Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Time!

My favorite time of year has always been Halloween. I'm a horror movie junkie, a lover of the creepy and misunderstood. The scarier the better. I love everything there is to love about Halloween. From the movies to even the colors. So every year I like to try to do something fun for the kids. This year I decided to do some decorative cupcakes. I also made the kids a dark red drink of Pepsi and the juice from the Maraschino Cherries. It was actually pretty good.

So during my browsing on the web and magazines I found some fun ideas for cupcakes. Some were extremely time consuming. Some were kinda lame the more I thought about them and some were so perfect. Those became an issue since I could only pick 3 to make. I would have done more but I didn't want to take all day doing this.

Finally after debating with myself on what to make my adorably bratty children, I chose the three in the above picture. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes, Haunted Forest Cupcakes and Vampire Cupcakes. I changed a couple of things on the cupcakes though. Which make them feel more like mine then something I just found. Just simple tiny things.

For one, instead of putting mini Reese's on the top of my Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ones, I piped chocolate spider webs. It was so annoying making them at times but the outcome was awesome. With the Vampire ones instead of having a pie filling like most recipes suggested, I used Red Velvet cake.

Since I suck at giving directions and I didn't entirely follow directions, I will just kinda tell you what I did and hope that I don't sound like a rambling idiot. :)

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

1 box of desired chocolate cake
1 bag of melting chocolates (I used Dark Chocolate)
Confectioners Sugar
Peanut Butter
Unsalted Butter (1-3 sticks)

Now I apologize for not being able to give you a precise recipe because I go by eye and taste, but I used 1 small jar of Peanut Butter, half a box of Confectioners Sugar and 1 stick of butter. The milk I put in just a small amount at a time and would add as needed.

Spider Web Template

Haunted Forest Cupcakes

1 box of desired dark chocolate cake mix
1 bag of melting chocolates (I used Dark Chocolate)
1 tub Cream Cheese Frosting

I didn't use frosting on this cupcake other than the cream cheese frosting for the ghosts. The recipe called for two different sized chocolate morsels for the eyes and to make a mouth, but instead I just made my own with the melting chocolate. After making your cupcakes wait for them to cool and pipe your ghosts. Add your eyes and mouths if desired. Place your haunted trees (template below) where you see fit. I personally like them slightly to the side of the ghost.

Haunted Tree Template

Vampire Cupcakes

1 box Red Velvet Cake
1 tub Cream Cheese Frosting
1 tube of decorative red gel

After you put your frosting on make two uneven lines of red gel on each cupcake. At the start of each line poke a hole. I used the back of a paint brush. Super simple. If you would like to do the original recipe for this click here.

How cute is this little guy? I seriously almost didn't want to eat him. I'm sure you know how that ended though.


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