Pumpkin Cupcakes Cake

Pumpkin Cupcakes Cake for Halloween
Cupcake cakes are really awesome and the Pumpkin Cupcake Cake is truly fabulous!  A wonderful Fun Food for Halloween.

This may look like a lumpy cake, but in fact it is 24 cupcakes put together to create the cake.  I love cupcake pull apart cakes simply because they are so very easy to serve.  Because cupcakes are already individual serving size, guests can pull a cupcake away from the cake without having the mess of cutting a cake.

Halloween Pumpkin Cupcake Cake Tutorial 

The entire tutorial with lots of pictures can be found on Cooking for the Holidays.   There is also a list of supplies provided, but aside from the cupcakes and frosting very little else is needed to create this cool pull-apart cake.  The design may seem straight forward by simply looking at the photo, but there are a few tips provided in the tutorial that definitely make decorating easier.  There is also a diagram of how to arrange the cupcakes by size to make the cake.

As you can see, the cupcakes are arranged and then frosted to give the appearance of a cake.  Frosting it that way allows you to decorate it like you would a cake.  If you take a close look at this pumpkin "cake" photo, you will see that the mouth crosses several cupcakes, but finishes the pumpkin face design.

Pumpkin Cupcake Cake
This Pumpkin Cupcake Cake is easy to prepare and serve!

I especially like the Pumpkin Cupcake cake for children.  It isn't scary at all, yet is perfect for a Halloween party or dessert.   It is cute enough that even little children will like the smiling jack-o-lantern.  This Halloween Pumpkin Cupcake Cake is truly a treat for everyone, including the hostess.


Original Recipe & Photo Source: Cooking for the Holidays ~ How to Make a Cupcake Pumpkin Cake

How to Make Owl Cupcakes

How to Decorate Owl Cupcakes
In many cities across the United States, children are gathering at their neighborhood bus stop waiting to board the school bus.  Back to school is fun for a lot of kids.  They look forward to seeing their friends again and to starting that new school year.  Some children are sorry their summer is over, while others have mixed emotions about school starting back again.

No matter what their attitude toward school, all children enjoy having treats waiting for them when they get home from their day spent in the classroom.  For that matter, we all enjoy a delicious treat at the end of our work day.  These owl cupcakes would be the perfect special treat for all of us.

How to Make Owl Cupcakes

Be wise and prepare these adorable owl cupcakes for an after school treat for your children.  They just might stop in the kitchen long enough to share the events of their day with you.  That is such an important opportunity for both students and parents, and we all certainly want to encourage our students to talk to us.  That is truly the real treat!

With a few simple store bought ingredients, these owl cupcakes are quick and easy to decorate.  Ellen and Aimee of "Like Mother Like Daughter" share their secret to making these awesome cupcakes.  

It is simply amazing what Fun Food can be made with Oreos, M&M's and a bit of creative thinking!  If you don't have time to bake, why not buy store-made chocolate cupcakes and a can of chocolate frosting to use for attaching the eyes, beak & ears.  It doesn't get any easier than that!  

Psst! .....  These Owl Cupcakes would also make great treats for the classroom parties throughout the school year.


Recipe & Image Credit: 

Recipe by Ellen and Aimee of "Like Mother Like Daughter" ~ Owl Cupcakes

Decorative Crab Cupcakes

Decorated Crab Cupcakes
If you are searching for an adorable decorative cupcake for your beach theme party, you will love these cute crab cupcakes by Sarah from "Must Have Mom".   You might not want to meet a real crab, but anyone would enjoy "meeting" and eating these precious cupcakes.

Their big eyes seem to draw you in and make you want to lick the frosting right off their backs.  Somehow I can just imagine little boys pulling their legs off first and eating the licorice strings.  Of course, there are always a few children at any party who are hesitate to eat anything made in the image of any creature.  I do recommend having a few complimentary plainly decorate cupcakes on hand for the kids who want to save the crabs.

How to Make Cute Crab Cupcakes  

In her article, Sarah takes us step by step through the process of decorating these fabulous crab cupcakes.  She includes lots of photos, which makes it even easier.  You barely have to read anything because you can easily see how to assemble the crabs.

I like the simplicity of her design.  Because it is so easy, you could even include the kids in the decorating as a "before the party" special event.  This allows you the opportunity to teach kids to use their own imagination to design and make their own fun food.  It also makes for great memories for you and the children.  

If they are older kids, perhaps all you will need to do is act as the photographer.  That can be as much fun as actually helping decorate the cupcakes.

Regardless of whether you make these cupcakes by yourself, or with help, the cute crab cupcakes are sure to be a hit with your guests!  So grab some cupcakes, frosting, licorice strips, and some mini chocolate chips and start decorating your fancy crabs for your family and guests.

Recipe & Image Credit: 

Recipe by Sarah on MustHaveMom.com - How to Make Cute Crab Cupcakes

Make Your Own Chocolate Covered Strawberries

How to Make Your Own Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Just about everybody loves chocolate covered strawberries, but few people realize you can make them yourself at home.

Chocolate covered strawberries have become a favorite to include in picnic baskets, to buy as a special gift for your sweetheart, or to treat yourself with a sweet tidbit. They have also become a big part of edible arrangements which are often used for special occasions. Personally, I  enjoy including them on my fruit trays for my friends who love chocolate.

Because chocolate covered strawberries are so expensive, we limit ourselves to only a few at a time when we buy them at a candy store. Our local candy store sells them individually, or in prepackaged boxes of 6, for a very hefty price. Then, we try to make them last as long as possible.

When I figured out how to make my own chocolate covered strawberries, I wanted to kick myself for the wasted money on store bought.   It is actually very easy to make them, but there are a few tips for ingredients and techniques.

How to Make Your Own Chocolate Covered Strawberries 

One really important tip is to make sure strawberries are in season.  In the United States, that is typically during the months of April through August.  Fresh strawberries make the best chocolate covered strawberries.  You will want to wash the strawberries and completely dry them with paper towels before you dip them in melted chocolate.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Visit Cooking for the Holidays for all of the tips for making your own chocolate covered strawberries.   In that article I share my preferred chocolate, as well as tips based on my own experience making this fabulous chocolate delicacy.

Recipe & Image Credit: 

Recipe by Cynthia on CookingfortheHolidays.com - How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Key Lime Pie Cookie Cups

Key Lime Pie Cups
Summer always makes me think of key lime pie! 

I associate key lime pie with Florida vacations because I was on vacation in Destin, Florida the first time I ever eat key lime pie.  It has been one of my favorite desserts for many years since.

When I came across this recipe for key lime pie cookie cups, I knew I would have to try them myself.  They would make the perfect party food, appetizer or dessert.  Snack size treats are truly anytime treats!

Because they are made in a mini muffin pan, they would be the perfect size for a single serving dessert.  I always enjoy serving desserts that do not require cutting slices to serve, which allows me to get back to the dinner party faster.  Single serving sizes are also wonderfully self-serving.

Key Lime Pie Cookie Cups Recipe

The recipe for these fabulous Key Lime Pie Cookie Cups is published on Shaken Together.  Keri introduced me to the Pillsbury Key Lime Cookie mix in her article.  Using that mix, she shares how she created these beautiful and tasty treats.  She even shares photos showing how she molds the cups, which makes it very easy to emulate.  

Once the cookie cups are baked, she simply tops them with her key lime frosting using a star tip.

I have no doubt these Key Lime Pie Cookie Cups will end up being a favorite in your home and for your parties too.  You may have to hide a few just so you get some yourself!

If the Pillsbury cookie mix is not readily available, you could use the Key Lime Cookie Recipe published on AllRecipes.com and the Key Lime Buttercream Frosting recipe on MyRecipes.com.

Recipe & Image Credit: 

Recipe by Keri on ShakenTogetherLife.com  - Key Lime Pie Cookie Cups

Kentucky Derby Horse Cookies

These delightful horse face cookies are easy to make and are absolutely perfect for the Kentucky Derby celebrations and parties.
These delightful horse face cookies are easy to make and are absolutely perfect for the Kentucky Derby celebrations and parties.

I originally discovered these cookies on PartyPinchers.com who recommended them for the Kentucky Derby.  However, I can easily imagine them being served year-round at various parties. 

I was immediately drawn to these fabulous horse cookies.  They look so cute and I am sure any Kentucky Derby enthusiasts or horse lover would enjoy this decorative and Fun Food idea.

Kentucky Derby Horse Cookies

These cookies are assembled with store bought cookies, therefore no baking is required.  They are decorated and finished with store bought candies like licorice ropes.  

The author of PartyPinching.com, Norene Cox, shares her secret to cutting that pretty perfect mane as well as what she uses to assemble everything.  I love the smiley face for the horse nose and mouth.  An absolutely perfect balance to the constructed eyes and ears.

These delightful horse face cookies are easy to make and are absolutely perfect for the Kentucky Derby celebrations and parties.
I am quite certain these horse cookies would be a huge hit at children's birthday parties, as well as the aforementioned Kentucky Derby party.  They would also make impressive classroom party treats.

Except for cutting the mane and attaching the licorice, everything seems simple enough that even a child could help you assemble the horse cookies.  Having children help always gives you the opportunity to teach, plus gives them wonderful memories of working in the kitchen with you.  You are not just creating fun food, you are creating magical moments that will forever be cherished by you and your child.

I am quite certain that adults and children alike will adore these horse cookies.  They will probably want to take them home and keep them as pets.   It is kinda hard to eat something so cute!

Recipe & Image Credit: 

Recipe by PartyPinchers.com  - Kentucky Derby Horse Cookies

Bunny Bread Bowl

Bunny Bread Bowl
One of the cutest Fun Foods for Easter that I have ever seen is the Bunny Bread Bowl created by Amy of The Idea Room.  Not only is it adorable, it is truly perfect for holding thick soup, chili or a salad. 

I absolutely love it!  It is sure to delight both adults and children.  Just seeing the little bunny makes you smile.

Amy gives us easy written directions, as well as a video on how to make these awesome Bunny Bread Bowls ourselves.  She truly makes it look very simply,  Especially, since she uses store bought bread.  It is literally as simply as constructing the bunny bowl.

How to Make a Homemade Bread Bowl

If you are not in a hurry, you can certainly make your own bread bowls.  With simple ingredients of warm water, yeast, sugar, olive oil, salt and flour, TessaArias shows us just how easy it is to make our own bread dough for bread bowls.  She give excellent step by step instructions and details in the video below.  She even shows us exactly how to properly press, divide, roll and shape the dough, as well as giving baking tips for a golden glow on the baked bread.  Her recipe makes 6 bread bowls.

Sturdy Bread Dough Mixer

Most stand mixers come with bread dough hooks, but that is very misleading.  Often they are simply not sturdy enough to really mix and knead bread dough.  They mixer motor may be fine, but the mixer itself will jump around on the kitchen counter simply because it is truly not heavy enough for making bread dough.

If you plan to make your own homemade bread, you will want to invest in a sturdy bread dough mixer like an KitchenAid.  The are available in a variety of colors to match your kitchen decor.

Recipe & Image Credit: 

Recipe by Amy on The Idea Room!   Bunny Bread Bowl Recipe

Christmas Wreath Marshmallow Treats Recipe

Looking for a really fun & easy Christmas treat?  You will love this Christmas Wreath Marshmallow Treats recipe!   You really can't mess up the design.
If you are looking for a really fun and easy Christmas treat, then you are going to love this Christmas Wreath Marshmallow Treats recipe

You really can't mess the design up, so you could even let the kids help you decorate the wreaths.  Plus, the red and green colors are perfect to serve during the holidays.  They make a really pretty addition to any table.

Whether you are searching for a snack, an appetizer, or a light dessert, these Christmas wreaths would have you covered.  You can also make them ahead of time and freeze them. 

Christmas Wreath Marshmallow Treats Recipe

Bev Owens published the recipe for the Christmas Wreath Marshmallow Treats on Review This!  You can find her recipe and all of her great tips there.

I always prefer a recipe that is simple and one that you most often have all the ingredients on hand without having to run to the grocery store.  Since the Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths recipe is a combination of cereal, marshmallows, M&M's, food coloring, butter and vanilla, it is unlikely this recipe would send us out to gather supplies.  Especially at Christmas.  I might not always have M&M's on hand, but I do during the holidays.  I suspect that is true for most of us.

Christmas Wreath Marshmallow Treats Recipe

Making & Shaping the Marshmallow Wreath Treats

You can take the time to form these treats in the round wreath shape or you could make it easier on yourself and use the elongated wreath shape shown in the photos.  The elongated wreath really does make a nice cover up for any mistakes too.  A combination of shapes would be truly fantastic and look completely planned too.

This really is a fun recipe for several people to make together.  It is actually good to have helpers since the mixture starts to set pretty quickly as it cools. 

Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas!

Recipe & Image Credit: 

Recipe by Beverly Owens on Review This!   Christmas Wreath Marshmallow Treats Recipe

Easy Christmas Cookies Recipe

Easy Christmas Cookies Recipe
I am always searching for fast and easy recipes for Christmas!  I found this Christmas cookie recipe on Recipes for Real People and thought how perfect these cookies are to share on the Fun Food Guide.

Since this is a quick and easy recipe, it will no doubt quickly become one of your favorites too!

Quick & Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe 

Not only are they "quick and easy" but they are delicious!  The recipe calls for a white cake mix, but Susan, the owner of Recipes for Real People, assures us that we can use any flavor of cake mix to create our own favorite cookie variety.  

Easy Last Minute Christmas Cookies by Recipes for Real People
Last Minute Christmas Cookies by Recipes for Real People
Most of the ingredients needed to make these last minute Christmas cookies will be supplies we often have on hand during the holidays, especially if you happen to have the sprinkles already.

These cookies would be really fun to bake and then let the kids help decorate.  Children always enjoy being able to say they decorated the treats, and adults always rave over the kids talent in design.

Give Christmas Cookies as Christmas Gifts

These Christmas cookies would be the perfect gift for neighbors, family and friends who are either hard to buy for, already have everything, or who you simply wish to remember with a gift of food for the holidays.  Baked goods are always appreciated because they are so easy for the recipient to pull out and serve to their own guests.

Also, delicious Christmas cookies like these are always perfect for a cookie exchange or to send to your child's school Christmas party!

Whether you are baking these cookies for yourself, or to give as a gift, I am certain you will love this recipe as much as I do.

Recipe & Image Credit: 

  Easy Last-Minute Christmas Cookies from Recipes for Real People

Fabulous Ghost Train Cake for Halloween

Kids always love creating cool things and that includes really neat Halloween cakes!  

This fabulous Halloween Ghost Train cake would be perfect for kids to create with a little help from Mom or Dad.  Assembling it would be a really fun activity that you could share with your children. 

Not only will you be creating an awesome Halloween dessert, but you will be making memories that will be cherished forever.

Oh!  And, did I mention that it is chocolate?!!  Plus, it is no-bake which makes it the perfect cake idea for children to help make.

Making a Chocolate Halloween Ghost Train Cake

This is a very easy cake to assemble.  Simply purchase the needed ingredients and start building your own Halloween Ghost Train cake.  The shaped peeps and bat brownies really add the finishing touches to make it purely Halloween.  You will want to be sure to buy extra candy because it is truly impossible to resist snacking while you create.

Create a fabulous Ghost Train Cake for Halloween with this step by step tutorial
Our Completed Halloween Ghost Train Cake

By simply looking at the photo, you will be able to see a lot of the ingredients required to make this wonderful ghost train cake.  However, you will find the complete list of supplies and the step by step tutorial with lots of photos published exclusively on Cooking for the Holidays.   I can assure you, it is a really fun cake to assemble and a delicious cake to eat. 

Our Inspiration to Create this Ghost Train Cake

My son has always loved trains.  When he was very young, we used to seek out trains for him to watch speed by.  This Halloween ghost train cake was a pure delight to design with him and brought back a lot of great memories for both of us.  

I know for a fact that children will love this train!

Tutorial & Image Credit: 

  The Halloween Ghost Train Cake image & tutorial published on Cooking for the Holidays.

Graveyard Cake Instructions

This Graveyard cake is an awesome choice for any Halloween party.  It is eerie without being grotesque.  Plus, it is chocolate!
I love Halloween and all of the fabulous Halloween cakes, cupcakes and special treats.  This Graveyard Cake would be an awesome cake choice for any Halloween party.  It is eerie without being grotesque.  Plus, it is chocolate!

Jade has given us easy to follow instructions on exactly how to decorate this creative Graveyard Cake.  You will be amazed at how simple it is to recreate and how little decorating experience is required.

Making Your Own Graveyard Cake

I want to start by saying that I love the grated chocolate idea.  It would be great for any Halloween cake to give a textured foundation or background for the Halloween scene.  If you are planning a children's party, you might want to use the grated chocolate background idea and add Friendly Ghost Rings which would also double as party favors.

Everything about decorating the Graveyard cake as shown is basic and easy.  Jade uses sugar cookie dough, lady fingers and jelly to create this phenomenal graveyard scene.  But the very best part, it would be delicious to eat!  Although, admittedly, I might be hesitant to bite down on a finger.  They just look so realistic!!!

How to make a easy, yet really awesome, graveyard cake for Halloween.

Sometimes we need to be able to take a few shortcuts when we are hosting a Halloween party.  Jade suggests that you could purchase a store bought chocolate cake to decorate, but she also provides a homemade cake recipe in case you have the time to bake and decorate.  

You will find Jade's step by step instructions for making this unique graveyard cake, as well as her additional tips on her site, Homemade by Jade.   You will also love her witty tutorial title, "Graveyard Cake - The Perfect Finger Food"! 

Recipe & Image Credit: 

  The Graveyard Cake image, recipe & tutorial published on Homemade by Jade Blog.

Strawberry Popsicles Recipe

Make You Own Strawberry Popsicles!

During the hot summer months, there is nothing better than a popsicle to cool you down inside and out.

Popsicles are a childhood favorite, but most of us still enjoy them as adults.   As a child, we only consider the fantastic taste of a cool treat on a hot day.  The only real difference is that as adults, we think about the ingredients.

Strawberry Popsicle Recipe

I was thrilled to find the recipe for wonderful homemade popsicles.  I love the idea of being able to make my own delicious, healthy, and sugar-free popsicles.  Ester Perez shares her Strawberry Popsicle recipe on NurtureMyGut.com and they are actually easy to make.  Ester's recipe uses lime juice, strawberries and an orange sliced, mixed together and frozen.  She uses vanilla stevia to sweeten the treat.  


I am sure you can substitute other fruit to make a variety of fruit-sicles that everyone in your family will also love, but do be sure to read about Ester's own personal experiences as she was developing her recipe.  It will save you time and expense.  No one likes to discover that they have wasted not only money, but the actual fruit when a creation is not something you can eat and enjoy.

You can find the complete recipe and directions on Ester's site, Nuture My Gut and start making your own homemade popsicles today!      

Making Your Own Popsicles 

There are a few supplies you need besides the ingredients to make our own popsicles at home.  Obviously, you need a freezer, but you will also need popsicles molds.  Any other supplies needed will be determined by the molds you select.  Some molds come with reusable plastic sticks.  However, molds that use disposable wooden popsicles sticks are also available.

I, personally, would recommend the Onyx Stainless Steel molds on the right below.  They are the most expensive, but this is an example of how you get what you pay for.   They are more durable and it is easier to remove the frozen popsicles without damaging them.

Recipe & Image Credit: 

  The Strawberry Popsicle image and recipe published on NurtureMyGut.com.

A Pineapple Boat Full of Fruit

The Catamaran - A Lanai Pineapple Boat from Favored Cooking

Summer party fun always consists of great fruit and fabulous fruit centerpieces.  I recently came across this wonderful way to arrange fruit that replicates a catamaran boat.  The boat itself is cut from the pineapple shell.  Then it is filled with a variety of delicious cut fruit.

The Catamaran - A Lanai Pineapple Boat 

The Catamaran - Lanai Pineapple Boat by Favored Cooking
On Favored Cooking, Fay shows us exactly how to create this beautiful fruit masterpiece.  It would be the perfect centerpiece for a summer party or cookout.  The fruit itself makes a delicious and healthy appetizer or finger food.  

Any fruit dish is my favorite food at a party.  Fruit is definitely the very best snack food!  This particular Lanai Pineapple Boat centerpiece would be a lovely addition to the table, as well as a delectable treat for guests.

Fay shows us exactly how to carve the pineapple so it will double as the serving dish.  She recommends filling the boat with diced pineapple and other cut fruit.  Then adding toppings if desired.  She offers a multitude of additional fruit suggestions for your boat that are not shown in the photos, as well as a sauce recipe for your fruit salad. 

This really is a fun food that you can play with in your own kitchen to achieve the look and taste you desire.   I have no doubt it would be a delightfully refreshing treat to serve during the hot summer festivities.  You could even take it as your contribution to a dinner party.  It would certainly be a welcome addition by any party hostess.

Recipe & Image Credit: 

  The original "Catamaran - A Lanai Pineapple Boat" image, recipe, and pineapple cutting instructions can be found on Favored Cooking

Firecracker Cupcakes for the 4th of July

Sweet & Crunchy Blog at OhNuts.com
In the last Fun Food post, I featured the fireworks cupcakes.  Now, we are going to take a look and consider making actual individual firecracker cupcakes just in time for the 4th of July!

There are really easy instructions with lots of photos shared on the Sweet & Crunchy blog at OhNuts which makes creating your own fireworks cupcakes a breeze.  Well easy that is, we might not want a breeze when playing with firecrackers.

These would truly be de"light"ful cupcakes to serve on the 4th of July.

The Fireworks Cupcakes

 Wilton 415-2315 Patriotic Cupcake Decorating KitCheck PriceBy selecting the right 4th of July cupcake liners for your cupcakes, you are already halfway finished decorating these cupcakes, but the colored marshmallow firecrackers really do make these cupcakes quite unique.  

You will be surprised at how easy it is to color your marshmallows.  The supplies you need to color your firecracker marshmallow are available at OhNuts.com.  It is not just red food coloring either.   A much tastier treat is used to color the marshmallows, but I shall let you discover that secret when you visit OhNuts.  It is simply amazing how they really do look like little firecrackers too! 

The Fireworks cupcakes would be perfect for a fourth of July party or to make as special treats for your family.  

Recipe & Image Credit: 

  The original image, recipe, marshmallow coloring secret and decorating instructions can be found at OnNuts.com

Fireworks Cupcakes

Firework Cupcakes
from CulinaryGinger.com
Memorial Day celebrations are just around the corner and the 4th of July will be here before we know it.  These Fireworks Cupcakes would be fabulous treats for either holiday!

I am always looking for a colorful treat to serve on our patriotic days and these red, white and blue cupcakes would be absolutely perfect.  Plus, they are fast and easy to decorate.

Janette from CulinaryGinger.com shares her red velvet cupcake recipe as will as her frosting and decorating instructions.  She even tells us which Wilton piping tip to use in order to recreate the design you see on her firework cupcakes pictured here in this article.

Have a Cupcake Decorating Party

Children love taking part in preparing for a party or picnic.  These firework cupcakes would make the perfect way to let them participate.  

Memorial Day Firework Cupcakes by CulinaryGinger
Memorial Day Firework Cupcakes
by CulinaryGinger
Since fireworks themselves are not exactly uniform in shape and size, these fireworks cupcakes would be ideal to make with kids.  No one would have to stress or strive for perfection.  You could even have a pre-party decorating party for them with a few of their friends and let them try their hand at decorating the cupcakes with the stripes of red, white and blue.   They might surprise you with their own unique design and you certainly will have created a memorable occasion just for them.  

Not only would you all have fun decorating the firework cupcakes, but the whole group of family and friends will have a delicious dessert for the actual patriotic picnic or party.

One last thought, be sure to have your camera ready when the kids start decorating.  You never know what "fireworks" might happen in your own kitchen that you will want to have forever documented in a scrapbook. 

Recipe & Image Credit: 

  The original image, recipe and decorating instructions can be found at CulinaryGinger.com