I think Gingerbread Houses are so pretty and festive. I simply can't resist picking up a kit every Christmas. While they do make for a fun craft project, they aren't exactly tasty. So I want to show you how to make this Holiday favorite into a delicious cake!
You will need:
-1 box of cake mix (I used spiced cake mix)
-Golden Grahams cereal
-Assorted candies and sprinkles for decorating
First, bake your cake in a cake pan and allow it to cool completely. Then slice the cake into 4 even squares.
Stack the squares with chocolate frosting in between each layer. The first carve a peak with the top two layers of cake to form your roof. Then cover the entire cake with chocolate frosting.
Then cover the sides with graham crackers. Cover the roof with the golden grahams cereal as the shingles of your house. Then use the white frosting around the edges and to make windows, a door and snow. Decorate with some candy and for a special touch you can sprinkle some powdered sugar on the roof for snow. Enjoy!
I am usually in charge of bringing dessert on Thanksgiving. Cupcakes are always so easy to put together and is my favorite dessert for any Holiday. Here is an easy way to make festive and fun Thanksgiving cupcakes.
Pumpkin Pie Cupcake
Simply frost a cupcake with orange frosting. Make pie crust frosting by coloring white frosting with a hint of yellow food coloring. Pipe a ribbon of your 'pie crust" frosting around the edge of the cupcake. Then just pipe a small amount of white frosting in the center for whipped cream.
Cherry Pie Cupcake
Frost your cupcake with some white frosting to act as a glue for the cherries. Take red candy coated peanuts and apply them on top of the cupcake and these will be you cherries. I found the red candy coated peanuts at the Dollar Tree but really any small red candies could work. Then take the pie crust frosting you made earlier and pipe a criss cross pattern across the cupcake. Then pipe a ribbon around the edge of the cupcake to finish the crust.
Frost the cupcake(I used chocolate frosting). Then take some Bugle chips and dust slightly with cinnamon. Place the Bugle chip in the center of the cupcake. I then used Reese's Pieces candy pouring out of the Bugle chip.
Frost a cupcake with chocolate frosting. Then pipe the Turkey's head with chocolate frosting. Add candy candy eyes and use an orange Reese's Pieces for the beak. I melted some red and yellow candy melts and pipe a feather shape onto wax paper and let them harden. I then placed the candy melted feathers behind the head on the cupcake.
Yumm! Werewolf fingers never looked so good! These very creepy Werewolf Claw Fingers are so cool looking but very simple to make. It is a chocolate shortbread cookies with cashews, frosting and chocolate sprinkles. Here is how you make it.
Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Dough
-1 cup of softened butter
-3/4 cup of powdered sugar
-2 cups of flour
-3 tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 pinch of salt
-Whole cashews(I used honey roasted)
In a bowl mix the butter and sugar. Next add the flour, cocoa and pinch of salt. Combine well and roll the dough into a flatted ball and place in plastic wrap to chill in the fridge for an hour.
Take a small ball of dough and begin to make it into a finger shape. To create the knuckles pinch each end of the dough to make a small ball in the center. With a knife draw lines on two spaces of the finger to create the knuckles. Next firmly place a whole cashew into the dough at the tip of the "finger."
Place on a baking sheet and bake at 50 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Once the cookies are complete cool you can begin decorating with the frosting and sprinkles. Spread a small amount of chocolate frosting on the knuckles of the finger and cover with chocolate sprinkles to create the furry fingers.
This yummy ghost pizza idea is great for Halloween especially if you are throwing a Halloween party. 👻 It is very simple to make and of course absolutely delicious!
-Refrigerated pizza dough from a can
-2 cups of ricotta cheese
-1 tbs of minced garlic
-Pinch of salt and pepper
-1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
In a bowl mix the ricotta, garlic, salt, pepper and just a small handful of chopped parsley.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray and place the pizza dough on the pan. Begin stretching the dough out until thin and even. With a knife cut the dough into the shape of a ghost. If you wish you can save the scraps of dough and make some garlic knots.
Spread the ricotta mixture onto the pizza(be sure to not go all the way to the edge). Then sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and bake for 10-1 minutes until the dough is golden brown.
Take 1 whole black olive and cut in half length wise to make the 2 eyes then use another whole olive for the mouth.
Who doesn't love a delicious Banana Split Sundae in the summer? 🍨 July is National Ice Cream Month and I decided to make some tasty Banana Split inspired cupcakes! Yum!
To make the banana cupcakes you will need:
-1 1/2 cups of flour
-3/4 cup of sugar
-1 tsp of baking powder
-1/2 tsp of baking soda
-1/2 cup of melted butter
-4 mashed bananas
-1/2 ts of vanilla extract
-Chocolate Ganache(or chocolate frosting)
Combine all of the dry ingredients first in a bowl for your banana cupcakes and mix well. Then add your wet ingredients and combine. Place into cupcake liners and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Once the cupcakes are cool the fun part is decorating! I placed vanilla and pink frosting into individual piping bags(cut the tips) and then placed both into a larger piping bag to create a swirl of the two colors to mimic vanilla and strawberry ice cream. You can also use sandwich bags.
Top with either a Chocolate Ganache or just simply melt chocolate frosting slightly to be your fudge of the banana split cupcake. Then sprinkle with some rainbow sprinkles and lastly top with a cherry!
With the rising popularity of Unicorns and Poop emojis, I figured it was fitting to combine the two to make a delicious summer treat! This is an easy and refreshing Popsicle recipe using just vanilla Greek yogurt.
I used my favorite YouTuber's bakeware line for the mold. You can get the Poop Emoji Mold HERE.
You will need 4 cups of vanilla Greek yogurt and some food coloring. I did white, pink, purple and yellow.
Place the different colored yogurt into sandwich bags and pipe all the different colors into each mold.
Cover the mold with foil and slice small slits into each mold with a knife then insert a Popsicle stick. Freeze overnight or for at least 5 hours.
Happy Pride Month! 🌈Looking for an easy colorful dessert? Whether you are celebrating pride month or just looking for a festive rainbow treat, I got you covered! This recipe is such an easy dessert idea. Rainbow Dessert Dip & Chips is essentially a cheesecake dip paired with pie crust chips. Here is what you will need:
-2-8 z of cream cheese softened
-1 cup of powdered sugar
-1 tub of Cool Whip (thawed)
Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Then separate the dip equally into different small bowls and add different desired food coloring into each bowl to make rainbow colors. Then place the dip into piping bags or a large sandwich bag and cut the tip.
Fill a clear bowl with one layer of color at a time. I started with blue, green, yellow, orange and lastly pink.
Smooth the top layer with a spoon and place in the fridge for 45 minutes to chill. You can also top with colorful sprinkles.
To the make the pie chips you will just need refrigerated pie crusts and gel food coloring.
Cut pie crust into 4 and color each piece with food coloring.
Roll out the dough in between parchment paper and cut into triangles.
Bake at 450 degrees for 5-6 minutes.
Did you know Sesame Street is celebrating their 50th Anniversary? Incredible! Who is your favorite character? I love Cookie Monster and Big Bird. May is National Foster Care month and they recently introduced their newest character Karli, a young muppet in foster care. With nearly 443,000 children in foster care this is such an important topic. I decided to make some Sesame Street cupcakes including the latest muppet friend Karli.
I used a sandwich bag and got creative with my piping technique. Fold one corner of the sandwich bag in half and tape it, Then fill it with frosting and then poke holes with a toothpick to create the look I used on our muppet friends.
I used an orange peanut M & M for Elmo's nose and half an oreo for Cookie Monster, Elmo and Oscar's mouth. I used banana Laffy Taffy to create Big Bird's beak and a pink pearl candy for Karli's nose.
Memorial Day weekend is coming up which means plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers to go around. Since May is also National Hamburger Month I thought it was only right to make some sweet versions of our BBQ favorites! 🍔🌭
To make the hamburger cupcakes you will need:
-Box of yellow cake mix
-Box of chocolate cake mix
-Red, yellow and green food coloring
Follow the directions on the back of the cake mix box. Make both yellow and chocolate cupcakes. Once cool, cut the yellow cupcakes in half as these will be the hamburger buns. With the chocolate cupcakes cut off the top and this will be the hamburger patty.
Divide the frosting into 3 separate bowls. With the food coloring, make 1 bowl yellow (cheese), 1 bowl green (lettuce) and the last bowl red(Ketchup). Then take each frosting color and put into a sandwich bag or you can use piping bag. For the yellow and green make a medium size slit at the end of the sandwich bag and for the red make a small slit.
Place the chocolate cupcake that you cut as the Hamburger Patty on top of the bottom half of the yellow cupcake. First you will need to do the cheese. Pipe the yellow frosting into a square shape onto the "hamburger patty". Next with the green frosting do the lettuce by piping a star like shape. Lastly with the red frosting pipe a zig zag pattern as the ketchup.
Top the hamburger patty with the top of the yellow cupcake. In a small cup combine some warm water with a little bit of sugar. Brush on the top of the yellow cupcake(hamburger bun) the sugar mixture and sprinkle the sesame seeds. This final detail really makes it look like a hamburger.
For the Twinkie Hot Dogs you will need:
-Red and Yellow frosting
To make the Hot Dog cheesecake filling:
-8 oz of softened cream cheese
-1 container of thawed Cool Whip
-1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
-1/2 cup of powdered sugar
-Red and orange food coloring
Cut a slit down the middle of the Twinkie half way and gently spread the Twinkie. Combine all of your cheesecake mixture and using the red and orange food coloring create your desired hot dog color. Then place the mixture into a pipette bag (or sandwich bag) and cut the tip. Pipe the mixture down the center of the Twinkie to make your hot dog. Lastly pipe zig zags of your red and yellow frosting to create the mustard and the ketchup.
Whether you are team PEEPS or not, you have to admit they are a sweet staple for Easter. Here is a clever way to enjoy these sweet marshmallow treats.
-Refrigerated pie crust
-1/2 tbs of butter
-Strawberry preserve (or you can do Nutella)
-Royal icing for decorating
Cut out 5X3 rectangles out of the pie crust dough. I created a rectangle template with a piece of paper. You can also roll out the scraps. It is two rectangles per pop tart. I was able to make 5 pop tarts with one box of pie crusts.
In a bowl place a handful of PEEPS with a little bit of butter and microwave for 20-30 seconds.
Of the rectangles that you made place half of them on a parchment line baking sheet and preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spread strawberry preserve on the pop tarts and if you want you can also do Nutella instead to make S'mores pop tarts. Then place the melted PEEPS on top of the spread. Lastly place another rectangle piece of dough on top and then pinch all four sides closed with a fork.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and turn the pan half way through.
Once the pop tarts are cool completely decorate with some royal icing and even sprinkles if you want.
Hi there! I am Felicia.
I am a Holiday Expert and self proclaimed "Fest-Diva"! I enjoy celebrating Holidays. Time to Get Holiday Happy!