Halloween is probably one of my favorite holidays – especially for baking. You are allowed to go nuts, to make things that are slightly unappetizing, to just experiment with decorations and have FUN!
Of course, for Halloween, my go-to source for ideas is the Hello, Cupcakes series – which is where I got the inspiration for the black cat cupcakes! It’s, again, like many of their designs, a little more time consuming, but the end result is nothing short of awesome. It was slightly hilarious to watch my friends eating the black cats because all that black sugar cause everyone’s lips, tongues and teeth to turn a curious shade of greenish black (only temporarily!!). Hey, it’s Halloween. Your face is getting in on the fun!
Additionally, I made some cute tombstones with RIP piped on them by cutting Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies in half. I didn’t have any green frosting, otherwise I think I would have done some green grass piping to plop the tombstone in.
And then, the blood spatter cupcakes. Gross, I know…but SO fun to look at – especially for Halloween! Those were a lot of fun. I made a Red Velvet cake (my favorite recipe is here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/red-velvet-cake-recipe.html ), adding a little more red food coloring than normal to really amp up that bloody color. Then, I piped a simple white cream cheese frosting on top (I don’t have a recipe for the cream cheese frosting, but the basic rule I follow is 1 stick of unsalted butter, 1 stick of cream cheese, 1 tbsp vanilla extract and 3-4 cups of confectioners’ sugar). Then, I melted down a couple tablespoons of the cream cheese frosting until it was runny and added some red food coloring. While it was still runny – I splattered the melted frosting across the tops of the cupcakes to create that gross, blood-spatter effect. Gross and yummy!