Halloween Orange Velvet S’more Monsters

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Just when you thought you were getting caught up on the pumpkin baking trend Halloween hits you! And if you’re anything like my Pinterest feed, you have to make a Halloween themed food (preferably a dessert fit for a kindergarten class). As if thinking of a sufficient Halloween costume wasn’t enough pressure!

I pulled out some paper and started brainstorming what I wanted to make for Halloween and somehow after lots of scribbling I came up with orange velvet s’mores. And I’m glad I did because these were irresistible. Normally when I make desserts like this I don’t eat one every day, but I think I ate one of these every day for like four days straight.

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That graham cracker crust tho.

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The cupcakes turned out kind of brown after they baked, but I included this picture to prove that they are actually orange! Or at least they were at one point. I promise! I used a natural food dye from Sprouts because Target was out of the regular kind so maybe you would have more luck with the standard food coloring.

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Really go for “exceeds expectations” and right before popping them in the oven sprinkle some extras on the top.

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I was originally going for a more polished look with the icing, like the kind you see at cupcake stores, but because of the marshmallow fluff it kind of goes flat and oozes which turns out looks more Halloween-y than what I thought I wanted. Plus marshmallow fluff icing > perfect looking cupcakes.

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Orange Velvet S’more Monsters
Author: Lori Vaughn
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12 cupcakes
Ingredients
  • For the crust:
  • 1 cup gluten-free graham crackers
  • 2 tbs refined coconut-oil
  • 1 tbs butter
  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1/2 cup + 6tbs gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup milk + vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • For the icing:
  • 1 jars (7oz) marshmallow fluff
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 12oz powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
Instructions
Crust
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a 12-cup cupcake pan with paper liners or grease with cooking spray.
  2. Crush graham crackers or pulse in a food processor until crumb-sized.
  3. In a small bowl melt butter and coconut oil in the microwave.
  4. Mix in 3/4 cup of the graham crackers and stir until combined.
  5. Add a spoonful of the mixture to each cupcake liner distributing evenly among the cupcakes.
  6. Press down with a small glass to make the crust compact.
  7. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. Be sure to let them cool at least 5 minutes before adding the batter.
Cupcakes:
  1. Whisk together dry cupcake ingredients (flour, salt, cocoa) in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl beat the sugar and oil on a medium speed using an electric mixer or hand beater.
  3. Add eggs one at a time beating in between each. Add food coloring and vanilla and continue to beat until well combined.
  4. In a small bowl mix the milk and vinegar combination and let sit for about 3 minutes. This will act as buttermilk.
  5. Slowly add the dry mix to the wet alternating with the buttermilk mixture.
  6. In another small bowl mix the baking soda and vinegar then combine with the batter and beat for 10 seconds.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pan and sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips on top.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Icing:
  1. Beat marshmallow, vanilla, and butter on medium speed until well combined.
  2. Add the sugar a little bit at a time.
  3. Lastly, add the milk until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Pour icing into piping bag or plastic bag with a hole in the tip and ice cupcakes.
  5. Decorate as you wish!

 

35 Pumpkin Recipes to Make Before December 1st

Whip out your can openers and make a little room in your stomach, because I’ve collected a semi-ridiculous amount of pumpkin recipes for you to try- 35, to be exact. The first hint of fall and those tiny cans of pumpkin start flying off the shelf!

But first- is it me or do the non-Libby’s brand impostor cans not taste as good? I made some muffins the other week that I know I loved last year, and they were just not good. The can of pumpkin smelled funny so that’s what I’m blaming it on.

I’m still having trouble getting into the fall spirit, or should I say the weather is having a tough time getting into the fall spirit. Recently I laid out by the pool like it was summer! But if I stay indoors, light my Sweater Weather candle from Bath & Body Works, and bake exclusively with pumpkin I can make it work.

I’ve split these into sweet and savory categories, but you can tell where my allegiance lies because it looks a little heavy on the sweet side. And it seems like I’m not alone, because the sweet definitely outnumber the savory recipes out there.

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Brown Butter Nutella-Stuffed Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Brown Butter Nutella-Stuffed Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: Brown butter? Nutella?? The pumpkin is no longer the star of the show in these cookies, but anything with brown butter has me sold. (via Ambitious Kitchen)
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Crumbs {Halloween Fun, Craft Projects, + Youtube Love}

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1. I don’t think I mentioned it on the blog, but I’ve pretty much told everyone about it already so I’ll keep it short. A few weekends ago I went kayaking with otters and sea lions!! It’s probably the best thing I’ve done since moving to California.

2. I usually ignore those “recommended follow” suggestions on Twitter, but I decided to click this one, and turns out I found a new Youtuber favorite! Ashley from That Is All. I guess they are accurate. She mainly does beauty reviews, but she also has a thing for planners and stationary, particularly of the Rifle Paper Co. variety.

3. This city guide is full of must-see travel tips that I definitely plan on using next time I visit a big city. Plus it’s beautifully designed, so you’ll definitely want to check it out! I personally love the Atlanta one since it makes me remember all of my favorite places.

4. I started charcoaling again! I haven’t done any sort of drawing or painting in such a long time so I was craving a project. For some reason I seem to do more drawing in the fall/winter seasons. Maybe because I’m outside less?

5. Pamela’s gluten-free bread mix is the best food discovery of the month! I’ve made bagels and pizza with it, both of which turned out amazingly.

6. In addition to getting back into drawing, I’ve also started reading fiction again. Now that I finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and loved it, I’m trying to decide what to read next.

7. If you haven’t watched Scream Queens yet you have to!! I’ve been trying to get everyone to watch it because it’s so ridiculous and over the top in a good way.

8. I went to a tech conference this week which was more exciting than I originally thought. People demoed all kinds of crazy gadgets including a weird machine that stirs things for you. Also a Shark Tank-style pitch contest for startups went down at the end of the event.

9. If you need some inspiration for your pumpkin decorating this year this article will give you some ideas for things to do beyond just carving a face into it.

10. It’s officially that time of year… #lushoween!! I can’t deny my love for themed bath bombs. Also, by Lush’s logic it’s somehow basically Christmas time because they’ve already released their Christmas line on their website. I’m not ready to get behind that yet!

What did you do this week? Any book recommendations? 

Crumbs Returns!

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Today’s post comes at you after a particularly bind-happy yoga class, and is fueled by the banana rice cake snack I snuck into the Peet’s coffee shop I’m currently working at. I’m going to try to limit these posts to only ten things each week from now on, but we’ll see how that goes.

1. Let’s start with the important stuff. Have you had a pumpkin spice latte yet? I haven’t technically, but I am drinking a pumpkin latte with almond milk from Peet’s as I write this. I’m scared the Starbucks one is too overly sweet and syrup heavy. But who am I kidding? They’re probably both sugar bombs. Oh well, it’s a once in a while thing.

2. I’m working on some wardrobe updates! Starting with buying the basic pieces I was missing like a plain white shirt. How did I not have a plain white shirt??

3. Since my last tv update I’ve watched all of Young & Hungry and Bojack Horseman. I really want to try Scream Queens now, but the only problem is that I don’t do scary stuff. I need some reassurance that it’s more funny than scary.

4. Selena Gomez right now! Anyone else think she’s incredibly adorable, classy, and just awesome? I’m pumped to hear her new album October 9th. For now the singles are on repeat.

5. I went to a donut shop opening this week! Donuts during the week seems a little crazy to me, but I went anyway. When I say I went, I mean I went all in and got a s’mores donut. I wish I could say it was amazing, but it had nothing on Sublime. Also, is it donut or doughnuts?

6. My hair is actually getting pretty long now, so I’m ready to give some new styles a try. There are so many nice braid tutorials out there, but first I need to get better at my french braiding skills!

7. A pumpkin patch opened right down the street from me and I love driving by it every day and seeing all the pumpkins!

8. After hearing about the wonders of eyebrow threading I decided to try it out myself, and it’s amazing! I love how they trim the brows to keep them natural without waxing all the hair away.

9. I’ve been back into reading again, so I’m thinking of doing a post on all the books I’ve read recently. Right now I’m listening to one audio book and reading another. The one I’m reading is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and I’m obsessed! I’m seeing a future that involves me reading all of her books.

10. Finally for your daily dose of “OMG this is too cute to handle” check out  the 1st birthday party YouTuber Zoe Sugg threw for her puppy Nala. It’s a party that far surpasses any human birthday party I’ve ever attended.

I’m working on some non-food related content again, so check back for that soon!

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