Semi-Homemade Halloween

We are sure that you’ve found a slew of wonderful Halloween treats that you want to make, but where to find the time? So we’ve put together a list of Semi-Homemade Halloween treats that are great for sending to school or work, having for the kids when they get back from Trick-or-Treating, or even to serve at a party. Semi-homemade is a great way to have personalized treats without spending hours in the kitchen.

Monster Donuts
plate of monster doughnuts 2
These are one of our most favorite semi-homemade halloween treats. You just need your favorite donuts, some plastic vampire teeth, and some chocolate chips and you can create some super fun treats. I love the idea of doing this and then putting them back in the box. Imagine your co-workers surprise when they open a seemingly harmless box of donuts and find these creatures staring back at them.

Mini Pumpkin Pies
mini pumpkin pies
In case you haven’t noticed we are fans over handheld sweets around here. And these mini pumpkin pies are just too cute to eat! Almost. All you need is pumpkin pie filling, pre-made pie crust, and some whipped cream and you are good to go.

Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs
Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs from Sallys Baking Addiction
These are cute, use all store bought items, and take no time at all! Plus they have candy corns on them. Anything with candy corn are a win in our book.

Semi-Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Our friend over at Meghan on the Move has a great recipe for Semi-Homemade Hostess Cupcakes. She starts with chocolate cupcakes (made from a box cake mix), fills them with a yummy filling, and tops them with chocolate ganache and the famous hostess swirls. Did you know that the actual Hostess cupcakes have 7 swirls on the top? Do you know how hard it is to get SEVEN swirls on the top of a cupcake? Its darn near impossible! Regardless of the number of swirls on the top of your cupcakes, these are bound to impress your Halloween guests.

We hope that this gives you a little bit of inspiration for having a sweet Halloween! What is your favorite semi-homemade Halloween treat?

Simple Homemade Dog Treats

Cupping Cakes, albeit our name, is more than just cupcakes. We love sharpening our baking skills by trying out new things like madeleines or macarons, or making a batch of the old favorite: the peanut butter kiss cookie.

10598609_689152527836707_1014845715_nWhat is just as fun is making treats for pets, and it has great rewards – seeing those wagging tails and excited sniffs. But what if you want to make something simple but homemade, and don’t want to spend a lot of time prepping? Cupping Cakes has you covered! We’ve found some great simple recipes that have big rewards.

Homemade Sweet Potato Chews РWe actually just made a batch of these, and the process could not be simpler. Slice the sweet potato however you would like, sprinkle some cinnamon on and bake bake bake! It would work even faster if you have a dehydrator.  The entire kitchen starts smelling like the holidays!

Homemade Apple Chips – It would work even faster if you have a dehydrator, but it would still make the kitchen smell amazing! One idea is to chop them into smaller pieces, depending on the size of the dog, and use them for motivation or reward.

Peanut Butter Pupsicles – Got a hot dog? Cool them off with a pupsicle! No need to buy those expensive frozen treats from the store when you can whip up a quick batch in any cup you have around the house.

Good luck, enjoy and happy tails!