Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween Oreo Cupcakes

Here's part 1 of my post with the pictures...now I need to find the recipe! These cupcakes were SO good! I used Halloween Oreo orange filling for the frosting and it was AMAZING!! I'll try to post the rest today...

Ellen! Look at my pitiful blender! Don't you think I need a kitchen-aid?!!

So now it's after Halloween, and I still can't find the recipe I wrote down! I basically just used a chocolate cake mix and threw in blended Halloween Oreos. The frosting was made with whipped cream and I whipped in the middles of Halloween Oreos so the frosting was orange. As I'm cleaning my office over the next couple weeks, hopefully I'll come across the recipe!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Egg Nog Spice Cupcakes

If any of you live in Utah County, check out my feature in the Daily Herald tomorrow (Saturday)! I made these cuppies while they photographed me for the paper. I was pretty happy with how my creation turned out...although I would make some changes and I'll tell you what they are!

Egg Nog Spice Cupcakes - by me!

1 package Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix (just the mix, don't add anything)
1 stick unsalted softened/melted butter (hmm...did I just make up a new term-mefted butter?? sof-elted?? I'm a nerd. Really, I just didn't melt the butter all the way, so it was half softened, half melted.)
3 eggs
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
1/2 cup egg nog
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup applesauce
1 1/3 cup water

All I did was combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and beat with a beater for 2 minutes. Then add them to your cupcake pan, 2/3 full. FYI, they didn't rise a ton, so you can fill them that far...I put less because I never know if the recipe will rise too much! Makes 24+ cupcakes. Oh, and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

I thought they were delish-but I did want them to be more egg nog-y (I LOVE egg nog!), so next time I would try adding more egg nog, like 1 cup, and less water, like 3/4 cup. But they were great as they were-really moist! My mom of Pots and Pins approved!

Cinnamon Cider Cream Cheese Frosting - by Pots and Pins

4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 T. apple cider
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (or to taste)
pinch of salt

Mix cream cheese and butter till fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in powdered sugar, cider, cinnamon, and salt. Beat well. Frost. Keep in refrigerator.

The frosting was really yummy! Thanks, mom!