Happy Halloween: Spooky Cupcake Treats!
October 31, 2016
True confession: I have never before made cupcakes.
I don't know how I made it through life without having to make them. I suppose it's because I don't have children and yummy cupcakes are simply a few blocks away at the bakery. Nonetheless, a friend asked me to make some cupcakes for a Halloween party and I said, "Of course."
I then immediately headed to the internet to do some research.
Check! Thanks, Rachel Ray.
No problem. I saw these eyeball cupcakes on Pinterest and followed the link to the barefoot kitchen witch blog and I immediately searched Amazon for gummy eyeballs and ordered these ones.
The eyeballs arrived, but my friend announced that he needed 24 cupcakes for his party, not 12 as previously discussed.
I hadn't ordered enough eyeballs. (Don't you hate it when that happens?)
So, I went back to the internet to do some hunting for inspiration and ran across these Halloween treats called Spider Bites. They weren't meant to be cupcake toppers, but I thought I could make them work!
And thusly a magical day of cupcake making began.
You can watch the video for all the details on how the cupcakes came together:
I definitely had a few issues along the way....
The recipe said to fill the cupcake wrappers almost all the way to the top. I ran out of batter a little more than half way through. So, my definition of "almost all the way to the top" and Rachel Ray's definition of that phrase are different. I ended up siphoning off some batter from already filled cups and it was fine.
I had four colors of food coloring: red, yellow, green, and blue and a tub of white icing. I needed to make orange icing, flesh colored icing (in two tones), and brownish/black icing. Thank goodness I've spent years studying color mixing. All that practice with paint worked with icing! Hooray!
The spiders were fairly delicate and I broke the legs off a few of them when I dropped them on the floor (in a container, btw). Luckily I had made some extras, assuming that I'd be a klutz somewhere along the way. Whew.
I ran out of official "piping bags" and ended up using a plastic sandwich bag. It worked great! In fact, I'm feeling like maybe I don't have to buy piping bags ever again.
As with everything in life, necessity is the mother of invention and true satisfaction in a job well done comes after a bit of struggle.
So, here are the cupcakes in all of their glory:
Hope you have a Happy Halloween filled with treats and not tricks!