Happy Halloween Everyone!
There is nothing bad I can say about Halloween – this is by far my FAVORITE holiday. Not only because of the endless amount of sugar consumption, but I love dressing up and the spook factor. Yes, I’ll admit it. I love horror, I believe in ghost and the supernatural and I am fascinated by it all! I never get to watch television, but you bet your bat wings that my DVR is filled up with all the best ghost shows and Halloween specials out there.
This year, I am 100% in mom mode as DESSERTIST Jr. prepares for her trick-or-treat extravaganza with her friends. Charley is ready for candy war. She has her bag, eye on the prize, and is ready to go b***s to the walls candy hunting. She knows what she likes, and gosh darn-it she will get those confections and enjoy every last bit of them. I mean, just yesterday morning I found her facing the wall in the corner of her bedroom sucking the contents out of a Milky Way bite size bar. It was 7:45AM. She has a sweet tooth (like her mama). Crazy kid, love her so much. Last year we went as Princess Jasmine and the Genie – this year she is a 101 Dalmatian and I am Cruella De Vil.
Do you sense a Disney theme happening here….(Cruella pictures to be uploaded later)
Halloween Circa 2013
Of course, in the Mom department and as the town resident “Baker Woman” I was put in charge of cupcakes for the school Halloween party and parade. Given that all of these children will most likely consume 10 lbs of pure sugar I decided to keep them bite size, simple, and fun. And if you are a mom on the go like I am and sometimes just need a quick fix then box cake is the way to go!
By using boxed cake mix, food coloring, and some sprinkle magic you can make some awesome Halloween treats!
Fun and Frightening Halloween Cupcakes
McCormik Food Coloring in Red and Yellow
Pre Heat oven to 350 degrees
Place your mini cupcake wrappers into the cupcake pans. Set aside.
Follow instructions on boxed cake. Mix all ingredients well on medium speed for about 1..5-2 minutes. With mixer running add 10-15 drops of yellow food coloring and 10-15 drops of red coloring (or until desired pigment is reached) Mix coloring and batter well remember to scrape the sides and bottom to ensure all color is mixed in.
Using a small ice cream scoop fill the cupcake wrapper until 2/3 way full.
Bake approximately 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
The baked coloring of the cupcakes will be slightly lighter than the batter. Set aside and let cool. In the mean time, prepare the icing.
Ghostly White Buttercream
2 Sticks of softened, room temp Unsalted Butter
2 tsp Wilton Clear Vanilla Extract
4-5 Tbs milk
5-6 cups of powdered sugar
In a bowl cream butter until smooth and creamy then add vanilla. Adding 1 cup at a time slowly add powdered sugar and continue to mix. As it start to thicken you can alternate between milk and powdered sugar. THAT’S IT!
Best, easy, buttercream – and there are no many renditions you can make, but Ill share that with you a different time.
If you want a stiff, crystallized icing – reduce milk (good for roses, piping, etc.)
If you want a very creamy, spreadable consistency – add more milk
So there it is – super easy, super fun Halloween Cupcakes! Total Mom recipe right here – Fast, easy, and fabulous.
From my family to yours I wish you a super Safe and Happy Halloween!
Happy Haunting Everyone!