Halloween fell in the middle of the week. I had very good intentions and plans for some awesome food creations! Well, a little under the weather kept me from being an over-achiever. Halloween cupcakes ended up being a regular achiever.
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 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 for Halloween cupcakes. I have added her recipe below. She 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. We wrapped the Halloween cupcakes 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. The apples were a sticky, gooey mess and so were the girls. 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!
Halloween Spider Cupcakes
- 1 box red velvet cake (made according to package)
- 1 can white frosting
- Black or Gray food coloring (or colors to make dark frosting)
- Black Sugar
- Black Licorice Laces
- Candy Eyes
- Make cake according to package instructions as cupcakes. Cool completely.
- Mix food coloring into frosting to make black or dark gray.
- Frost cupcakes.
- Sprinkle with sugar.
- Cut licorice laces into lengths for legs.
- Insert 4 laces into each side of the cupcake.
- Place eyes.