Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Filled Cupcakes

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Ok – how delicious do these cupcakes look? With the weather getting cooler, the kids are asking for hot chocolate almost every day. Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows? GOOD. Cupcakes? GOOD! Even better? A combination of the two! Your kids are going to love these (and you probably will as well) and they are fairly easy to make – just a few extra steps more than making “regular” cupcakes with a store-bought mix!

Just look at the inside of these bad boys:

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Are you drooling yet? Well then, let’s get started! To make them, you will need:

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 chocolate cake mix + the ingredients called for in the directions on the box

Marshmallow filling and Icing

  • 1.5 sticks softened butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 7 oz jar Fluff Marshmallow
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3 colorful straws

Directions:

  1. Make cupcakes according to box instructions. Allow to cool completely
  2. To make the icing/filling Beat butter in a mixing bowl or stand mixer until creamy
  3. Add in confectioners sugar a little bit at a time until all is added and blended
  4. Add in vanilla and marshmallow blend well
  5. After cupcakes have cooled cut a small cone in to the top of your cupcake with a knife. This is very simple (see picture). Remove the cut piece of cupcake and set to side.   Copy of IMG_0563
  6. Place your frosting in a plastic bag or in a pastry bag and squeeze frosting into the hole you just created
  7. Trim your piece of cupcake that you removed and place back on top.
  8. Swirl your frosting on top of your cupcake.
  9. Garnish with mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips and straw.
  10. Try not to eat them all at once

Happy Baking!

Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Filled Cupcakes

Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Filled Cupcakes

Ingredients

    For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 chocolate cake mix, prepared as cupcakes according to the package directions
  • For the Marshmallow filling and Icing
  • 1.5 sticks softened butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 7 oz jar Fluff Marshmallow
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3 colorful straws

Instructions

  1. Make cupcakes according to box instructions
  2. Beat butter in a mixing bowl or stand mixer until creamy
  3. Add in confectioners sugar a little bit at a time until all is added and blended
  4. Add in vanilla and marshmallow blend well
  5. After cupcakes have cooled cut a small cone in to the top of your cupcake with a knife. This is very simple (see picture). Remove the cut piece of cupcake and set to side.
  6. Place your frosting in a plastic bag or in a pastry bag and squeeze into the hole you just created
  7. Trim your piece of cupcake that you removed and place back on top.
  8. Swirl your frosting on top of your cupcake.
  9. Garnish with mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips and straw.
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Oreo Stuffed Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Frosting | Easy Dessert Recipe

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These are so fun to make (especially with the kids) and if you use a boxed cake mix, can be such an easy dessert recipe.  Make these for a birthday party, a party at your kids school or even just a surprise treat for the kids when they get home from school!

Now, of course, I could make the chocolate cupcake batter from scratch, but why do that?  I know that there are some people who might yell about GMOs and additives, but until I find a homemade cupcake recipe that turns out as light and fluffy as the ones that I get from the boxed mixes, I am comfortable sticking with the boxed mixes.  Of course – if anyone has a recipe for cupcake batter that turns out as good as the mixes – feel free to let me know.

Where I won’t compromise is with the icing/frosting.  The stuff that comes in a can literally makes me gag, but I grew up with homemade frosting for everything, so I may be a little spoiled.  If you don’t mind the taste of canned frosting, you can make this even more of an easy dessert recipe by simply mixing crushed Oreos with a can of vanilla frosting.

Hennyway….

To make them, you will need:

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 Devils Food Cake + ingredients to make according to cupcake directions
  • 24 Oreo Cookies (or similar chocolate sandwich cookies)

For the Icing:

  • 1/2 cup butter (I use salted and unsalted with no change in taste)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 – 6 Tbsp milk
  • 8 Oreo Cookies (or similar chocolate sandwich cookies), finely crushed
  • 24 mini Oreos (optional)

See the full directions below:

Oreo Stuffed Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Frosting | Easy Dessert Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 37 minutes

Oreo Stuffed Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Frosting | Easy Dessert Recipe

Ingredients

    For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 Devils Food Cake + ingredients to make according to cupcake directions
  • 24 Oreo Cookies (or similar chocolate sandwich cookies)
  • For the Icing:
  • 1/2 cup butter (I use salted and unsalted with no change in taste)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 - 6 Tbsp milk
  • 8 Oreo Cookies (or similar chocolate sandwich cookies), finely crushed
  • 24 mini Oreos (optional)

Instructions

    For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  2. Prepare cake mix according to the directions on the box
  3. Place just enough batter in each well of the cupcake pan to cover the bottom of the liner.
  4. Top/center an Oreo on top of the batter. Cover the Oreo with more batter until cupcake wells are 3/4 full.
  5. Bake according to directions on the package (typically about 22 minutes)
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  7. To make the icing:
  8. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and shortening until blended.
  9. Add vanilla and beat until blended
  10. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed until all ingredients are incorporated.
  11. Add milk, 1 Tbsp at a time until frosting is the right consistency.
  12. Beat frosting on high for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  13. Add crushed Oreos and beat for another 30 seconds
  14. Add a little more milk if the frosting seems to stiff.
  15. Frost the cupcakes with the icing (or you can use a basic piping bag and tip). Stick a mini Oreo in the icing for decoration
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If you are looking for another easy dessert recipe, try my Caramel Apple Cheesecake Recipe!

Caramel Apple Cupcake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

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If you are looking for a fall dessert idea, look no farther than these Caramel Apple Cupcakes! It combines your favorite fall flavors with the fun of cupcakes!

For the frosting and drizzle, you can either use store-bought caramel, or you can use my homemade caramel sauce recipe.

Caramel Apple Cupcake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups very finely chopped apples
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (18.25 oz)
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding mix (3.4oz)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs

For the frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • additional Caramel Sauce, for drizzling

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake tin and set aside.
  2. Using a food processor, finely chop the apples.
  3. Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, chopped apples, water, oil, and eggs in a mixing bowl. Using electrix mixen, beat for about 2 minutes.
  4. Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each lined muffin cup.
  5. Bake for 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely before frosting!

To make the frosting:

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add caramel sauce, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Beat on low speed until blended. If mixture is too thick, add a little milk. If mixture is not thick enough, add more powdered sugar.
  2. Frost cupcakes
  3. Drizzle cupcakes with caramel sauce.

Enjoy!

I would love to know if you made these and how your family liked them!

*Cupcake recipe adapted from the Cupcake Doctor because the idea of using canned apples (not apple pie filling, just canned apples) seemed ridiculous!

Brownie Bite Mummies | Spooky Brownie Cupcakes!

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Need another idea for your Halloween party or just a treat for your kids?  These mini brownie cupcakes can easily be made in to mummies with just a few extra steps and everyone will love them! Icing them to get them to look like mummies is pretty simple.  It can be piped using just a sandwich bag as a piping bag, but if you want them to look really great, use a flat piping tip!

To make them, you will need:

  • 1 box Brownie Mix + ingredients indicated on box to make the brownies
  • 80 Candy eyes (also available at most large craft stores)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 40 mini cupcake cup liners
  • Mini muffin pan

Directions:

  1. Make brownie mix according to directions. You should be able to get 40 brownie cupcakes (brownie bites) out of 1 box mix. Let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer and add vanilla.
  3. Mix in the sugar one cup at a time.
  4. Beat in the milk mixing until fluffy.
  5. Tranfer icing to the corner of large size zipper bag, try to minimaize trapped air and close. Clip a small piece off the corner to pipe.
  6. Pipe icing back and forth across the top of each cupcake for wraps.
  7. Place 2 eyes on each.

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And there you have it! Easy to make brownie cupcakes that you can easily make in to spooky mummies that everyone should love!

Halloween Cupcake Ideas | Candy Corn Cupcakes + More!

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I love Halloween and my children love cupcakes, so at this time of year, I love looking for new Halloween cupcake ideas!  These candy corn cupcakes are so easy to make and everyone will just love them!

To make them, you will need:

For the cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

You will also need:

Candy Corn Pop Mold, lollipop sticks and melting chocolates in white, yellow and orange

See the full recipe below!

Halloween Cupcake Ideas | Candy Corn Cupcakes + More!

Halloween Cupcake Ideas | Candy Corn Cupcakes + More!

Ingredients

    For the cupcakes:
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with liners; set aside.
  2. Beat sugar, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Add eggs making sure to beat well.
  3. Spoon flour lightly into a measuring cup. Use a knife to level the flour. Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with a whisk until well mixed.
  4. Alternately add flour mixture to sugar mixture with milk. Mix well after each addition. DO NOT OVERMIX!
  5. Pour cupcake batter into liners and bake for 22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the frosting,
  7. beat butter, half of the sugar, and salt with a blender with a whisk attachment on low speed. Pour in remaining powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well until fluffy and smooth.
  8. Decorate!
  9. Make the candy corn pops according to the manufacturers instructions. Insert the pops in to the cupcake and sprinkle with seasonal decorations!
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Looking for more Halloween Cupcake Ideas?

How To Make Ghost Cupcakes – Am-Bro-Sia

Witch Cupcakes – Martha Stewart

Skeleton Cupcakes – Woman’s Day

Zombie Cupcakes – Three Little Monkeys Studio

More Homemade Cupcake Ideas on this site

Maple Cupcakes With Sweet Maple Frosting | Fall Cupcake Idea

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When the weather starts to cool down, few things scream “Fall!” as much as the flavor of maple. I am always looking for the best cupcake recipes that I can find and this one is perfect for entertaining because it is a  It’s just the perfect taste on a chilly day. Pair the maple flavor with a cup of tea and you have an absolutely fabulous dessert.

Maple Cupcakes with Sweet Maple Frosting

For the cupcakes:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, slightly softened and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, room temperature
  • 2 cups pure maple syrup (NOT pancake syrup)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk

For the frosting:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (NOT pancake syrup)

For the leaf:

To make the cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line muffin tin with liners; set aside.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening, until it makes what look like ribbons. Place mixer on low, and pour in maple syrup. Turn up to medium high and continue beating for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour egg yolks, and whole egg in individually, and beat until thoroughly mixed. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of your bowl, to get all of the mix combined into the mixture. Pour in half of the dry mixture and continue to mix on low until completely combined. Pour milk into mixture. Add the remaining flour, mix.
  5. Bake for about 22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat your softened butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add sugar and maple syrup and beat until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Do not overbeat the frosting!
  4. Make the cupcakes pretty by using a piping bag and tip to ice your cupcakes

To make the leaves: simply melt the chocolate and pour into the mold.  Allow to cool before adding to the top.

And there you have it! Fall cupcakes that are delicious and oh-so-pretty!

Recipe Inspiration

How To Make Twinkies at Home | Twinkie Copycat Recipe

If you haven’t heard, Hostess announced today that they are liquidating the company and have ceased all operation.

While experts believe that someone will eventually buy up the Twinkie brand/recipe and bring them back to the markets, in the meanwhile, reports are that stores have been completely wiped CLEAN or Twinkies, HoHos and Ding Dongs today, and single Twinkie boxes are selling for upwards of $100 on Amazon!

It’s insane….all for a little snack cake that will never go bad!

If you don’t want to spend the $100 for 8 little cakes (and never really bought them anyway because they are about 95% chemicals), here is how you can recreate those little guys at home – and an in fun and infinitely more healthy way!

First, you need to buy a Norpro 3964 Cream Canoe Pan With Bonus 9 Piece Decorating Set. This is priced at $24.25 and ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping (on orders of $25+). The reviews are fabulous on this item (4.5 out of 5 stars, which is pretty good for such a “specialty bakeware item”).
Norpro 3964 Cream Canoe Pan With Bonus 9 Piece Decorating Set – $24.25 and ships FREE with Super Saver Shipping

Next, you need a recipe for Twinkies! I did some searching and this one that has rave reviews:

Twinkie Recipe at Top Secret Recipes. They have even made a video demonstration of how to make Twinkies!

How To Make Twinkies at Home

Ingredients

    For The Cake:
  • Non-stick spray
  • 4 egg whites
  • One 16-ounce box golden pound cake mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • For The Filling
  • 2 teaspoons very hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups marshmallow creme (one 7-ounce jar)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Grease the inside of each mold with a light coating of non-stick spray.
  2. Disregard the directions on the box of cake mix. Instead, beat the egg whites until stiff. In a separate bowl combine cake mix with water and beat until thoroughly blended (about 2 minutes). Fold egg whites into the cake batter and slowly combine until completely mixed.
  3. Pour the batter into the molds, filling each one about 3/4 of an inch. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
  4. For the filling
  5. Combine salt with the hot water in a small bowl and stir until salt is dissolved. Let this mixture cool.
  6. Combine the marshmallow creme, shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl and mix well with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy.
  7. Add the salt solution to the filling mixture and combine.
  8. Assemble Your Twinkies
  9. When the cakes are done and cooled, use a skewer or chopstick to make three holes in the bottom of each one. Move the stick around inside of each cake to create space for the filling.
  10. Using a cake decorator or pastry bag, inject each cake with filling through all three holes.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of MSNBC

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High Heel Cupcake Tutorial


Oh my gosh – these look so FUN! I KNOW that Elizabeth would go nuts for these!

Who doesn’t love dainty, girl, fashion inspired party food? Here is a great way to make some fun fashion inspired cupcakes!

All you need for these babies are:

Cupcakes (any kind),
Graham Crackers,
Royal Icing for decorating,
Pirouette Cookies,
Melted Chocolate
Any garnishes (like sprinkles, gumballs, fondant bows etc) you want!

To see detailed instructions, head to Happily Ever After!

Hope you try them out! They are SO fun!

Buckeye Cupcakes

Chocolate and peanut butter is the perfect pairing. Use that combo in these cupcakes! To make them you need:

Chocolate Cake Mix + ingredients
2 sticks (1 cup) butter (softened)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Cup to 3/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
pinch of salt
4-6 Tablespoons milk

Head over to Sugar Bean Bakers for the recipe!

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

My goodness these cupcakes look amazing! Blueberry cupcakes filled with a lemon curd, Yum! To make them you need:

  • 2 cups plus 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 large eggs

Head over to There Goes the Cupcake for the recipe and instructions!

Apple Squash Cupcakes With Brown Sugar Frosting

Recipe: Apple Squash Cupcakes With Brown Sugar Frosting

Summary: Looking for a way to cram some healthier ingredients in to a delicious treat that your children will love? This recipe is for you!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded peeled apples
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar, plus 3/4 cup, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk

Directions

  1. To prepare cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups with cupcake liners or coat with cooking spray.
  2. Combine shredded a in a bowl with 3 tablespoons brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside. Beat butternut squash & the remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Beat in eggs & vanilla.
  3. Whisk flours, baking soda, salt and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  4. Alternately add the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the batter, starting and ending with dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in the reserved apple mixture until just combined. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. (The cups will be full.)
  5. Bake the cupcakes for 20 to 22 minutes

Check out the rest of the recipe (including the recipe for the Brown Sugar Frosting) at O’Boy Organic

Quick Notes

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: dessert

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating: 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Pretty Pink Princess Cupcakes

I was thrilled when Mindi asked me to do some Pretty Pink Princess Cupcakes for her daughter’s birthday. You see I have all boys, 3 teenage boys in fact, and I don’t ever get a chance to make anything Pink!

I started with a Strawberry Cake mix, you can learn all about how I make a cake mix taste like it’s from scratch on my Mother’s Day Cupcake vlog.

I whipped up some Buttercream Frosting, and tinted it, what else, a Pretty Pink!

Then, using the Wilton #1M tip, some Pink Wafer Cookies, Wilton Pink Sparkling Sugar, and a few White Pearls, I started decorating.

There are lots of Free Printables to use as cupcake toppers, Living Locurto has some really cute ones, I happen to find the Happy Birthday one I used on Paper Glitter. I simply printed them out onto white cardstock, cut it out and taped it to a sucker stick.

To see more Cupcake Creations, head on over and visit me at Hoosier Homemade, I also share lots of baked goods, Budget Friendly Meals, and decorating tips and tricks, all to help you “Make Your House a Home.”