Beetlejuice Inspired Banana Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes #BlogFilmFood

Inspired by the Beetlejuice movie, these banana cream filled chococlate cupcakes are delicious and fun to eat! | #blogfilmfood | Recipe on www.mealplanningmagic.com

I don’t exactly remember the first time I saw the movie Beetlejuice but what I do remember is how it it’s quirkiness has stuck with me through the years. Michael Keeton really became Beetlejuice and is one crazy dude! There are so many memorable moments from the film like the waiting room scene, or the wedding scene with Winona Ryder. But one scene that really stands out for me is the dinner party scene where the homeowners are all thrown into an uncontrollable rendition of Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat song.

It’s this scene that inspired me to create this month’s dish for our October #BlogFilmFood event. Kristi with Mom’s Confession is hosting and I was so excited when she chose this movie. She wanted something with a Halloween theme but not too scary and full of fun! I think Beetlejuice delivers. Note: when I rewatched some scenes online I realized the language and content was a little more grown up than I remember so if you’re planning to watch this with your kids check some reviews online first. The good news is that it is showing a few more times before Halloween on the ABC Family Channel if you have a cable provider.

This month I’ve created a Banana Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcake decorated with black and white icing. I’m not usually a fan of using too much food coloring so my tip to you when you want a dark color like black is to make chocolate icing and then you don’t need to add as much tinting to get that dark color. Of course, Beetlejuice is pretty much always wearing clothes in variations of black and white which inspired the striped effect of my cupcakes’ icing but in rewatching the movie, I realized that many of the characters wear variations of those colors as well! Want to know how I got the striped effect? In an icing (decorator’s) bag, just put half of the white icing on one side and kind of flop it over so it sticks. Then on the other half, add your black icing. You may need to squeeze some of it out before you start to see the striping effect but it works!

I’ve added some red candies to the plate of cupcakes as a nod to the wedding scene between Winona Ryder’s character (who wears a red wedding dress) and Beetlejuice. They’re totally optional though!

Y’all, the banana filling in these cupcakes is SO yummy! Bananas and chocolate? Yes, please!

Here’s are the details on how to make the cupcakes for yourself!

Chocolate Cupcakes
1 box chocolate cake mix
2-3 eggs
Canola or vegetable oil
Water
Make cupcakes according to package directions. Cool completely. If you prefer, you can make your cupcakes from scratch.

Banana Cream Filling
2 ripe bananas, broken in half
½ cup milk
1 ½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup corn starch
½ cup tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt

Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar

Put all ingredients for banana cream in a blender and blend until smooth. Then, in a medium saucepan, heat mixture over medium heat, stirring often so the mixture does not burn. Continue stirring until mixture has thickened, almost like a pudding. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Meanwhile, remove center from cupcakes. I used a handy tool that pops the centers out (you can find them the in cake decorating aisle of many craft stores) but you can also just use a teaspoon. You want only about a teaspoon or a little more out. Save the popped out cake for another use (or eat them, like we did!)

Prepare icing. Divide in half and add ½ cup cocoa powder to one portion to make chocolate icing. Add a couple of drops of black food coloring to chocolate icing and blend until you achieve desired shade.iz Add to decorator’s bag and pipe out using #4 size tip to frost top of cupcakes.

Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s recipes this month’s #BlogFilmFood so you can start planning your own Film and Food Night Out!
Kelley from The Grant Life: Mixing food and family.
Kelli from Eat Pray Read Love
Kirsten from Kirsten Oliphant
Kristi from Mom’s Confession
Miranda from Involuntary Housewife shares her Breakfast Casserole

Spicy Cocoa Almonds {Week 5 – 12 Weeks Christmas Treats}

Spicy Cocoa Almonds

I love discovering new cookbooks at my library. Even though I have a pretty large collection of my own, there are so many unique books out there to be inspired by!

Can you believe we’re already at the fifth week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats?! Christmas will be here before we know it! Today, I’m sharing an adapted recipe from The Flying Brownie. What’s neat about this book is that the recipes are all great to be made and shipped so they’re perfect for the holidays. But they’re also great for other occasions like for students who are away at school or friends and family who live far away that you want to share your kitchen creations with. The book includes some tips on how to pack for optimum freshness and minimum breakage and much more.
I chose to these Spicy Cocoa Almonds (a variation on a recipe in the book) because I’m a big fan of making a big batch of specialty nuts and giving them away as gifts over the holidays. They’re great for hostess gifts, teacher gifts and more.

Like these Spiced Caramel Nuts or Gourmet Pecans.

I made these with white chocolate chips which give them a bit creamier feel to the chocolate coating but then the cocoa gives them a delicious chocolaty taste. They are pretty easy to make up but one thing to note is that you do need to watch them when they are on the stove so you don’t burn the nuts in the sugar mixture. The cayenne pepper adds just a little kick to the otherwise sweet chocolate flavor. I reduced the amount of cayenne but you can increase it up to ½ a teaspoon if you like a little more heat with your sweet!

These were a hit a recent family gathering and I know I’ll be making up more of these to keep in the freezer so I can have them on hand during the holidays. I hope you enjoy them!

2/3 cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 1/ 2 cups whole roasted almonds (unsalted preferred but I used salted and they were still yummy!)
12 ounces white chocolate chips
½ cup cocoa powder, sifted

Over medium heat, stir together sugar, water, cinnamon and cayenne pepper in a medium size saucepan. Add the nuts and continue to stir until the sugar begins to crystalize and harden. For me, this was about 10 minutes. Be sure you stir constantly because the point at which it starts to change happens really quickly when it does start to happen!

Remove pan from heat and spread mixture evenly on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate in medium size microwave safe bowl. Heat for one minute on high. Stir chocolate and return to microwave if not completely melted. Melt for an additional 15-30 seconds on high until chocolate is smooth. Add cooled nuts to chocolate and stir to coat.

Line another baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Using a fork, pull the nuts out of the mixture and spread on baking sheet, separating as necessary. Place sheet to the freezer and let the chocolate set, about 15 minutes.

Put cocoa powder in medium-sized bowl. In small batches, toss chocolate-covered nuts in cocoa. I actually used my hands for this. Put the nuts in a colander with decent size holes and then shake excess off over the sink. Store nuts in an airtight container. You can also make a big batch of these ahead of time and freeze so you can bag them up and give as gifts.

Spicy Cocoa Almonds

What are some of your favorite sweet treats to ship to family and friends?

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You can find out all about the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats by clicking here for more information an details about joining in.
If you’re a blogger, be sure to check the guidelines, join the challenge and then link up your own post each week. It doesn’t have to be peppermint this week either–anything goes as long as it’s within the guidelines otherwise.



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