Halloween Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcake Recipe

I love this vintage recipe for chocolate mayonnaise cake. These are moist and stay for days fresh the problem is they don't last long on our table! One of my all time favorites recipes. I used my old time recipe batter for making cupcakes this year for a Halloween festive treat. You can use canned or homemade frosting. The kids will love you for these!

Have a fun and safe Halloween Happy Hauntings! 

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

3 eggs
1 devils food cake mix
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup water 


Homemade or store bought frosting
Halloween sprinkles

Mix all the above cake ingredients beating with an electric mixer for 3 to 4 minutes then pour into paper lined cupcake tins. You can also use a bundt pan or 13x9 sheet cake pan that is heavily greased. Bake at 350 until toothpick comes clean in middle around 35 to 45 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes .  Garnish and decorate however you like.

 Chocolate Frosting Recipe

1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cup (3 sticks)  butter softened
5 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Whip the butter with 1/2 cup of powdered sugar at a time alternating with milk until all blended and incorporated then add vanilla last. Beat until creamy and smooth around 5 to 10 minutes. If too thick add more milk until is spreads easy. Spread on the cooled cake.

Vanilla Frosting:

2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
4 tablespoons softened butter
2 tablespoons milk
pinch of salt
 Optional: Food coloring of choice. Either use gel orange coloring or regular food coloring to make orange use red and yellow.

Beat all together all ingredients together. 
Add food coloring to get orange I used 1 drop red and 3 drops yellow.

Doll Cakes and Family Baking Fun Recipes

When I decided to go up to New York to visit my family this year, I knew from the last visit I had to do something special and memorable with my great nieces. We always do a cooking project of some kind the make great memories. Something they would be able to pass on to their children someday. I decided to make doll cakes just like I made for their moms when they were little. I made them this time using the tips from a very good friend and blogger. Being it was Halloween I saw this great doll cake made by Kelli Davidson from Kelli's Kitchens! Check out her site it's amazing and she helped me make a great memory with my nieces with her ideas that will be etched in their minds for years to come! Thank you Kelli for letting our family get together using your easy techniques we loved the project and it was so perfect for the girls to do this!


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

If you want to see a bar cookie vanish quickly because it was so delicious, look no more. These are the perfect fall dessert to bring along to a friends party and the kids love them around Halloween too! A hint of spice but the chocolate combination with pumpkin compliment each other. Everyone here including my grandson enjoyed them and he's only two. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

1 cup butter softened

1 cup fresh pumpkin puree or canned I make it fresh click here

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon each salt

1 1/2  teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Garnish: powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Grease a brownie pan.

Beat together the sugar and butter. 

Add the egg and vanilla. 

Stir in the pumpkin. 

Add the dry ingredients blending well.

Add 1 1/2 cups of chips to batter. 

Pour batter into pan. 

Add the remaining chips on top.

Bake 350 for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes clean from 

the  center. 

Cut into squares when cooled. Dust with powdered sugar.


Baked Pecan Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cinnamon Ganache Frosting

One of the best things about fall is pumpkin and cinnamon! They both bring comfort to the cooler season. This is one delicious treat that will give you that warm feeling!


Halloween Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

These Halloween Pumpkin Popcorn Balls are the perfect centerpiece this fall!

Popcorn always goes great at a Halloween party. These are festive and make great table decorations even at Thanksgiving and they taste darn good too! You can spruce them up with some frosting leaves or decorate them with scary faces with the kids either way a fun and easy project.

Popcorn marshmallow balls:

Old Fashioned way:
Add vegetable oil to a 4 quart saucepan, and heat over high heat. When oil is hot, add popping corn. Keep pan moving constantly. When corn stops popping, remove from heat. Put popcorn in prepared pan.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn approximately 8 cups of popped 

Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Set aside.

Popcorn options:
Microwave the popcorn or use a hot air popper.

Marshmallow Recipe:
6 tablespoons butter
5 cups miniature marshmallows
Red and yellow food coloring (use 2 drops of red 3 drops of yellow)

Optional flavoring:  1 or 2 cinnamon oil drops, orange extract or any other flavor you like to add

Garnish for making the pumpkin:
mini tootsie rolls
eyeball candies
optional: sprinkles, melted chocolate to dip bottoms with
nuts chopped, candy corn, m & m for eyes. Also green frosting to make leaves for stem on pumpkin

Melt butter In a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in orange food coloring(mixture of red and yellow)  marshmallows and cook until melted, stirring constantly. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and mix with a wooden spoon to coat evenly.

Let mixture cool slightly. Make balls popcorn with your hands or

form popcorn into 8 balls using a rounded glass container like the one in the photo shown. You also can make mini ones using an ice cream scooper. I used a ceramic measuring cup to form mine.  Add mini tootsie rolls and candy corn to decorate or whatever you like with options above. I then let them cool completely and place into plastic sandwich bags and zip tie them to hand out of give away. They stay fresh a long time. Keep in a cool dry place.

Chicken and Bean Escarole Soup

Chicken soup is part of my weight loss program. I lost 25 pounds eating healthy soups and vegetables within 6 months. The beans are added for proteins and make a delicious addition to this soup.


White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bar Recipe

When we were growing up mom would buy a pumpkin every year for me. I knew that when my pumpkin was done being cute and part of the Halloween scene it would get cooked into something special. Of course the usual was a pie. Here is what she did with the puree, well one of the the things. These are not too sweet, just right! These are so easy!


Pasta Sausage Fagioli Recipe

Baby shells, sausage in a rich homemade tomato sauce with beans. Perfect comfort food.

Pasta Sausage Fagioli Recipe

2 pound link sausage sliced 
1 pound cooked baby shell pasta to package instructions and drained (or use any small pasta like ditalini)
3 cans cannellini beans washed (or use dried cooked homemade beans around 1 pound)
2 stalked chopped celery
4 pounds fresh plum tomatoes put through food processor
3 cloves minced garlic
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1/3 cup grated romano cheese
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
1 teaspoon fresh chopped basil
1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley
dried oregano to taste
1 teaspoon sugar

In a large saucepan add 3 tablespoon olive oil and saute the sliced sausage links. Add the garlic, celery and stir fry for 1 minute. Add beans and the tomatoes if using fresh or (canned use 3 - 28 ounce cans plum tomatoes). Cook until the liquid evaporates around 30 minutes. Add the granulated garlic, cheese and spices, sugar to taste. 
Continue cooking until sauce is thickened around 25 more minutes. Boil the pasta and add last. Stirring to combine.

Italian Loaded Parmesan Potato Skins Recipe

Love Potato skins loaded? Well this is not your average potato skins loaded. I made some cheesy crusty Italian loaded Parmesan coated potato skins that everyone loves!


Italian Sloppy Joe's Grilled Cheese Recipe

 I am sure from the title of this you're all thinking how can this American sandwich be remotely even a little Italian? Keep reading because this a not only a delicious sandwich, it's perfect for that party event, get together and of course game day!

Italian Sloppy Joe's Grilled Cheese Recipe

1 pound ground round or use ground turkey
1 can whole tomatoes put through food processor
1 chopped Italianelle sweet or hot pepper or  use bell pepper
3 cloves finely minced garlic
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
11/2 tablespoons Worchestire sauce
1 teaspoon mustard
2 tablespoons sugar

For the bread:
Italian bread sliced for as many sandwiches you're going to make
Olive oil
Granulated garlic

Cheese to use:
Slices of thick cut cheese either extra sharp provolone, cheddar, mozzarella or a mixture

Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic. Set aside.

In a medium frying pan, add 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, beef and peppers, fry until pink is gone. Add all the rest of the ingredients down to the sugar. 

Using a griddle or clean frying pan, spread the cooked meat on the inside of the sandwich placing the garlic oil side of the bread down. Put the cheese on top of the loose meat, top with another slice of bread oil side up. Grill each side on low heat until the cheese melts.

Serve with my homemade marinara sauce to dip it in or plain is perfect too!


Picnic Pork Roast Marsala Recipe

I love this cut of pork called picnic style pork roast, the meat is so versatile. This is one way we enjoy this pork roast, of course with an Italian flair. We serve this with carrots and (as you can see the Traditional Sunday Sauce simmering in the background) a big dish of your favorite macaroni.) Seriously you can't over season this with herbs they make it over the top but you add as much as you like. Of course it comes out great in the slow cooker but the crispy outside from roasting gives this the wow factor.


Semi Homemade Red Velvet Cake Recipe

An interesting tasting cake, a soft flavor of chocolate with a deep red color cake. Very intriguing. I enjoyed the frosting how it complimented this cake and flavors. I love semi homemade this one is a perfect blend of flavors!


Baked Italian Toast With Banana Recipe

This is a perfect brunch or delightful breakfast. The family loves this recipe and it's a great way to get rid of over ripe bananas and lots of milk about to expire!