Chocolate Chip Pecan Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pumpkin Coffee CakeEasy boxed cake mix turned into soft pumpkin cake baked with a perfect crunchy pecan and chocolate chip streusal.  This Chocolate Chip Pecan Pumpkin Coffee Cake is so easy you’ll never buy coffee cake again.

One of my best friends Jennifer came to visit me from Florida last week.  We did all the Dubai things I was too afraid to do on my own.  Like brave the chaotic streets of the Old Dubai Souks in Deira.  She is pretty much like me when it comes to shopping.  Our motto to every store employee or shop owner is “Don’t talk to me”.  I’m not sure if that’s an American thing or a I don’t have any idea how to haggle thing.  Our first mistake we made was arrive hours before the shopping rush.  No one was there but the little shop salesmen.  Is that what they’re called?  Imagine Agrabah from Disney’s Alladin on steroids and the only customers are two scared white girls who don’t want to be talked to.  Every salesman was on us like flies on a date.

Dubai SoukPhoto credit to Smeggys

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes and Maple Walnut Frosting

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Maple Walnut FrostingSweet potato pie meets cupcake!  Moist sweet potato cupcakes topped with luscious maple walnut frosting and a fluffy toasted marshmallow.  Choosing between your favorite pumpkin cupcakes and these Sweet Potato Cupcakes and Maple Walnut Frosting will be the hardest decision you make this holiday!

It’s amazing how life can change so drastically in such a short amount of time.  In April we were doing our Florida family thing…kiddie pools in the backyard, Disney on the weekends, and flip flops everyday.  I never ever would have thought our family would be moving to the Middle East.  Especially within a few weeks of my husband getting a job offer.  We sold everything in two weeks, put the house up for rent, and started our new chapter.  With all the excitement also came all the fears.  Are the kids going to do well in a foreign school?  Will I get bit by a deadly snake?  Will the sandstorms be just like Mission Impossible?  You know, perfectly reasonable questions for moving a family to the desert.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Maple Walnut Frosting

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Tremors Cupcakes

Tremors CupcakesFrightening molasses cookie Graboids with yummy fondant tentacles jumping out of  Biscoff cookie sand.  Easily turn simple vanilla cupcakes into Tremors Cupcakes and relive your favorite 90’s campy monster movie this Halloween!

Tremors CupcakesThis is Yummy Crumble’s second Halloween under it’s belt and it’s definitely my favorite time of the year to bake.  At what other time is it okay to make edible intestines and chewy eyeballs?  Last year the rage was all about Monster Strawberry Cupcakes and Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cakes.  This year, I’m breaking out my favorite monster movie, Tremors for inspiration.  In my opinion, it’s some of the best work done by Kevin Bacon.  Just watch this —-> Can you fly, you sucker? Who doesn’t love Kevin Bacon?  This ones for you Kevin.

Tremors Cupcakes

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Apple and Sweet Potato Clafoutis

Apple and Sweet Potato ClafoutisA yummy and moist Apple and Sweet Potato Clafoutis with all the flavors of your favorite holiday pies.  Full of beautiful spiced apples and sweet potato, its the perfect addition to your morning coffee.

Apple and Sweet Potato ClafoutisI’m freaking out right now guys.  Its only a couple days until October and I have not been able to get my hands on any canned pumpkin.  In the land of Dubai where the rose water is flowing and all the spices known to mankind reside, pumpkin puree is very difficult to come by.  Don’t they realize that white girls NEED pumpkin?!  They have freaking durian fruit.  The fruit that smells like hot week old garbage.  But no pumpkin yet.  So I’ve been using sweet potato in place of pumpkin until I can find some.

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Star Wars Sarlacc Cupcakes

Star Wars Sarlacc CupcakesSuper scary and cute miniature Sarlaccs jumping out of vanilla cupcakes.  These Star Wars Sarlacc Cupcakes are perfect for your next creepy Halloween party!

Star Wars Sarlacc CupcakesThere are many benefits to living in Dubai.  First, all the crazy things you see on a weekly basis.  That buzzfeed list, is not in any way an exaggeration.  The food.  Oh my goodness the food!  Also the movie theaters are amazing here.  They even have a luxury VIP section that is out of this world.  Movies will never be the same for me when I go back home.  Speaking of movies…The movie set of Star Wars the Force Awakens is basically an hour and half drive away.  How cool is that?  I know what our family is going to be doing next weekend.  Driving the dunes of Abu Dhabi searching for droids, Jawas, and the Millennium Falcon.

Star Wars Sarlacc CupcakesIt is definitely not a secret how geeky our family is and baking geeky desserts is one of my favorite things to make for the blog.  One of my most popular posts was my Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake.  So since Halloween is just around the corner, I put together these Star Wars Sarlacc Cupcakes.  They were incredibly easy to decorate and perfectly adorable for your next Halloween or Star Wars themed party.

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Upside Down Caramel Apple Spice Cake

Upside Down Caramel Apple Spice CakeA gooey Upside Down Caramel Apple Spice Cake to start the Fall season right.  It’s your favorite retro cake with a spicy Autumn apple makeover!

Upside Down Caramel Apple Spice CakeYou guys, I’m a little sad.  I think it has finally hit me that Dubai will never “feel” like Christmas.  If you don’t know, I live and breathe Christmas.  Many of my friends and especially my husband know my secret.  I break out Ella Fitzgerald’s Swinging Christmas and Dino’s Christmas as soon as July hits.  I told you I’m crazy!  Well guys, I can say Dubai has finally broken me.  It’s September and the sugar plumbs haven’t even crossed my mind.  It’s hard to feel cozy about the holidays when the temperatures are steadily hanging in the low 100s.  And the sand.  It’s everywhere. It’s like living in Tatooine!  I think Norman (my kid’s Elf on the Shelf) is probably thinking “Where on Earth have you taken me?!”  We are about to have a serious pow wow soon.  I need his advice on this one.  He is an elf after all.

Upside Down Caramel Apple Spice Cake

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Magic Cookie Bar Madeleines

Magic Cookie Bar MadeleinesLight and airy madeleines drenched in sweetened condensed milk, toasted coconut, walnuts, and mini chocolate chips.  These Magic Cookie Bar Madeleines will be your new favorite sinful treat!

Magic Cookie Bar Madeleines Hello everyone!  From the magical land of Dubai!  To say these past couple of months have been a crazy ride is a complete understatement.  Moving two small children across the world is pretty insane.  Most people would probably not recommend uprooting your whole family and move to the Middle East.  I say if you’re young and the opportunity to immerse your kids in an amazing multi-cultural city full of adventure, DO IT!!!

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Valentine’s Strawberry Lofthouse Cookies

Valentines Strawberry Lofthouse Cookies - www.yummycrumble.comValentine’s Strawberry Lofthouse Cookies for your sweetheart!  Soft sugar cookies swirled with fluffy pink strawberry buttercream frosting and sprinkled with miniature heart sprinkles.  Let the swooning begin!

Valentines Strawberry Lofthouse Cookies - www.yummycrumble.comI don’t know about you guys, but every stinking time I go grocery shopping , those crazy puffy magical Lofthouse cookies mysteriously appear on the checkout belt.  Does anyone else have this problem?  I just smile at the cashier and say,

“Oops! My kids must have dropped them in the cart, but since you’ve already scanned them I guess I’ll keep ’em.  Darn.”

“But Ma’am, they’ve been opened and there are three cookies missing.”

“What?  That’s so strange.  My son can’t ever wait until we get home…”

“Ma’am, you have frosting on your forehead.”

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Star Wars Wampa Cake

Star Wars Wampa Cake - www.yummycrumble.comStar Wars Wampa Cake made of rich red velvet cake, frosted with cream cheese frosting, and drenched in sweetened coconut.  With fangs made of frosting and chocolate horns, he’s irresistible!

Star Wars Wampa Cake - www.yummycrumble.comNo worries Luke!  This Wampa may be huge, but he doesn’t have any arms that need cutting off.  Your’e safe.  So go change your jedi underpants before anyone notices.  Now Luke can have his revenge yet again.  This time though, it’s the sweet kind.

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Cranberry Bliss Bar Cupcakes

cranberry bliss bar cupcakes - www.yummycrumble.comThese whimsical cupcakes have it all!  Chopped white chocolate and tart dried cranberries baked right in the luscious cupcake base, swirled lemon cream cheese frosting, and sparkling cranberries glistening on the top.  It’s my favorite Starbucks holiday treat in a cupcake!

cranberry bliss bar cupcakes - www.yummycrumble.comSo something very strange happened to me while I was doing my last minute grocery shop for Christmas day…

Santa Clause hit on me.

Ok, so not Santa Clause, but a fat (and a little too jolly) 65 year old man with a white beard.  Let’s just say I was very uncomfortable and wanted to duck my head into the neck of my sweater and never return.  Even the check out girl asked “Did that just happen?”  I replied with “Yes, it did.  Do you happen to sell rape whistles next to the gum?”  So now I have proof that at 32 with 2 kids and 10 years of marriage under my belt, I still “got it”.  At least to perverted old men.  Find another chimney Santa!

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