Easy Bat Cupcakes

easy halloween cupcakes

If you are looking for easy halloween cupcakes this is it!  So much fun – your kids will love making them with you!

Recipe and Photo’s Courtesy of Taste Of Home Magazine

Reese’s Cupcakes!

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Oh my – these Reese’s cup cupcakes are sooo good!  Easy and fun to make too!  Although you can certainly made the chocolate cupcakes from scratch, I used a packaged cake mix.

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Reese’s Cupcakes:

  • 1 package chocolate fudge cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Moist Supreme)
  • 24 snack size (.55 oz each) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. corn syrup
  • additional chopped up Reese’s for decorating cupcakes (about 4)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Prepare 2 cupcake pans with 24 liners.
  2. Placed unwrapped Reese’s cups in the bottom of each liner.
  3. Make cake mix according to package instructions.  Pour batter into each cupcake liner so that they are 2/3rd full.  Bake according to package directions.  When done, remove from oven and let cool 30 minutes on rack.
  4. Melt butter in medium saucepan.  Turn heat to lowest setting and add chocolates and corn syrup. Stir constantly until chips are melted and fully blended, then remove from heat.  Let frosting cool for 15 minutes.
  5. After frosting has cooled, frost each cupcake and then decorate with chopped up Reese’s. (If frosting is too warm the Reese’s pieces will melt.)

Frosting Cookies and Cakes

It’s time for a SWEET post, don’t you think?  I’ve got some great DIY and inspiration for cookie making and cake decorating!

From whisk-kid, a great step-by-step cake frosting tutorial!  (I need this post!!)

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A very simple tutorial on decorating with two color frosting cupcakes with store-bought icing, from anna and blue paperie:  And at the end of the post she provides a link for a very easy tutorial to frost a cake with roses!

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One of my favorite fondant artists is Sugar High, Inc.  You have to check out the online fondant art gallery… and prepared to be awestruck!  Well, Sugar High offers a few tutorials (not free) on how to create fondant art.  The price is TOTALLY reasonable for a tutorial of this kind… check out the adorable whales:

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My favorite cookie artist, Sweet Sugarbelle has a great post on making icing colors match:

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And I found this great photo tutorial on facebook, courtesy of SugarNosh Treats, for making leopard print cookies!

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Easter Cupcakes Ideas – Cookies Too!

So excited to show you some lovely edible Easter cookie and cupcake ideas today!

From Somewhat Simple, yummy looking Carrot Cupcakes.  The carrots are made from fondant which can easily be purchased and she used real carrot tops!

Carrot Cake Cupcake

From Seeded at the Table, some adorable Easter Sugar Cookies that looks like a nest with eggs… easy to make, and so, so cute!  You’ll want to read her post and then click here for her Easter Sugar Cookie Recipe.

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From Munchkin Munchies, a great tutorial on how to make these Easter Bunny cookies on a stick.  An edible marker from the craft store makes it so simple!

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From Sweetopia.com, an incredible Mini Easter Cookie Tree – oh. my. goodness!  Lovely, and so sweet…

I’m sure your kids would love to make their own versions with cookies that they decorated themselves!

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And from Ingrid’s Adventures in Baking, some adorable Easter chick cupcakes – I love these, and I know my kids would get a big kick out of them too.  They are made from one large cupcake (for the body) and one mini cupcake (for the head).  She piped feathers using cake decorating tip #16 and some yellow butter cream. The eyes and beaks are made from fondant, with the pupils painted in with gel food coloring.

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What are YOU baking for spring and Easter?  We’d love to hear about it!

Springtime Cookies and Cupcakes

I don’t know about you, but once Valentine’s Day is over, I start dreaming about and planning for SPRING!  I also start feeling like trying something new and making fun projects with my kids.  It’s probably a “getting past winter” surge or something.  Anyway, I thought I’d start collecting some fun spring cookie recipes and tutorials for cookies(cupcakes too!). And of course, I’m sharing them with YOU!

From Martha Stewart, Spring Cupcakes with Sugared Flowers… oh yes!  Make sure you click through the links in the post to learn how to make sugar flowers (so easy!).


From my favorite cookie maker, Sweet Sugar Belle… check out these Sweet Little Lamb Cookies.  This is actually a guest post on her site from Marian of Sweetopia.  Both Sugar Belle and Sweetopia write the best tutorials, and they really make me believe I can do this!

 

Found these adorable Spring Flower Cupcake Cones on an OC blog… love the idea, and I can think of lots of variations for using the cones as flower pots! She gives step by step instructions and photos on how to make flower cupcakes.

Check out the super cute Spring Cookies from Pink Little Cake, using fondant instead of icing… I KNOW I can do these!

Aren’t you in the mood for SPRING now??

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And we have a couple more customer photos for you today from Tanya showing off zebra party bags and more!  Love her pink zebra top – she looks so fab!

Fun Valentine Cupcakes

Valentine cupcake ideas

This recipe comes from Allrecipes – a great online source for recipes.  Be sure to click on over to the site to see all the pictures people who have made this recipe have posted (we owe Celeste thanks for this one).

I’ve tweaked their recipe a tad because they used only egg whites to keep the white batter a true white.  However, it’s the yolks that give such richness and moisture to the recipe so I’ve added one back it – it will barely make a difference to the color of the batter but will greatly improve the taste. (okay – I often add two yolks!).

Another perfect and easy valentine cupcake recipe is our Hidden Strawberry Cupcake Recipe with Homemade Buttercream Frosting.

Although pink is the theme for these cupcakes – you can create whatever color middles you want.  Food coloring and candy oils are found in the baking aisle of most craft stores.  I leave the candy oil out of the recipe when I make these.

Neopolitan Cupcakes – So Easy, So Good!

I was rather taken with the photo of the Neapolitan Cupcake I saw in a magazine.  Unfortunately – the cupcake itself, although nicely flavored, was just too dense.  Which is saying something because I tend to like rich, heavy things.  However, the frosting was absolutely divine.  A definitely ‘must have’ in my frosting repertoire, although of course I tinkered and altered it completely from the original:)

As for the cupcake itself – which boasted a chocolate base under a vanilla top – it was deceptively easy to do.   My recommendation?  Just buy a vanilla cake mix, divide it into two as described below and flavor one half as chocolate and then, once baked,  top with the heavenly strawberry frosting.  And you’ve got yourself a rather spectacular, yet easy-as-can-be, Neapolitan dessert!

Diva Entertains is your source for fabulous party favors including wonderful Cookie Favors.

Oreo Brownie Cupcakes – Amazingly Simple To Make!

Oreo Brownies

This recipe, and the beautiful photography,  comes from Camber over at Instructionables. That website is devoted to pictorials of DIY projects including recipes!  And the recipe itself?  *DELICIOUS*.  And  oh-so-easy to make!  Thanks Camber!  VERY important note: Use FOIL cupcake liners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupcakes for Kids!

It’s time for more cupcakes, and wow, do we have some FUN cupcake designs and recipes for you today!

Perfect for the soccer team, or a soccer-theme birthday, check out these easy-to-make Soccer Cupcakes, from Wilton.  Everything you need to recreate these can be found in the baking aisle of a craft store – don’t forget your coupons.  If the frosting ‘grass’ seems to intimidating, just frost as usual with green tinted frosting – it will still look great!:

Having a Disney-themed party, or celebrating with a Mickey Mouse fan?  You’ll definitely need to try these adorable Mickey Cupcakes from Sweet Tooth.  Made with Oreos, they couldn’t be any cuter… or easier!

A perfect compliment to a Garden party or Tea party, would be these Flower Cupcakes, found ivillage.com!  I would have NEVER thought of using sprinkles and m&m’s to make flowers, but these are SO, SO cute!

Another winner in the Flower/Garden party category are these Mum cupcakes.  Decorating with marshmallows never looked so good (and so easy)!

For the SUPER-STAR, you simply MUST check out these Karaoke Microphone Birthday cupcakes.  They are fab, fab, fab!!  Made with mini ice-cream cones and donut holes… the perfect cupcake choice for your singing or rockin’ kiddo!

Mini donuts, tootsie rolls, and airheads… what a combination!  And they all add up to make these super cute Apple Shaped Cupcakes.  All that’s missing is the WORM!  Of course, those would be easily added… just grab a bag of gummy worms too!

Valentine’s Day Party Bites – Dessert Style!

Here at Diva Entertains, we are planning a series of “Party Bite” blog posts in upcoming weeks, and today is the first in that series… and it’s a Valentine  DESSERT “party bites” post!  So… the post is brought to you by chocolate, red velvet and truffles, with a few more yummy things thrown in just for fun!

And to save time, I’m just going to provide links and images, since the photos speak for themselves

Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls, from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.  Totally easy – totally fun!  Drop them in some hot milk for a fabulous flavor explosion.  Or eat ’em straight up – either way these are winners!

From Smuckers, Strawberry Angel Cookies.  A very easy recipe that uses a angel food cake mix.  Although the recipe calls for sugar free preserves (which is great if your on a low sugar diet), I made them with the real deal!


From Peace of Cake, Red Velvet Cookies:  So simple (use a red red velvet cake mix)…so good!  Cream cheese is one of the 5 (yes, only 5!) ingredients so you know it is going to be good!

From Baking Bites, Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies.  Need we say more?

From The Curvy Carrot, Cherry Chocolate Kisses:

And last but not least, super, SUPER easy Heart Shaped Cupcakes.  (how to make the heart shape – use whatever cupcake recipe you’d like)