Frightening 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!
This 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.
A 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.
I’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.
Super scary and cute miniature Sarlaccs jumping out of vanilla cupcakes. These Star Wars Sarlacc Cupcakes are perfect for your next creepy Halloween party!
There 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.
It 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.
A 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!
You 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.
These 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!
So 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!
Everyone’s favorite New York “Crack Pie” baked with Eggnog to give it a special Holiday twist. Chewy oatmeal cookie pie crust with a lusciously sweet and chewy filling will put these Eggnog Crack Pie Bars at the top of your wish list!
So I’ve never heard of this crazy thing called “Crack Pie” until I started diving deep into the food blogging world. Momofuku…what? Well, I don’t care where it came from or how much it is ($44.00 a pie!) because once I read the ingredients, I was already in a deeply committed relationship with this pie. Without tasting it, I knew this would be a heart breaker. But like in a strikingly handsome Marlon Brando kind of way. Let’s rewind. I meant to say young Marlon Brando…YOUNG Marlon Brando. Have you seen him in the Godfather? Yikes.
Well, since I wouldn’t be going to New York or Toronto anytime soon, I snagged the recipe off of Brown Eyed Baker and made a few changes. I added eggnog to the filling instead of boring old cream. It makes it extra naughty. And instead of baking it as a traditional pie, I just made them into bars for easier cutting and just to shake things up a bit. Like Marlon. He’s unpredictable you know?
Dark 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!
I’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.
Freakishly 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.
Here is the tutorial…the freezer is your best friend while using this tutorial.
Start 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.
Slice 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.
Sprinkle the tops with the toasted coconut, er…I mean spider hairs. Pop them in the freezer.
While 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.
Take 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.
Lastly, 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!
Crispy 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.
Baking 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.
Luscious moist pumpkin cupcakes stuffed with pecan pie filling and topped with cream cheese frosting. It’s the ultimate triple threat. Let these Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes kick off the holiday season!
The holidays have officially started at our house. Halloween decorations are up already (Oliver calls it his spooky house), I’m baking with nothing but Fall flavors and listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s Swinging Christmas. Yes, I start Christmas music before Halloween. Call me crazy, but I don’t think I will ever tire of it! The rain has been coming in more lately, and thank God, it’s also bringing cooler weather with it. Cooler weather = dipping a few degrees down in temperature. Hey, I’ll take whatever I can get!
One of my all time favorite desserts during this time of year is definitely crunchy, gooey, nutty pecan pie. Specifically chocolate chip pecan pie. It’s my downfall when I’m watching my muffin top. The muffin top usually ends up turning into a bundt top, but let’s not get into that. Enough about me. Let’s get to these Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes! I took my favorite pumpkin cupcake recipe and after baking, filled them with an easy pecan pie filling. I just baked the pie without the crust. After all, we just need the good stuff.