I'm never sure what kind of cupcakes to make for Halloween, but this year I ended up with spoooky red velvet :) I was about to buy some red velvet cake mix (because when I decorate, I usually don't do the cake from scratch) but my dad pointed out this red velvet cupcake mix! It also came with cream cheese frosting mix AND a pastry bag. Fortunately, I'd just bought a coupler for my #6 star tip. I'd used the tip for my rainbow cupcakes without the coupler, and this time it was much easier!
Well, I made the cupcakes with no problem:
Then I made the frosting. It was enough for about 8 cupcakes of the 12, and that's without filling the center like the directions say. I had to make my own and I couldn't find my Martha Stewart cupcake book! I used some powdered sugar, butter and vanilla. I dyed it the same orange shade as I'd dyed the first batch of frosting. I was pretty pleased with myself!
I had these adorable sugar ghosts holding candy corn from Party City:
Here they are sitting pretty:
Here they are on the haunted house cupcake tower I bought last year, with some witch-finger pretzels:
Here's some favors I made after seeing them in last year's Taste of Home Halloween special:
Little cauldrons with bows and candy :) I picked out the candy from Fuzziwigs at the mall. Candy corn, pumpkins, and bones! WoooOoOo! Oh, and orange Kit Kats!
I also had these individually wrapped eyeball candy stirrers, and I bought some orange sanding sugar at AC Moore to rim the cups (just put some lime or lemon juice around the edge of the cup and dip it in a bowl of the sugar). This drink is a Pumpkin Cream (2 parts cream, 1 part pumpkin spice liqueur), yum!
This was my costume, the Little Mermaid :) I made the costume, and I will have a separate post in my Disney blog all about it!! I had a lot of help on the skirt from my brother-in-law, Hiro :)
And speaking of Disney, I took some pics of great Disney Halloween cupcakes when I was there last week! I only bought one:
Mmm a chocolate and buttercream cupcake with a mouse-ears chocolate pumpkin on top! They also had ghosts with chocolate mouse ears:
I found a video on how the pastry chef at the Contemporary (Disney hotel) makes cupcakes with a cone tip like that, which I'm excited to try.
There were Minnie cupcakes at most fast-food stops:
And as one would expect at Disney World, everything is...
...made fresh with magic!! Hope you have a magical Halloween!!