Pumpkin Poppers and Jack-O-Latern Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes? Heck Yeah! Who doesn’t need an excuse to break out the frosting and food coloring. :)I found these cute lil’ pumpkins in a magazine and knew the kids would love them. What convinced me to make these cuties was the fact that I could make both the jack-o-latern cupcakes AND the pumpkin poppers. How cool is that?

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I did one batch of cupcakes using regular food coloring but they just weren’t orange enough for me and trying to add more coloring was affecting the consistency of the batter. I learned my lesson and ran to Target for orange food coloring gel which proved to work very well.

You can use a white cake recipe and make cupcakes from scratch or use a white cake mix.

(After making my first batch from scratch I decided to cheat the second time around and used a white cake mix). Color the batter with the orange food coloring gel. It doesn’t take much and the color ‘pops’.

After letting the cupcakes cool using a serrated knife cut the rounded tops off of the cupcakes and put them in the freezer to prep them for frosting. While they are chillin’ mix up the frosting. You’ll need  a small amount of green and plenty of orange. Again the gel food coloring works much better than the regular liquid food coloring to allow the frosting to maintain a thicker consistency. Once your frosting is ready and the cupcakes are nice and cold you’ll frost!Image

Pumpkin Poppers

Frost  the bottoms of half of the the rounded tops. (This can be a pain to frost which is why putting them in the freezer helps.) Then place another rounded top. The stem is a Tootsie Roll and in order to make it stay up I used a Wilton filling tip to gently great a hole for the Tootsie Roll. Finally using the Wilton leaf tip and green frosting I made the leaves and ta da! Pumpkin poppers ready to eat!

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These require a bit more work. This time you’ll frost the tops of half of the cupcakes and then place them together connecting tops to tops. There is no right way to connect them as the irregularity helps for creating cool faces. Use plenty of frosting to ensure the teeth have something to ‘stick’ to. 🙂 Once they are all frosted you can make fun faces using white mint Tic-Tacs for teeth, and Wilton candy eyes. Again, I made a hole using the Wilton filling tip to place the Tootsie Rolls for the stems and then finished it off with the Wilton leaf tip and green frosting to create the leaves.

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1 box White Cake Mix

(ingrediants listed on the box)

2 cans of white frosting

orange food coloring gel

green food coloring gel

1 pckg white mint Tic Tacs

1 small bag of Tootsie Rolls

1 pckg Wilton Candy Eyes

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Colorful Family Fun in the Form of a 5k

Color Dash My husband is very supportive of all of my races. He has sat in the rain with all of the kids while I participated in a triathlons, he has sat the van with the kids while they napped during races, he has driven the race route of a 10k with the windows down while he and the kids cheered me on. He is such a sweet guy! He has done a tri with me years ago as a team and has done a few 5k’s himself or with the kids and occasionally as a family. the hubby and i

Once again he has shown what an amazing husband and father he can be by participating in a great 5k with the kids and I. He didn’t just participate though, he carried a baby on his back in addition to a child on his hip at multiple times throughout the race. Obviously we had to walk this one with all 7 of us

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participating and YES, we had a double jogging stroller but they changed their minds as to whether they wanted to ride, run or walk. Regardless of what the kids were thinking my husband was flexible and would pick them up and carry them when they wanted him to. He was such a trooper! trooper

If you ever get a chance to do a color dash it’s a fun 5k. I opted to use a rain cover on the stroller which was a big help to keep the kids clean who didn’t want to get all colored. I used zip-lock bags to keep our cameras clean and brought blankets to cover seats for the ride home. Despite the messy nature of the run it’s really a fun 5k that is a good time for the whole family. A great way to stay active, participate in a race and an event where the whole family can join in.