Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes

Nutella Red Velvet CupcakesClassic red velvet cupcakes smothered in decadent and rich Nutella buttercream frosting with a sprinkle of chopped milk chocolate and drizzle of dark chocolate.  Chocolate and red velvet are the perfect match in these Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Nutella Red Velvet CupcakesQuick, what do you always think of when someone says Red Velvet?  Cream cheese frosting, right?  BORING…Let’s break this mundane cycle people.  I’m here to show you that red velvet’s partner in crime doesn’t always have to be cream cheese.  I mean, just look at how insane these are! And just to make sure you get the idea, I used three kinds of chocolate in this cupcake.  Three!

Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes First is the creamy and smooth Nutella buttercream frosting which is absolute perfection.  Then I topped them with a little chopped milk chocolate.  I used Cadbury.  The mother of all milk chocolate. (Thank you Great Britain…) And then to shake things up a bit, I drizzled some melted dark chocolate on top.  Seriously, these Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes will make you wonder why you always settled for boring old cream cheese frosting.

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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar ButtercreamSoft and fluffy spiced apple cupcakes topped with brown sugar buttercream and tart apple pie filling.  It’s America’s favorite pie turned into perfect holiday cupcakes.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar ButtercreamToday the weather in Dubai has finally hit the perfect temperature!  It has been so beautiful lately and taking a walk doesn’t render you useless for the rest of the day.  I usually feel like I need a 3 hour nap after a stroll due to the heat.  Not anymore!  Oh, and the breeze doesn’t feel like a hot blow dryer.  We don’t get those gorgeous red and orange Fall leaves, but we get perfect beach weather.  I think that’s a good trade.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

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15 Halloween Desserts

 

Halloween collageHalloween is only a few days away!  If you’re scrambling like me about what to make at your upcoming parties, here are some of my favorite creepy desserts crawling around on the web.  Here is a perfect round-up of 15 Halloween Desserts just in time for the scariest day of the year.  Make sure you pin this for next year too!

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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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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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Sweet Cornbread Triple Berry Shortcakes

Sweet Cornbread Triple Berry Shortcakes Sweet honey cornbread cupcakes turned into the best shortcakes you will ever have.  Triple sugared berries piled high with fluffy clouds of home made whipped cream.  Summer was always meant to be this sweet

Sweet Cornbread Triple Berry ShortcakesNow for my new summer favorite.  These Sweet Cornbread Triple Berry Shortcakes are the perfect excuse to raid your fridge for berries.  The shortcakes are dripping with tons of juicy tart berries but don’t forget the star of this dessert.  It’s the moist sweet honey cornbread that will have you coming back for more.  I played with the idea of cornbread as strictly a dessert when I made Blueberry Cornbread Cupcakes.  They were devoured by everyone within a three foot radius.

Sweet Cornbread Triple Berry Shortcakes

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Raspberry Rose Water Cupcakes

Raspberry Rose Water Cupcakes Vanilla bean cupcakes swirled with tart raspberry puree then topped with a luscious rose water infused raspberry frosting, and sprinkled with chopped pistachios.  Take your taste buds on an exotic vacation with these Raspberry Rose Water Cupcakes!

Raspberry Rose Water CupcakesLiving in Dubai has some perks.  For one, I can have anything I want delivered to my house for free or for only 5 dirhams (1.35 USD!).  I usually grocery shop online, because they deliver my groceries to my doorstep for free.  It’s magical.  Oh, and did I mention that the Ikea here will deliver and assemble your furniture too.  For free.  America needs to take some notes.

Raspberry Rose Water CupcakesOne of the things I love about living in Dubai is all the variety of exotic foods and ingredients I have access to.  I have found everything from rose and cardamon flavored camel milk to crazy looking Southeast Asian fruits like the Rambutan.   Every grocery store also has a nice supply of beautiful orange blossom and rose waters, something I always found a little difficult to get back home.  I totally took advantage of the rose water for these Raspberry Rose Water Cupcakes.

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Snickerdoodle Crupcakes

Snickerdoodle Crupcakes with Cream Cheese FrostingSoft cinnamon sugar cupcakes with a hidden surprise!  A luscious croissant baked right in the cupcake and topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  These Snickerdoodle Crupcakes are easily my new favorite mash-up dessert!

Snickerdoodle Crupcakes with Cream Cheese FrostingI’m so excited about these.  Yes, I often get excited about baked goods, but these are awesome!  Think of a soft snickerdoodle cookie combined with a buttery croissant, then smothered in cinnamon cream cheese frosting like a cinnmon roll.  Best breakfast ever, right?

I’ve always loved the idea of hybrid desserts or dessert mash-ups.  There’s  of course the coveted cronut, the cruffin (burglars even broke in and stole the recipe!), and also the Brookie.  I even morphed sweet potato pie into baklava.  It was a memorable experience.  Just a quick shout out…one of my favorite bloggers wrote all about mash-ups.

Snickerdoodle Crupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Mint Cookies and Cream Oreo Cupcakes

Mint Cookies and Cream Oreo Cupcakes -  www.yummycrumble.comDark chocolate cupcakes topped with minty green cookies and cream frosting, then drizzled with melted chocolate and crushed oreos.  These Mint Cookies and Cream Oreo Cupcakes are a mouthful, but so worth it!

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