Apple OREO Balls

Easy Apple OREO Balls to kick off back to school season. Enjoy a fun food craft recipe with free printables for an adorable teacher gift or back to school party. Sponsored by Oriental Trading Cute Apple OREO Balls I can’t believe we’ll be back to school soon! I made some cute Apple OREO Balls to […]

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Boots Banana Freakshake

If you think you know Dora…think again! Dora’s going on her biggest adventure yet when Dora and the Lost City of Gold hits theatres August 9! Get ready for the fun with a bigger than Boots Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by the film.

Boots inspired Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A mega milkshake with hot fudge, sprinkles, brownies and whipped cream.

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Easy Boots Banana Freakshake Recipe

I was so excited when I first saw the trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold! If you’re like me and watched hundreds of episodes of the cartoon version with your kids, you might be excited for this live-action adventure too. It’s so fun that Dora, Diego and Boots are back! This new film in theaters August 9, will most definitely bring back memories.

Dora Party Ideas inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

To get you in the “swing” of things, I created the ultimate ice cream shake inspired by Dora’s best monkey friend, Boots. This easy Boots Banana Freakshake is filled with banana ice cream, gooey hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles, brownies, whipped cream and more! It’s delicioso!

Boots inspired Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A mega banana milkshake combined with hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles, brownies, whipped cream and more!

What is the Dora movie about?

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School.

Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

What a great movie to see before school starts up again. I can still sing a lot of the Dora songs. I wonder if they will be in the movie? Be sure to find out on August 9th!

What is a Freakshake?

A freakshake is basically a mega huge milkshake combining ice cream with candy, then stacking the top of the cup with high calorie desserts such as brownies, candy bars, cotton candy and often entire slices of cake. It’s said the freakshake trend started in Australia, but now basically everywhere! If you can eat the whole thing, you’re a dessert loving rock star! ha!

Boots Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

 

Freakshake with Dora and the Lost City of Gold Printables

Make the most of summer by making my easy and super delicioso Boots Banana Freakshake! A simple to make banana ice cream, with hot fudge, chocolate drizzled bananas, whipped cream and more! This fun recipe also comes with the free printables you need to create your Dora and the Lost City of Gold milkshake.

Boots Banana Freakshake recipe. Easy Dora Party Food dessert.

This crazy shake will bring out your adventurous side. Not only is it exciting to make, but would be perfect desserts for a Dora themed birthday party. Make a big batch of banana milkshakes, fill small mason jars and let the kids stack the desserts they want on the lid. Better yet, put the slice of cake on top of the glass!

 

How to make a Boots Banana Freakshake

There are many ways you can make a freakshake. I hope you enjoy some inspiration from this wild banana shake recipe. It will surely get you in the mood for the film in theatres soon.

Step 1: Prepare printables by downloading the Dora and the Lost City of Gold Free Printables. Print, trim and attach Boots to twine and tie to straws or wooden skewers. Attach a Dora flag to drinking straw. Set aside.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold free printables. Easy Dora Party ideas.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold boots free printables. Easy Dora Party ideas.

Click to download Printables

Step 2:  Spread a large spoonful of room temperature hot fudge around the bottom of a glass.

Step 3: Use a bread knife and add hot fudge around the rim of the glass. Use a damp paper towel to wipe excess and create a nice even strip of chocolate.

Step 4: Tilt glass over a large bowl or sink and sprinkle chocolate jimmies onto the hot fudge. Gently press down any sprinkles to secure. Set aside.

 Banana Freakshake recipe with hot fudge

Step 5: Put brownies, rice krisipies treats or desired candy onto a wooden skewer. Set aside.

Step 6: Blend vanilla ice cream, half of a banana and milk to make a banana milkshake.

 Banana Freakshake recipe

Step 7: Gently pour milkshake into glass and add a whole banana onto the glass rim, then add skewer with treats.

 Banana Freakshake recipe. Easy milkshake dessert.

Step 8: Top with whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate and a cherry.

Step 9: Garnish with Dora printables and straws. Enjoy!

 Banana Freakshake recipe. Easy milkshake dessert inspired by Dora for a party.

 

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Banana Freakshake

Boots inspired Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A mega banana milkshake combined with hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles, brownies, whipped cream and more! It’s delicioso!

Freakshake

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup hot fudge
  • 1/4 cup chocolate jimmies
  • 1 brownie
  • 1 Rice Krispies treat
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • cherry for garnish

Dora Party Decor

  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold printables
  • scissors
  • glue dots
  • twine
  • paper straws
  • wooden skewers
  1. Prepare printables by downloading the Dora and the Lost City of Gold Free Printables. Print, trim and attach Boots the monkey to twine and tie to straws or wooden skewers. Attach a Dora flag to drinking straw. Set aside.
  2. Spread a large spoonful of room temperature hot fudge around the bottom of a glass.
  3. Use a bread knife and add hot fudge around the rim of the glass. Use a damp paper towel to wipe excess and create a nice even strip of chocolate.
  4. Tilt glass over a large bowl or sink and sprinkle chocolate jimmies onto the hot fudge. Gently press down any sprinkles to secure. Set aside.
  5. Put brownies, Rice Krisipies treats or desired candy onto a wooden skewer. Set aside.
  6. Blend vanilla ice cream, half of a banana and milk to make a banana milkshake.
  7. Gently pour milkshake into glass and add a whole banana onto the glass rim, then add skewer with treats.
  8. Top with whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate and a cherry.
  9. Garnish with Dora printables and straws. Enjoy!

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Popsicle Party Yogurt Treats

Greek yogurt confetti rainbow treats with sweet popsicle candy toppers. A simple popsicle party recipe made with the Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit.

Greek yogurt confetti rainbow treats with sweet popsicle candy toppers.

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Rainbow Yogurt Popsicle Party Treats

I’m excited to share some adorable new Rainbow Confetti Popsicle Party Treats that I made with the new Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party or looking for something fun to do with kids this summer, this no-bake recipe is the cutest sweet treat!

Chill out this summer and balance a homemade popsicle lollipop with healthy Greek yogurt topped with rainbow sprinkles. This simple recipe looks adorable on a popsicle party table and since there’s no baking required, it’s also fun for kids to whip up on their own.

Greek yogurt confetti rainbow treats with popsicle candy toppers. A simple popsicle party recipe made with the Wilton Candy-Making Kit.

 

Popsicle Lollipop Kit

Popsicles are the cutest, so when I heard that Wilton made a Lollipop Candy-Making Kit that looks like popsicles, we had to try it! This fun kit includes a popsicle-shaped mold, Candy Melts candy, rainbow sprinkles and all the tools you need to melt, mold and decorate.

Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit - Popsicle

Lollipop Candy Kit Includes:

  • pink, orange and yellow Candy Melts candies
  • rainbow jimmies
  • 12 lollipop sticks
  • three decorating bags
  • plastic mold
  • project card with step-by-step instructions

My daughter helped me make the popsicle lollipops. I love how kid-friendly Wilton made their kits. Super easy! Click here to order a kit from Wilton.com.

Easy Rainbow Greek Yogurt Recipe with Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit

 

Easy Popsicle Lollipops

You really can’t mess these cute lollipops up! The Wilton kit includes enough items to make 12 lollipops. I think ours turned out really cute.

Recipe with Wilton Candy-Making Kit - Popsicle Party Ideas

This food craft took us about 30 minutes total. The melted candy dries fast, so popsicles are done quickly. This is a great kit to help bring out the creative side in you!

Easy recipe with Wilton Candy-Making Kit - Popsicle Party Ideas

Greek Yogurt Confetti Treats

There’s nothing more fun than rainbow sprinkles! I used the leftover rainbow jimmies from the kit as a topping for the Greek yogurt. I thought about making ice cream sundaes, but Greek yogurt has such great health benefits and less sugar, so I choose to go the healthier route instead.

What is the difference Greek yogurt and regular yogurt?

Greek yogurt is made by straining out the extra whey in regular yogurt. It makes the yogurt thicker, creamier and tangier. Plain Greek yogurt has less sugar and more protein than regular yogurt as well.

Easy Greek Yogurt dessert recipe with Wilton Candy-Making Kit - Popsicle Party Ideas

Just place the popsicle lollipop candy into the yogurt and kids will want to dive into these yogurt bowls!

Easy Greek Yogurt dessert recipe with Wilton Candy-Making Kit - Popsicle Party Ideas

 

Rainbow Confetti Greek Yogurt Recipe - Popsicle Party Ideas

 

Wilton Candy and Cupcake Decorating Kits

Besides the DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit, Wilton has several other cute party food kits to choose from!

Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kits

 

Gummy Cupcake Decorating Kit Make, color and mold your own gummy candy to use as a cupcake decoration. Kit comes with shaped molds, 24 printed baking cups, 4 oz. of white gummy mix, red and blue food colorings and rainbow jimmies.

Merrmaid Cupcake Decorating Kit Make a splash with the mermaid cupcake decorating kit. This kit includes everything needed to decorate 12 cupcakes, including Candy Melts candy, a mermaid tail-shaped candy mold, 24 printed baking cups, four 12-inch decorating bags, two plastic decorating tips, mixed Sugar Pearls and mini icing decorations.

Cute Critters Decorating Kit Turn friendly, furry faces into edible treats. Start with your favorite baked treat and icing, then follow the recipe card to roll and cut fondant into cute critters. Kit includes black, white and brown fondant, two tin steel cookie cutters and a fondant roller.

Confetti Yogurt Treats

Greek yogurt rainbow confetti treats with popsicle candy toppers. A simple popsicle party recipe made with the Wilton Popsicle Lollipop Candy-Making Kit.

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  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 4 cups plain Greek yogurt
  1. Make popsicle lollipops according to the candy-making kit.

  2. In a large bowl, mix the honey and Greek yogurt together. Add more honey to taste.

  3. Fill dessert cups with the yogurt.

  4. Add sprinkles to the top of yogurt.

  5. Place a popsicle lollipop on top and serve.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Use vanilla yogurt and omit the honey if you prefer a sweeter treat.

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Easy Red Velvet Cookies

Easy Red Velvet Cookies recipe stacked with cream cheese frosting to make a fluffy cake mix cookie cake. A simple dessert that makes a big impression!

Easy Red Velvet Cookies recipe stacked with cream cheese frosting to make a fluffy cake mix cookie cake. A simple dessert idea.

Easy Red Velvet Cookies from a Cake Mix

I’m a firm believer that all red velvet cookies should come with cream cheese frosting. If you agree, you’ll be very happy with this easy recipe for Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies. They really do taste just like a red velvet cake, but much quicker and easier to make!

These easy cookies are not only easy to make, but look amazing on a party table. Remember the movie Divergent? I used these cookies for a movie themed party and they looked awesome. So much cuter than cupcakes and just as simple.

Easy Red Velvet Cookies recipe stacked with cream cheese frosting to make a fluffy cake mix cookie cake.

What is Red Velvet Cake?

Is it chocolate or vanilla? This staple of the south recipe is made from rich cocoa-flavored cake with a reddish color. It’s typically prepared as a layer cake with buttercream or cream cheese frosting. So why I wanted to layer my cookies.

Easy Cake Mix Cookies

Since I’m a little obsessed with making cake mix cookies, adding red velvet cake to my list of cookie recipes was a no brainer. Instead of making the cake from scratch, I preferred to made it quickly with a boxed cake. The flavor is still bursting with flavor and makes super fluffy cookies.

Other Cake Mix Cookie Recipes You Might Love:

How to make a Red Velvet Stacked Cookie Cake! A simple red velvet cookies recipe with cream cheese frosting. Stacked and topped with dark chocolate.

How to make Red Velvet Stacked Cookie Cakes

I turned my cookies into cute stacked cookie cakes. You can make regular cookies with this recipe, or stack them. Depends on how much time you have. Stacking them makes for less cookies per person, so these stacked cookie cakes are good for a small group.

What You’ll Need:

  • Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies (print the recipe below)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Chocolate Bark (optional)

Easy Red Velvet Cookie recipe stacked with cream cheese frosting to make a fluffy cake mix cookie cake.

You can make the cookies and frosting from scratch, or buy ready-made cookies and frosting from your grocery store. Either way, these make a big impression for something so simple!

All you need to do is stack three cookies with icing in between each one.

Red Velvet Cookie recipe stacked with cream cheese frosting to make a fluffy cake mix cookie cake.

I added some dark chocolate bark to the top of mine. You could use any kind of chocolate or sprinkle chocolate shavings over the top.

Red Velvet Cookie recipe with cream cheese frosting stacked to make a fluffy cake mix cookie cake.

Print the recipe below if you want to make these from scratch. They are so good!

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Easy Red Velvet Cookie recipe stacked with cream cheese frosting to make a fluffy cake mix cookie cake. A simple dessert that makes a big impression!

COOKIES

  • 1 box Red Velvet cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temp.)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (room temp.)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

GARNISH

  • Chocolate Bark or Chocolate Candy Bar (Optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the cake mix, eggs and vegetable oil together.
  3. Roll cookie batter into 1 teaspoon sized balls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  4. Gently pat down the top of each cookie ball.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. After removing from oven, lightly sprinkle the top of the cookie with powdered sugar and let cool.
  7. Now make the frosting by whipping the cream cheese until smooth.
  8. Cut butter into pieces and add to mix.
  9. Then add the powdered sugar, vanilla and mix it all together.
  10. Give it a taste and if you want it sweeter add more powdered sugar.
  11. Add frosting to a bag and swirl it on top of a cookie.

Stacked Cookie Cake

  1. For a stacked cookie cake, repeat the previous step with two more cookies and top with a piece of dark chocolate.

 

How Do you Make A Red Velvet Cake?

I don’t have a cake recipe for you, but you’ll definitely love this delicious southern Homemade Red Velvet Cake recipe. Here is another amazing Red Velvet Cake recipe as well. Enjoy!

 

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Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake

Bring back memories of childhood with an easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe. This classic homemade pineapple upside down cake recipe is combined with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer ice box cake.

An easy homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake. This classic cake combined with vanilla ice cream makes the perfect summer ice box cake.

Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake

This easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake is the perfect summer treat! We all know that pineapple upside down cake is amazing when served with vanilla ice cream. So why not combine the two for an even more fabulous cake? Enjoy this delicious and easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe with a twist. Thanks to Divian for contributing this delicious classic summer dessert!

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake.

Just Like Mom’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake

When I was growing up, every week my mother would make some kind of amazing cake.  We would come home from school, my dad from work and we would have dinner and dessert as a family. I remember it all so clear and each time I do, I smile.

While mom made a host of different cakes, one of our favorite cake recipes that she made definitely stands out to me the most… her pineapple upside down cake! I can still see Mom pulling out her huge rectangular baking pan, covering a piece of cardboard in aluminum foil and turning that cake upside down. It was amazing.

An easy homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake. This classic cake combined with vanilla ice cream makes the perfect summer ice box cake.

How to make a classic Pineapple cake From Scratch

I had not eaten a pineapple cake in years, but when I made this fun version of mom’s recipe with ice cream for summer, it brought back so many wonderful memories.

As you can see, I added vanilla ice cream, which is a simple twist to create a Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake! I’m a firm believer that nothing makes cake better than a nice scoop of ice cream! Something about the butteriness of the cake, paired with ice cream makes it so much more delicious.

 

With this recipe, we combine ice cream as a layer with the cake. What better way to enjoy a childhood memory!

Originally Published on September 2, 2014

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Ingredients

First of all, you’ll need two 9″ spring form cake pans to make this cake.

Springform Cake Pan

Pineapple Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup of Pineapple Juice
  • 1/8 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 stick of butter (softened)

For Topping:

  • 1 Stick of butter melted
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • Pineapple slices or crushed pineapple
  • Maraschino Cherries

Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

For the pineapple cake, mix all dry ingredients and then add in your wet ingredients. Mix well.

In one 9 inch pan spring form pan, spread brown sugar evenly to coat the bottom of the pan. Pour your melted butter over it.

 

Top with pineapple slices and then the cherries.

Pour the cake cake batter over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until top springs back at the touch. You can also stick in a toothpick to check if it is ready. If it comes out clean, it is done!

 

Allow the cake to cool inside the spring form pan and spray another cake pan with nonstick spray. Pour in your remaining batter and bake until done. Allow both layers to cool completely.

With a cup full of warm water, place your spatula in the warm water. Let your ice cream sit until it is slightly softened. Begin spreading ice cream on your pineapple/cherry layer of cake while in the spring form pan. The spring form pan will help the ice cream stay in place.

How long should I freeze this cake?

Freeze until the ice cream is firm about 15-30 minutes per layer.

Start with the first layer, then remove from freezer and top with the second layer of cake and freeze until ready to serve. After placing all the layers, allow Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake to completely freeze before slicing and serving.

How to Get Pineapple Upside Down Cake Out of the Pan

Place your cake stand upside down on top of your spring form pan, flip it over, remove the spring form and voila! Since this cake is frozen, dip a knife in warm water to make slicing easier.

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Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake

An easy homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake. This classic cake combined with vanilla ice cream makes the perfect summer ice box cake.

Pineapple Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened ((one stick))

Cake Topping

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted ((one stick))
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple slices or crushed pineapple
  • 2 tbsp Maraschino cherries

Ice Cream

  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the cake, mix all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl, then add in your wet ingredients. Mix well.
  3. You will need two 9″ springform pans.
  4. In the first pan, spread brown sugar evenly to coat the bottom of the pan. Pour your melted butter over it. Top with pineapple and cherries.
  5. Pour in half of the cake batter.
  6. Spray another cake pan with nonstick spray. Pour in your remaining batter and bake until done.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until top of cake springs back at the touch.
  8. Allow the cake to cool inside the spring form pans completely before adding layer of ice cream.
  9. Let your ice cream sit until it is slightly softened.
  10. Place a spatula in a cup full of warm water.
  11. While the cake is still in the pan, spread ice cream onto the pineapple/cherry layer of cake using the spatula, dipping continuously to help smooth out the ice cream. The spring form pan will help the ice cream stay in place.
  12. Freeze this cake layer until ice cream is firm. About 15-30 minutes.
  13. Remove from freezer and top with the second layer of cake.
  14. Place your cake stand upside down on top of your spring form pan, flip it over, remove spring form and you’re done!
  15. After placing all the layers, allow cake to completely freeze before slicing and serving.

Stick a toothpick into the baked cake to check if it is ready. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done!

Dip a knife in warm water to easily slice the frozen cake.

Recipe contributed by Divian Conner.

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Under the Sea Donut Kabobs

Easy no-bake Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made with frosted mini cake donuts and gummy candies. Perfect for a summer Descendants party!

Easy no-bake Under the Sea Donut Kabobs

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Under the Sea Donut Kabobs and Milk

The fourth book in the #1 New York Times best-selling Descendants series, Escape from the Isle of the Lost, is IN STORES NOW!. Prepare for an explosive underwater battle between Mal and Uma with these Under the Sea Donut Kabobs! I remember how excited my kids were when the first two Descendants Disney Channel movies came out! This book will be a great summer read!

These magical no-bake treats made with blue and purple frosted cake donuts, gummy candies and fancy sprinkles were inspired by the new book.

Placing under the sea donut kabobs inside of glass jars filled with ocean blue milk makes for a cute summer Disney Descendants party idea!

When is Descendants 3 Coming Out?

Ahead of the third Disney Channel Original Movie, premiering August 2, 2019, Escape from the Isle of the Lost, continues the adventures of everyone’s favorite villain kids, Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos.

This book will provide a much anticipated backstory to the new storyline, as well as picking up where the Descendants 2 movie leaves off. It’s written by Melissa de la Cruz, the best-selling author of many novels, including the Blue Bloods series and the Witches of East End.

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made with frosted mini cake donuts and gummy candies.

 

What is the order of the Descendants books?

Didn’t know the movies were created from books? Start reading from the beginning to get caught up before the new movie comes out! All three novels in the Descendants series have become instant New York Times best sellers, with Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost hitting the number one spot.

Here are the four Descendants books in order:

  1. The Isle of the Lost
  2. Return to the Isle of the Lost
  3. Rise of the Isle of the Lost
  4. Escape from the Isle of the Lost

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs - Descendants Party Ideas and Book Series

Escape from the Isle of the Lost Summary

Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos may have once been the baddest of the bad, but their wicked ways are (mostly) behind them—and now graduation is almost here! But before the seniors can don their custom-designed caps and gowns, courtesy of Evie, they’ve got an epic plan to put into action.

There are tons of villain kids on the Isle of the Lost who are eager for their chance to come to Auradon Prep—even Celia, Dr. Facilier’s trickster daughter, wants in on the deal!—and Mal’s crew is using their upcoming visit to the Isle to help make it happen. But Auradon’s biggest threat is still at large… Trapped on the other side of the barrier, Uma is more desperate than ever to get her long-awaited revenge against Mal. When she discovers an underground lair belonging to Hades, god of the underworld, Uma realizes she’s found the perfect partner in crime. Together, they can defeat Mal, bring down the barrier, and escape the Isle for good. Mal and Uma have a score to settle, and they’ll come face to face in an explosive underwater battle that could determine the fates of Auradon and the Isle of the Lost once and for all.

How to Make Under the Sea Donut Kabobs and Milk for a Descendants Party

Grab a few supplies and let your kids have fun making these easy treats!

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs - Escape from the Isle of the Lost, Descendants 3 party ideas.

What you’ll need: 

  • Mini powdered sugar donuts
  • Donut holes
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Neon blue, pink and yellow food coloring
  • Gummy candy (I used gummy bears and gummy octopus candy)
  • Blue or purple candy sprinkles
  • Skewers
  • Milk

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs - Descendants Party Ideas and Book Series

Spoon several tablespoons of vanilla frosting into different small microwave safe bowls. Add a few drops of food coloring in each bowl to get your desired sea blue colors. I used several drops of blue with one drop of yellow for a pretty turquoise ocean blue. Mix blue and pink (or red) food coloring to make purple.

Microwave each bowl for about 30 seconds to heat the frosting for donut dipping.

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs - Descendants Party Ideas and Book Series

Decorate Your Donuts

Spread out a sheet of wax paper or foil and dip a donut into the frosting. Cover with sprinkles and let dry.

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made with frosted mini cake donuts.

Get Creative with Donut Kabobs

After you have frosted your donuts and they are completely dry, begin adding candy and your donuts to skewers.

Easy Donut Kabobs made with mini cake donuts - Under the sea Descendants Party Ideas

Fill a pitcher with milk and add a few blue food coloring drops and stir. Pour the ocean blue milk into jars and garnish with a straw and your cute Under the Sea Donut Kabobs!

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs Recipe - Descendants Party Ideas and new book

These are such adorable and easy under the sea themed party ideas!

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs Recipe - Descendants Party Ideas

Don’t Miss the Descendants Fun!

Get the new book, Escape from the Isle of the Lost here and watch the official Descendants 3 music video here!

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs

Easy no-bake Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made frosted mini cake donuts and gummy candies. Perfect for a Descendants summer party!

  • 1 bag mini powdered sugar donuts
  • 8 donut holes
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • Neon blue pink and yellow food coloring
  • 1/2 cup Gummy candy such as gummy bears and worms
  • 1 cup blue or purple candy sprinkles
  • 8 cups milk
  1. Spoon several tablespoons of vanilla frosting into 2-3 different small microwave safe bowls.

  2. Add a few drops of food coloring in each bowl to get your desired sea blue colors. I used several drops of blue with one drop of yellow for a pretty turquoise blue. Mix blue and pink (or refor purple.
  3. Microwave each bowl for about 30 seconds to heat the frosting.
  4. Spread out a sheet of wax paper or foil and dip a donut into the frosting.
  5. Cover with sprinkles and let dry.
  6. After you have frosted your donuts, begin adding candy and donuts to the skewers.
  7. Set aside until ready to serve.
  8. Fill a pitcher with milk and add a few blue food coloring drops and stir. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. Pour milk into jars and garnish with a straw and Under the Sea Donut Kabobs!

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Spring Flower Cupcakes

Welcome spring with these pretty flower cupcakes! An easy dessert recipe for a party or simple Easter treat!

Welcome spring with these pretty flower cupcakes! An easy dessert recipe for a party or Easter. Marshmallow flower cupcakes are perfect for any occasion!

Easy Flower Cupcakes

I turned simple chocolate cupcakes into the cutest Flower Cupcakes in minutes and you can too! These adorable marshmallow flower cupcakes are fast, easy and perfect for any spring occasion!

Because I always try to come up with new ideas for fun food I’ve seen around the internet, I think I nailed it with just a few key decorations I found at Oriental Trading. What makes my version of these flower cupcakes extra cute is how the cake is placed into real seed pots and covered with tiny lady bugs so it looks like you’ve just been potting them.

Marshmallow flower cupcakes are a perfect dessert recipe for any occasion.

Edible Flower Treats Are Fun!

Speaking of edible flower treats, these cute cupcakes reminded me of some other flower desserts I have made in the past.

This cupcake flower bouquet is one of my favorite spring party ideas!

Best Cupcake Cakes Recipe. Flower cupcakes are a perfect dessert recipe for any occasion.

Want a healthier version? This Vegetable Flower Bouquet is so fun!

Healthy Vegetable Flower Bouquet

Now let’s make some fun flower cupcakes! Because these were so fun to make, I’ll be doing them all year round. Kids will like to make these sweet treats for sure!

Welcome spring with these pretty flower cupcakes! An easy dessert recipe for a party or Easter. Marshmallow flower cupcakes are perfect for any occasion!

How to Make Flower Cupcakes

You can make flower cupcakes with homemade cupcakes or store bought cupcakes. You’ll need:

  • 12 Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 36 Marshmallows
  • Green Frosting
  • M&M’s
  • Yellow and Pink Sugar Sprinkles

Marshmallow flower cupcakes are a perfect dessert recipe for any occasion.

Directions:

Click Here to find these adorable lady bug stickers, seed pots and directions for how to make my flower cupcakes on Oriental Trading’s Fun365 blog.

Click for the recipe

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Crawfish Boil Cakes (VIDEO)

Easy to make individual Crawfish Boil Cakes no-bake recipe! Simple crawfish boil party ideas. Cute dessert food ideas for kids.

Cute & Easy Crawfish Cakes! Fun Food Idea for a Crawfish Boil by Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

Cute Crawfish Boil Cakes

I had a ton of fun at a Crawfish Boil party this weekend! As you can see, I also had fun making cute crawfish cakes too!

If you’re not from the south, or have friends from Louisiana, then you have probably never been to a crawfish boil. Let me tell you, it’s so much fun when the host dumps a giant pot of steaming hot and spicy crawfish, potatoes and corn onto a long table covered with paper. Then it’s every man, woman and child for themselves!!

This was my husband’s first boil. It was obvious when he got his leg hair singed off after walking by the cooking pots! Luckily he just lost leg hair and not skin. Then I had to giggle when he was surprised that people ate off of the table. Once someone showed him how to get the meat out of the tail, he really liked it and jumped right into the fun. My kids, not so much! ha!

I kept hearing screams from kids who were playing with the live ones and getting pinched. Who knew a crawfish boil was so dangerous?

Fun Food Idea for a Crawfish Boil by Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

Cute Dessert Idea

I love making animals out of cake. Thanks for giving me some great ideas for desserts over on Facebook! Many of you suggested key lime pie or lemon bars as they are desserts that compliment fish.

Then someone suggested cute crab cupcakes made with red icing and candy eyeballs. Those cupcakes inspired me to make these funny crawfish cakes!

Cute & Easy Crawfish Cakes! Fun Food Idea for a Crawfish Boil by Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

How to Make Crawfish Boil Cakes

Since crawfish are more long than round, a cupcake wouldn’t work. I was going to bake brownies and cut them into rectangles. Then I lost track of time and realized I only had about an hour before the party began and I had not even gone food shopping yet! No time to bake anything. So I went to the store in search of ready-made brownies or a cake I could cut up.

Pre-made lady fingers were on sale, so I bought a few packages and figured I could make a crawfish with them. I had no idea if they would work or not. In about 20 minutes I had a huge platter full of funny crawfish cakes! They turned out so cute… everyone loved them!

These cute cakes are a fast and easy party dessert for a crawfish boil!

Cute & Easy Crawfish Cakes! Fun Food Idea for a Crawfish Boil by Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

What you will need:

  • 2 packages of ladyfingers or you could bake brownies or a cake from scratch and cut into rectangles.
  • Candy Eyeballs
  • Twizzlers
  • Red Cake Frosting
  • Scissors

How to make crawfish cakes:

  1. Cut Twizzlers to look like pinching claws. Mine were about 2″ long, I cut into one end and trimmed the edges at an angle.
  2. Put some icing on a lady finger and stick the licorice into the frosting. Add more icing on top of the licorice and cake.
  3. Add another lady finger on top of the frosting to make a sandwich.
  4. Add more frosting to the top and attach two candy eyeballs.

That’s it and so easy!! I hope you have fun making these crawfish cakes.

Have you ever been to a crawfish boil?

Check out my crawfish boil dessert video tutorial below and please subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more fun and simple entertaining ideas! Watch the crawfish and corn on the cob tutorial video directly on Youtube here.

Originally Published on April 22, 2013 

Crawfish Boil Cakes

Easy to make individual Crawfish Cakes no-bake recipe! Simple crawfish boil party ideas. Cute dessert food ideas for kids.

  • 2 packages Ladyfingers (12 per pack)
  • 24 Candy Eyeballs
  • 1 package Twizzlers
  • 1 cup Red Cake Frosting
  1. Cut Twizzlers to look like pinching claws. Mine were about 2″ long, I cut into one end and trimmed the edges at an angle.
  2. Put some frosting on a lady finger and stick the licorice into the icing. Add more icing on top of the licorice and cake.

  3. Add another lady finger on top of the icing to make a sandwich.
  4. Add icing to the top and attach two candy eyeballs.

 

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Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes

Easy recipe for Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. Learn how to turn a lovable movie character into a sweet dessert. Fun party food idea!

Easy recipe for Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. Learn how to turn a lovable movie character into a sweet dessert. Fun party food idea!

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Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes

If you like porcupines and cupcakes, then today is your day! Wonder Park, in theaters March 15, tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.

We’re so excited to see this movie! After watching the trailer and seeing all of the movie characters, Steve the porcupine made me laugh out loud. I immediately imagined him as a cupcake. So true to the imagination theme of film, I’m excited to show you how to make these funny Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes!

Easy recipe for Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. Birthday Party Ideas

 

Easy recipe for Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. Learn how to turn a lovable movie character into a sweet dessert. Fun party food idea!

Meet Steve from Wonder Park

Steve is Wonder Park’s safety officer. I can only imagine what it will be like having a porcupine as the safety officer. I’m guessing lots of laughs! What do you think of him as a cupcake? I think he’s pretty sharp myself!

Easy recipe for Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. Birthday Party Ideas. LivingLocurto.com

Watch the clip all about Steve below. Then I’ll show you how to turn him into porcupine cupcakes!

 

How to Make Steve the Porcupine Cupcakes

I haven’t seen many porcupine cupcakes on the internet, so what you see came straight out of my imagination. Steve is very simple… just a big pink nose and large teeth. Having a bunch of these Wonder Park porcupine cupcakes on a dessert table will really wow your party guests!

Easy recipe for Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. Learn how to turn a lovable movie character into a sweet dessert.

First, bake or buy your favorite cupcakes. Now frost your cupcakes with white frosting. Want a good recipe? These fluffy white cake and frosting recipe is amazing!

Cute Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. LivingLocurto.com

Spray the top of each cupcake with silver food coloring mist and set aside.

Cute Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. LivingLocurto.com

Wonder Park Porcupine Face

What you’ll need for Porcupine cupcake faces:

  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Pink Candy Melts
  • Pink and Black Edible Markers
  • Toothpicks and Scissors

Cute Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. LivingLocurto.com

Porcupine Nose

Make the porcupine nose by using a toothpick to carve two nostrils on the bottom half of a pink candy melt. Color the nostrils with a pink edible marker so they stand out.

Cute Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. LivingLocurto.com

Porcupine Mouth

With a sharp knife, slice a mini marshmallow in half and trim the top of each half off so it looks like a smile shape. Outline a tooth onto the marshmallow mouth with a black edible marker. Now color the rest of the mouth black.

Cute Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. LivingLocurto.com

Easy Porcupine Quills

Once you have Steve’s mouth and noses made, you’re ready to decorate your porcupine cupcakes! Cookies and cream Pocky candy are perfect for his quills!

Cute Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. LivingLocurto.com

Begin by inserting a few pocky candy pieces into the top of the cupcake. Break some in half to make various sizes of needles. Use 10-15 pocky pieces per cupcake. I used three 2.47 oz boxes to make six cupcakes.

Gently place a pink nose onto a cupcake, then add his marshmallow mouth and push into the icing well.

Easy recipe for Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. Learn how to turn a lovable movie character into a sweet dessert.

Cute Porcupine Cupcakes!

Didn’t Steve turn out cute? I hope you enjoyed this easy porcupine cupcake tutorial. Go see Wonder Park in theaters March 15! Visit WonderParkMovie.com to get your tickets now!

Easy recipe for Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. Learn how to turn a lovable movie character into a sweet dessert. LivingLocurto.com

Porcupine Cupcakes

Easy recipe for Wonder Park Porcupine Cupcakes. Learn how to turn a lovable movie character into a sweet dessert. Fun party food idea!

  • 12 Vanilla Cupcakes with White Frosting
  • 1 can Silver Food Color Spray
  • 1/2 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup Pink Candy Melts
  • 1 Pink Edible Marker
  • 1 Black Edible Marker
  • 6 2.47 oz boxes Cookies and Cream Pocky Candy
  1. Frost your cupcakes with white frosting.
  2. Spray the top of each cupcake with sliver food coloring mist and set aside.
  3. Make the porcupine nose by using a toothpick to carve two nostrils on the bottom half of a pink candy melt.
  4. Color the nostrils with a pink edible marker. Repeat until you have 12 noses.
  5. With a sharp knife, slice a mini marshmallow in half and trim the top of each half off so it looks like a smile shape.
  6. Outline a tooth onto the marshmallow mouth with a black edible marker. Color the rest of the mouth black. Repeat until you have 12 mouths.
  7. Begin decorating the cupcakes by inserting a few pocky candy pieces into the top of the cupcake. Break some in half to make various sizes of needles. Use 10-15 pocky pieces per cupcake.

  8. Gently place a pink nose onto a cupcake.
  9. Add his marshmallow mouth and push into the icing well.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Watch the Wonder Park trailer below…

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Lemon Cookies (VIDEO)

Easy lemon cookies recipe with homemade lemon frosting. Soft and fluffy lemon crinkle cake mix cookies!

Easy lemon cookies recipe with homemade lemon frosting. Soft and fluffy lemon crinkle cake mix cookies!

Easy Lemon Cookies Recipe

Not only are these Lemon Cookies the best ever, but perfect to get you in the mood for spring and summer! Enjoy these delicious soft and fluffy cake mix lemon cookies recipe.

I love lemon! The bright yellow color, the fresh scent, and the tart taste. I pretty much love lemon any way you can use it, and a lemon dessert is definitely on the best of lists around here!

A squeeze or two of lemon can liven up many dishes and wake up your taste buds!  If you already love lemon recipes like me, then you are going to want to try this amazing Lemon Cookies recipe. This is a quick and easy recipe idea made with a lemon cake mix. You’ll have the best lemon cookies in minutes!

Easy lemon cookies recipe with homemade lemon frosting. Soft and fluffy melt in your mouth lemon crinkle cake mix cookies! LivingLocurto.com

You might also enjoy these Lemon Recipes:

These Lemon Cookies are the perfect cake mix cookie!

One of the easiest ways to make super soft and fluffy cookies are with cake mix. I have several great cake mix cookies on the blog, but I think these Lemon cookies are my favorite to date!

THE BEST Melt in your mouth Lemon Cookies Recipe with homemade Lemon Frosting. Lemon crinkle cake mix cookies.

Try Making Lemon Cookies with Essential Oil

Since starting to use pure organic essential oils, the lemon oil has been one of our favorites here at Living Locurto. Not only can you use lemon oil in place of lemon extract, but it’s also very healthy.

Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons. It’s great to add to water and now a favorite for me is mixing several drops with frosting!

Honestly, this lemon frosting is what makes these Lemon Cookies so amazing! You can always use lemon extract in this recipe, but if you use pure high-grade essential oils, we recommend you try it!

Lemon Cookies Recipe with Lemon Frosting. Great idea for Lemon Essential Oils. Livinglocurto.com

Lemon Vitality oil has a bright taste you’ll want to keep on hand for almost anything you whip up. Instead of zesting or juicing, use Lemon Vitality for a convenient way to use this great flavor. Start small with a single drop of oil.

Lemon consists of 68 percent dlimonene, a powerful antioxidant. It is delightfully refreshing, especially in cookies! We hope you enjoy this wonderful recipe.

NOTE: If you are using essential oils in recipes, please make sure it’s high-grade pure organic oils that are approved for digesting such as the brand shown in the photo above. Otherwise, use lemon extract.

Lemon Cookies and Lemon Frosting Recipe

Lemon Cookies

Easy lemon cookies recipe with homemade lemon frosting. Soft and fluffy lemon crinkle cake mix cookies! Also a refreshing recipe idea for essential oils.

LEMON COOKIES

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract (or 4-6 drops dietary lemon essential oil)
  • 1/4 cup lemon drops, crushed
  • 1 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar
  • parchment paper

LEMON FROSTING

  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temp.)
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract (or 3 drops dietary lemon essential oil)
  • 1/4 cup Yellow candy sprinkles (optional)

LEMON COOKIES

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cake mix, oil, eggs, lemon juice from the lemon, extract or oil, and crushed lemon drops on medium speed until everything is all smooth and incorporated.
  3. With the dough, make balls a little smaller than a golf ball, and roll them in the powdered sugar. Place each dough ball on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. You want the cookies to just start to turn golden but not brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.

LEMON FROSTING

  1. Whip the cream cheese until smooth, then add the powdered sugar and mix it all together.
  2. Add the vanilla, lemon juice from one lemon and extract or essential oil.
  3. Give it a taste and if you want it sweeter add more powdered sugar, if you want it a little more tart add more lemon juice.
  4. Wait for the cookies to completely cool then pipe on the icing.
  5. The easiest way to pipe it on is to put the icing in a Ziploc bag and snip a corner. Swirl it on top of each lemon cookie.
  6. Add yellow sprinkles or sprinkle a little of the crushed lemon drops on top!

This is a very sticky dough, but after you drop it in the powdered sugar you will be able to roll it into a ball shape.

After testing one cookie ball in the sugar and you think the dough is too runny, try adding a few more pinches of flower to stiffen up the dough.

Originally Published  March 16, 2015 – Recipe contributed by Mandi

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THE BEST Melt in your mouth Lemon Cookies Recipe with Lemon Frosting. Easy cake mix cookies. Livinglocurto.com

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