Back in July I had a blast making Fourth of July Surprise Cupcakes with Duncan Hines Summer Velvets cake mix. When I was given the opportunity to review their new Autumn Velvets, I wanted to make something similar… but with a twist. I have had a love for cake pops for years and thought how cool would it be to have a cupcake and a cake pop in one?! An idea – and a very tasty treat – was born. Check out my Halloween Trick or Treat Cake Pop Cupcakes.
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The Duncan Hines Autumn Velvets comes with two packets of cake mix – one brown and one orange. Their website has great ideas for how you can get creative with these velvets – making everything from swirl cakes to biscotti. But I kept thinking about biting in to a soft, rich cupcake… and finding an extra sweet “treat” inside. So I gathered up a couple of ingredients and got to work – not sure how, or even IF this would turn out.
I began by making the orange cake mix according to the package directions. Once cooled, I crumbled the cake in to a food processor. Midge loved helping with this part.
Then I mixed in about a half of a tub of Duncan Hines icing and put in the refrigerator to let set. After about an hour we took it out and had fun rolling little 3/4″ “pumpkins.” Your hands may turn a bit orange one this part – don't worry, it rinses right off with water.
Place your rolled cake pops into the refrigerator again while you mix up the brown cake mix. Put cupcake liners in a muffin tin and begin filling your cupcakes. Put about a teaspoon of brown batter into each cupcake liner. Then place one cake pop pumpkin in the center and fill the brown velvet batter around it – making sure to cover it completely. I put the batter in to a gallon size ziplock bag and snipped the corner off – making it almost like a piping bag.
Bake cupcakes for about 15 minutes – making sure brown velvet is completely cooked through. Let cool and decorate as you wish. Your cake pop “surprise” will be hidden inside.
Disclosure: I received Duncan Hines Autumn Velvets for the purpose of this review. All opinions, ideas, and images are my own.