Directions:
  1. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add rice krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
  2. Using buttered spatula (or wax paper), press mixture into 13×9 inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool.
  3. Cut cupcake shapes using the cookie cutter.

 

4. In small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate and oil. Microwave on high for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.

5. Coat the top of the treats with the melted chocolate using a spoon.

 

6. Decorate with sprinkles or other candy before the chocolate starts to set.  Any remaining chocolate can be put into a piping bag to outline the bottom of the cupcake to look like the cupcake liner.

 

 

 

 

7. Place the treats on wax paper. Refrigerate until chocolate is set.

 

 

Once chocolate is set, remove from refrigerator and place on a decorative platter for your party! ENJOY ;)

This recipes makes 18 cupcake shaped treats.  If you use a smaller cookie cutter, than you can create more from this one batch recipe.

The possibilities are endless with this quick treat.  There are so many different cooke cutter shapes, you can use this recipe for so many occasions!  …birthday, baby shower, bridal shower, retirement, treats for the office or just because!

 

Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!

 


August 17th is National Thiftshop Day!

I’m back to finding strange holidays and I guess National Thiftshop Day is a perfect way to start ;)

“Thriftshop” is an old term for stores that sell items deeply discounted merchandise.  It’s not always the highest quality, but the price is right.  It’s all about being crafty and creative on a budget!

You know these stores better today as Goodwill and dollar stores.  I personally love both of these types of stores since you can find great items that are inexpensive as well as gently used or even new items from department stores.  The shelves are overflowing with candlestick holders, mix-n-match plates, serving dishes, and linens.

How about making your own cupcake and cake stands? Very easy to do and a trip to your local thrift shop is all that is needed!

Repurposed Cake Stand

Thank you to Crafty Nest where I found easy instructions on how to make your own repurposed dessert stands.

BEFORE

 

Supplies & Tools

  • plate
  • vase, pedestal bowl, candlestick, etc. (look for a wide base and a flat top)
  • epoxy (I used Elmer’s epoxy cement)
  • craft sticks or Q-tips with the cotton removed from the ends
  • scrap cardboard or paper plate
  • paper towel or rag
  • nail polish remover

1. Clean and dry both dishes well. Find the center of the plate. Mark the spot if you need to. Mix the epoxy according to the package directions, then apply a thin coat to the top of your base using a craft stick. Don’t touch the epoxy with your bare hands.

 

 

2. Turn the base upside down, and place in the center of the bottom of the plate. Work quickly but carefully because the epoxy dries fast. While the glue is still tacky, remove any excess with a paper towel and nail polish remover.

3. Place a heavy book on top to hold the base down. Let dry overnight. These cake stands are not dishwasher safe, so gently wash them by hand.

 

AFTER

 

 

 

Another idea…

How about making a cute “cupcake” gift with washcloths?

 

 

You can find a wide array of colors and patterns. Add some matching ribbon and place into a cupcake liner to make a cute cupcake gift.  You can even get creative with the presentation and place it into a small single cupcake box that you can find at your local craft stores in the baking aisle.

Perfect gift for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday or just because.  You can even use a baby onesie instead of a washcloth for the mom-to-be! My sister made one for her gift at my baby shower. It was one of my favorite gifts that day ;)  …she is so creative!

 

 

 

 

And this is just because … it made me smile ;)

 

 

I think I may need to find this sign and hang it in my office!

 

Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!

 


August 1st is Raspberry Cream Pie Day!

 

Raspberries are one of the gems of summer. Sweet and tasty, it is loved by millions of people (and birds, too!) With the arrival of ripe berries, it is time to make and enjoy some of your favorite dessert treats. High on the list for raspberry lovers, is raspberry cream pie.

I have never tasted raspberry cream pie but… you can still make this a super raspberry day. Go out and pick your own berries. Then, make a raspberry cream pie. Better still, make one for you, and another to give away to a family member, a neighbor, or a friend. Then, dig in and eat a piece of pie….Yummmm! Here is a great recipe from Bon Appetit for Black Bottom Raspberry Cream Pie (photo above)- The secret to the crust is a layer of chocolate pudding—plus chocolate cookies.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2004/07/black_bottom_raspberry_cream_pie#ixzz1ToDtp8F0

I love finding creative alternatives to the holiday. These made me laugh when I googled “funny raspberry pictures”…might make a few tonight to make my daughter laugh!

I saw this cute kid’s apron that reminds me of a raspberry cream pie because of the colors. Lush violets and soft pink made this apron so cute!

How About Raspberry Cream Cupcakes In A Jar!

Thanks to babble.com for a great recipe to make your very own raspberry cupcakes in a jar.  ”Looking for a dessert that looks nice when you set it out on the table and has a little bit of zing to it? Look no further than these yellow cupcakes with raspberry frosting in a jar. The yellow cake is moist, sweet, and buttery and the frosting has a wonderful tanginess. The jar, apart from making them last a little longer and easier to transport, also provides a nice presentation.

And the really nice thing is that making these cupcakes from scratch isn’t significantly harder than using a mix, but yields much better results. Everybody is going to love these cupcakes. Including you. And isn’t that the most important thing since you’re going to do all the work to make them?”

 

Happy Raspberry Cream Pie Day! Until tomorrow, have a sweet day ;)


July 29th is Nation Lasagna Day!

 

First, I cannot believe July is almost over…where did the summer go? Anyways, Happy National Lasagna Day!

I have great memories of my grandmom making lasagna for Sunday dinners as well as for every holiday.  Sure, it’s July. Its hot and humid. Cooking up a pan of lasagna will make the kitchen hotter but as it cooks, the smell will waft throughout the house. Your mouth will begin to water. When dinner time arrives, you will have a huge appetite for a huge piece of lasagna.

 

Lasagna is a favorite Italian dish. In between multiple layers of lasagna pasta are generous amounts of tomato sauce, cheeses, and sometimes hamburger and/or Italian sausage. Its the favorite Italian dish of millions of Americans.

 

I could eat pasta any time of the day but what about for dessert? 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to VeggieTeens for these amazing “TV Dinner” cupcakes.  The peas and carrots on the cupcake are actually green runts and orange starburst cut into quarters! How creative!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe chicken with mash potatoes and corn… the butter is a lemon starburst and the corn kernels are the bottom portion of candy corn! I Love These Cupcakes! Take a look at the link for all the little tips on how to make each one of these cupcakes.

How Large Is The Worlds Biggest Lasagna?

I’m not sure of the record for real lasagna but for a cake in the shape of lasagna, it’s 28 feet! Sweet E’s Bakery submitted their cake to the Guinness Book of World Records and hope to be a part of history in the very near future! The actual noodles and basil leaves were made out of fondant while the marinara sauce was made from red velvet cake, red frosting and red chocolate chunks. The melted cheese on top was made of fondant and chocolate which was airbrushed to look yellow. After 72 hours, the cake was complete weighing in at 150 pounds.

Until tomorrow, have a sweet night!