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Halloween is the best time to experiment with cupcake toppings.
The Daily Meal's editors, contributors, and readers dig into some pretty great restaurants, festivals, and meals. There's not always enough time to give a full review of a restaurant or describe in depth why a place, its food, and the people who prepare it are noteworthy, so Snackshot of the Day does what photographs do best, rely on the image to do most of the talking.
Today's Snackshot is of Halloween cupcakes. Halloween is mere hours away, and while you may have celebrated over the weekend, there are still treats to be had on Oct. 31. Save the Halloween candy for the kids, and get yourself something special. If you happen to be in Winnipeg, stop in Cake-ology, the makers of these ghost cupcakes, and grab a spooky sweet.
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Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes – 30 Days of Halloween 2016: Day 14
It’s Day 14 of “30 Days of Halloween” 2016 and I’m excited to be sharing this cupcake recipe with you today! Nothing says fall fun like heading to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. This is a great dessert to serve after coming home from the pumpkin patch!
One of my favorite things to do in October with the kids is go to the pumpkin patch. They love picking out their own pumpkin and bringing them home to add to the Halloween decor. This is the first year we will be carving the kids’ pumpkins and they couldn’t be more excited about it. They’ve also been really proud of the pumpkins growing in our garden. We won’t be carving those since they’re pretty much part of the family. But the kids can’t wait for them to turn orange and become ready to cut off the vine!
I thought these cupcakes would be so fun to make to celebrate the beginning of fall and the greatness that is pumpkin carving. Want to know the beautiful thing about these cupcakes? You don’t have to make any of the elements from scratch. Nope. Not a single one. [Insert fist bump]
Cute and Spooky Halloween Cupcakes
These frightfully fun cupcakes are perfect for any haunted Halloween bash!
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Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
These adorable jack-o-lantern cupcakes are packed with fall flavor, thanks to pumpkin pie spice and brown butter. Customize these to your liking by piping a variety of faces.
Witch Hat Cupcakes
Decorated ice cream cones make an adorably spooky topper for these treats. As the cupcake base, you can use our easy one-bowl recipe or a boxed mix. The toppers can be made up to 8 hours in advance and kept uncovered on a tray in the freezer.
Pull Apart Graveyard Cupcakes
Chocolate Spider Web Cupcakes
What&rsquos better than a double chocolate cupcake for Halloween? One with a deliciously spooky marshmallow web! Top with store-bought spider gummy candies for the perfect Halloween treat.
Angel's Food Cupcakes
Spook your guests with these "boo-tiful" cupcakes topped with chocolate ghosts. For the design, you simply glaze plain cupcakes with melted dark and white chocolate.
Devil's Food Cupcakes
Red Velvet Vampire Cupcakes
No, these cupcakes don't need bandages. What looks like a gory encounter with the Count himself is just raspberry jam brightened with a drop of red food coloring.
S'mores Monster Cupcakes
Chocolate cupcake, marshmallow frosting and a graham cracker cookie topper make the perfect s'mores combination. Add in the monster decorations, and you have yourself a real "s'monster" treat.
Witch Crash Cupcakes
You can call these witches clumsy for not yet mastering their landings, but crashing into these decadent chocolate cupcakes seems like a sweet plan!
Red Velvet Spider Cupcakes
This creepy-crawly fondant spider is hiding a smooth surprise: creamy frosting piped into the cupcake's hollowed-out center.
Caramel Corn Cupcakes
Though eating crunchy caramel corn by the handful is great, it's even better atop creamy frosting. These cupcakes are finished with pumpkin pie-spiced frosting that's simply fitting for fall, and the dulce de leche swirl is easier to create than you think.
Candy Corn Hi-Hat Cupcakes
Hi-hat cupcakes are one of the most beautiful and decadent ways to enjoy a cupcake while they can seem intimidating, they are actually very easy to make. These hat cupcakes hide a sweet fall-inspired surprise that replicates the colors of candy corn.
You&rsquoll never guess that these brain cupcakes are oozing with buttercream frosting and sweet candy filling!
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Nonpareils
Style your next batch of cupcakes after the colorful leaves outside your window. Give cream cheese frosting seasonal flair with red, yellow and brown nonpareils.
Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes
For the chocolate cupcakes:
Heat oven to 350ºF. Take a cupcake/muffin tin and place cupcake liners in it. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add all of the cupcake ingredients. Mix with a hand mixer until combined, and then for a few more seconds. Be careful not to over-mix the batter.
Using a large cookie scoop that is 3 tablespoons in size, scoop batter into each cupcake liner.
Bake cupcakes for about 15 to 17 minutes (take a toothpick and stick it into the center of a couple cupcakes and if it comes out clean, your cupcakes are done). Carefully remove the cupcakes and place them on a cooling rack.
For the espresso buttercream:
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add softened butter and mix. Add coffee extract and mix until well blended. Next, add powdered sugar (in 2 to 3 batches, you don&rsquot want to make a mess) and mix thoroughly.
Once you have mixed all of the powdered sugarr, start adding milk 1 tablespoon at a time and keep mixing. Mix buttercream frosting for a full 5 to 6 minutes.
Add gel paste food color to the frosting and mix again until thoroughly mixed.
I like to make the buttercream frosting a day or two ahead. I store it in the fridge. If it&rsquos been refrigerated, let it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes before trying to decorate your cupcakes. Sometimes, if needed, I will add a little bit of water and mix with a spatula to make it thinner for frosting cupcakes.
Take a piping bag and tip and decorate your cupcakes! Drizzle caramel on top as well!
Are cupcakes still popular? Because they&rsquore still wildly popular with me&mdashchocolate, vanilla, I&rsquoll take them all. I love, love folding back that cupcake liner paper and digging in. Of course, each bite has to have some frosting. I even know some people like to have more frosting than cake so they really pile it on.
These Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes are inspired by a coffee drink from a popular coffee shop. Only the cupcakes are chocolate&mdashthe buttercream is an espresso buttercream that is downright addictive.
And you know I had to drizzle caramel on top!
When I embarked on my mission to make espresso buttercream, I first tried making it with coffee. But there wasn&rsquot enough coffee flavor in the buttercream.
Then I discovered coffee extract&mdashand it&rsquos a beautiful thing! I brought these cupcakes over to the vet tech for my dog Charley (he gets laser therapy at least twice a week) and she keeps asking me for the recipe for this buttercream.
It&rsquos totally your call whether to make the buttercream frosting while the cupcakes are in the oven or to make them ahead before you begin the cupcakes. I actually like to make the buttercream the day before. It feels like a lot less work that way!
I like to use both unsalted and salted butter for my buttercream. I took cake decorating classes years ago and that was how my teacher taught me to make buttercream. It&rsquos the best!
Mix the butter together and then the coffee extract.
You want to be careful adding the powdered sugar. Do it in 2 to 3 batches. Add a third of the bag and then mix. Then add some more. If you add the entire bag in at once, you will have a mess. I won&rsquot tell you how I know. Ha!
I love making homemade buttercream. It&rsquos really a lot easier than you think!
For the cupcakes, first line all your cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
Put all of the ingredients for the cupcakes into a large mixing bowl. I use an electric mixer to mix the ingredients together. Don&rsquot over-mix it though!
40+ Seriously Cute (and Creepy) Halloween Cupcake Ideas
These cupcakes are the easiest way to add sugar, spice and spookiness to your dessert table.
The entire month of October &mdash the 31st, especially &mdash is basically an open invitation to eat Halloween desserts and Halloween candy all day, every day. When it comes time to host a Halloween party, festive and fun Halloween cupcakes should always be on the menu. You're in luck: Any one of these adorable Halloween cupcake ideas will easily add some fright (and sugar!) to your holiday festivities. Whether you opt for box mix, totally homemade, or a combination of the two, try these easy decorating ideas to transform chocolate, vanilla, and spiced cupcakes into a spooktacular treat fit for the most eerie occasion of the year. Bust out the candy eyeballs, plastic spiders, and colored frosting to bring these ghost, witch, zombie, and monster cupcakes back to life (from the dead, of course). Plus, since your kids get a sugar high from trick-or-treating, it's only fair that these Halloween cupcake recipes will help you get your sweet fix. Don&rsquot fret &mdash your kids will love 'em, too.
Looking for more desserts to serve at your party? Add additional eeriness to your dessert table with delicious Halloween cookies and Halloween cake recipes. Then wash it all down with one of these crowd-pleasing Halloween cocktails or kid-friendly mocktails.
31 Scary-Easy Halloween Cupcakes To Make This Fall
These spooky cupcake ideas make Halloween so much sweeter.
Halloween is all about candy, but that's not the only sweet we'll be eating come October 31. These Halloween cupcakes are just as tasty, and way cuter. For even more holiday fun, check out these ridiculously awesome Halloween cakes and pumpkin cakes&mdashboth of which are in our collection of fun Halloween recipes.
Channel your inner vampire with these deliciously gory cupcakes.
Mimic the layers of candy corn you love so much with these adorable cupcakes.
12 Sugar-Free Dessert Recipes That Definitely Don’t Skimp on Flavor
Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.
In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.
Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.
The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.
Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)
What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.
How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.
Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.
For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!
Snackshot of the Day: Halloween Cupcakes - Recipes
For most people, October starts off the best time of the year! The smells of pumpkin pie, apple cider, caramel apples and roasting pumpkin seeds bring back pleasant childhood memories from Halloween's past. It also gets us in the mood to cook up some of these tasty treats ourselves! Here are some of our favorite Halloween recipes to get you started on the path to making and serving spooky, but tasty treats!
Try out these Treats you can make at home!
Cookie Making Tips
To make your life easier, here's some great tips for cutting down on the work.
A sweet and spicy delight that just screams "Autumn is here!"
Caramel Covered Apples
A classic Halloween treat that's easy to make and fun to eat.
Coffin Shaped Cake
Instructions for baking and decorating a coffin shaped Halloween cake.
Pumpkin Pie Tips
Lots of great tips for baking a pumpkin pie.
Tombstone Shaped Cake
Easy to make with either a cake form or cut it to shape your self.
Pumpkin Shaped Cake
Make a full sized cake using either a cake form or two Bunt cake molds.
Jack O' Lantern Shaped Cake
Cut into this fanciful cake that looks like a Halloween Jack O' Lantern!
Skull Shaped Cake
Easy to make cake using a skull shaped cake pan.
Making traditional Sugar Skulls for the Mexican Day of the Dead festival.
Bake ordinary cupcakes and turn them into Halloween themed treats!
Halloween Party Treats
Things not quite cake or cookie like a graveyard cake, pudding treats and more.
Pumpkin Shaped Cookies
Give them a pumpkin look or do them up like a Jack O' Lantern.
Gingerbread Corpse Cookies
Have fun biting the heads off these cute deceased little gingerbread men.
Finger Shaped Cookies
Using a molded cookie pan make a variety of witch, mummy or monster finger cookies.
Gingersnap Coffin Cookies
Nothing like a coffin shaped ginger snap to have with a nice cup of hot apple cider.
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
It's not just for Thanksgiving anymore! It's great any time during the fall season.
Pumpkin Pie from Scratch
How to make and bake a pumpkin pie from scratch using baking pumpkins.
A buttery handful of homemade caramel corn really hits the spot!
Alcohol Based Halloween Drinks
Tasty drinks for adult only Halloween parties.
Absinthe - The Green Fairy
The new Halloween drink of choice? Give this interesting liqueur a try!
Halloween Punch Recipes
Recipes to brew up some tasty Halloween beverages for your guests.
Halloween Punch Bowls
Show off your Halloween punch in decorative punch bowls for Halloween.
Punch Bowl Special FX
Try this neat trick to make your Halloween punch bowl glow!
Frozen Hand Effect
Keep your punch cold with this interesting ice form that's easy to make.
Cool things to do with store bought Gummi eyeballs to dress up your Halloween treats.
Chocolate Coated Marshmallow Ghosts
Use white chocolate, marshmallows and sucker sticks to make a tasty Halloween treat!
Chocolate Halloween Suckers
Using chocolate melts and sucker molds in Halloween shapes.
Jack O' Lantern Pizza
Using a giant cookie sheet to make a Jack O' Lantern pizza that the kids will love!
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
An old fashion treat that's natural, easy to make and good for the whole family.
Make a batch of popcorn that even a vampire will love!
Gelatin Body Parts
Use body parts molds to make an edible centerpiece for your Halloween treat table.
Skull Jello Mold
Use your skull shaped cake pan to make a Jello mold centerpiece.
Jack O' Lantern Jello Mold
Use your Jack O' Lantern shaped cake pan to make a Jello mold centerpiece.
Rice Crispy Treats
Whether you make these in a pan or use a Halloween cake pan, thee always taste great!
Vampire Blood Pudding
Dress up simple instant pudding for a fancy Halloween dessert!
Use these incredible pancake molds to make skull and Jack O' Lantern pancakes.
- Box of cake mix: I use chocolate but any of your favorites can work. Having a party, use 2 or 3 different types for variety.
- Ingredients on the box to make your cupcakes.
- Halloween Oreos: If using regular Oreos, you&rsquoll need to color the frosting orange.
- Milk Chocolate Melting Wafers: variations can be white or purple melting wafers.
- Halloween Sprinkles: use your favorite festive designs.
- `If you prefer, from scratch cupcakes can be used.
- We are using a box cake mix, chocolate flavor but any flavor will work. Also, feel free to make from scratch cupcakes.
- Be sure to let your cupcakes cool completely before decorating.
- 1 recipe One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes
- 1 recipe Chocolate Ganache Frosting
- 48 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, twisted open to separate
- Colorful button-shaped chocolates, such as M-and-Ms, for decorating
- Skin-on almond slices, for decorating (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. Divide half of batter evenly among lined muffin tin cups (about a heaping tablespoon per cup). Press 2 cookie halves without frosting into each cup, then divide remaining batter evenly atop cookies. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Divide frosting evenly among cupcakes. Place 2 cookie halves with filling side-by-side in center of cupcakes, pressing to adhere to frosting. Press 1 button-shaped chocolate into center of each frosted cookie to mimic pupils. Press another chocolate into frosting perpendicular to the other candies and centered, just below cookies to mimic a beak. Press almonds, if using, into frosting above cookie-eyes in rows to mimic feathers, or scrape frosting with the tip of a paring knife in short, upward strokes to create a feathery look.