Halloween Recap

Hope everyone had a great Halloween yesterday!  My husband and I went with some friends to a get together last night and I made some cupcakes.  I have never been a big fan of Halloween, as I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to scary movies and haunted houses.  But last night we had a great time with a few families, and got to enjoy seeing some kids get dressed up and get excited over the best part of Halloween - candy!

I decided to go for three different looks for the Halloween cupcakes.  I made some Jack 'O Lantern, candy corn, and witch cupcakes - all of which were chocolate.  You can find the chocolate cupcake recipe in the Andes mint post (just the cupcake part). For the icing I used a traditional buttercream recipe.  I didn't take a lot of pictures as I was rushing to get them done, but here's a brief tutorial on how to create it.

It may be too late for this Halloween (unless you are having a belated get together), but hope you keep these in mind for next year! The pumpkin cupcakes could even be made for a Thanksgiving get together if you leave off the face and make them simply pumpkins.  They would be especially cute on a pumpkin spice cupcake!

Jack 'o Lantern cupcake ingredient:s

  • Cupcakes
  • Buttercream icing
  • Red and yellow food coloring
  • Black and brown food coloring
  • White fondant
  • Wilton tip #12
Jack 'o Lantern cupcake directions:
  1. Start by tinting the buttercream icing with a mixture of red and yellow Wilton food coloring. 
  2. Using the Wilton #12 tip, pipes lines on the cupcake to create the look for the pumpkin.  Pipe a straight line down the middle, and then more curved lines along the sides.
  3. Using the black food coloring, tint the fondant.
  4. Cut out three triangles as well as a shape for the mouth.
  5. Tint some fondant brown and cut out a rectangle.
  6. Assemble the eyes, nose, mouth, and brown stem onto the cupcake. If needed, use gum glue to ensure the pieces stick. (Gum glue - water with small pieces of gum paste or fondant in it.)

Candy corn cupcake ingredient:s
  • Cupcakes
  • Buttercream icing
  • Red and yellow food coloring
  • Wilton 1M tip

Candy corn cupcake directions:
  1. For this cupcake start by separating the icing into three unequal parts.  The largest quantity should be tinted orange, the next largest yellow, and the smallest amount white.
  2. Using the Wilton 1M tip, pipe a layer of orange onto each cupcake.
  3. Add a layer on top of yellow buttercream.
  4. Finish them off with a small amount of white buttercream.

Witch cupcake ingredient:s
  • Cupcakes
  • Buttercream icing
  • Left over icing from candy corn (or red and yellow food coloring)
  • Wilton 1M tip
  • Fondant
  • Black food coloring
  • Brown food coloring
Witch cupcake directions:
  1. For this cupcake I started by using the left over icing from the candy corn.  I mixed it all together and got a light orange shade.   If you don't have any left over, just create some new orange icing.
  2. Using the Wilton 1M tip, pipe the icing onto the cupcake.
  3. Tint the fondant with the black food coloring.
  4. Roll the fondant out thin (<1/4 in).
  5. Cut out a small circle using the larger end of one of the tips.
  6. Cut out a rectangle of fondant and shape it around a tip to create the cone shape for the top of the witches hat. Use gum glue to secure the side where it meets and cut off any remaining fondant. This creates a hollow top to the hat, you could also just create a solid cone out of fondant.
  7. Pinch down the top of the cone of fondant to create the witches hat look.
  8. Use gum glue to attach the top of the witches hat to the base.  For the hollow cone, you can use a fondant tool to pinch down some of the cone and press into the hat.
  9. Roll out some black fondant and cut to the length you want from the broom stick.
  10. Tint some fondant brown.
  11. Roll out and cut out a rectangle of the brown fondant.  Curve up the top of the portion and add lines with a fondant tool or tooth pick.
  12. Use gum glue to attach the brown portion of the broom to the broom stick.
  13. Finish the cupcake by placing the witches hat and broom onto the piped icing.  If the icing has crusted or is hardened, put a little gum glue on the pieces so they won't fall off.

I've got a LOT of baking to do this weekend for my nephew's birthday party, and I'm very excited!  Check back in a few days for Disney Cars themed treats and tutorials!  I will be making a tiered cake, smash cake, and cupcakes - each complete with special fondant details.  I've gotten a jump start on the cupcake toppers, but still have a lot to do! Hope you check it out and get some ideas for your favorite Lightning McQueen or Tow Mater fan!

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