Wednesday, October 6, 2010

An Apple a Day


Ahh..fall is definitely in the air!

I’ve been attending football games…



Enjoying the beautiful leaves on campus..


And packing…


For what you ask?

CALIFORNIA! My cousin and I decided to take an impromptu little vacation  to Los Angeles for a week to just get away. We have a lot planned including tours, Universal Studios, Walk of Fame, the beach, and of course, eating good food along the way!

You can check out my last trip to California recap here:

California, January 2009


Onto the food..

A few weeks ago I noticed Duncan Hines had some new baking mixes out and the lovely folks at the company sent me a coupon for a free box. I had a hard time choosing between the flavors in the new Decadent line—there is Classic Carrot, Apple Caramel, and Triple Chocolate. I usually am all about baking from scratch, but I just couldn’t pass these up! Can you blame me? Needless to say, I ended up with the Apple Caramel, and instead of turning them into a cake, I opted for cupcakes! And topped them with some spiced cream cheese frosting. These new Duncan Hines mixes are a must for pantries!


All you need for the mix is water, 3 eggs, and canola oil.


In the box you get the cake mix and the caramel glaze mix.


Just add water to the powdered caramel mix and stir—easy peasy!


Incorporate all ingredients in a large bowl.


Divide the batter into lined cupcake pan.


Add about 1 tsp caramel to each cupcake and swirl with a butter knife or toothpick.


And shortly after, your house smells like you’ve been slaving in the kitchen all fools everyone, I promise! ;-)

See you next from the West Coast!!!


Christina said...

yay for football! cute cupcakes :)

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

love the icing on that cupcake! They sound delicious :)

Krista said...

LOVE the new blog layout!!!

I'd have chose the apple caramel, too. How yummy is that? And cupcakes are a great idea over cake. Very portable.

Anonymous said...

Good grief, those look good. I think I saw a new dunkin hines pumpkin cake. It looked delicious, too!

Lindsay @ said...

Have a safe trip! I haven't seen these new mixes. I'm going to be on the lookout for the chocolate one.

Kelsey said...

oh Duncan Hines <3 please come to my house and get inside my baking bowl and pop urself into my oven haha!
CALIFORNIA!! what a blast!!! have a wonderful time love <3

Shannon, Tropical Eats said...

oh my gosh girl have the BEST time!!!!!!1

great idea to swirl caramel in that cupcake batter yum yum.

ps i wanna be facebook friends!! :)

Sadie said...

Nice post! I really like your blog style. It please my heart! Thanks

brandi said...

aw, have a great time! What a fun trip that will be :)

yay football!

Erica said...

oh my goodness- have SO much fun! Can't wait for the recap. I'm not much for regular baking mixes- but this one sounds extra tasty. Love the little swirls of caramel.

Rebecca said...

I love your new blog layout! Have fun on your trip!!!