Aren’t these fun? I was looking for cupcake ideas, because I love cupcakes, and saw a couple cute Halloween ideas. Some were just a little too simple – crushed Oreo’s for dirt – and some were WAAY too hard – a whole haunted house on each cupcake! I am, by no means, a professional baker; but, I do enjoy decorating cupcakes as long as it’s simple enough that I don’t get overwhelmed. So, here’s an idea that anyone can do. Let’s kick off October Spooktacular with a little extra pizzazz!
1 c white sugar
1 1/2 c white flour
3/4 c milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
6 tbs cocoa (optional)
*If I hadn’t forgotten I was nearly out of cocoa I would have put it in my recipe. It would look better with the theme of the cupcake… and chocolate is my favorite. But, I needed the little I had left for the frosting.
– Line each muffin tin hole with a cupcake wrapper. Preheat the oven to 350F.
– Cream sugar and butter with an electric mixer.
– Beat in the eggs. Add vanilla.
– Combine flour and baking powder, add to creamed mixture.
– Mix well. Stir in milk until batter is smooth.
– Pour batter into cupcake wrappers. Fill wrappers about 3/4 of the way full.
– Bake 18-25 mins, depending on your oven and altitude. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch and you can cleanly insert and remove a toothpick into the center of the cupcakes.
1/2 tsp vanilla (or other flavoring, if desired)
– Mix the powdered sugar into the butter.
– Gently stir in the milk. Start slowly or you’ll get a big poof of powdered sugar dust. Mix well.
– If you’re flavoring the frosting add that now.
– Pull out some of the white frosting and put it in a zippy bag. You’ll use it in a moment.
– Add the cocoa and mix well.
– With the white icing, go around the top curved edge of the cookie and then write “RIP” or whatever other message you want on the cookie. It’s not a lot of space so short messages work best.
– Stick your gummy worms on and serve!
You could do the crushed chocolate cookies on top of the frosting too, for a more ‘dirt-like’ appearance.
Other fun topping ideas:
– candy pumpkins
– skeletons drawn on with the white icing
– plastic spider rings
– eyeball candies
– cotton candy spider webs