Well, I super duper have a lot to say. It’s been.. a week. Isn’t it always?
I will have a longer, more personal post tomorrow morning. Right now I really want this post to speak for itself. Can you say adorable? I know you can, but can you please associate it with the wonder of Pumpkin Patch Treats! What else to say except that my kids think this is even better than sliced bread, and they love sliced bread. And I have been meaning to write about these treats but October is passing through like liquid and I absolutely have to share now that there’s still time. Make them for pumpkin picking day! Make them for Halloween! Or make them just for the weekend. You have earned it! Don’t pass go!
Pumpkin Patch Treats
1 pkg. Hostess Suzy Q’s
1 pkg. Chocolate Graham Crackers
One Container Vanilla Frosting
One Container Chocolate Frosting
1 pkg. Candy Pumpkins
8 Wood Craft Sticks
8 Round Wood Pieces (sold at craft stores)
Green Candy Shreds
- Crush one package of the graham crackers.
- Spread the chocolate frosting onto the Suzy Q cakes, and sprinkle a layer of the crushed grahams on top.
- Color the vanilla frosting green and put it in a plastic baggie. Place a few pumpkins on each cake and make some curly leaves/stems from the pumpkin to the dirt with the green frosting.
- Write the word pumpkins on each round wood piece and glue each one to a craft stick using a hot glue gun.
- Stick a sign into each cake.
- Sprinkle a little bit of the green candy shreds in a few spots to look like grass.
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So even though it FEELS like high summer here, with it being hotter than it was in July, it’s time for fall recipes!
Usually I roll them out at about the same time the stores around here starting carrying the giant pumpkins. That means business here in New England. Pumpkin season? Yes. Apple season? Even more yes. Our local orchard started apple picking on Sundays in September. I saw them today and they’re glorious right now – shining from the trees against the blue sky. No matter how hot it is, I think it’s always a good time for apples. And cupcakes. And caramel. You know what that means, right? It means Caramel Apple Spice Cupcakes! Ahhh. These are SO good, and so easy to make. I have a secret weapon.
I found it in the baking aisles of ShopRite!
It’s the NEW PillsburyTM Filled Pastry Bag – available in three delicious flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate Fudge and Cream Cheese. I love that Pastry Bags make frosting our favorite treats easy and fun, as well as fun for the whole family. Finally, my kids can help frost cupcakes and it looks like a professional baker did it! We’ve had a lot of fun with fall baking.
Our favorite Pillsbury Creamy Supreme frosting is now available in a pre-filled pastry bag, and the built-in star tip easily decorates in three fun designs: Stars, Rosettes, and Waves. It’s in my recipe too, but it’s so easy to use! You push the frosting toward the star tip and twist the top of the pastry bag. If you haven’t already removed the plastic over the star tip, tear at the perforation. Then, squeeze from the top of the pastry bag to frost your baked foods. You’ll get gorgeous results!
My favorite part of this recipe is its simplicity, and how the frosting steals the show. I love to decorate it with cinnamon, caramel sauce, and apple slices, but to my kids there’s only one clear winner here. And that’s the Pastry Bags.
Here’s my recipe! This came together with some family brainstorming as we all thought about the cupcakes we most wanted to eat, and how we could make them gorgeously and easily. Pastry Bags saved the day, and we couldn’t have done this without them! I’d love to hear about your uses for Pastry Bags in the comments. Fall is for baking!
Caramel Apple Spice Cupcakes
- Pillsbury TM Filled Pastry Bag” Filled Pastry Bag Vanilla 16 oz.
- 1 box Pillsbury TM Moist Supreme Caramel Apple Premium Cake Mix 15.25oz (or homemade)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup water
- 1 apple, sliced thin
- Caramel Sauce
- Caramel squares
- 1. Bake Caramel Apple cupcakes according to package
- 2. Wait for them to cool
- 3. Push the frosting from the Filled Pastry Bag toward the star tip and twist the top of the pastry bag
- 4. Remove the plastic over the star tip by tearing at the perforation
- 5. Squeeze from the top of the pastry bag to frost your cupcakes
- 6. Add caramel sauce, an apple slice, a caramel square, and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top
- 7. Enjoy!
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What’s your favorite fall baking recipe? What flavor of NEW PillsburyTM Filled Pastry Bag would you use first?