Halloween Cupcakes … cute and not too scary!

Halloween … do you go for cute or scary?  I prefer cute with a little bit of creepy or scary, but not a lot, thrown in!

Bat spider bug pumpkin eye cupcakes

I was the mom that never did the “blood and guts” thing with my boys … maybe a little bit of blood for a vampire costume … that was about it.  It just wasn’t my thing … things haven’t changed.   I was much better at making cute treats for the school’s Halloween bake sale ;)

Personally, I find real spiders a little creepy, however if you make a spider out of candy and gumballs … put candy eyeballs on it … place it on a cupcake … it falls into my cute category.

Halloween Cupcakes Sixlets Gumballs

 

These cupcakes are made with Sixlets, Gumballs, or both, from Sweet Works P1030227 ed

Start with your favorite cupcakes (it’s chocolate for me) and frosting (cream cheese), colored yellow.  Fill a pastry bag that has been fitted with a #22 tip.  Frost your cupcakes in a swirl, starting from the outside edge working toward the center …

chocolate cupcakes

Now for the fun part … decorating …

I used black candy melts to attach parts (dark chocolate or royal icing could be used), candy eyeballs, heart sprinkles, licorice wheels (couldn’t find licorice laces), edible markers, green Laffy Taffy and black Disco Dust. Tweezers may come in handy for attaching tiny parts!  Just a reminder … give a minute or two to let the melted candy harden when attaching parts ;)

I truly enjoyed creating all of these Halloween critters and even named them …

Spider Cupcake Sixlet Gumballs

Silly Spider Cupcakes …

  • cut licorice for legs and place on cupcake
  • place a dot of melted black candy in center of legs and place a black Gumball (for spider body)
  • use melted candy to attach 2 candy eyeballs to a black Sixlet and place on cupcake for head
  • use melted candy to attach 2 red heart sprinkles on body (to form an hourglass)

Creepy Crawly Cupcake Sixlets

Creepy (not really!) Crawley Bug Cupcakes …

  • use an edible marker to draw a mouth on a Sixlet
  • use black candy to attach 2 eyeballs
  • place 5 or more Sixlets (including the head) on cupcake
  • use black candy to draw legs

Eyeball Eye of Newt Cupcakes Sixlets Gumballs

Eye of Newt aka Googley Eye Cupcakes …

  • use black candy to attach candy eyes to Sixlets and or Gumballs
  • use red edible marker to draw blood-shot lines
  • place eyeballs on cupcake

Frankenstein Cupcake Gumball

Frankenstein aka Frankie Baby Cupcakes

  • use black candy to attach candy eyeballs on a green Gumball
  • use black edible marker to draw mouth and scar
  • place gumball on cupcake and push it in a little
  • use black candy to create hair and 2 “neck bolts”

Pumpkin cupcake Sixlets Gumball

Pumpkin Patch or Jack o’ Lantern Cupcakes

  • Use little pieces of Laffy Taffy to create stems … they should be sticky enough to attach to orange Sixlets and Gumballs (if not use a dot of candy melts)
  • Use black candy melts (or edible marker) to draw a face on pumpkins

Bat Cupcake Sixlets Gumballs

Blingy Bat Cupcakes

  • Use black melts to draw “bat wings” on a sheet of wax paper or parchment and let harden.  I just drew the wings, freestyle … I winged it, hahaha ;)
  • Dip a brush in Black Disco Dust and tap it over the wings … bats need glitter!
  • Use black candy melts to attach a Sixlet (head) to a Gumball (body) … then attach eyeballs and draw ears
  • Place bat body on cupcake and push the body into the frosting a little.
  • Insert wings into the icing next to the bat body.

cute halloween cupcakes

Thank you to Sweet Works for providing the Sixlets and Gumballs … it was so much fun using them :)

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4th of July Review

 

 

 

Good Monday morning!

Did everyone enjoy their weekend?  My weekend was slightly hot … like triple digit hot.  Today, I am looking forward to a cool down temp of 96°F !!!

Here is a last minute review because July 4th is just a few days away!

Easy Peasy Party Favors for Independence Day

Easy Party Favors

4th of July Firecracker pops

Firecracker Pops

Licorice candy flag

Licorice Flag

Blast from the past …

Star marshmallow pops

Marshmallow decorated straws

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Sweet Hamburger Cupcakes

I love this …

American Flag Oreos - a patriotic treat that will be a hit at any 4th of July or Memorial day party!

Oreo Flag from The Pink Flour

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4th of July Party Favors

Today is officially the first day of summer … yippee!!!

I have said before and I’m sure that I’ll say it again … where does the time go?  There are not enough hours in the day.  My To Do list is way too long … everyday stuff, crafty things that I want to do, gardening that needs to be done, not to mention blogging and how far I’m behind visiting other blogs … always playing catch-up!

Are you hosting a 4th of July party or attending one?  Either way, these sweet and easy party favors are sure to be appreciated …

4th of July Party Favors

These mini versions of my Licorice Flag happened by accident … a good kind of accident.  I like  Red Vines, but my favorite is the Jumbo Red Twists version … that is what I bought first.  I wanted to use the Jumbos for the flag, but when I laid out 13 Jumbo licorice I discovered the proportions were wrong :(  I ran drove back to the store and bought the thinner size Red Vines.  I made the flag … looked at the Jumbos … thought about eating them, OK I would share … came up with this idea and saved myself a belly ache :)

This is what you will need to make 5 to 6 mini flag favors …

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  • 8 ounces of Vanilla CandiQuik (or white candy coating) *
  • 3 ounces of blue candy coating *
  • white non-pareils (or any white sprinkles)
  • 8 ounce package of Red Vines Jumbo Red Twists (or any red licorice)

*  You will have leftover candy coating, but need the larger amount for easy dipping.

For step by step directions refer to the Licorice Flag.

Easy Peasy Party Favors for Independence Day

I confess, today I say yippee for summer … when it’s over 100° … I’ll be wishing for fall to arrive!

licorice flag party favors

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Licorice Flag

Recently, I was trying to dream up something to make for the 4th of July … I was frustrated … my brain wasn’t working, again!

When I least expected it … and stopped thinking, this came to mind …

Licorice candy flag

The flag could be served just the way it is or maybe to decorate the top of a cake, Rice Kripsie Treats, brownies, etc.

This project also gave me the opportunity to use CandiQuik for the first time.  (Miss CandiQuik was so kind to send me some a few weeks ago.)  I was very pleased with the Vanilla CandiQuik, it has a nice flavor, was easy to melt and comes in its own melting tray … perfect for dipping licorice!

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This is what you will need to make one flag …

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  • 8 ounces melted Vanilla CandiQuik (you will have some left)
  • 5 ounce pack Red Vines (or 13 vines)
  • 4 ounces melted blue candy melts (or color CandiQuik with oil based or powder coloring)
  • White non-pareils (or other sprinkles for stars)
  • A tray lined with wax paper or parchment

licorice flag instruction

  1. Work on prepared tray.  Mark 7 pieces of licorice at 3-1/2″ (each licorice piece is about 8″ long).  This is a guide for dipping the blue candy.
  2. Dip the licorice in melted blue candy, shake off excess candy, lay on prepared tray, add a few white sprinkles, chill for a few minutes.
  3. Take 3 of the blue dipped pieces of licorice and dip in white candy, tap off excess, lay on tray, chill.  Dip 3 pieces of plain licorice in white candy, tap off excess, chill.
  4. No matter how hard you to try, sometimes a little puddle of excess candy forms.  After the candy has hardened, use a paring or small knife to trim it up :)

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