Saturday, April 4, 2015

Carrots in the Dirt

Aren't these so cute? A fun Easter dessert for the kiddos!

Today, I made these adorable creations to bring to my family Easter parties this weekend! I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to duplicate it. Here's how I made them: 

  • 1 box strawberry cake mix, and ingredients that go along with making the cake. Mine required 1 cup water, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, and 3 egggs. 
  • 1 can Hershey's Chocolate Frosting
  • about 1 row of Oreos, crushed finely (I put my in my food chopper and crushed them that way)
  • 18 cupcake liners
  • 18 strawberries
  • 1 pound orange colored chocolate
  • 18 strawberries
  • cooking spray
This recipe makes 18 cupcakes. 

To start, Spray your cupcake liners with cooking spray, and mix your cupcakes according to the cake mix instructions.  Fill your sprayed cupcake liners about 3/4 of the way full with cake batter. Bake your cupcakes according to the cake mix directions. 

Next. melt your orange chocolate and dip your strawberries in them. I melted mine at 50% heat and stirred the chocolate every 45 seconds until it was smooth. Set them on a plate or cookie sheet lined with wax paper to dry.

I split my cupcakes into two batches of 9 so I could have some for two different parties, so here are my first 9 strawberries.

Next, use a melon ball maker and scoop out a small amount of cake from each cupcake. 

Then, put your icing in a baggie with an icing tip and ice the cupcakes around the middle hole. If you want to see step by step instructions on how I ice my cupcakes, check out my Cookies n Cream Cupcakes recipe!

Next, crush your Oreos in a chopper or food processor. I got my food chopper for Christmas several years ago, and used it so much that it finally went out on me. I bought another one on Black Friday for $10 and it was worth every penny! Seriously. If you don't have one of these, you should get one. I use mine several times a week. 

I put my chopped Oreos in a shallow container, and put my iced cupcakes upside down in the cookies. This was a good way to cover the icing with cookies and not make a huge mess. 

Last, add your strawberry to the top and enjoy!! These were a big hit with my family, especially with my niece and nephew!

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