Red Velvet {Blood} Halloween Cupcakes

This MAY be a healthy living blog, but I am a firm believer in doing what you love and eating what you love! (I guess within certain limits haha!)

I love to bake…and I love to eat baked goods!

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I’ve been making these RED VELVET cupcakes for years! Back when I was baking for parties, weddings, and other fun events these were always a request! I’ve topped them with glittery white flowers and even delicious chocolate ganache.

But today…Today it’s blood.

These are perfect for Halloween or maybe even Valentines Day…

Or maybe a day when you are stressed ;).

Either way, I love a good Doctored up cake mix because it makes things a little easier, especially when baking with a three year old.

Have you ever been faced with a 3 year old demanding to add 3 cups of flour to a bowl??

None of it makes it in that bowl…Most of it ends up on the floor. ;)


{Doctored-Up} Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cake

Yields 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake mix

1 box Godiva white chocolate pudding, 3.9 ounce

4 eggs

1 TB. vanilla

1/2 cup + 2 TB. buttermilk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup sour cream

2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

  2. In a mixer bowl, add all of your ingredients except the chocolate chips. Mix until combined, but do not overmix.

  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.

  4. Using a cookie scoop, add batter to cupcake pan and fill liners 3/4 full.

  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cupcakes have baked all the way through.



Cream Cheese Frosting:

Yields 3-4 cups

Ingredients:

1 block cream cheese, softened

2 sticks salted butter, softened

2-3 TB. heavy whipping cream

1 TB. vanilla Extract

3-4 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Add the butter and cream cheese to a mixer bowl. Using the whisk attachment, beat together until creamy.

  2. Add the rest of your ingredients and beat until creamy and fluffy! Frost cupcakes when cool. For this recipe I used a FRENCH STAR FROSTING TIP.


Fake Blood

Yields 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 TB. cornstarch

Red Food coloring

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together until combined. Drizzle on top of cupcakes for a bloody look ;).


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2017 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Yea! Thanksgiving is ALMOST here!

As I was compiling the list on my site of all the best Thanksgiving style recipes I realized I didn't have that many. Things will have to change! In the mean time, below are 22 recipes that you can bring to your Thanksgiving dinner and wow your guests! 

Just click the picture or link below the pictures to get the recipe!







Holiday Chocolate Fudge Cake

If you have been reading my blog over the years, then you already know my obsession with chocolate cake.

Chocolate cake has gotten me through many hard times. Whether I was eating or making the cake, it somehow has healed all of my mental and emotion wounds. Pretty sure that's what Saturday night looked like for me in college...

If you look back through my website, you will notice a large recipe collection of chocolate cakes. It's because I can't stop. Won't stop. Cause we get down baby. We get down baby.

Scroll through and click on which cake you want the recipe for!

These images remind me how much I LOVE sprinkles WITH chocolate cake. I have a serious problem.

Obviously I couldn't stop at 1, 2, 3...ok so there is a lot of chocolate cake recipes. I was really looking for the perfect recipe for the Holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holidays where you over indulge A lot. 

I think my FAVORITE part about this chocolate cake is the frosting. It reminds me of a rich chocolate ganache. But what makes it incredible is that it's made with a secret hidden veggie. I've been on the lookout for a healthier frosting, and I almost cried when this came together! 

This cake is naturally sweetened and not overly loaded with sugars and unhealthy fats, which pairs perfectly with the 18 sides of stuffing that most likely I'll give into come Thanksgiving day. Balance. 

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Healthier Holiday Chocolate Fudge Cake
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Cloves
  • 1 TB. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Applesauce Unsweetened
  • 1 TB. Vanilla Extract
  • 6 oz. Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, spices, salt, and baking soda.2. In a medium bowl whisk together oil and sugar. Then add the eggs and applesauce. Followed by vanilla and greek yogurt. 3. Whisk together the dry ingredients with the wet. Don't over mix. 4. Pour batter into two prepared 9 inch cake pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until done. Be careful not to over bake. Let cool on cooling rack completely.
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Healthier Chocolate Fudge Frosting
Ingredients
  • 1 can Pumpkin Puree
  • 3- 3.5 ounces 70% chocolate Bars, chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
Instructions
1. In a sauce pan add your pumpkin puree. Turn the heat on medium low and constantly stir to heat up.2. Once heated, remove from heat and add the chocolate and sugar. If needed, start with 1/4 cup of the sugar. Taste, and add more if desired. 3. Set in the fridge to thicken and set, about an hour or so, or until completely cooled. You can cook this before you make the cake so it's ready to be used by the time the cake has cooled.
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What is your go-to comfort food that you just can't stop making and eating?! Share your ideas down below!

Just Desserts Mother's Day Recipes

As promised, I have all the recipes from THIS Mother's Day: All Desserts Menu. I will say that I've gladly been enjoying each and every single dessert on a...daily basis. Especially the Chocolate Truffles! I've had to fight my husband off for those. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Mother's Day! The recipes will be a link that you click on that will take you to a PDF Word Document of the recipe (Since there are 4 recipes on this post.) Once you click on the PDF, you can print them out!

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Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes with Vegan Vanilla Frosting 

I've been wanting to make a vegan frosting FOREVER that didn't use powdered sugar! So grateful I found the perfect recipe to play around with, and actually make a FLUFFY frosting that I could add to a piping bag!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes w: Vegan Chocolate Frosting

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars (TO DIE FOR)

I find myself sneaking a bite here and there from the fridge. They remind me of no bake peanut butter cookies, which I remember making and eating all the time as a kid!

Click the link below for the recipe:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

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Dark Chocolate Ganache Drizzled Strawberries 

The ganache is so simple to cook up and incredible delicious, you will most likely start making it often and putting it on everything. Even pizza...maybe?

Click the link below for the recipe.

Dark Chocolate Ganache Covered Strawberries

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Rich Chocolate Truffles(I WILL MAKE THESE WEEKLY!)

If you have ever had  a truffle from See's candy that just satisfies that chocolate craving like no other...well, life is about to get a whole lot better :). These cure ANY chocolate craving, and they have the added health benefits! Cocoa powder, healthy fats from coconut oil, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup!

Click the link below for the recipe.

Rich Chocolate Truffles

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