Simple Halloween Treats
It's the most gruesome time of year, full of tricks and more importantly, treats! Around September-ish I suddenly feel the urge to bake. So any opportunity to make something for a special reason is super exciting! For inspiration, I scrolled through my Halloweenie board on Pinterest.
This year, our Kindergartner got to attend her first Halloween Howl at her school, so of course I jumped on the chance to bake some treats to show off.
These cuties might not look professionally made, but I had a blast! With 3 different colored cupcakes and 3 different colors of icing, add some sprinkles and edible googly eyes, and viola!! Endless combinations, endless possibilities! I went for mini cupcakes, for the mini hands that would be grabbing them up. And for some crazy reason I made 2 boxes which comes out to 96 MINI CUPCAKES not kidding there were tons of them. But hey, in my world you can't have too many Halloween Cupcakes!!
I found the spookiest mini cupcake liners with spiderwebs, unfortunately after I baked the cupcakes, you could no longer see the spiderwebs! I am forever looking for a solution to this problem....liners are so pretyty before you fill them, how do you keep them that way? Thoughts? Suggestions?
Starting with the Devil's Food chocolate, chosen because they are darker in color but I am now realizing Devil's Food is perfect for Halloween, I filled up my mini cupcakes with a mini meatball scooper. Super important to ensure that they cook evenly. Then I made the vanilla mix, and split it into two bowls. First I did the orange, using gel food coloring.
The second bowl was for purple....deep, dark spooky purple. Beautiful. After 4 rotations (I only have 1 mini cupcake pan, I need to invest in a few more) I let them cool over night in a sealed container. The next day brought the best part of cupcake making....decorating!!! I had to go with 3 icing colors, I briefly thought about trying the swirled icing, but decided not to. Need to consult Dr.F. over at Let Them Eat Cake before I dive into to that inevitable disaster. So I went with orange, purple and green. And tons of sprinkles. I love using non-perils and colored sugar, and I dip them in for full coverage. No sprinkling the sprinkles around here!
So lots of sugar and about 2 hours later, I had a huge box of creepy Halloween cupcakes, made with lots and lots of love. Maybe they weren't perfect, maybe they got a little smooshed in the car on the way there, but they were delicious and my baby girl thought they were pretty cool. That's all I really want.
I was super excited to bring my cupcakes to the party, and the moms were so grateful, it was really fun. But the best part, by far, was when my daughter saw them on the table and told everyone that would listen, "My mama made those, try one! They're good!". She was pushin' em on everyone! It was great. She was proud of me, and she felt good. That's my goal in life! Mission accomplished.
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