Kitchen Concoctions: Spiders, Cupcakes, and Giveaways... Oh My!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Spiders, Cupcakes, and Giveaways... Oh My!

Wow! I can't believe that I have written 200 blog posts! 200 bits of my random thoughts... Not quite 200 recipes but a good majority of these 200 posts have recipes (I would guess 90 percent are recipes, and that's a lot!)

Thank you to all of you who have continued to read this blog day after day, post after post. Because I am so happy I have reached 200 posts and still have all of you in tow I have a giveaway to share later today! But first today's Ghoulish Grub recipe!

Today's Halloween themed recipe is actual a twofer, a frosting and a cake, (and a giveaway) oh my! This Halloween recipe is not necessarily just for Halloween but could be made any time, and should be made regularly because it is so dang tasty. It is Halloweenish because it has that dark spooky look going for it. And topped with a fake spidey these cupcakes will be perfect for any Halloween get together you may be having this weekend.

First the cupcakes. These chocolate cupcakes were unbelievably moist and full of flavor. To make this cake even 'sweeter' it takes only seconds to whip up and has only three (yes only 3) ingredients AND (this is huge, so listen closely) each of these cupcakes ONLY count as 1.75 Weight Watchers points! Now that's something to write home about. These cakes are super tasty plain or topped with a little Cool Whip. Also they are so versatile and the cake/soda combinations are endless. But of course I had to go and take a somewhat 'healthy cupcake' and ruin it make it better by adding a crazy good frosting.

Diet Soda Cake
Prep Time: 5 Minutes Bake Time: 25-30 minutes Serves: if baked in a 9x13 pan serves 12 or makes about 20 cupcakes

1 (18.25 oz) dry box cake, any flavor (I used chocolate for these cupcakes)
1 (12 oz) can diet soda, any flavor (I used cream soda this time)
2 egg whites
Baking spray

Preheat oven according to box directions. Spray 9 x 13 pan (or for cupcakes you can use paper liners in the cupcake pan). Beat cake mix, diet soda and egg whites. Pour into pan. Bake as directed on box, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Let cake cool about 10 minutes before cutting. Cut into 12 pieces. Top with fat free whipped cream if you wish.

adapted from Gina's Skinny Recipes
So the frosting. This frosting. Is great. Is good. Is perfect. Is a must. Beat it less for a grayish tent beat it more for a darker shade. Just what ever you do... Don't eat all this frosting before you put it on your cupcakes!
 
 
Cookies 'n Cream Frosting
Prep Time: 8 minutes Makes enough for approximately 18-20 cupcakes
 
 
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
25 finely crushed Oreos
 
 
In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Gently stir in Oreo crumbs. The more you mix the more gray in color the frosting will appear so do not over-mix. Store in the refrigerator after use.
adapted from Baked Perfection

2 comments:

  1. I loved cinnamon rolls for breakfast growing up! Im a follower already!

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