Fall, by far, is my favorite season. There is just something about snuggling up with a sweatshirt on, a chill in the air and leaves changing colors. This past weekend, in an effort to bring fall to Iowa, I made my kitchen into a fall baking zone. To start off the day, I began to prepare yummy, fall-y, Crockpot Hot Apple Cider with Mott’s Apple Juice.
Ready for the easiest recipe?
I think you can handle that one. And the house?! Yum. It smells like fall.
While the Apple Cider is heating things up in the crockpot, I decided to bake some Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes.
The cupcakes were made using a box of Spice Cake Mix, adding in a can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, but pumpkin, talk about leaving me flabbergasted in the aisle, why are there both? What’s the difference?). Here is the easy recipe to get some tasty, dense cupcakes:
Once the cupcakes had cooled and the kitchen smelled like apple cinnamon bliss, the fun part arrived. I pulled out the Fall M&M’s and parchment paper. In a plastic Ziploc baggie, I melted chocolate chips, and cut off the corner (just a super, small piece!). I then started making M&M bugs, using the M&M’s as the body and drawing on the creepy crawly legs.
Not all of them turned out, it did take a few practice tries (but they still taste delicious). The trick was making the “legs” thick enough that once they dried, you could use a spatula to pull them off the paper and gently place them on the yummy, pumpkin-y goodness.
I also made the mini cupcakes into cute ghost cupcakes. To do this, I used a decorator tip and swirled the frosting onto the cupcake, then I stuck on 2 M&M eyes.
My favorite cupcakes were M&M Mummies. I stuck 2 M&Ms on the cupcakes as eyes, using the frosting as glue. I put the cream cheese frosting in a plastic bag and put a decorator tip on. I made criss-cross stripes around the eyes to give it a wrapped look.
For the non-creepy cupcake lovers, I made a few with M&M polka-dots.
Those were clearly the easiest :). I used a store brand container of Cream Cheese Frosting for all of the cupcakes, but you could use plain vanilla as well. The cupcakes turned out both scrumptious and creepy! What are some of your favorite fall recipes?
For more great ideas visit the Fall Baking and Entertaining Pinterest Board.