Daughter Number 2 (I’m sure this will not surprise you) had to make treats for two events: a friend’s birthday and Rally Bags for football players (I’m so glad she’s Cheer Captain). I nicely suggested that she could make cake balls (since that’s what her friend wanted anyway) and use half for the birthday class and half for the boys. I told her to shape the cake balls for the boys more oblong, so then she could make them look like footballs. She took my advice and they turned out great!
I had seen a recipe for Pumpkin cake balls that sounded relatively healthy and really good. I am not a huge fan of box cake creations (except for cake balls). This recipe was 1 box cake mix (the original recipe called for yellow cake) and one can of pumpkin puree. That’s it. Mix them together, bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes and cool. The recipe called for light cream cheese in place of the usual frosting, and then dip in white almond bark. Once I had the cake cooling on the rack, it smelled so good I just glazed it with a little bit of cream cheese frosting (left over from the aforementioned cake balls) and ate it. The texture is slightly different, but very moist. It was so tasty I had a second piece. The whole family enjoyed it ; except for Daughter Number 2 who apparently has an aversion to pumpkin.
The night before Halloween Daughter Number 4 told me this really cute idea she had come up with. Take baked cupcakes, frost them black, add black licorice for legs, and frosting for eyes to make spiders. I don’t know if she saw that on TV, read it somewhere, or actually came up with it on her own – but it seemed like a really cool idea. So, when I got home from work on Halloween I whipped of some Red Velvet cupcakes (Ok, I did use a box. Time was of the essence). I didn’t have any black food coloring so I used a whole lot of red, blue, and green in white frosting to make a dark gray. I did have some black sugar, so I sprinkled the frosted cupcakes with the black sugar. Daughter Number 4 said we should make red hourglasses on the backs of them. I wasn’t sure how to do that, so I used a little bit of red pearl sugar on the backs. I poked four holes on each side of the cupcakes, and we inserted the black licorice legs which I had cut to just rest on the “ground”. We added some candy eyes that I had purchased, wrapped them in cellophane and put them in bags. When the girls trick or treated the neighbors, they delivered the spooky spider cupcakes! They enjoyed delivering them almost as much as making them!
Tonight, I tried to make caramel apples for the second time. Daughters Numbered 3 and 4 helped in every area; unwrapping caramels, putting sticks in apples, stirring caramel, and dipping apples. They waited the hour that it said to wait before eating. They were a sticky, gooey mess. I watched them eat the apples in horror as they were covered in the caramel. They said they were good. The first attempt was actually less successful. I think I need to find a new recipe, or practice before next year.
I hope you enjoyed your Halloween week, and maybe tried some new things with success!