Milky Way Candy Shop Cupcakes

cupcake

This Thanksgiving, I decided to bring some cupcakes when we visited family. Not sure what to bring, I decided chocolate and candy were sure to be a crowd pleaser. Luckily, I was right. I’d not only impressed my family with my newfound cupcake making skills, they all thought they tasted really yummy. Some even asked if we bought them. It was nice to say, nope! I made them! Instead of punching through the cupcakes with the piping bag, I tried a different technique and only filled a cupcake approximately a 1/3 of the way full before spooning some stiff hot fudge into the center. Make sure you DO NOT let the hot fudge reach the sides. It must be kept in the center for this cupcake to come out correctly.

Candy Shop Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • hot fudge sauce (don't warm it up, you want it really stiff)
  • 2-3 mini Milky Way candy bars, cut up or crumbled
  • Chocolate Caramel Frosting

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line muffin cups with paper bake cups.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Fill muffin cups 1/3 full with batter.
  3. Spoon 1 level tablespoon hot fudge sauce into center of each cupcake and cover with remaining batter.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake portion comes out clean. Remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Top each cupcake with Hershey's Chocolate Caramel Frosting and Milky Way crumbles.
http://natashaneagle.com/milky-way-candy-shop-cupcakes/

 

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Thanks to Wegmans, I spied with my little eyes something that looked delicious when I went to get groceries and even though I didn’t know of a recipe to make at the time, I picked it up.

Here is the culprit:

Caramel Apple frosting

Since I’ve been baking a lot since we moved, I tend to keep either a white , butter, or yellow cake mix on stock in my cabinets. The recipe I found to make these yummy apple cupcakes called for white cake mix, but I had butter cake mix so that was what I used. They still turned out heavenly. I would have made the icing from scratch, but since this icing is what inspired the whole baking bit, I decided to go ahead and use it. I will tell you – it’s very sweet. It tastes delicious, but next time, I will make my own caramel buttercream frosting. Homemade is so much better.

Caramel Apple Cupcake

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Ingredients

    For the Biscuits
  • **Substitute with Bisquick following box directions & add cheese to make it even easier!
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Brush on Top:
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder.
  3. Use 2 knives to cut in the butter until small pea-sized crumbs form.
  4. Add the cheese and toss until coated with flour.
  5. Add the milk and stir until just combined - DO NOT OVERMIX!
  6. Drop by 1/4 cup fulls onto the baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake 14 - 16 minutes until golden around the edges. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine melted butter with parsley and garlic salt.
  8. Remove the biscuits from the oven and brush butter generously over the tops while hot.
http://natashaneagle.com/caramel-apple-cupcakes/

Ghostly Halloween Cupcakes

ghostly cupcakes

My new favorite thing to cook is cupcakes. I’m discovering how simply it is to make them and dressing them up isn’t as hard as it seemed. This is a good thing for me. I made a yellow cake mix into cupcakes and iced them with a butter cream frosting (seriously, the best frosting ever). Since the hubs loves anything orange and it was perfect with Halloween around the corner, I put some orange sprinkles on the top. Finally, I topped the cupcake off with a ghostly candy corn candy piece I picked up at Michael’s. 

ghost cupcakes

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