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Vanilla Cupcake Recipe From Scratch + Crisco Based Buttercream + $500 #SweetworksFall Giveaway

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

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I love Halloween! Ok honestly it’s the candy I love.  I MIGHT have a mild sweet tooth! There is very little candy that I don’t like.  So when I got to do a whole post on candy from a trusted company like Sweetworks you bet I jumped at it.  Who wouldn’t love receiving a $100 candy prize pack in the mail containing some of my childhood favorites like Sixlets, Chocolate Oranges, Nerds, Ovation chocolate and Oak Leaf (candy gumballs).  I can’t believe the company that manufactures these yummy goodies has been in business for over 50 years!  

My creative side came out and decided to have some fun with the candy and spend time with the kiddo at the same time.  We both love to bake because baking equals more sweet stuff and decided to make some vanilla cupcakes and Rice Krispy Treats and decorate them with our Sweetworks Candy. 

These are so simple to do it is ridiculous!

First you need to make the cupcakes and rice krispy treats. Find my Vanilla Cupcake Recipe From Scratch below and whip up a batch of Rice Krispy Treats from the recipe on the side of the box. 

Once they are cooled you get to start having fun! 

Sixlets 1We used frosting as our glue and stuck with white so that we could still see our fun candies.  You can either use a purchased vanilla frosting or make a batch of my favorite decorating icing.  Once you have everything baked, cooled and whipped it’s time for the fun part.  

Decorate your treats with icing as you work.  You will need the icing to be your glue or else you going to end up with a ton of Sixlet Pearls on the floor.  I used Sixlet Pearls and Sixlets to do all the decorating on the treats.  As you can tell from above we had a blast! 

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The fun part is there is no wrong or right to this! You and your kids can make all sorts of funny looking creatures to enjoy later or for a class party! Tell me does that Frankenstein need a little help below?  

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Vanilla Cupcakes were up next.  

We received eyeball gum balls and you you know I was going to have fun with that! 

Cut a little hole out of the middle of the cupcake.  Remember to make it a little smaller than the gum ball for a snug fit.  Next place the gum ball in the hole and push down so that it is flush with the top of the cupcake. 

Frost the cupcake with whatever color frosting looks scary to you. It is freaky to see an eyeball staring back at you when you go to eat it! I realized I didn’t get a picture of that before I ate it but let m tell you it was delicious and a fun treat at the end!  If you check out the picture below the pumpkin one are the same idea.  

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For the cupcakes I used all Sixlet Pearls except the pumpkins in the middle, those are pumpkin gum balls.  We had such a blast making these!  So easy and the kiddos can practice their spelling while having a good time. 

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe From Scratch + Crisco Based Buttercream

Vanilla Cupcakes + Crisco Based Buttercream Recipe
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  1. Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
  2. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1 cup white sugar
  4. 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1 egg yolk
  7. 1 pinch salt
  8. 5 tablespoons butter room tempature
  9. 2/3 cup milk
  10. 1 teaspoon almond extract
  11. IndyDeb's Crisco Based Buttercream Ingredients
  12. 1-1/3 cups Cricso
  13. 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk, depending on consistency needed
  14. 3 Tbsp powdered Dream Whip (*)
  15. 1-3 teaspoons almond extract
  16. 2 lbs powdered sugar
  17. (*) A powdered whipped topping mix made by Kraft Foods, usually found in the cake/sugar aisle in the grocery
  1. Vanilla Cupcake Directions
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Line a standard muffin tin with 12 paper cupcake liners.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
  5. Beat the sugar, butter and eggs together by adding eggs one at a time and mixing for 1 minute between egg additions. Add egg yolk and once again beat for 1 minute. Add milk and almond extract.
  6. Gradually beat in the flour mixture on low speed until just incorporated (don't over mix!).
  7. Divide batter evenly between cupcake liners.
  8. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  9. Transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.
  10. IndyDeb's Crisco Based Buttercream Directions
  11. Combine all ingredients and mix. The longer you mix this the smoother it gets!
  1. I know that it's easy to want to skip ahead and not beat for the full minute between each egg addition but this is crucial to light cupcakes.
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  • trixx

    Nerds are my fave.. they come in so many flavors & are fun to eat

  • Lisa L

    I love Sixlets..they remind me of my they are delicious!

  • Grace Hodgin

    Yum so much candy and hard to decide which is the best. I love their chocolate foiled covered candy. Your icing on your cup cakes sounds so yummy!

  • Aimee C

    All I have to say is gumballs filled with Nerds candy?? Did I die and go to heaven?? Every Halloween I will take the two and eat at once..I will admit I am a chronic gum swallower. I know, gross but cant help myself

  • Julie Murphy

    I like the 12 oz. Foiled Solid Milk Chocolate Rabbit for my kids.

  • Maryann D.

    What a great idea for those cupcakes! Super for a party and they look delicious too!

  • Sarah L

    Those are such fun treats! I like the rice crispy pumpkin.

  • David Fultner

    I like the Nerds. They have been a favorite for years.

  • David Fultner

    I like the Nerds. They have been a favorite for years.

  • James M

    Your display is awesome, I’m a Sixlets kind of guy.

  • Tamra Phelps

    Oh, my goodness! Combining candy with cupcakes? Yes, I’m down with that!

  • Christina Easter

    My favorite product is the Gumballs filled with Nerds! Yummy!

  • Ann Marie DelFavero

    I’m so torn between the cupcakes and rice crispy treats! Both are so delicious!

  • Shelley Zurek

    Vanilla cupcakes are my favorite! So your recipe is a hit with me.

  • Dede

    I am so addicted to Rice Krispy treats. Seriously, I could eat the whole pan. Adding Sixlets would make them positively irresistible to me!

  • April

    Super cute idea. I love this.

  • Kacee Nunez

    Niagra caramel bar. Because it has my 2 favorite things chocolate & caramel

  • Holly S.

    Wow! You’re really good at that!!! Looks great, I may have to try my hand at these for Halloween. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

  • Liz @ Yes/No Films

    Those look quite delicious!

  • brett

    love the krispy treats! my kids would be making spiders i bet.

  • Stephanie Rose

    I love the Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin. Who am I kidding I love pumpkin anything. Thank you for the butter cream recipe. It’s my favorite.

  • Rust

    I would love the Toasted Almond Bar by Niagara …because chocolate with almonds is my favorite candy bar combination of them all.

  • Joan Kubes

    My favorite is the Sixlets® Christmas Canes becasue you can hang them on your tree and then give as presents.

  • Karen

    Very cute! thanks for the tip about beating the eggs, I’m making cupcakes tonight and will give it a try!

  • Rachelle J

    I LOVE those rice krispie treats, what a great way to customize halloween treats!

  • Patty

    What happy looking cupcakes! It’s a great letter lesson as well to spell out Happy Halloween

  • Carlee C

    I have to admit that Sixlets is a family favorite going back 30 years. Such a yummy chocolaty treat!

  • Dorothy Boucher

    love this idea and very scary 🙂 thanks for share @tisonlyme143

  • Mary

    My kids would LOVE making those rice krispie snacks. They are just getting into ‘gross’ things so I can see a spider and some bugs in my future.

  • Frances Foord

    Oh this looks so wonderful!!! I can’t wait to start baking for the holidays!!! I appreciate trying other’s recipes 🙂

  • Krista

    Sixlets are my favorite! I love the flavor!

  • Jenn @TheRebelChick

    I don’t think that I’ve ever tried making buttercream from Crisco before, what a great idea! I do use it instead of butter in some of my cookie recipes though. Yum!

    • Brandy

      I like working with a crisco based buttercream because it will stand up to the heat better than butter. I have worked for a few clients who were getting married outside in 100+ weather and actual buttercream would have melted. This recipe is a dream!

  • The cupcakes looks great. So fun!

    • Brandy

      Michelle had a wonderful time with her son making them.

  • Kimberly

    These are so cute!!!! They are almost too cute to eat.

    You made these look so easy to make (baking is not my thing). You’ve inspired me to do something fun like this for Halloween for my family.

    I’m also drooling. They all look so yummy!

    • Brandy

      Michelle had a blast doing them with her son Kimberly. You could certainly use a box cake mix and icing to make the baking process easier. It’s all about having fun in the kitchen!