{Semi-Homemade} Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies With Fruity Pebble Frosting

Hi there all! So it is March, My very favorite month! And in honor of an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, the kiddos and I decided to try out a twist on one of our fave semi-homemade go to sweets. And by “semi-homemade”¬† I mean, not really homemade at all ūüėČ

We decided to make our cake-mix version whoopie pies, and instead of using chocolate cake mix, we decided to make them according to the colors of¬†rainbow (It was a great opportunity to let Logan work with color mixing and what not!)¬† I love the cakey-fluffiness in whoopie pies, and these are so easy you won’t believe it!

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

These are not your typical whoopie pies however, the frosting inside, is still light and delicious, but has taken on this mysterious texture that has a slight, yet appealing crunch. (I will share the frosting recipe I used, but you can use any frosting you like, even store bought! It’s all delicious!)

Alright Here’s the Recipe

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies

1 Box Cake Mix    (I used White for these, but would normally use chocolate)

3 Eggs

1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup Oil

Frosting/Filling (You could use your favorite frosting, buttercream, or even store bought)

1 Cup Shortening

1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar

1 Cup Marshmallows

1/2 tsp vanilla

1-2 Cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal (or equivalent)

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, Make your boxed cake mix with the adjusted recipe, mixing it until smooth. (if you’re dying them colors, now is the time to separate your batter into batches and create your colors of choice)

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Next, you’re going to dollop some batter onto your baking sheet, about a teaspoon-ish at a time, because they get nice and puffy, (I highly recommend using parchment paper) and toss in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

DIY rainbow cake mix whoopie pies

While those are in the oven getting happy and delicious, it’s time to start your filling.¬† Start by melting the marshmallows in your microwave for 10-30 seconds to get them melty.¬†¬†Throw it all in a mixer and beat¬†with your shortening, vanilla, and sugar. (Add the sugar in parts, until you reach the desired consistency. More sugar = thicker frosting)

If your wanting to make them rainbow themed, festive, and with a kick of something different, crush up 1-2 cups of fruity pebbles and incorporate into your frosting. Yum.

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Once your cookies are finished and cooled, you can start the fun (and messy) process of assembling your petite sandwiches of sugar heaven.

I find that using a disposable pastry bag (or large Ziploc with the corner cut out) is the easiest way. Just fill it with your frosting, and start by outlining the edge of the cookie, then filling in the center, and top it off with another cookie.

DIY Rainbow Cake Mix Whoopie Pies 2

So I will¬†be the first to admit, I am no professional¬†in the kitchen, not in the slightest. My cookies aren’t really home-made and definitely NOT perfect looking. As you can see, even when trying not to be, I can’t help but be a little messy.¬† Messy Jessie, a life long nickname of mine.¬† They may not look professionally made, but they taste awesome. Trust me.

Easy Whoopie Pies with suprise frosting

easy whoopie pies

And don’t be worried about the temptation to eat the whole batch, you will definitely be sent into sugar shock after¬†the first few, leaving you physically unable to consume the rest (I suppose I can share the rest).

Just in time for St. Patricks Day, a plateful of rainbow deliciousness. They would also be adorable at an art party, or any party for that matter, just match them to your theme, or keep them simple and classic. Mmmm mmmm.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to find me on facebook and pinterest to keep up to date on all the latest!! (I HEART Pinterest like a third child, just kidding… Kind of) Seriously though, Find me there! ūüôā

jessicasig

A DIY Mickey and Minnie Party Wrap Up

Free Mickey and Minnie Party Printables

Hey there Party People! So it’s been a week FULL of Mickey and Minnie Mouse! I hope I didn’t tire anyone too much of these classic characters! I’m creating a round up of all the downloads available in the last week’s worth of posts for easy downloading and printing. If you missed any of it, definitely check out the individual posts to see any tutorials and get more information on the party goods.

All in all, I’ve shared Lots of cute stuff. Check each post out individually, if you so desire. ūüôā (or you can get all the downloads at the end of the post)
1.) Party Bunting
2.) Birthday Banner
3.) Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers
4.) Beverage Wrappers and Straw Flags
5.) Easy Centerpiece
6.) Party Hats

If you’re confident in your crafting and assembly skills, you can skip right to the downloads below!

Free Mickey and Minnie Party Printables & Easy DIYs

Free Mickey & Minnie Party Printables

1.) Mickey Mouse Party Bunting
2.) Mickey and Minnie Happy Birthday Banner
3.) Mickey and Minnie Cupcake Toppers
4.) Mickey Cupcake Wrapper
5.) Mickey and Minnie Beverage Wrappers
6.) Mickey Mouse Straw Flags
7.) Mickey Mouse Thank You Tags
8.) Mickey and Minnie Bubble Wrappers
9.) Mickey and Minnie Silverware Wrappers
10.)Printable Mickey Mouse Party Hats

Whew! That’s it! (I think I got them all.. If you notice any missing, or not working, please let me know, I’ll get them fixed up in a jiffy!)

If you are able to use any of these printables at your clubhouse soiree, I would LOVE to hear from you! Shoot me an e-mail, find me on facebook, or leave me a comment below! I love hearing that people are getting use out of my party goods, it makes my heart happy.

An Easy and Inexpensive Mickey and Minnie Centerpiece

So this is the last of the Mickey and Minnie party goods and DIYs that I have to share (for now at least!) My next post will round them all up into one easy to access post!

DIY Mickey and Minnie Mouse Party Centerpiece

This Centerpiece literally cost me less than $5 dollars, and that’s pushing it, I’d be willing to bet my grand total is less than $3, but I have an unfair advantage of an entire craft stash of leftover “craft crap” that I’ve been accumulating for the past year.

But here’s the breakdown of what I used.
– A flower pot from the local Dollar Tree (You could use any sort of container. Then use paint, paper or fabric to cover it.)
– A few sheets of colored paper (for medallions and crinkly filler inside the pot, not that you have to make your own!)
Bamboo Skewers (I get mine at the grocery store for .99/per pack of 200. It’s a good deal!)
– Small square of Floral Foam (Find it at the dollar store!! It’s way more expensive at the craft stores)
– I also used a small bit of white cardstock to print on, pipe cleaners, and a small bit of felt for the buttons on the front.

If you want to download the larger version of the Mickey and Minnie Mouse that I used in this centerpiece you can download Large Mickey and Minnie Heads

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First Step: Make some paper medallions, print off some Mickey/Minnie silhouettes and then glue the backs of them to bamboo skewers.
Second: Place your floral foam in your pot and tap into your inner florist by creating a pretty arrangement that is pleasing to the eye.
Third: Curl your pipe cleaners around a glue stick or pencil and place them into your arrangement by wrapping the end of the pipe cleaner around your skewer. Add a tish of glue to keep them secure.
Fourth: Fan fold some paper in the same manner as your paper medallions and snip it into little crinkle pieces. (You can easily buy “filler” at the craft store, but (for me) didn’t solely warrant a trip out in the bitter cold with the little humans that follow me everywhere.)
Fifth: Dump in your filler and cut some ovals out of felt or paper and attach to the front of your centerpiece using glue.
VOILA! You’re Done!
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I’m sure yours will be equally, if not more adorable! So much frugality and cuteness wrapped into one awesome centerpiece!

If you are planning a Mickey or Minnie themed party, I’d love to hear from you!? What sorts of awesome DIY’s and party projects are you planning for your event? Have you seen the Free Mickey and Minnie printables I’ve already posted? I think they are pretty cute! Leave a comment and share your thoughts! ūüôā

And don’t forget you can check out all the Mickey and Minnie Party goods and printables posted this week right here in a round up post!

I would so appreciate it if you stopped by and followed me on facebook or pinterest to keep up to date on all the latest, not to mention, I’m having a secret love affair with pinterest. shhh.

Easy Favor Ideas + Mickey & Minnie Favor Printables

Free Mickey and MinnieFree  Party Favor Printables

No party is complete without party favors for the guests. We are definitely exiting the days of clear cellophane bags filled with expensive party store favors and cheap neon plastic whistles. It’s not so much quantity of crap-o-la that matters. One item, packaged in a cute way, with some ribbon or a cute tag, is just as exciting to the little party guests to receive and a lot less clutter for the parents to take home (and eventually secretly trash) with their kids.

Also, favors, of any nature, can add up in cost rather quickly. I love using simple and affordable items to send with guests. Things that are appealing and can be used by kids of varying ages and as always inexpensive. Here’s a few cheap ideas that I’ve found to be successful plus the Mickey and Minnie printables to go along with them!

(Before I start, I used colored and white cardstock for all my printables and used/recommend a low/mid temp hot glue gun!) Okey dokey! here we go!

First up! The basic Favor Tags. They are 2″ and I used a 2 1/2″ scalloped circle punch for a border. You can hand cut and leave without the border if you don’t have any extra “tools”. Punch a hole in the top and attach to your favors of choice with ribbon! So Simple!
Free DIY printable favor tags
Free Printable Mickey Mouse DIY Favor Tags

Second on the list! Another simple option, print off these Mickey and Minnie labels, they were initially intended to be silverware wrappers, but they make cute packaging for chalk. I found a 12 pack bucket of chalk at the dollar store. (I {Heart} the dollar store)
DIY Mickey Printable Favors

Another guaranteed hit, as any parent knows, is bubbles. Bubbles are amazing, inexpensive, and practical! Who doesn’t love bubbles once in a while! Here are some cute wrappers, they are a general size, and can easily be trimmed down to fit a smaller bottle.
Free Mickey Mouse Pary Printables - Bubble Favors

And my favorite of all! Sometimes you just have to improvise with what you have. I tend to walk the fine line of becoming a hoarder (or so Chad says..) and I just happened to have a full set of empty spice jars sitting in a cabinet. (they originated from one of those countertop spice racks that you can buy prefilled at any walmart/target type store) Anywho! I’ve had them for a while, and I finally found a great way to reuse them.

First, I printed off the favor tags and I also printed off the straw tags that you can find in this post H.E.R.E. Then I cut the straw flags in half and glued them onto the back of the tag. Punch or poke a hole in the top for your string. Thread the string through and wrap around the top of your jar. Simple!

Easy DIY Mickey Favors + Free Printables

DIY mickey favor packaging

How easy and cute are all these guys!
DIY Mickey Party Printables & Easy Favor Ideas

Alright! That’s it! Here are all the Downloadable files, If there are any Issues please let me know!

1) Mickey Mouse Thank You Tags

2) Mickey and Minnie Bubble Wrappers

3) Mickey and Minnie Silverware Wrappers

For the straw flags you need to check out THIS POST.

Oh so much Mouske-cuteness. And don’t forget you can check out all the Mickey and Minnie Party goods and printables posted this week right here in a round up post!

I would so appreciate it if you stopped by and followed me on facebook or pinterest to keep up to date on all the latest celebratory happenings. Not to mention I really {heart} pinterest… I mean Really.

jessicasig

Free Mickey and Minnie Mouse Straw Flags & Beverage Wrappers

Mickey and Minne Free Printable Drink Wrappers and Straw flags
I’m starting to get this Mickey and Minnie party set wrapped up, but before I share the last few posts, I figure I’ll throw in a {mini} post before I get the final few shared.

Dressing up your drinks is such an easy way to jazz up your party decor. Whether you’re using water bottles, juice boxes, or paper cups. A pretty wrapper and cute straw makes any drink more delicious!

What You Need:
– White Cardstock
– Paper Straws
– Glue
– Drinks of your choice! (obviously)
– Downloadable Mickey and Minnie Beverage Wrappers
– Downloadable Mickey Mouse Straw Flags

For the wrappers, Simply print and cut. Then attach them to your bottle. (I use a Low Temp hot Glue gun)
Free Mickey Mouse Bottle Wrappers

Paper straws are not only adorable, but as of recently a party Must-have. You can find them at most any craft store, in a variety of colors and are usually only a few bucks for two dozen. Customize them with a cute flag and bask in the super-mom glory as your party guests ooh and ahh over you rad party skills.

I have found the Easiest way to cut straw flags to ensure that the ends are even when you glue the two sides together is to cut a straight line flush with the pointy edges of your flags, then cut the remaining long sides of your flag. Free Mickey Mouse Straw Flags

Fold over so your flat ends are even, add some glue and secure to your straw. Trim them up AFTER you’ve attached them to ensure that your ends are pristine and clean. ūüôā
Paper Straws and Flags Free Mickey Printable

Free Mickey Party Printable - Bottle Wrappers and Straw Flags

And You’re Done! Easy as pie. Don’t forget to check out all the Mickey and Minnie Printables from the past week. They are (in my opinion) Super Cute! If you’re able to incorporate any of these party printables into your shindig I would LOVE to hear from you! E-Mail me, Leave me a comment below, or follow me on Facebook or Pinterest!

Free Printable Mickey & Minnie Mouse Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers

Free Printable Mickey and Minnie Cupcake Toppers

Happy Tuesday Party People! Another day, Another party…printable, that is! *Wah Wah* But seriously, it’s a cute one today! I’ve been up to my {mouse ears} getting all the lovelies prepped for this double Mickey and Minnie Birthday Party. You can check out the printable party hats, Banner, Bunting and more. They all coordinate for a somewhat gender neutral, clubhouse themed party!

Cupcakes are on today’s agenda. Simple toppers and wrappers can dress up any cupcake, from homemade, supermarket, or a local professional bakery, no delicious baked good can refuse an adorable accessory! ūüôā

What You Need:
– White Cardstock
– Toothpicks
– Hot Glue/Gun
– Downloadable Mickey and Minnie Cupcake Toppers

And if you want the wrappers also you can download Mickey Cupcake Wrapper
(I have to give a heads up on the wrappers, the scalloping along the top is “too tight” you may have to just free hand the top depending on how much time you want to spend cutting… Sorry, Next time will be better!)

Simply print and cut the toppers and wrappers.

Take your Mickey and/or Minnie head topper and glue a toothpick onto the back. That’s it! Easy Peasy!
Free Mickey and minnie Cupcake Toppers

For the wrappers, I find it easiest to ignore cutting the tedious flap and just glue them ahead of time, rather than assembling day of party, just drop your cupcake right into the top. But that’s just one girl’s method. Whatever works for you!
Free Striped Mickey/Minnie Cupcake Wrappers

Free Mickey and Minnie Printable Cupcake Toppers and Wrappers

My printer was acting a little hinky.. and leaving lots of annoying little lines. it apparently needs a Mouseketool! ūüėČ
Free Mickey and Minnie Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers

Don’t forget to check out the rest of this cute party set, all completely free for anyone to download for personal use. You can spend that saved money on delicious food or other party goods!

As always, a BIG thank you for stopping by! If there are any issues downloading the toppers or wrappers, please let me know and I’ll get the fixed in a jiffy!

Don’t forget to check out all the Mickey and Minnie Printables from the past week. They are (in my opinion) Super Cute!

If you’re able to incorporate any of these party printables into your shindig I would LOVE to hear from you! E-Mail me, Leave me a comment below, or follow me on Facebook or Pinterest!
 

A Mickey and Minnie Mouse Party – Free Printable Happy Birthday Banner

Free Printable Mickey Mouse Birthday Banner

Hey there party people! It’s early, and I’ve been up since the wee hours of the morning, I fell asleep with the kids last night at “bedtime” (As us tired moms sometimes do) And now am feeling WIDE awake and ready to share some awesome Mickey and Minnie Party Printables.
If you missed the first two posts about the Mickey AND Minnie Shin-dig that I’m working on, you should definitely check out the Party Hats and Mickey Mouse Bunting. This party was designed specifically for a local brother and sister having a “hot-diggity dog” Double party.

Today I’m sharing the free printable version of the Happy Birthday Banner that was made to coordinate with the rest of the printable party goods.

What You Need:
– White Cardstock
– Yarn/string
– Glue (I highly recommend hot glue & gun)
– Downloadable Mickey and Minnie Happy Birthday Banner

It is so easy to assemble, simply print out on white cardstock, cut out along the lines, fold over the top and glue to string (you can follow the simple instructions here.
DIY Mickey Birthday Banner

When you are done you have an awesome and custom Happy Birthday Banner!
Free Printable Mickey Mouse Party Birthday Banner

Adorable! and Easy, Right!? I am just loving clubhouse colors. If the download isn’t working, please let me know, so I can use my mouseketools to fix it! I would LOVE to hear from you if you benefit from this free party! Or see your party goods in action!

Oh Toodles. Time to go nurse the princess back to sleep. Stinker.