Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HALLOWEEN Month - Cupcake Decorating

Halloween...HALLOWEEN...HALLOWEEN!!!! Can you tell I love the holiday? Any excuse to dress up as something else, I am ALL ABOUT that. But this post isn't about costumes. It's about my second favorite thing associate with Halloween...SWEETS!!! I have a massive sweet tooth. It's one of the reasons my 'diet' fads consist of salads and sugar...that's it...I wonder why they never seem to work? It doesn't matter. It is the season to indulge in all thinks sweet and delectable.
A Dooling tradition that I plan to keep going till I die is our annual cupcake decorating party we have right before Halloween. We bake all different kinds of the most tasty yummy cupcakes (half the vanilla ones are devoured by me before they have a chance to reach the table - sorry not sorry) and we decorate them them. Some are tastefully elegant (not my doing), some are cutesy ghosts and pumpkins (not my doing either) and some are gruesomely horrific (my doing - you're welcome).
Who doesn't love a cupcake? Mini cakes you can shove into your mouth quick enough that the people you're with don't have time to realize how many you've eaten - they're amazing!
So in honor of Halloween month I'm gonna share a few cupcake ideas with you all. Have a decorating party! Take pictures of your culinary masterpieces! Share them online and eat then gobble them up! Onto some of my favorites:
This Brain Cupcake is equal parts 
sick and fantastic. The tutorial from the
creative lady who thought of it can be found here:

This cupcake is GORGEOUS and perfect
for the fall. Seems like it could be a bit difficult, but I would
love to see how these turn out if anyone decides to try it.

I love this one because it seems super easy (my kind of decorating job).
It's also an ode to Vampires and I love me a good design.

Another cupcake that seems relatively easy...though I've been known to say
that and then end up with something that looks like my dog threw it up.

Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite Halloween movies (and yes
I classify more as a Halloween than Christmas movie) - so I love the idea of 
a Cupcake with a little movie theme.

Cute but also kinda creepy in a cuddly way. Perfect for kids -
especially if you can get the colors to pop.

No Halloween is complete without ghosts. This is like the
'white sheet' costume only in a cupcake version.

Graveyard cupcakes are a fun and easy (have I mentioned I love easy)
decorating idea. And from personal experience, Milano Cookies make
excellent headstones.

Witches - another staple of Halloween. I just LOVE the colors on theses.
It looks like they used fondant to make the hats, but I have found if you take Tootsie Rolls
and place them in the microwave for a few seconds they become pliable and you can shape them 
into whatever you want - like a Witches hat.

Okay, this is one of my favorites - just from a whole geek/science perspective and
I need to try it this year.
The tutorial can be found here:

If anyone decides to do any of these I would LOVE to see the pictures. Enjoy baking. Enjoy decorating. And most importantly enjoy eating!