Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Cupcakes

The clock is about to strike midnight. It's almost the witching hour. Sign up for Tuesdays with Dorie now, before you miss the chance to bake on the cheap with our rowdy crew of spirited bakers. Eerily enough, the deadline is Halloween. Egads, did I hear a thunder clap?

This week's assignment, from Clara at I heart Cuppycakes, couldn't have come at a more opportune time. I don't need extra reasons to bake chocolate buttermilk cupcakes with chocolate frosting, but it was actually my turn to bring cupcakes to the "young women" at church for the monthly "Cupcake Sunday." If you ever want to bake for a grateful crowd, choose teenager girls. I thought they might break out into a fist fight-in church, no less- over which cupcakes was whose, and whose cupcake was which, and who saw which one first, and which one had more of this and that. I sat on the back row grinning. You have to love food that inspires such heart felt irreverence. I spent Saturday churning out cupcakes, 36 to be exact. Exactly the number I need to bring to church, and not one extra. Not one. By Saturday night, my home was filled with chocolatey sadness and gooey jealousy. And it wasn't just me either. The Quiet Man and the little charges were also quite put out, not to mention their five visiting cousins. Even my mom popped by and asked if she might have a cupcake and I had to turn her down. Have you ever seen such cruelty? But at 9 PM, I cracked under the pressure. I made another batch, a fourth batch of Dorie's cupcake so that we could all enjoy a late night cupcake feast. Chocolatey sadness was replaced with chocolatey joy and gooey delight outshone the previous jealousy. We licked our candy coated wounds and went to bed completely content.
So head on over to Clara's and get this contentment-in-a- cupcake recipe for yourself. And make extra, because you'll be sure to have no shortage of takers.
Estimated Cost for my fellow penny pinchers: $5.00 for 12.
Notes: I used orange colored vanilla candy melts, melted into a squeeze bottle and piped onto waxed paper, for the words and letters.
Coming Tomorrow:
Halloween Supper Upper Upper

119 comments:

Catherine said...

Oh look at that, I'm the first comment! These look so good. And you decorated them so cute, too! Mom has been raving about cupcakes. So I'll have to visit the cuppycake blog and get the recipe. Thanks for sharing. And Mom was right, they really did turn out adorable!

Karen said...

Beautiful!! I love the words! That is such a creative idea. I am making mine tomorrow for my Bunco group. I hope they turn out as lovely as yours!

Tami said...

Very creative! They are so cute!

n.o.e said...

OK, Prudy, you really went all out on these - quantity as well as decor. I'm so glad you had the late night batch for the home folks. I'd have loved to have seen the girls at church jockeying for these!
Nancy

The DeL Sisters said...

Love your writing on them! Great idea!

Hannah

Anna M. said...

Your cupcakes look perfect!!! How creative melting it and piping it to the letters. I'm heading over to get the recipe right now! Thanks! =)

Anna M. said...

Hello...me again...sorry to be a pest, but I couldn't find the recipe when I clicked on the link. Can you let me know what I need to search for in her blog to find the recipe? Thanks so much!!! =)

jenjen said...

Those are so cute! I love cupcakes. Yours are works of art. I love the letters on top! I was going to make cupcakes tonight but then had to go to a church meeting. Maybe I'll make those tomorrow night (fingers crossed)!

Emily said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! I am excited decorate cupcakes with my primary class for our Halloween party! I LOVE Halloween (I may have mentioned that a time or two before!) Okay now cupcake Sundays! Holy cow! I want to serve in your ward!

Cathy said...

Hey wait a minute -- were we at your church on Sunday? Everything about that scuffle sounds REALLY familiar! Wow, it sure was a cupcake-intensive weekend at your house, Prudy! Glad the fam got their own dozen in the end -- I love a happy ending. Your cupcakes are adorable!

Stop Smoking said...

Really good idea! Thank you.

Coby said...

I'm no teenager, but I would have been in the scrum too:) I can almost taste them...{Sob} almost!!:)

taffi said...

if I weren't already making 6 things for our family party this weekend, I'd be all over these. Love the idea of piping chocolate Boos!

The Food Librarian said...

These are so creative! Your script is so beautiful - and in chocolate too!! Amazing!

Esi said...

I'm quite impressed with your decorating skills! Especially those letters. They look so good and professional!

SiHaN said...

thank goodness you managed to tend to those wounds in the end. A happy story. I love those candy wordings. very pretty!

Liz said...

Adorable! It was so fun to have Claire's suggestion to decorate them for Halloween. I love the words, and your lettering is so perfect.

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Goodness gracious! I feel like I just gained 100 pounds just looking at the pics on this blog! Everything you make sounds and looks divine!

:)

vibi said...

I love the hardenned chocolate writtings... you succeeded very well at it! WOW!

Debinhawaii said...

I love your cupcakes--they look so adorable with the letters and words and I am sure they taste as good as they look!

Marie said...

Fabulously creative Erin!!! They are adorable! I love your ideas. How wonderfully unique! I loved these cupcakes too! Perhaps a bit too much!

HoneyB said...

They look great....as usual! Glad you broke down and made the family some!

Lucy said...

Soooo cute, I love them... and I've been there, felt the pressure/guilt and gave in ;-)

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Lovely cupcakes! I am so pleased you gave in and made another batch for the family - have to keep them happy.

gigi said...

You are a mess, holding your family at bay with those delicious cupcakes! Glad you gave in to the chocolatey goodness.

Suzie said...

I love the way you wrote "spooky" in the candy. I am definitely pinching that idea!! You're so clever!

Amanda said...

Yummy! I love how you did the writing, so cute!! I really enjoyed mine too, felt like there just wasn't enough in the batch and may need to make more LOL

Natashya said...

Yay, Halloween! I love your decorated confections. Especially the writing. Thanks for the how-to tip.

Prudy said...

Anna:
The link is iheartfood4thought.wordpress.com I just checked the link and the recipe was up. Maybe I was a little early and got it up there before she had her recipe on there. If you dont' get it I will email it to you! It's too good to pass up.

Darius T. Williams said...

I love the little spin you put on this - looks great!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

chocolatechic said...

Gorgeous decorations.

Tanji said...

Yummy! I love how YW can turn cupcakes or snack-size candy bars -or any kind of food into a feeding frenzy. I love the cupcake Sunday idea. I still miss you. :) We're having tacos tonight in memory of our fun time (and yummy food) at your house. Hope you had a great run. I'm still in my nightgown . . L-A-Z-Y. :)

Jamie said...

So cute, I love the lettering!

Laura said...

Wonderful job, Prudy! I love the words and am going to have to borrow that idea (they say that's the sincerest form of flattery, right?). So glad that your family got to enjoy your work - I know mine hates it when I make goodies for others and don't make extra for them. I try really hard to do that now!

Kirsten said...

Those are so cute! I love the way you added the cute words to the top! Very creativ and they look yummy!

dharmagirl said...

What fun! Thanks for sharing how you made the candy letters--a stroke of genius! I bet the teenage girls were ga-ga for these gorgeous cupcakes:)

Marthe said...

Amazing!! I love your cupcakes!! So creative and cute!!

Andrea said...

What elegant decorating for Halloween cupcakes! They are gorgeous! I loved hearing about the girls at the church so excited about cupcakes, how fun, and so nice of you to make these for them, Cupcake Sunday sounds like a wonderful event!

Lady Baker said...

Well like I always say, if there's anything I love better than a good church brawl on Sunday, it is a well-decorated Halloween chocolate cupcake!! ;)
Really--what a wonderful effort--and amazing result!!!!!

Lauren said...

beautiful decorations!! They look seasonal and elegant.

Maria said...

The cupcakes are fabulous! I bet your family was SO glad you made more for them! I can't imagine the torture going on in the house! Nice of you to spoil the young women. I am sure they enjoyed them!

Candy said...

I love the Halloween decorations! I thought these were great cupcakes.

kittymama said...

Gorgeous! Did you make chocolate curls & bark TOO?? I love the idea of melting orange cream candy for lettering - now I just have to figure out what the heck that is. :)

mikky said...

what a wonderful treat... yum, and creative... :)

Jodie said...

Oh sad- I can't believe you deprived your family of cupcakes while yumminess was sitting there for them to drool over! :) I love your decorations!

CB said...

I absolutely LOVE the orange chocolate words! Might have to steal that idea for next year myself. Glad everyone enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for baking with me this week!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Melissa said...

Gorgeous cupcakes! I love your creativity!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Beautiful job! I love how the writing turned out!

Mary Ann said...

48 cupcakes!!! You must be crazy~ jk
That is alot of cupcakes, but I am sure your young women loved every bite. They look great, very Halloweeny and spooky!

Peggy said...

Oh wow. I am in AWE of your little cakes! I love your decorations. And girl, you spent some time baking all those cupcakes! But I am sure everyone appreciated your efforts. They did come at a very good time for me too!

Emily Rose said...

the candy melt letters are adorable! I especially love the "Boo" ones! I loved these cupcakes too!

kim said...

ooh i LOVE the writing decorations you did!! awesome :) hehe, who wouldn't give in to the "chocolatey sadness and gooey jealousy" and make another batch :)

ConversationsWithACupcake said...

Oh, yum. Yum, and super yum. Donuts and now these? I am so going to need to not eat for the rest of the month.

Mara said...

omg how cute are your little chocolate transfers?! what a great idea...!! i made some bats and pumpkins in fondant for cupcakes this week, but i will do some CT too. Lovely!

Di said...

That's hilarious that you broke down and made more cupcakes at 9 o'clock at night. =) Sounds like something I would do. Lovely job on the decorations.

Yasmeen said...

Creativity at its best ,prudy. Very well written!

Amy said...

SO cute!!! These look really great!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Marjie said...

These are cute! I like your lettering. I've always just piped my letters directly onto cupcakes, when forced to make cupcakes.

And we are getting snowed on today! I am not pleased! Depending upon where upstate you're going next week, there may still be leaves, or there may be branches all over the place! I'll be posting pictures later.

Dee said...

Very nicely put, Prudy! Looking at your lovelies I'm suddenly filled with chocolatey sadness and gooey jealousy too :)

I wanted so badly to join TWD, I waited almost a month for Amazon to deliver the book. Sadly, I never got a response to my request. Ah well, I don't really have the time for the commitment I suppose.

Flourchild said...

Great SCAREY words! You did a fine job decorating and Im glad the chruch girls loved them!

Kayte said...

Wow...outstanding, but then I have come to expect no less over here each week. I gave you a shout out on my blog this week in the TWD post...LOL...enjoy! Outstanding cupcakes!

Nikki57 said...

Your cupcakes are adorable!

Sara said...

What beautiful cupcakes! They look delicious! I love how you decorated them. I made your slow-cooker tacos last night, and we loved them. Today, I will attempt your donuts. Thanks Prudy!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Love the words on your cupcakes!

Patsyk said...

I LOVE how you decorated your cupcakes! And, what a good mom/wife/daughter for making ANOTHER batch of these wonderful cupcakes for your family. :)

Sharon said...

Love your festive decorations! I've seen these cupcakes all over the web and yours are definitely the most spooky! :) I could imagine wanting to fight over these too!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Girl, you take the (cup)cake. These are over the top, but in a fun, tasteful way. You bet I'd have been one of those teenieboppers elbowing at a shot to get mine!

Allie said...

These look really fantastic!!

CECIL said...

So creative!! Now I feel like hiding those cupcakes I made few weeks ago. Hee..It's weird that I work in such creative field but when it comes to baking decorating, my mind went blank!

CECIL said...

So creative!! Now I feel like hiding those cupcakes I made few weeks ago. Hee..It's weird that I work in such creative field but when it comes to baking decorating, my mind went blank!

Michelle Ioapo A'etonu said...

i LOVE how you wrote the words with orange candy melts! what a cool idea, then again, you're just full of wonderful ideas!

Debbie said...

OMG....so very creative! I'm going to run home and COPY YOURS! pass them off to my family who will be amazed at me!
Then talk about you in my sleep. I can't get away with anything.

Audrey said...

Is is my imagination or was there a different song running through my head all day yesterday?!? I love the candy melts writing...that's amore!

Theresa said...

How creative. Love your work of art!!

anudivya said...

How cute are those little letters and words on top of the cupcakes!
I am inspired to bake a batch myself.

Engineer Baker said...

Those are some awesome decorations! And 4 batches?!? that's a lot of cupcakes!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

glad that there was a chocolatey, happy ending for the ones at home, too! love the chocolate writing!

TeaLady said...

These are gorgeous cup cakes. I am soooooo jealous.

P.S. Thanks for visiting.

The Blonde Duck said...

How did you do that icing! That was amazing! I am so impressed.

I love, "I cracked under the pressure at 9 p.m." That's hilarious. Ben was trying to sweet talk me into making more cinnamon rolls at 9 p.m. on Sat night when my parents were coming over at 10 a.m. the next morning to celebrate my dad's b-day. Plus, I was packing b/c we're heading for Shreveport tommorow. The only thing that saved me was the pecan pie I promised him...which was delievered Sunday.

Now he's back to peering in the fridge and calling into the depths for the Sweets Fairies to bring him cinnamon rolls.

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth said...

Okay, those are way too adorable! I love them! I wish my YW were more like yours though. Mine politely refuse as they are staring wide eyed with drool coming out of their mouth in fear of gaining an ounce! Very cute cupcakes though! I want to make some just like them!

Leslie said...

Look how many comments you have today! These look beautful and delicious.
That's so sad Mom didn't get one.
I understand, though. You had to meet the church quota!
I love the writing on the cupcakes.
No wonder your class was fighting over them. I would have, too.
I wish I lived across the street from you so I could just drop by for a cookie, a cupcake, a donut and a taco!
That's the extent of my eating habits, and you've got them all covered! (the occasional donut, anyway...the ones yesterday looked so good and I liked the platter you served them on).
I can't wait for Halloween, and am anxious to see your kids costumes.
And, yes, they do look professionally made. I've seen them. They are great!

Prudy said...

Don't worry Les. Mom got one from that extra batch I made. Plus she got a cupcake pop which I didn't write about this time. She'll be all right. I wish you lived next door too. For sooo many reasons.

Anne said...

Those look beautiful and I agree- YW are always a nice captive audience to bake for! The decorations are beautiful- great job!

Bridgett said...

Fancy! Those definitely look fantastic.

Katie said...

Cupcakes!!!

Wait, does this mean that TWD is no longer accepting applicants? Is the group really too big?

Prudy said...

Yep, Katie. They are capping the membership.

Anna M. said...

Hi Prudy! Thanks for the update...I checked the link and found the cupcake recipe...must have been too eager and clicked over before it was there! I'm going to make the cupcakes for a Halloween party we're having! Thanks again for all the yummy goodness!!! =)

Prudy said...

Thanks frugal friend! And I promise to lighten things up around here soon, just to get ready for more fattening holiday treats.

Prudy said...

Tanji:
I miss you too! And I wish I had your comfy nightgown to be lazy in! I wish I had a taco again too.

Prudy said...

Kittymama:
They are just those little disc like candy melts made by Wilton from the cake decorating section of the craft store. I got mine at Ben Franklin. They're so easy to work with.

Christine said...

Wow that is a lot of cupcakes and your decorations are beautiful

Rebecca said...

Cupcake Sunday! What a cool idea. And I love the words on top. Totally gonna steal that one. ;)

Pamela said...

I see I am VERY late to the comment party here, Prudy! First of all, I wanted to thank you for the compliment on my photos you left on my blog. I really appreciate it and I'm working to get better.

I LOVE THESE CUPCAKES!!! I can see why they would cause a commotion amongst the young ladies. I really need to try my hand at candy melt letters!!
Fabulous...simply fabulous.

Tammy said...

wow, what a great idea - I must try that piping the chocolate words!

Lisa said...

Cute cupcakes. My family always have sad faces when treats go out the door:)

Bunny Trails said...

Oh, I am drooling again. As I often do when looking at your site. Wow. I want a daggone cupcake now and there are none to be found.... *sigh* Fantastic, as always!

MK and Co. said...

Oh Prudy! How cute those cupcakes turned out! The writing looked adorable and better than that they looked like they tasted delicious too! I loved hearing about the Young Women and the high demand for these beauties. Was there one cupcake in particular that was the most popular? I wasn't going to make cupcakes for Halloween but you've convinced me otherwise! Thanks to the Queen of Halloween!

Prudy said...

MK:
The cupcake that said SPOOKY was a huge hit. I had a huge collection of Boos that went over big too.

Michelle said...

How cute! Can I eat them all now? ;)

Michelle

Cristine said...

Those are ridiculously cute!!! Great job!

Grace said...

turning down your own mother, the woman who sprung you from her very loins. you should be ashamed. :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Awesome cupckaes. Iam drooling over.

Veronica said...

Your decorating is fabulous!! I wish I was the lucky recipient of one of those tasty (pretty) treats!

1215656559s20768 said...

These look scrumptious and very professionally done. Those donuts below are also calling my name.

RecipeGirl said...

CUTE! Love all of your designs!

Aggie said...

These cupcakes look UNBELIEVABLE! They are so beautiful!

Teanna said...

GORGEOUS as always! Love your candy melt words... the handwriting is gorgeous! Seriously, how do you do it!?

Rosie said...

Prudy I just adore those cupcakes!!

Rosie x

ostwestwind said...

Very nicely decorated cupcakes, well done!

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

April said...

You outdo yourself every week! Fanstastic cupcakes!

Prudence said...

Awesome job!! I love the words. TOO cute!!

Heather B said...

I love all of your decorations! So cute! Great job!

Mike Spoodles said...

Ohhhhhh! Absolutely gorgeous!

alexandra's kitchen said...

holy cow you are amazing. those letters are just unbelievable. you are so incredibly creative and artistic. Wow!

pinkstripes said...

What a cool idea for the lettering! I love it. Your cupcakes turned out great.

AmyRuth said...

Eureka! So cool that you can melt those little goobers and turn them into at totally different art form. Learned something new. You are so smart and and and you are a cupcake hero in your families hearts. So awesome that you baked yet another batch to tame the savage chocolate beasts.... he he he
What a Mom! Yes, even we derive contentment from the satisfaction of our young. : )
AmyRuth

AmyRuth said...

Okay Prudy, so the candy melts are Wiltons? Not the little pumpkin candies sitting atop your b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l cupcakes?
AmyRuth

PS Maybe I can still snag some on sale at Michaels. Yippee

Prudy said...

Amy Ruth:
The pumpkins are just the Brach's mellow creme pumpkins. YOu can usually find them till Thanksgiving. I got mine in a candy corn mix. The candy melts are available all year long.

Kimberly said...

Look at those candy melt words...these cupcakes are so darn cute my head is threatening to explode. Prudence, you are my hero.