Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

Halloween Cupcakes…oh so creepy!

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  For one, I am a candy junkie.  So anything that gives me a reason to have 5 pound bags of candy in the house is alright in my book.  Hey, it’s for the kids, right?   Second, I love thinking up creative ways to gross people out.   And my favorite way to do this is by crafting some gross goodies.  Click here for a few of my favorites that I created for a Halloween party a few years back.    

To honor Halloween’s finest gross out goodies – I have decided to give you a list of my favs from around the internet.  These are in no particular order, they are all equally disturbing. 

1.) Brain Cupcakes 

Halloween Brain Cupcakes

Ooeey, Gooey Brain Cupcakes


Brain Cupcakes are taken from Xsomnis’ PhotoStream on Flickr.  Please view more of her cakes and cupcakes here.  Check out her Zombie Food Guide.  She gives you complete instructions on how to make the Brain Cupcakes as well as were to buy the molds. Nice, thanks Xsomnis! 

2.) Just a really GROSS cupcake 

Most of the time it is the way we decorate the cupcakes that makes them look unappealing – but the inside of the cupcake still looks delicious.  Well, this is a twist on making a gross cupcake…it really is just that, a gross looking cupcake inside and out.  Sugar Plum Pastries created this one, and yes, it is entirely made of sugar.  I really don’t think I could eat this one.  Could you? 


Ewwww...gross. This really is a gross cupcake.


3.) Human Heart Cupcakes 

Some of the most realstic, anatomically correct cakes and cupcakes are created in the Evil Cake Shop.  If you have a second, and a strong stomach, take a look through their website.  But beware, they have several NSFW body parts as well.  Sick. 

Cupcakes that look like human hearts

Eat your "heart" out


4.) Human Jaw Cupcakes 

Another winner by the Evil Cake Shop, take a bite out of these toothy cupcakes at your next Halloween party. 

creepy mouth and teeth cupcake

Bite Me


5.) Monster Cupcakes 

Chef Lynn of Yummy Cakes by Lynn created these cool monster cupcakes by first crafting an eye out of fondant, then working around that.  I love the bright colors in these kooky creatures!  So fun. 

Cool Monster Cupcakes

I've got my EYE on you


6.) Broken Glass Cupcakes

Oh Martha, you always have the best ideas!  Thanks to Martha Stewart for these Broken Glass Cupcakes which use shards of sugar “glass” and a red fruit sauce for blood.   These really are the perfect Halloween Cupcake.

Broken Glass Cupcakes

Careful with these ones.


7.) Kitty Litter Cupcakes

You’ve probably seen it before – Heck, I made a Kitty Litter Cake a few years ago – but have you ever seen Kitty Litter Cupcakes?  Cupcakeables took the famously nasty Kitty Litter Cake and modified into a cupcake version.

Kitty Litter Cupcakes


I will have many more creepy Halloween Cupcakes in the days to come…keep checking back.  Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

This morning I awoke to our first real hard frost, I must admit it saddened me. October and Halloween are over. The leaves have all fallen and there is a nip in the air.  As a native Ohioan one would think I would be accustomed to the arrival of “The Snow”.  Well, this is just not the case.

Along with snow comes wet boots, cold hands and feet, warming up the car, scraping the windshield, shoveling, and the awful truth that it will be dark before 6.   Am I ready? Probably not.  Do I have a choice? Definitely not.  So I better learn to make the best of it. 

One thing that I know will cheer me up is the fact I can bake till my heart’s content. The oven can be on for hours and my kitchen will feel and smell warm and toasty.  Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cranberries and nuts come out to play this time of year. 

With Thanksgiving being just around the corner, I plan to experiment with all things pumpkin.  I just love pumpkin.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin moon pies, pumpkin bread pudding and the list goes on and on.

On that note… I made some very tasty pumpkin cupcakes for my family and friends over Halloween weekend.  I personally feel like they are an anytime cupcake and even good enough to eat without frosting.  This recipe is also one that can be modified easily to give it that personal touch.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cupcakes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, sift before measuring
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten until frothy
  • 1 ½  cup mashed cooked or canned pumpkin
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


1.)   Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a bowl.

2.)   Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs. Blend in mashed pumpkin.

3.)   Stir in the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, blending until batter is smooth after each addition; stir in chopped walnuts or pecans.

4.)   Spoon batter into well-greased and floured or paper-lined muffin pan cups. Fill about 2/3 full.

5.)   Bake at 375° for 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool.

6.)    Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting, Whipped Cream, or leave plain. Makes about 24 cupcakes.


Goodbye October

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009







Halloween Food Ideas

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
My Halloween Spread...

My Halloween spread...

Although I have only thrown one Halloween party in my life, it has got to be one of my favorite holidays.  I love all of the creative things you can do to celebrate this gory, creepy time of year. 

In 2007, when Joe and I were living in the Isle of Man, we decided to invite everyone over for a real American Halloween celebration; full dress was of course required.  I was shocked at how “in to it” everyone got.   There were some creative costumes that year to say the least – a lot were handmade, as the Isle only has one costume shop.  But, the handmade costumes were some of the funniest.   We went as Bacon & Eggs…me being the Egg and Joe was of course Bacon.

I decorated by changing out all of the pictures around the house to gory images.  I simply printed images off the computer and cut them to fit the size of each frame.  I hung skeletons and cob webs everywhere.  I also printed off “Best Costume” forms for people to vote for their favorites.  The winner took home the coveted plastic “Best Costume” trophy – yep, it was plastic. 

Halloween decorations

Just some of the Halloween decorations...

The Halloween themed food had to be the best part. Here are a few of the items I created:

The Infamous Kitty Litter Cake ( I love this one)

Those really are just tootsie rolls, I swear...

Those really are just tootsie rolls, I swear...

I plan to post the recipe for the Kitty Litter Cake in the next post.  Kitty Litter Cake is always a hit.

Bleeding Heart

To make this more "bloody" sit it on top of strawberry jelly.

To make this more "bloody" sit it on top of strawberry jelly.

The Jello Bleeding Heart was made from a heart shaped mold I ordered online.  To get the jello to have an opaque color simply add sweetened condensed milk to the jello. 

Important Note:  Probably wasn’t the best idea to a red jello heart sitting out with a bunch of intoxicated people – it actually ended up inside my friends Fendi bag, then on my living room floor.  Lovely.

Brittle Bones


Crispy, crunchy, brittle bones

Crispy, crunchy, brittle bones

These Brittle Bones were made out of meringue.  Once the meringue was just about at “stiff peak”, I placed it in a piping bag and piped it into a bone shape on top of parchment paper.  Not the most flavorful treat, but certainly cute.

Monster Toes


Who wants some toes?

Who wants some toes?

These Halloween inspired Monster Toes are easy to make, and taste pretty good.  They are made out of mini hotdogs or sausages that are wrapped with a thinly sliced tortilla strip. I cut a small notch out of the top of each sausage to form the nail bed, which I then filled with ketchup.  

Cheese Brain Dip

The original brain food...

The original brain food...

Another one of the molds I purchased online was this brain shaped mold, perfect for Halloween dips and desserts.  I used a recipe for southwestern cheese dip, the main ingredient of this Cheesy Brain Dip was cream cheese.  The cream cheese helped the brain hold its shape.

Deviled Eyeballs

Deliciously deviled eyeballs...

Deliciously deviled eyeballs...

Deviled eyeballs are really just deviled eggs, but dressed up for Halloween.   I used a sliced green olive for the eyeball, which I filled it with a tiny piece of pimento.  I put ketchup into a small piping bag to make the eyes appear bloodshot.

Road Kill Kabobs, Breaded Eyeballs & Rat Brains Wrapped in Philo Dough

A gross assortment...

A gross assortment...

My need for something easy took over here.  This gross assortment of Road Kill Kabobs, Breaded Eyeballs & Rat Brains Wrapped in Philo Dough are your typical freezer section appetizers.   I dressed them up with Halloween inspired names.  

Most ideas were found online.  With the internet, you will be amazed at the plethora of Halloween party ideas you can find for your next Halloween party. 

Here are some of my favorite sources for Halloween food ideas:

Britta’s Halloween Recipes - Britta goes the extra mile with her attention to detail.

Disney’s Family Fun – Full of Creepy Cuisine ideas for your next party. – A good selection of Halloween cakes and cupcakes.

Skip to my Lou – She has some cute ideas in her latest post.

More Cool Pictures – These are some realistic edible “body parts”.

Happy Halloween everyone!