Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween Treats

Yesterday I decided to get a little adventurous. I'm not much of a baker, but for some reason I really wanted to try making some Halloween-themed cake pops. Turns out they're not too terribly hard, although I definitely lost a few along the way due to being just too darn ugly or falling apart.

But 9 of them came out pretty cute. Red velvet mummy cake pop, anyone?
For a full tutorial on how to make cake pops, I used these instructions. And this was my inspiration for the mummy design, although I obviously tweaked it. I couldn't find those candy eyes, so I used black gel instead.

I definitely over microwaved my white chocolate pieces at first, so they became crumbly instead of smooth and liquidy. So I had to dump it and start over. And also, I wanted to drizzle the chocolate so it looked like wraps, but I have no clue how you would ever be able to dip those things without having the balls fall off the stick. They got pretty heavy and the stick kept sliding right through the cake.

But overall I'm pretty happy. I like that the red velvet shows through so they look a little more gruesome. haha And most importantly, they tasted amazing with just the right amount of white chocolate coating them.
Since I wasn't sure how they'd turn out, I only used half the cake mix for the cake pops and the other half went into making a dozen cupcakes. I found little chocolate skeleton pieces at Target, so I picked up some chocolate frosting and green sprinkles to make "graveyard" cupcakes. And the results were also pretty cute, I think.
So instead of mixing the filling mix into the cake like I did with the cake pops, I scooped a little bit in the middle of the batter in each cupcake so that there was a delicious cream filling.
Oh, and as promised, here's a picture of our pumpkins outside at night.
This is the only picture I got without a flash and it's a little blurry, but you get the idea. Pretty cute pumpkins, if I do say so myself.
And here's one last-minute decoration I came up with to add a little oomph to our doorway while we handed out candy. It's the candelabra from our wedding, and I just added in a few red candle holders from last Christmas. Funny how wedding + Christmas can make a Halloween decoration. haha
Sadly because of rain, we didn't get as many trick-or-treaters as usual, but we still had a few knocks on the door. And now we have lots of leftover candy...

I've got one more Halloween post coming up. We have a costume party tonight, so tomorrow I'll post some pictures of our costumes. :-)