I've been on a bit of a hiatus. I hadn't intended to be away for so long, but life happens, right?! I had this Halloween Cupcake-scape in cue since last October and initially thought it was too late to post it. But then again, why not?!
The idea came from my an order my neighbor placed for a birthday cake for her son, who was turning 6. He requested a Halloween theme to celebrate, and we arrived at this idea instead of a traditional cake.
Begin by baking cupcakes in the flavor of your choice. While they are cooling, start on the chocolate trees. You can find directions for making them here. They cannot be easier to put together!
While the chocolate trees harden, arrange the cooled cupcakes in a random pattern close enough that they are touching. Dye a batch (or can) of icing green to create a "grass" color. If you would like to use homemade icing, you can find my favorite recipe here. Using a Wilton Grass Tip #233, start piping the grass.
Now comes the fun part - using your imagination to create any type of Halloween scene you'd like! I decided not to be too ghoulish, as this was to be for 6 year-old children. I made some white chocolate ghosts using a ghost lollipop chocolate mold. These, too, were super easy. Melt white chocolate, pour them into the molds (first, I melted a bit of dark chocolate, just a small amount, and used a small brush to paint in the eyes and mouth), add the lollipop stick and place in the refrigerator to harden. When you pop the ghosts out, you can use the lollipop stick to anchor the ghost into a cupcake.
I also added a chocolate tree, sprinkled a few autumn leaves quins underneath the tree, placed a few sugar pumpkins around, and randomly threw on some candy skulls.
Lastly, I added a "BOO" banner to tie it all together.
This was a really fun cup-"cake" to put together. The birthday boy was happy and the kids loved it. Mission accomplished!
I'm looking forward to blogging about desserts and such in the coming weeks. I haven't been blogging, but I sure have been baking the last few months. I'm excited to start experimenting and trying new things and hope you'll find some things of interest, too!
Happy New Year to you all, and thanks for continuing to follow Life Is Sweets!!