Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween Cupcakes

I feel like I'm always saying, I can't believe it's already August/September/October...  But the months and seasons do seem to disappear so quickly.  It's already snowed three times in Colorado.  This morning, I was regretting not wearing gloves as I scraped ice off my windshield.

And so, I'll say again, I can't believe that Halloween is next week.  Are you stocked up on candy yet?  We don't have to buy candy for trick-or-treaters since we've never seen any kids going door to door in our condo building, so any candy we buy ends up being just for us.

I brought home a pile of candy to make these Halloween cupcakes, though, so we have quite a supply of Oreos, Milanos and Hershey's Kisses on hand right now.

Personally, I can resist most candy unless it's chocolate, especially chocolate/peanut butter combinations, so the box of Reese's Pieces I bought to decorate the little owls didn't last too long.  And at my sister's house, she and her husband are always trying to bogart the Kit-Kats that show up in their kids' candy bags.

It was so fun to make a variety of designs, and while I had scribbled down at least a dozen more that I wanted to do, I limited myself to just these 7 designs.  The owls are nothing new, as I've been seeing this idea for a few years now and I'm not sure where it originated, but it was too cute to not include.

If I had to pick a favorite, it might be the fancy witch hat with her ruffly buttercream skirt or the mummy.  Which do you like best?

One Year Ago:   Melted Witch Cake
Two Years AgoI Dream of Apples in October...

Halloween Cupcakes

what you'll need...
  • cupcakes, any flavor
  •  buttercream, various flavors and colors (white for the ghost, mummy and eyeball /any color for the owls, witch and grave)
  • Milano cookies
  • Oreos
  • Reese's Pieces
  • Hershey's Kisses
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Candy Eyes
  • Food Coloring
  • Piping Bags and Tips

1.  Fancy Witch Hat:  Pipe the ruffly buttercream using the large drop flower tip.  Attach a Hershey's Kiss to half an Oreo with a little buttercream, any flavor, and pipe dots around the edge of the hat.

2.  RIP Gravestone:  Cut the Milano cookies in half.  Pipe RIP onto the cookie gravestones and stick into the frosting.  Sprinkle with crushed Oreo crumbs.

3.  Mummy:  Use a flat tip to pipe white buttercream back and forth across the cupcake and press the candy eyes into the middle.

4.  Eyeball:  Frost with white buttercream, then pipe squiggly red lines from the center to the edge.  Press a candy eye in the center.

5.  Owl:  Place two Oreo halves, frosting side up, on the cupcake.  Add a brown Reese's Pieces for the eyeball.  Add an orange Reese's Pieces for the nose, and brown ones at the top for the eyebrows.

6.  Ghost:  Pipe white buttercream onto the cupcake with a large round tip, swirling it around to a point.  Add two sprinkles or candy sugar pearls for the eyes.

7.  Zombie:  Frost cupcake with white buttercream.  Add a candy eyeball, and make the other eye and mouth with red piping and chocolate sprinkles.

Designs by Curly Girl Kitchen