Before we left the states, everyone was sort of warning us how completely different it would be here, and wishing us luck and stuff. While, yes, it is different here, it’s not a huge adjustment, and I must say that we. Are. Loving it!
That said…dear Halloween, I miss you.
Halloween isn’t really a holiday here, and I have to admit, I miss the pumpkins and ghosts, witches and monsters. I love Halloween. I love the scary movies, the candies and treats. I love the decorations, the costumes, and just the ‘feel’ of the holiday. I miss it all.
Not as much as I miss closets, but still.
I decided the only cure was to make Halloween for us. I bought a pumpkin, all my people sent me candy corn, and I made some totally spooked up, creepified cupcakes.
It doesn’t solve my closet problem, but when I put “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on tonight, you can’t convince me that Halloween isn’t a thing here.
Halloween movies, pumpkin carving, and creepy cupcakes…spooktastic.
To give the creepy cupcakes the clawed effect on top, I frosted them normally, using a large round tip. You can ice these with a small spatula, or any tip you like. Once frosted, I dragged the handle of a small spoon through the frosting in four parallel lines. To finish up, I tinted a small amount of frosting very red, then used a small paint brush to paint the red frosting onto the claw marks. This technique also added a jagged, torn-looking texture that made the claw marks more realistic. Once each cupcake was painted, I added the claws.
To make the claws, I used homemade marshmallow fondant (but store-bought works beautifully, too, as does marzipan). Each claw started out as a small ball weighing 3 grams. I shaped each ball into an elongated teardrop. Finally, I simply curved each teardrop down to create a claw shape.
Even though I’m totally creeped out by them, I think these turned out fantastic! I guess the fact that I am totally creeped out by them is proof of how great they are. These would be perfect for an older kid Halloween party, and excellent for adults. I really think little kids would find them freaking cool, too, but that’s more of a parental discretion type thing.
These fuzzy, monster cupcakes are just as fun, and a lot more tame, though, so if you’re not into a gory Halloween, these are perfect. To make them, I simply used a grass tip to give them ‘fur’, then i added the same claws that I used on the creepy cuppies.
Whether you go for scary or silly, both versions are fast and easy to make. You could have these decorated for a party in less than an hour (baking times not included).
Recipes and Supplies:
Food coloring (red, black, purple, orange, and green)