Coconut Easter Egg Hunt Cupcakes

Coconut Easter Egg Hunt Cupcakes | RevamperateWith Easter coming up at the end of the month, I’m really excited to share a new recipe for these fun coconut Easter egg hunt cupcakes over on RecipeChatter’s website! 

These coconut cupcakes are topped with vanilla buttercream and green coconut shavings to look like grass and garnished with chocolate egg candies to look like an Easter egg hunt. They’re super easy to make, and you won’t believe how easy it is to dye coconut any color you want. 

So head over to RecipeChatter for the whole recipe, and stay tuned to the blog for more Easter ideas this month!

Green Velvet Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | Revamperate Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | RevamperateWith St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I wanted to fit in at least one themed dessert, and naturally, it had to be green. That led me to try making these green velvet cupcakes! Every recipe is more fun when you get to add almost a full bottle of food coloring to it, right?

So you’re probably thinking “what is green velvet?” Well, it’s like red velvet but green. OK, then what is red velvet? Well, I’m glad you asked because I decided to research it!

Here’s the basic rundown on red velvet cake. A red velvet cake has three key ingredients: unsweetened natural cocoa powder (usually a small amount), buttermilk and vinegar. Then, of course, food coloring gives it its signature deep red look. All three flavors combine to give velvet cakes (since there’s also blue, black, etc.) a slightly chocolate taste that is hard to describe. Red or green velvet is just a type of chocolate cake, but because it uses less cocoa powder, the buttermilk and vinegar give it the signature flavor that seems more rich and creamy and less chocolatey than your average chocolate cake. In short, a green velvet cake has all the same ingredients but uses different food coloring, which is why you can make a velvet cake in multiple colors.

Best of all, it still pairs best with cream cheese frosting, but you can also go for a standard vanilla buttercream and it’s just as delicious. If you want to go all out with the green, save a couple drops of food coloring for your frosting too.

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | Revamperate Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | RevamperateFor the cupcakes (makes 12-14):

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 oz green food coloring

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with liners and set aside.

In one bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda and set aside.

In the bowl of your mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, mix the eggs on low speed until bubbles form. Add the buttermilk, oil, vinegar and vanilla and mix on medium speed until all are blended together (do not overbeat). Slowly add in the dry ingredients, mixing until the batter is smooth. Scrape the bowl.

Then add A LOT of food coloring. The batter should be a deep green color, which means most of a bottle should go into the batter. Warning: too much food coloring can give the cake a metallic taste so use your best judgement. The baked cupcakes will appear a bit darker than the uncooked batter. Scrape the bowl in between to ensure the green is well-distributed. 

Divide the batter among 12-14 lined cupcake cavities and bake for about 15 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from the pan.

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | RevamperateFor the frosting, try using my favorite cream cheese frosting recipe, which you can find here. OR you can also try a good ‘ol fashioned vanilla buttercream, like this one.

Pipe your frosting onto cooled cupcakes and top with sprinkles or meringues. I made some clover (ish?) meringues last time I baked just in case I could use them for St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy! Just try not to end up with green all over your hands and kitchen 🙂

Valentine’s Day: White Chocolate Conversation Heart Candy Bark

White Chocolate Conversation Heart Candy Bark for Valentine's Day | Revamperate White Chocolate Conversation Heart Candy Bark for Valentine's Day | RevamperateSo what are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

If you want to have fun playing with chocolate and give your Valentine a cute homemade gift, this super easy conversation heart candy bark is the perfect thing to whip up. Chocolate bark is really easy to make and easy to customize, so why not make some with pretty much any candy in your cupboard, right?! Naturally, Valentine’s Day bark requires conversation heart candies, but also some sprinkles, and it really is just that easy.

Ingredients (makes 6 pieces):

  • Silicone heart mold 
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • Pink or red food coloring
  • Heart sprinkles
  • Conversation heart candies
  • Toothpick or butter knife

Microwave the chocolate on the lowest setting for about 45 seconds. Remove, stir and heat in15 second intervals until completely melted. Pour about half the chocolate into a separate bowl and stir in 2-3 drops of pink or red food coloring until you reach your desired color. Move the pink chocolate to a ziplock bag or piping bag with the tip cut off. 

Pour the white chocolate into the silicon heart mold as cleanly as possible so that it doesn’t splash the sides. Carefully pipe rows of pink chocolate over the white chocolate while both are still melted. Using a toothpick or butter knife, make lines perpendicular to the lines of the pink chocolate. As you run the toothpick or knife down the chocolate it will smudge. 

Sprinkle with conversation hearts and and heart-shaped sprinkles. Press lightly into the chocolate and set aside to cool and harden completely (about one hour). 

White Chocolate Conversation Heart Candy Bark for Valentine's Day | RevamperateCarefully pull the chocolate from the mold and package in little bags with ribbon to make a sweet gift for your valentine! 😉

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes for Valentine’s Day

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | Revamperate DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | RevamperateGuys, it’s almost Valentine’s Day! I swear time flies by faster and faster every year. Lucky for my boyfriend, I’m not obsessive over Valentine’s Day, but he and I agreed to celebrate our anniversary and Valentine’s Day as one happy holiday since we met the day after Valentine’s Day. Last year we went to Disneyland and I’m (fingers crossed!) hoping we can make it an annual thing. Life’s a bit tougher on our schedules these days, so I’ll just be happy to just have some dinner at home together (with some wine!) for a night without work or school. 

Anyway, today’s project is an easy one and one of my favs. Dress up a box of chocolates in minutes by making it look like everyone’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy – conversation hearts! These cute conversation heart chocolate boxes are as simple as cutting paper and picking out some stickers, but they’re really fun and make cute gifts. Plus, if your boxes are like mine, you can remove the plastic when you’ve eaten the chocolate and still use the boxes for little candies or wrapped chocolates!

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | RevamperateSupplies:

Trace the top of the box onto the backside of colored cardstock. Cut around the marks as carefully as you can, leaving about 1/4 inch extra so that the paper does not lie right on the edge of the box. Use the stickers to spell out your favorite conversation heart sayings onto the frontside of the cardstock. Then glue the backside of the cardstock (with pencil markings) onto the top of the chocolate box and let dry. 

Then, if you want to add strips of paper on the sides of the box top, lay the side of the box against the edge of the paper to measure the size and cut a long strip the length of the paper. Starting at the middle curve of the heart, glue the paper down and around the box, clipping any extra paper. Let dry and replace the box tops.  

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | Revamperate DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | RevamperateThey make fun gifts for anyone, really. Naturally, I gave “BAE MINE” to Andrew 🙂 The others I gave to my coworkers. Happy crafting!

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | Revamperate DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | RevamperateHow is December going by so quickly?! I can barely keep up. In fact, this entire year has gone by incredibly fast. I’m already preparing New Years ideas and am freaking out that it’s almost 2016 and it’s already almost Christmas. I have so much more I want to do and not enough time to do it all!

Dear Christmas, please stay forever. Don’t get me wrong – I want nothing to do with any kind of shopping center until mid-January, but I still love Christmas. The lights, the flavors, the gifts, the sales, the weather. Even though working in retail took away some of my Christmas spirit, I’ll never stop feeling like a kid during Christmastime. 

One of those amazing Christmas flavors I mentioned is peppermint, so I’m soaking up all the peppermint while I still can! This homemade peppermint sugar scrub is so easy to make, and it’s a really nice Christmas-themed gift that’s not too expensive. Make a big batch, divide it among little containers (hello, Dollar Store!) and finish with a label, and you have really cute gifts for anyone who likes smooth hands…which I’m sure is anyone. Bonus: it’s really easy to make with only a few ingredients.

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | Revamperate DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | RevamperateTime: 5 minutes  

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4-5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1-2 drops red or pink food coloring (optional)

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for several seconds and pour into a bowl. Mix in the sugar, essential oil and food coloring with a fork or spoon until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Move to a container with a lid and dress it up with a tag and some ribbon or a sticker label. 

**Note that using too much food coloring can result in colorful hands when using the scrub.

The ingredients may separate a little after sitting for a while, so mix a little before using for best results. 

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | Revamperate

Spiked Eggnog Fudge

Spiked Eggnog Fudge | Revamperate Spiked Eggnog Fudge | RevamperateI’ve always enjoyed eggnog, but I didn’t REALLY know how amazing it was until I was old enough to spike it with rum or bourbon. Eggnog with a little bourbon then became my go-to Christmas dessert/nightcap. And I’ve come to love eggnog everything – cookies, cupcakes, Starbucks drinks and now…FUDGE. So I’m sharing how to make spiked eggnog fudge today! It’s a fun treat for holiday parties, and you can choose to forgo the alcohol if you want something more kid friendly. The small amount of won’t make you feel anything, of course, but you can sub imitation rum flavoring if you want to keep some of the flavor without the real thing, or you can leave it out if you prefer. Leaving it out of the recipe won’t change it’s effectiveness, don’t worry. 

This is the first time I’ve made fudge with marshmallow creme, but it lends a great taste to the fudge. At first, I was worried that the amount of white chocolate and marshmallow would overpower the eggnog, but luckily eggnog is a strong enough taste on its own that you can definitely tell it’s eggnog flavored, and the cinnamon/nutmeg topping makes it even better. Oh, and making this stuff on my stovetop made my entire apartment smell like Christmas. I mean, is there anything better smelling than Christmas? Not in my book! 

Spiked Eggnog Fudge | RevamperateIngredients (makes approx. 50 pieces):

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup eggnog (can sub non-dairy if needed)
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 oz white chocolate chips
  • 7 oz jar marshmallow creme
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg + more for topping
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon + more for topping
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp rum (or 1/2 tsp imitation rum favoring) 

Line a baking pan with parchment and spray with cooking spray (or spread with butter). In a pan on the stove, heat the butter, eggnog and sugar on medium heat and bring to a boil. As soon as it begins to boil, check the temperature with a candy thermometer and remove from heat as soon as it reaches about 230 degrees (softball stage) to prevent scorching. At this point, the sugar should be completely dissolved and the mixture smooth.

Add the white chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and stir with a whisk until the chocolate has melted into the eggnog mixture. Stir in the marshmallow creme, nutmeg, cinnamon, rum and vanilla until the mixture is smooth. Pour into the greased pan and smooth out the top with a spatula. Sprinkle additional cinnamon and/or nutmeg on top of the fudge and leave it on your countertop to harden for several hours (no need to refrigerate, but you can if you prefer). Pull the fudge out by the parchment and cut into squares with a sharp knife.

I like to serve them inside cute mini cupcake wrappers. Lay them out on a platter and they’ll be gone in no time!

Spiked Eggnog Fudge | Revamperate



Christmas DIY | Photo Transfer Ornaments

DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | Revamperate DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | RevamperateImage transfers are really fun, and I’ve been looking for a good reason to break out my gel medium and try it again! I took a class on it a few months ago at Craftcation, so when I was brainstorming ideas for Christmas, I thought this would be a cute idea to try! 

I printed out a few of my favorite photos of my nieces and got to work. You can easily make a ton of these as personalized gifts for your friends and family. They’re not difficult to make, but they require some wait time for the medium to dry and gentle hands for removing the paper. If you’re never tried photo transferring before, I recommend buying extra supplies because you might not get it right the first time. For best results, take your time and leave the gel on the ornament for at least a full day before trying to remove the paper. Also, when removing the paper, do so very carefully. The biggest mistakes you can make are removing the backing too early or scraping to much. For that, I just recommend buying a couple extra wood pieces and printing multiple photos because you just never know! Luckily those supplies are fairly inexpensive.

DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | RevamperateTime: 25 minutes + dry time

Supplies:

  • Thin wood ornament (any shape)
  • Photo printed with laser printer (sized to match ornament)
  • Paint brush
  • Gel medium 
  • Ribbon 
  • Nail and hammer 
  • Paint (optional)
  • Sponge (optional)

First, let’s talk about “gel medium.” What is it? It’s essentially a goopy clear gel that resembles ModPodge or something. It’s used for making the transfer to the wood, but the same effect can also be achieved with white paint. I used Liquitex brand, which is very common at any Michaels location. 

Note, you need a laser printed photo on standard printer paper to do this. An inkjet photo will not achieve the transfer you need, so if you don’t have a laser printer at home, you can get photos printed at a FedEx or Office Depot or something. Most of their machines are laser, but you can check with an attendant to be sure. If you format your photos ahead of time, you can place multiple photos on one sheet of paper to save space and check your formatting to ensure the printed photo will fit your ornament. 

Also note that your image will be inverted. For this reason, do not print something with words and be prepared to see a mirrored image on the final ornament. 

DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | Revamperate DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | RevamperateCut out the photo. It’s OK if it’s not the exact size of your ornament, and any white space on your photo will just appear transparent against the wood. I chose round wood ornaments, so I cut my photos into circles a tiny bit larger than the ornament so that the photo would cover the entire piece. Then prep the surface of your ornament by applying a fairly thick layer of gel medium all over the surface where you want your photo. It should be just thick enough to see your own brushstrokes but not thick enough for the gel to drip or move at all. It needs thickness in order to bond, but the thicker the layer of gel, the longer it will take to dry and the less reliable the transfer may be. 

Press the photo color-side down on the gel medium, and smooth it out with your fingers or something like a popsicle stick so that the photo is smooth and tightly pressed against the wood, BUT do not press so hard so that no gel seeps from the sides. The gel should remain in place and completely covering the photo. Leave the ornament(s) in a dry place where they can stay untouched for at least one full day (the more time, the better). 

After a day, check the top of the ornament to see if the gel feels dry. If completely dry, use a clean, damp sponge or your hands to apply a small amount of water to the top to dampen the paper. Gently scrub in a circular pattern to remove the paper backing. If you scrub too hard, it will remove the photo along with the backing, which you certainly don’t want. 

Allow the wood to dry for a few minutes and then use a clean paintbrush to cover the image with a light layer of ModPodge, which will preserve the image. Let the ModPodge dry.

I found that the edges of my photos didn’t look as clean as I would have liked, so I also used a small amount of paint and a clean, dry sponge to add some paint around the edge of the photo, hiding any imperfections. Using a light blue, I thought this gave it a wintery look – almost like an icy window. Let the paint dry completely. 

Then you’ll need to poke a hole for the ribbon. To do this, I used a standard sized nail and a hammer to hammer a small hole about 1/4 inch from the edge of the top of the wood slice. You can certainly do this another way, BUT the wood is very thin and fragile, so be careful not to split it. Then thread the ribbon through the hole and tie the ends. Now it’s ready to hang on a tree! 

They make nice gifts for people, and I could totally see this being a sweet gift for grandparents or family members with family photos or pictures of the kids. Have fun with it!

DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | Revamperate DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments | Revamperate

Look at those cuties! 🙂 

Christmas DIY | Felt Donut Ornament

DIY Felt Donut Ornament | Revamperate DIY Felt Donut Ornament | RevamperateIt wouldn’t be Christmas without a few homemade ornaments, right?! Well, the one thing missing from my Christmas tree was a donut so I had to remedy that this year, and this DIY felt donut ornament did just the trick. It’s front and center on my tree this year, and I think it’s actually one of my favorite homemade ornaments. 

This is a pretty easy DIY, but it may take some time because you’re sewing the whole thing by hand. I went pretty quickly, but if you’re not very experienced with a needle and thread, it might take a little longer than 30 minutes. Don’t worry though; it’s worth it! I also individually sewed sprinkles onto the donut frosting, but you could probably also use a Sharpie to create sprinkles if you want to skip some of the sewing. 

DIY Felt Donut Ornament | RevamperateTime: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1 piece light brown felt
  • 1 piece light pink felt
  • Round stencil (about 5 inches wide)
  • Glue gun
  • Brown embroidery floss
  • Bright multicolored embroidery floss (for sprinkles)
  • Matching ribbon
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pen/marker
  • Fiberfil pillow stuffing

You can do this freehand or with a stencil in whatever size you choose – I actually used a donut cutter. Trace two circles onto the brown felt and one on the pink felt. Cut out the brown circles and carefully cut out the middle hole. On the pink one, squiggle lines around the inside of the circle to represent frosting, and cut it out. The pink should fit on top of the brown with a little space around the sides and middle. 

Thread your needle with a small piece of colored embroidery floss. Because embroidery floss has multiple strands, you can use only one for this if you want as it can be easier to thread. Poke through the bottom side (with pen markings) of the pink frosting and piece make a knot. Sew small 1/2 inch lines, poke through to the other side and tie another knot to secure (I went around a couple times so that they would appear thicker). Repeat with multiple colors in a random pattern to create sprinkles. 

Once satisfied with your sprinkles, heat up the glue gun and glue the pink frosting piece on top of one of the brown pieces (side with no markings). On the opposite side, loop the ribbon and glue down on the edge. 

DIY Felt Donut Ornament | RevamperateThen thread the needle with a neutral colored floss place the two brown pieces together, marks facing in. Use a whip stitch to stitch the outside edges of the brown felt together, stitching over the ribbon. A whip stitch is one that shows around the edge. You can certainly use another type of stitch, but I liked the way a whip stitch showed around the edge and thought it gave it a homemade look. 

After the outside is secure, push the fiberfill stuffing into the donut through the middle opening until full. Then use another whip stitch to stitch the donut hole closed, and snip any loose threads. Then you’ve got a donut ornament! Display it on your tree or give it as a gift to a donut-lover!

DIY Felt Donut Ornament | Revamperate

Christmas DIY Ombre Glitter Tree Decorations

DIY Ombre Glitter Trees | Revamperate DIY Ombre Glitter Trees | Revamperate
My first Christmas post of the season! You have no idea how excited I am for Christmas (and a couple days off), and making decorations is how I celebrate the start of the season. By Thanksgiving, my apartment was already Christmas-fied and my tree was up. I spent my Thanksgiving break making Christmas treats, ornaments and other little things I’m excited to share in the next few weeks.

Sorry to go completely cat lady on you, but I’m also incredibly excited because it’s Penny’s first Christmas! I’m sure her and Oliver will leave a path of destruction around the house, which is why I put the tree up a little early before even hanging any ornaments. I caught them climbing it several times…

DIY Ombre Glitter Trees | RevamperateTime: 25 minutes

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam trees (variety of sizes)
  • Fine glitter, 3 color variations 
  • ModPodge or similar glue
  • Paintbrush 
  • Chopsticks (optional, for drying)
  • Clear sealant spray (optional)

Choose your colors! I used three different shades of blue as well as shades of silver and white. 

Use a paintbrush to brush a layer of ModPodge on the bottom third of a tree and sprinkle with one of the glitters (I used the darkest on the bottom). Do this over paper to avoid a mess. Sprinkle on the glitter and gently tap the tree to release excess glitter. If making multiple, set aside to dry while you work on the bottom layer of another tree.

Then repeat the same process with the next layer of glitter. When you reach the top layer, you can either carefully hold the stryofoam bottom or poke something like a chopstick into the bottom to hold it. I used a chopstick in order to avoid touching the glued portion while it was still wet. Once done with the top, either set the bottom on paper to dry or place the chopstick-end in a cup to dry. Complete all of your trees and let them dry for at least an hour until the glue dries.

DIY Ombre Glitter Trees | Revamperate
If you want, you can spray the trees in a clear sealant after the glitter dries, which may prevent some of the glitter from shedding. 

Then display them and let them sparkle! Also, prepare to find glitter everywhere from now on (I’m only half kidding)…they’re a fun addition to my Christmas decor and even Andrew said he liked them, so that’s always a win in my book.

Happy holidays!

Mini Sweet Potato Pies with Toasted Marshmallow Meringue

Mini Sweet Potato Pies with Marshmallow Meringue | Revamperate Mini Sweet Potato Pies with Marshmallow Meringue | RevamperateI’ve never really been a big fan of sweet potato. I didn’t dislike it, but I never really wanted to eat it. Then, last Thanksgiving, someone made sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and everything changed. OF COURSE it was the marshmallows that made a difference. So this year I decided to try sweet potato pie with…wait for it…toasted marshmallow meringue! I love any excuse to use meringue, so I was excited to get started. To make it even better, I decided to go for mini sweet potato pies with toasted marshmallow meringue because everything is better in miniature form, right?! Right.

These little pies are perfect bite sized treats, which works out really well for a Thanksgiving dessert table. Think about it. Do you usually have multiple pies or desserts, and you can’t just choose one to eat? So then you end being that person who’s like, “OK, but I’ll just have a really tiny piece of each.” Mini pies are the perfect fix because you can just add a little one on your plate instead of having to cut out a teeny tiny piece of pie. And they’re cute. I mean, cuteness is pretty important to my desserts. 

Normally I would tell you how finicky meringue can be, but this isn’t your average meringue. You’re not baking it with the expectation that it will harden a certain way or leak sugar or anything because it’s in a hotter oven for a very short period of time so that it toasts lightly on the outside, while the inside stays soft. You would normally bake meringue on a low temperature for about 45 minutes. Not with this pie. Plus, the marshmallow fluff changes the texture a bit. Basically, if you’re intimated by meringue, you don’t have to worry about this one! The one caveat is that you should put the meringue on the pie right before serving for best results. Otherwise, the meringue will deteriorate over time because it has not baked all the way through, causing it to bubble and begin to resemble egg whites again. So if you’re making pie ahead of time, I recommend making the sweet potato ahead but then adding the meringue and toasting lightly right before serving. Although, everything is better fresh if possible anyway!

Mini Sweet Potato Pies with Marshmallow Meringue | Revamperate Mini Sweet Potato Pies with Marshmallow Meringue | RevamperateSweet potato pie filling (makes 24+ mini pies or one whole pie):

  • 2 cups mashed, cooked sweet potatoes (2 medium sweet potatoes)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk, divided in half

Pie crust:

  • 3-4 rolls of store bought crust

Spray 2 muffin pans with cooking spray. Lay out the pie crust dough and use a round object like a lid or cup to cut out circles about 3-4 inches wide. Press the circles into the cavities of a muffin tin and stretch or pinch the dough to fit as needed. 

Peel the sweet potatoes and chop them into chunks. Move the chunks to a large pot and fill with water. Bring the water to a boil, and lower the heat to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. The potatoes are done when you can cut or puncture a piece easily without hitting any resistance. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Drain the water, leaving the potatoes in the pot. Add the brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, butter and about half of the evaporated milk, and simmer for about 5 minutes. As it cooks, use a potato masher to mix together the ingredients (I actually don’t have a potato masher, so I just used a large spoon and it works fine). Mash until the mixture is as smooth as possible, and remove from heat. 

Let the potatoes cool for several minutes. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla and the other half of the evaporated milk. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and pour into the cooled potatoes mixture and stir until combined. 

Distribute the sweet potato pie filling among the crusted muffin cavities. You can fill them almost completely full because they will not rise much. Bake for about 20-30 minutes until the pies are fully cookies though (adjust baking time if you’re making a full pie). You’ll know they are done when the crusts are lightly browning and the middles jiggle only a little – it should hold it’s shape but not be hard.

Remove from the oven to cool on a wire rack while you prepare the marshmallow meringue topping.

Mini Sweet Potato Pies with Marshmallow Meringue | Revamperate Mini Sweet Potato Pies with Marshmallow Meringue | RevamperateMarshmallow meringue:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of cream of tartar 
  • Approx. 3.5 oz marshmallow cream (half jar)

Whisk the egg whites for several minutes until light and foamy. Add the cream of tartar and mix until you can tip the bowl upside down without the egg whites falling out. Continue to mix on high speed as you add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time until the meringue forms stiff peaks. Fold in the marshmallow cream and mix carefully with a spatula so that you don’t deflate the meringue. 

Remove the pies from the cupcake tin and place on a lined baking sheet. Spread or pipe the meringue generously on top of each pie. Increase the oven temp to 400 degrees and bake the pies for about 5 minutes, watching closely until the edges of the meringue begin to brown. Remove the pies to cool completely. 

The outside of the meringue should be slightly hard to the touch, and the inside will have a frosting-like consistency. You may notice that the sugar from the meringue may also leak when left out for a while, so again, I really recommend adding the meringue right before serving. These are fun little pies to make and they remind me so much of Thanksgiving! Enjoy!