It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cupcake Wars

I'm going down to visit with my family for a few days. I wanted to make some Halloween cupcakes so I went to Pinterest and Google Images for some ideas.
I was a little overwhelmed.
I had no idea there were so many listings for "Halloween cupcakes" Look at these little masterpieces.
Oh yes... they even had spidercakes. There is no way I could make these and carry them in my car for a couple of hours. They might attack. Look at those RED eyes. That's just wrong.
So I baked some DEVILS FOOD cupcakes... with left over coffee from breakfast and some spices.

I made some orange (I know it looks pink!) cream cheese  frosting and tried to make it look like mummy rags.

Mummy rags aren't as easy as they look and your frosting needs to be thicker... and you need to use the right "tip" in your pastry bag. I used a Ziplock bag and cut the corner of it because I couldn't find my pastry bag that must be somewhere around here. I did find the "tips" in a jar. That was rather organized of me.
Someone said you could do this with a plastic Ziplock bag. Don't.
It kind of exploded on me. I'm not going to tell you the whole messy story. Suffice it to say that you cannot put a pastry bag "tip" into the corner of a Ziplock bag and make it stay there... without some glue... which you can't mix with frosting.
But because it was orange frosting (I know... it looks pink in the picture.) and I didn't do it right, it didn't look like mummy rags.  It looked like a pile of hair ribbons. So, I just frosted the rest of the cupcakes in a more traditional way.
Then I sprinkled them with "spooky sprinkles" and stuck some decorations on top.
They still don't look like mummy rags and they certainly aren't scary, but you know what?
I think they're cute.
My grandsons will like them and that's all that counts.
The Prospector tasted one after lunch and asked if I was leaving any for him. That's always a good sign.
See you on Thursday.