Recently I got to help a friend put on quite the awesome Halloween party, I did some of the treats and appies as well. I can't take credit for the idea for the cake or the spider web cookie I got those recipes from Pintrest and will include the links to them on here. I had so much fun with the cupcakes and have seen variations all over the internet so I couldn't resist doing them. The Halloween treat bark was fun to do and super easy if you have any leftover Halloween candy and pretzels on hand.
For the Cake:
1/2 Cup of Butter
1 Cup of White Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups of Cake Flour or 2 Cups of All Purpose
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 Cup of Milk
Preheat Oven to 375F, line cupcake tins with a cupcake liner of your choice. I like super cute ones by Wilton that are Halloween themed, but really white would work too.
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, add eggs one at a time until blended. Then add Vanilla.
Mix flour, b.p and salt in a separate bowl and set aside. Measure milk and set aside.
Add a 1/3 of the flour mixture and stir, then add milk and stir. Keep rotating till all ingredients are added equally.
Add 1/3 cup of cupcake batter to each lined cupcake hole. Bake for 15-20 mins or until slightly golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean from the center.
Let cool completely on a wire rack until time for decorating.
For the Icing:
1 Cup of Softened Butter
1-2 Tablespoons of Milk
4 Cups of Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon on Almond Extract
Moss Green Gel Food Dye
With the paddle attachment whip butter up until fluffy.
Add icing sugar and milk and beat until well combined. If it is too stiff add more milk and if too runny add more icing sugar. I like my icing easy to pipe but able to keep it's form. Whip all the ingredients for 6 minutes on a medium high speed.
Add almond extract, if you want it stronger add more, same goes if your think a tsp is too much add less to start.
With a tooth pick take a few globs of the gel food dye from the bottle and add to icing. Mix well and if you want it more green add more to it.
*This recipe is just from my head, I have been making icing so long that I just kind of do whatever. The key to a really good butter cream icing is to make sure it is light and fluffy but also able to hold up while on the cupcake.
With Wiltons sparkly black gel icing write RIP on some Milano cookies and set aside, with premade white gel icing do the same to some Oreo cookies.
With and open starred tip fill the piping bag with the icing and then pipe in a circular position starting from the outside to the inside. You don't want any open spaces and you want the icing to fairly tall to support the decorations.
Add the RIP cookies to the cupcakes and then add some gummy body parts to make it looks like bodies are coming out of the ground. I got my gummy body parts from the Dollarama, that place is a life saver for that kind of stuff!
Then serve and arrange on a cute platter and watch your friends enjoy them.
Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake:
This cake was quite a bit of work. But worth it I think. I did pour too much caramel on top to later discover that I forgot the caramel in between the layers... oops my bad! It still was delish! The caramel is the perfect kind to make caramel apples and I am so excited to have it!
Here is the link to the original recipe so kudos to Half Baked Harvest for creating it!
Pumpkin Spice Spider Web Cookie:
I found this one fun to do an pretty simple. I added the little spiders on top with the same sparkly black icing gel that I put on the RIP cookies. I liked the little added touch to it and made it look spookier and cute!
Thanks Crazy for Crust for the recipe!
Last but not least is a recipe for the Halloween candy bark I made.
As much white baking chocolate as you want
1/2 Cup of Candy Corn
1/2 Cup of Candy Pumpkins
1/2 Cup of Crushed Salted Pretzels
Melt chocolate in microwave in a glass bowl, heat 30 seconds at a time and stir in between. As soon as its smooth do not melt any further.
On a parchment lined baking sheet pour melted chocolate on top, add the remaining ingredients and then place in the freezer for up to an hour or until hard. Break apart and then serve!
Well that's all the treats I have for today! Happy Halloween and be safe! What are you all baking or doing for Halloween?
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