My Booo-tiful Halloween CupcakesOctober 27, 2008 at 11:36 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 28 Comments
Tags: bat, halloween, spider, web, witch
You all know about my Booo-tiful Halloween Cupcake Contest right? If not, make sure you take the time and read about it. You could win some fun prizes. ::wink::
Even though I can’t enter, I didn’t wanna miss out on the Halloween cupcake fun so I decided to channel my creative scary side and give it a go! This week my baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie, are enjoying some chocolate cupcake goodness chosen by yours truly so I knew this would be a perfect opportunity to bake cupcakes for my group, decorate for the Halloween holiday and complete a cupcake order for a Halloween party. Its a 3for! HAHA
If you have any questions on my instructions below, please let me know. I am half asleep as I write this post and my eyes are starting to glaze over. I’d appreciate if you didn’t point out grammatical errors though. I am sure there are alot. LOL. I’ll be better in the morning when I’ve gotten some Zzzz…
Spooktacular Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes
(Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s BFMHTY | photos from me!)
chocolate cupcake recipe
red hot candies
food coloring gel (I used Wilton black, “no taste” red, golden yellow, lemon yellow, kelly green)
ice cream sugar cones
milk chocolate chips
milk chocolate, melted
chocolate jimmies or sprinkles
Hat: I made the spider hanging out of the top of the sugar cone by cutting off the tip of the sugar cone with a serrated knife, tying some dental floss (that I colored black with food gel) to a plastic spider and attached it inside with some melted chocolate. Obviously this part is not edible. To make the crown of the hat I piped some melted milk chocolate in a circle pattern and placed the cone on top. I sealed the cone to the chocolate based with more chocolate. I put it in the freezer to firm up while I made the witch part. You can see more pictures here, here, here, here and here.
Witch: I made 2 different witches. One of them has “grass tip” piped hair (L) and the other one has black licorice hair (R). I think either one is cute. Take your pick. I can tell you that the licorice hair was much easier! To make the witch’s face, I dolloped green frosting on top of the cupcake. Used candy corn for her nose, milk chocolate chips inserted point side into the frosting for eyes and black licorice for eyebrows.
Bats in the moon: I traced the bat image onto parchment paper with milk chocolate and put it in the freezer to set. The “moon” was a mixture of orange and yellow frosting that was done with an offset spatula. You can see more pictures here and here.
Spiderweb: Spread the black frosting evenly over the surface of the cupcake. Pipe circles and use a toothpick starting from the center pulling out will give you the web effect.
Spider: Spread the black frosting evenly over the surface of the cupcake. Cover the frosting with chocolate jimmies. Use 2 red hot candies for eyes and black licorice for legs.
Husband rating: A+
He said the red-eyed spider is his favorite one.
Wifey rating: A+
I thought for sure I’d say the witch was my favorite but I really love how the bat cupcake came out!
Other rating: A+
I brought cupcakes to a Halloween party and everyone loved them! I’d say that the witch were most ppl’s favorite. I think only a few ppl ate them though b/c they didn’t wanna mess up the decor. Most ppl just wanted to take them home to show [insert family member here]. Silly people. HAHA
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