Chocolate Witch’s Cauldron Cupcakes

chocolate witch's cauldron cupcakes with brownie cauldrons and salted caramel - www.yummycrumble.comWickedly delicious chocolate cupcakes frosted with vibrant green and orange vanilla buttercream frosting and topped with a miniature brownie cauldron bubbling over with salted buttery caramel.  These Chocolate Witch’s Cauldron Cupcakes are the perfect ghoulish treat for little goblins and witches this Halloween!

chocolate witch's cauldron cupcakes with brownie cauldrons and salted caramel - www.yummycrumble.comI’m gonna go ahead and say it.  Everybody says it.  You hear it said by everyone everywhere.

“Christmas decorations in the stores already?!”

The only thing is…I’m totally okay with it and super excited about it.  Hey, I start listening to Christmas tunes when August comes around.  I’m the last person you should be complaining to about the commercialization of Christmas.  Sorry Linus from Charlie Brown, but I’m the gal with my Christmas tree up and decorated before you can finish saying Happy Thanksgiving!  That being said, this is my last spooky cupcake post!  Bring on the cinnamon, cloves, apples, and all things jolly!

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Chocolate Spider Nest Bundt Cakes

Chocolate Spider Nest Bundt Cakes with Marshmallow spider webs and chocolate spiders - www.yummycrumble.comMiniature chocolate bundt cakes covered in a hard chocolate ganache shell, then smothered with melted marshmallow spider webs.  The perfect little home for a friendly little chocolate spider! 

Blogging this October has been so much fun!  Halloween and all her spookiness has sparked my baking imagination.  First came the Ferrero Rocher Spiders which turned into Chocolate Tarantula Cupcakes, and then my Monster Strawberry Cupcakes (my favorite so far).  I’m a Christmas girl through and through, but I gotta say I’m kind of sad to see Halloween go.  There’s only a little under 2 weeks left of October and it will all be over.

Chocolate Spider Nest Bundt Cakes with Marshmallow spider webs and chocolate spiders - www.yummycrumble.comThese little Chocolate Spider Nest Bundt Cakes were incredibly easy to make!  A tiny bit messy, but if you have little kids they would have a blast getting their little hands dirty with you.  It’s the perfect fall kiddie afternoon project, and the end result is edible.  Win win!

Chocolate Spider Nest Bundt Cakes with Marshmallow spider webs and chocolate spiders - www.yummycrumble.comWhen I mean messy…I mean messy.  But all in good fun!  I got the idea from The Cake Blog.  You just microwave the marshmallows for 30 seconds and stir until they’re cool enough to touch.  Then just stretch thin strands all over the little cakes.  Easy!

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Chocolate Tarantula Cupcakes

Chocolate Tarantula Cupcakes with Ferrero rocher chocolate spiders - www.yummycrumble.comSpooky Chocolate Tarantula Cupcakes that are perfect for Halloween!  Super dark chocolate cupcakes topped with vibrant purple vanilla buttercream and topped with the most adorable chocolate spiders!

Chocolate Tarantula Cupcakes with Ferrero rocher chocolate spiders - www.yummycrumble.com Last week I posted a super easy and adorable tutorial for these Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Spiders.  I made my favorite chocolate cupcakes and topped them with the hairy coconut chocolate spiders.  My son Oliver, who has inherited my really crazy, borderline ridiculous obsession for chocolate, still would not go near these guys.  I guess no matter how delicious something is, if it has eight legs you squeal and run away.  And that’s exactly what my four year old did.  I just shrugged and ate his cupcake.

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Nutella Pumpkin Cupcakes

Nutella Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin and nutella swirled buttercream frosting - www.yummycrumble.comSuper moist spiced pumpkin cupcakes topped with a wonderful swirl of Nutella buttercream frosting and luscious pumpkin buttercream frosting.  Deliciously indulgent, these Nutella Pumpkin Cupcakes will keep you coming back for more!

So lately my blog has taken a delicious turn into pumpkin land.  As I giddily skip into its yummy paradise I’ve left my sad little husband behind.  You see, my husband HATES pumpkin flavored anything.  When Monday rolls around and he eagerly asks what I’m making for the blog (Monday is my bake like crazy, non-stop oven burning, chocolate melting, caramel drizzling day) and I reply,

“…something pumpkin.”

I can actually see the happiness leave his eyes.

Nutella Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin and nutella swirled buttercream frosting - www.yummycrumble.comBut don’t feel sorry for him yet.  I always make it up to him and make something he really likes.  Like these.  Oh, and these.  But let’s get back to what I imagine is served at every corner patisserie in pumpkin land…Nutella Pumpkin Cupcakes.  I used my favorite pumpkin cupcake recipe which always comes out perfectly moist and fluffy, and topped them with two types of amazing buttercream because well, I couldn’t decide which one!  I think that’s why I love making cupcakes.  It’s my outlet to go wild.

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Monster Strawberry Cupcakes

Monster Strawberry Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and crushed oreo cookies - Yummy CrumbleThese strawberries have come alive!  Moist strawberry cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and crushed oreo cookies with a frightening strawberry monster.  These Monster Strawberry Cupcakes will make a killer impression at your next Halloween party!

Monster Strawberry Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and crushed oreo cookies - Yummy CrumbleMy kids are pretty young so we only have one Halloween season under our belt.  We waited until Oliver was older before we ventured out to ask our neighbors for sugary delights.  Last year we took him Trick Or Treating for the first time. He was a three year old Ollie-wan Kenobi and the little guy had the best time.  On the way home he bit straight through a tootsie roll wrapper because his anxious little fingers couldn’t unwrap it in time.  He’s just like his Mamma.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting - www.yummycrumble.comDark chocolate mocha brownies topped with creamy pumpkin buttercream frosting and sweet whipped cream.  The Pumpkin Spiced Latte just met it’s match…Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies!  

Say what you want about Starbucks and their “stale” coffee.  Yes, I’m talking to coffee snobs everywhere!  You have to admit they know the way to every white girl’s heart during Fall.  I’m more of a classic Mocha girl myself, but I love the first sight of their magical chalkboard sign exclaiming, “The Pumpkin Spice Latte is here!”  It lets me know that Fall has officially arrived.  I’ve taken one of my favorite Starbucks drinks and made them into brownies!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting - www.yummycrumble.comI’ve only made a few pumpkin desserts so far but I’ve got so many more planned for this season.  It’s safe to say, I’m in love with pumpkin.  First came my Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes and then these crazy delicious guys.  These Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies were incredibly easy.  How?  I used my favorite boxed brownie mix.

Eeeek! Yes, you can make brownie mix taste like it’s from scratch.  I promise.

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Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Spider Tutorial

Ferrero Rocher Spider Tutorial - www.yummycrumble.comFreakishly delicious chocolate spiders made out of my favorite chocolate truffle.  This Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Spider Tutorial is super easy and will make your cupcakes extra spooky this Halloween!

These little guys were so easy to make (little patience required) and will make everyone giggle at your next Halloween party.  At first glance you’ll have to take a second look.  These little guys are creepy!  But in an “Omigosh you’re so yummy, get in my mouth” kind of way.

Ferreror Rocher Spider Tutorial - www.yummycrumble.comHere is the tutorial…the freezer is your best friend while using this tutorial.

Ferreror Rocher Spider Tutorial - www.yummycrumble.comStart by toasting some sweetened coconut for a little bit.  While the coconut is toasting, melt your dark chocolate in a double boiler or a microwave.  Pour melted goodness in a piping bag and snip the end off.  No need for a piping tip.

Ferreror Rocher Spider Tutorial - www.yummycrumble.comSlice each Ferrero Rocher chocolate in half.  Or leave them whole.  This is your show baby!  Dip them in the melted chocolate or drizzle the chocolate over top.

Ferreror Rocher Spider Tutorial - www.yummycrumble.comSprinkle the tops with the toasted coconut, er…I mean spider hairs.  Pop them in the freezer.

Ferreror Rocher Spider Tutorial - www.yummycrumble.comWhile the spider bodies are chill’in in the freezer.  Make some V-shapes with the piping bag.  Put those little spider legs in the freezer now too.

Ferreror Rocher Spider Tutorial - www.yummycrumble.comTake those chilly spider bodies and drizzle some melted chocolate on the side.  Now this is where you have to move quick.   The chocolate spider legs are going to want to melt in your warm fingers.  Place a spider leg carefully onto the melted chocolate.  4 on each side of course!  We want to be anatomically correct.

Ferreror Rocher Spider Tutorial - www.yummycrumble.comLastly, attach some little gold candy pearls as eyes.  Perch them on your cupcakes and watch as people gasp until they realize…It’s just a Ferrero Rocher!

Ferrero Rocher Spider Tutorial
 
Freakishly delicious chocolate spiders made out of my favorite chocolate truffle. This Ferreror Rocher Spider Tutorial is super easy and will make your cupcakes extra spooky this Halloween!
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Ingredients
  • 1 package of Ferrero Rocher Chocolates
  • ¼ cup toasted coconut
  • 4 oz. melted dark chocolate
  • candy pearls
Instructions
  1. Set oven to 350 F and toast coconut on baking sheet for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  2. Melt chocolate in microwave or double boiler. Fill a piping bag and snip the tip off.
  3. Slice each Ferror Rocher candy in half.
  4. Dip the candies in the dark chocolate. Top with toasted coconut. Place them in freezer to harden.
  5. On parchment paper, pipe out little V's with the chocolate. Put those in the freezer to harden.
  6. Once the spider bodies have set, drizzle melted chocolate on each side and secure four legs on each side of the body.
  7. Attach little eyes to the front.

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Biscoff Magic Cookie Bars

biscoff magic cookie bars with a biscoff cookie crust, biscoff condensed milk, chocolate chipc, walnuts and coconut - www.yummycrumble.comInfamous Magic Cookie Bars with a little twist.  Biscoff!  Buttery Biscoff cookie crust with Biscoff sweetened condensed milk, dark chocolate chips, walnuts, and coconut.  I wouldn’t have my Biscoff Magic Cookie Bars any other way!

Magic Cookie Bars are something I hold dear to my heart.  My mother made them nearly every week during the holiday season.  So you can say it’s one of my favorite sweets.  Each bite brings me back to Southern California, where the December weather is cool, and Amy Grant’s Christmas album is on repeat.  It’s about a week before Christmas and butterflys are fluttering in my little 6 year old tummy because Christmas morning is nearly here!  I still get that way weeks before the big day.  I’m 31.

biscoff magic cookie bars with a biscoff cookie crust, biscoff condensed milk, chocolate chipc, walnuts and coconut - www.yummycrumble.comOne of the reasons I love Magic Cookie Bars is they’re classic and vintage.  I adore vintage things.  In the photo below, the layers are a little different.  In my Biscoff Magic Cookie Bars the layers are as follows: Crust, condensed milk, chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut.  Does it really matter?  I’m not sure, but if there are some Magic Cookie Bar enthusiasts out there who would disagree, I implore you to make mine and then decide.

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Baklava Cupcakes

Baklava honey cupcakes with mascarpone whipped frosting and topped with a slice of baklava, pistachios, and honey drizzle - www.yummycrumble.comDelicate honey cupcakes topped with cinnamon mascarpone whipped frosting, sprinkled with chopped pistachios and drizzled with honey syrup.  A miniature slice of homemade sweet baklava top these Baklava Cupcakes.

O.M.G.  I know that phrase is wildly overused, but O.M.G.

On Monday I slaved away in the kitchen making Apple Cinnamon Baklava.  Just kidding…It was so much easier than I expected and the final result was out of this world.  Picture if Christmas morning and Miss Baklava hooked up and had a baby.  Not out of wedlock of course.  Miss Baklava is a very traditional kind of lady.  That’s what my Apple Cinnamon Baklava tasted like.  Lovliness.  These Baklava Cupcakes are a special kind of lovely.

Baklava honey cupcakes with mascarpone whipped frosting and topped with a slice of baklava, pistachios, and honey drizzle - www.yummycrumble.comAs it baked in the oven,  I had a vision of these cupcakes.  Fluffy mascarpone delicately sitting on a light, not overly sweet honey cupcake and a gorgeous piece of baklava perched on top. With a lot of hand slapping,  I managed to save some Baklava on the side specifically for these Baklava Cupcakes.

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Apple Cinnamon Baklava

Apple Cinnamon Baklava with apple cider honey syrup - www.yummycrumble.comCrispy and nutty Apple Cinnamon Baklava with luscious golden layers of crispy phyllo dough, walnuts, and apples.  A honey syrup made with spiced apple cider deliciously drench each layer.

While drudging my way through college in my freshman year, I managed to work two jobs.  One was a particularly arrogant clothing store which will remain nameless. I will give you a little hint.  It rhymes with Flabbercrombie & Itch.  Worst job ever.  My other job was a hostess for Acropolis Grill, a little mom and pop Greek restaurant where “Opa!” was shouted every 7.5 minutes.  Or just whenever someone had ordered the “Flaming Cheese”, also known as Saganaki.  Which was every 7.5 minutes.  Very popular dish at the little Acropolis Grill.

Apple Cinnamon Baklava with apple cider honey syrup - www.yummycrumble.comBaking baklava has always intimidated me.  For the longest time I had this misconception that Baklava was a frighteningly difficult dessert to bake.  With all its layers and layers of dough and hearing that “There’s nothing worse than a dry Baklava.”, I figured it wasn’t worth the fuss.  Well, thank you Pioneer Woman!  She has a fantastic tutorial for Baklava.  Let me just say, thank the Gods for frozen phyllo dough.  I cannot imagine the time it would take to make some from scratch.  My inspiration for Apple Cinnamon Baklava came from Amy Bites.  She has a great tutorial as well.

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