Halloween Cakes and Cupcakes
Discover how to create spooky Halloween cakes, Halloween cupcakes and delicious Halloween treats. The best cake tutorials, techniques and easy cake decorating tips.
Halloween is one my favorite holidays for making spooky, nasty, scary Halloween cakes and cupcakes. There are a million ideas out there and you can really have a lot of fun with it!
A Halloween cake is a perfect dessert for any Halloween party and a must have for someone with a birthday on or around October 31st.
If you're throwing any type of Halloween party it also makes a great center piece for your food table! Here are some simple, yet impressive Halloween cakes that you can try this year.
Spooktacular Halloween Cupcakes!
This is an amazing book by David Leigh on how to make his fabulous "spooktacular Halloween cupcakes. Download this ebook from the comfort of your own home and start making these creepy, scary, ghoulish cupcakes today!
Pumpkins are the national symbol for Halloween. People love to carve them, eat them, dry them out, eat the seeds, some even have contests to see who can grow the biggest pumpking. So why no try making a Pumpkin Cake this Halloween?
No, I'm not taking about a pumpkin flavored cake, but a cake that looks exactly like a pumpkin!
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You will need 3 box mixes of white or yellow cake mix along with the additional ingredients like oil and eggs the box calls for. Prepare the batter as directed. Pour it into two bunt pans and bake according to the package directions. Allow the cake to cool completely.
Meanwhile, mix two to three cans of vanilla frosting in a bowl. You can probably get away with two cans, but I always like to have a little leftover and it's better to have more than needed than to run out and have to make more.
Add enough red and yellow food coloring to the frosting mixture to turn it bright orange. Spread some of the frosting only on the flat side one of the cooled bunt cakes. Set the other one on top of it flat side down. You have a pumpkin shape. Use the rest of frosting mixture to frost the entire cake.
Use black icing or piping gel to draw a carved pumpkin design on the cake. Some triangular shapes for the eyes and nose, as well as a large half moon shape will do the trick.
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Halloween Cake Tutorials
Don't forget the best part of Halloween when decorating... all the spooky Halloween candy! There's candy corn, chocolate eye balls, candy teeth, gummy worms, and even hairy spiders! Just think of what you can do with all of these fancy treats!
Spooky Halloween Recipes
For some really spooky and delicious recipes check out these crazy Halloween Recipes that will add some serious spooooookyness to this Halloween holiday!
Spooky Halloween Cakes
Want something really spooky this Halloween? Here is a spider cake that I made last year that even creeped me out a little bit!
To make this Spider Cake I used a vanilla sheet cake (9x13) for the base of the cake for the spider to sit on. I iced this first making it a lime green color and added some black spider webs with black gel.
Then I carved a two large balls out of stacked sheet cakes, with one ball being smaller for the spider's head. I placed these two cakes on the top fo the sheet cake, positioning them so that the spiders body and head were attached.
Then I took buttercream icing and tinted it light brown. Here you can create any color of icing you want! Then I took my star tip for my icing bag and piped the entire body of the spider in brown icing.
You can use any kind of candy you want for the all the little details and make it really unique and fun.
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Craft a wild Werewolf Cake for Halloween
• Chocolate Cake
• Creamy Chocolate Butter Icing
• Brown paste food colouring
• 2 chocolate-covered cashews or almonds
• 2 candy-covered chocolate pieces
• Assorted licorice candies and licorice string
Spooky Halloween Cupcakes
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Nothing says it's Halloween like a crunchy sweet Candy Apple or Caramel Apple. Covered in gooey, delicious caramel or smooth, shiny chocolate, or maybe you like the old fashioned red candy apples the best.
Which ever one you choose (maybe even all three!) There's not doubt they will bit a hit with everyone.
This year try something new and decorate your candy apples with actualy candies, like sprinkles, gum drops, candy corn and gummy worms.
Candy Apple Recipe
This recipe is the for the old fahsioned red candy apples you see all the time at fairs and concerts. It's a layer of crunchy cinnamon flavored hard candy on top of a tart, crisp apple.
Ingredients: •8 apples •8 wooden skewers •2 cups granulated sugar •1 cup light corn syrup •1/2 cup hot water •1/2 cup red cinnamon candies, like Red Hots
1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Wash and dry the apples carefully. Remove the stems, and stick the skewers firmly in the stem ends.
3. Combine the water, corn syrup and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then continue to cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 250 degrees. Wash down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush occasionally to prevent crystallization.
4. Once the candy reaches 250, add the cinnamon candies and stir briefly to incorporate. Continue to cook, washing down the sides, until it reaches 285 degrees.
5. Remove from the heat and stir the candy so that it is smooth and even. Hold an apple by the skewer and dip it in the candy, tilting the pan at an angle and rotating the apple to cover it completely with a smooth, even layer. Bring it out of the candy and twirl it to remove excess, then set it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.
6. Allow apples to cool at room temperature. Candy apples are best enjoyed within 24 hours. Caramel Apple Recipe Ingredients:
1 C. real butter
2 C. dark brown sugar, packed
1 C. light corn syrup
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
8-10 medium-sized apples, sticks inserted in tops
Instructions: 1. Over medium-high heat, stir together the butter, sugar, corn syrup, and condensed milk in a heavy sauce pan.
2. Bring to a boil.
3. Cook about 30-40 minutes (don't stir often, as you'll risk crystallization), until the caramel darkens and thickens. It should reach the "firm ball" stage of candy-making. This means that, upon dropping the caramel into cold water, a firm ball forms. This ball shouldn't flatten when you remove it from the water, but should still easily change shape when you touch it. With a candy thermometer the temp should read 245-250 degrees F.
4. Remove finished caramel from the heat.
5. Stir in vanilla extract.
6. Dip apples into hot caramel. In order to get as thick a caramel coating as possible, dip each apple at an angle and rotate within the caramel.
7. Pull apple out vertically and allow excess caramel to drip off. Then turn the apple right-side-up a moment (as if you were about to eat it) and let the caramel settle for a few seconds. This prevents large bare spots at the top of the apple.
8. Place apples on greased wax paper or foil.
9. While caramel is still warm and soft, decorate as desired. (Unless dipping apples in chocolate, in which case the caramel needs to be allowed to set.)
10. Let cool to set.