Friday, October 18, 2013

Monster Claw Halloween Cupcakes

by Darla

Creepy Monster Claw Cupcakes from BakingdomBefore 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.

Fuzzy Monster Claw Cupcakes from BakingdomNot everyone is into a creepy Halloween, though, so I decided to make a tamer version of these clawed cupcakes, too. Seriously, cutest deadly monster claws ever.

Clawed Cupcakes How to by BakingdomTo 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.

Fondant Claws How-to by BakingdomTo 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.

Fondant Claws by ©BakingdomFor the creepy cupcakes, I also added a bit more of the red frosting to the tips of the claws to make them even scarier.

Creepy Clawed Halloween Cupcakes from BakindomEven 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. ;)

Fuzzy Clawed Halloween Cupcakes from BakingdomThese 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).

Enjoy!

Recipes and Supplies:

1 recipe cupcakes (I used my favorite chocolate cupcakes)
1 recipe frosting (I used my favorite vanilla buttercream)
1 recipe Marshmallow Fondant

Food coloring (red, black, purple, orange, and green)

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1 Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier October 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

These are great! Totally creepy. I also love the fuzzy version! So creative!

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2 Cookbook Queen October 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Oh. My. Gosh. I am in LOVE with these. Both the creepy and the cute versions!!!!

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3 Kathia October 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

These are some pretty creepy cupcakes that I love!!

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4 Katie @ Butterlust Blog October 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I love these – how creative! Both versions are perfectly spooky but I really love the fuzzy ones. Your fondant claws are FLAWLESS!

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5 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Gah!! These are soooo fun! Love it!

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6 Becca @ Crumbs October 19, 2013 at 12:14 am

I love the fuzzy ones! They look SO good!!

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7 Vicki @ WITK October 19, 2013 at 12:44 am

I love the furry ones! They’re much cuter than the bloody ones :) I feel for you and your no closets. My first apartment had one coat closet, it was the worst. Where do I put all my stuff???

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8 Robin October 19, 2013 at 2:45 am

My husband was reading over my shoulder and when we got to the fuzzy claws, we both said, ‘Those are CUTE!’. Might have to dig out the grass tip and do some of those for Halloween. It’s not often that the husband likes something that much.

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9 Tesei October 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

Wow, these are scary!!!!! Thank you and happy Halloween!

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10 Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe October 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Eeeeeeep! Super cute (and scary!)

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11 Renee @ Awesome on $20 October 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm

These cupcakes are great. When I lived in Taiwan, I missed Thanksgiving and Christmas so much. We tried to pretend, but it’s never quite the same.

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