If you are looking for a super easy Halloween cake, this is the one for you. I’ve made this cake twice over the years and one of the first tips I have to offer is: Make sure you make your edible objects a few days before (or purchase them) and give yourself enough time to put it together. I had to rush to make this cake before our Halloween Bash, and I can see ever flaw – but my guests loved it. I had to put this together in about an hour’s time. I seriously would have liked another half hour to perfect the cauldron walls, smoothing them out. But it worked. Continue reading
Half the fun on Halloween is sampling the novel treats that people bring to a party. The eyeball cupcakes, licorice spiders, witch hats...and the list goes on. Yet, the gruesome ones can be the most exhilarating. They push you to see if you have the guts to eat something beyond the regular aesthetics. Almost like a Fear Factor episode.
Here are some ideas for gruesome culinary creations that will help your friends squirm at your next party:
Baby Doo Doo Brownie Balls Continue reading
I’ve always been curious on how hard it would be to make those homemade chocolates. Since I decided to make 2 cauldron cakes for my upcoming Halloween Bash, I needed some body parts and gruesome edibles to hang out of the pot.
Since Gummi Bears are pretty tasteless, I chose to try my hand at candy making. They are not perfect, but sticking out of a cauldron surrounded by other scary edibles, I think they’ll work.
As I was planning my gruesome food ideas for this year’s Halloween Bash, I began to think about all my favorite foods I usually make and what they could be transformed into.
Most wouldn’t even need tweaking in order to become gruesome because it is all in the perspective.
All I would need to do is set a place card in front of the dish suggesting what it is and the mind does the rest.
Here are some of the ideas I came up with:
Dump Cake (used with Cherries) can be called Baked Bloody Eye Balls or Scab Casserole
Brownies (roll in balls and put on toothpicks): Doo Doo Balls.
Macaroni Fruit Salad: Frog Egg Salad
Tapioca Pudding: Frog Eggs and Cream
Chili (add Zucchini pieces the size and shape of fingers of toes): Appendage Stew or Green Slug Chili
I’m still brainstorming, but you have the idea.
Planning and executing a party is stressful enough without attempting new recipes. So pull out your regular recipe cards and see what you can transform. You’ll be happier that you did and don’t forget to drop me a line with one of your ideas. Thanks!
Getting a Peanut Butter Cup Fix
These treats are good any time of the year. I get several requests to add them to my Christmas cookie exchange. Instead of making them look like eyeballs, I add snowflakes and sprinkles.
At Easter, they can be made to look like Easter Eggs. If you use your imagination, I’m sure you could come up with a few more ideas on how to make these tasty morsels look.
Peanut Butter Balls
1 pound of 10x sugar
2 cups of creamy peanut butter
2/3 a stick of slightly melted butter
1 package of chocolate chips or white chips
White Chocolate Bark or Regular Chocolate Bark (depending upon look and preference)
Directions Continue reading
Seeing Eye to Eye
Since edible eyes at the store are pretty pricey (approx. 75 for 5 bucks), I had been thinking about how to make the eyes cheaper.
A few weeks ago, I picked up candy buttons for my daughter. They were on sale for a dollar a package(450 dots). She was munching on them when I got inspired. Why not get some food coloring, use a toothpick or small brush and make them eyes? I could add red veins and more!
It was an easier alternative to making multiple batches of varying colored dots and it took less than 10 minutes to go from painting the eyes to being able to use them.
Since I make a huge spread of gruesome treats at my Halloween Bash, I’ll now have more than enough eyes at a reasonable price. Thank you my creative friends for inspiring me again!
By Debbie Morrow
Honing Your Culinary Artistic Skills Now
If you’re planning on making some new gruesome treats for Halloween, it’s better to practice your skills a few months ahead before the big party.
When the summertime heat rises, there’s nothing more refreshing than Jell-O! Hardly the Jell-O mold your grandma has made, the basic recipe originally came from The Pumpkin Nook, where you can find several recipes of gruesome delight. I tweaked the brain recipe by adding a few ingredients and made it my own.
One brain mold
A large platter (to accommodate brain with blood drippings)
Non-stick cooking spray
7 small boxes of peach gelatin
Green food coloring
1 can skim evaporated milk, chilled
3 ½ cups water
One of the following: A can of cherry pie filling or 1 bag of frozen strawberries or frozen raspberries.
3 bowls: one for mold stabilization in the refrigerator, one for mixing and one for water dipping.
A mini cleaver is optional but gives a great visual effect. Continue reading
Why not? This is a good way of practicing your cooking creations beforehand and it gives me a little motivation to get moving on my planning ideas.
I know it’s June and Halloween is a ways away at this point but I have a little boy who adores Halloween. This year mommy is storing up little things that he’s gonna love this Halloween 🙂
No Bake Halloween Ghost and Witch Hat Cookies
1 package of Nutter Butter Cookies
1 bag of white chocolate chips or white candy melts
mini chocolate chips
Melt the chocolate according to package directions. I used candy melts from the craft store and melted them using the microwave at 50% power for 1 minute and then 20 second intervals, stiring after each one.
Dip the Nutter Butters in the white chocolate. I like to leave the bottom bare–it reminds me of the cute ghosts that come trick or treating with their tennis shoes sticking out:) Be sure to shake of excess by tapping the cookie on the side of the bowl and…
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