Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Cupcakes & Cookies

In our house, we love to bake... and to spread around the sugary goodness!
Here's a peek of our adorable Halloween bake spread.  And, since it's the first holiday since Lilian's been in pre-school, we made up adorable tins of cupcake/cookie samplers to give her teachers and the school staff as gifts (as well as some for our family/employers, etc.)
I think they came out totally adorable and Lilian had a lot of fun being our little helper.

The purple cupcake & the spider are double chocolate chip: one with buttercream frosting and the other with chocolate.  The crumb topped one is a pumpkin cheescake cupcake.  The one that is frosted like a pumpkin is red velvet, with orange-dyed cream cheese frosting.  And the sprinkled chocolate-frosted is a banana chocolate chip cupcake.  On the right is a sugar cookie painted with icing to look like a candy corn (and has the tag/card attached that says all the flavors and a Halloween message) to be the gift tag.  The cute tins are about 6" across (by the way, these are mini cupcakes) and were purchased for $1 a piece!  We lined them with tissue paper, but one piece of tissue paper cut up lined six tins.  So this was an altogether pretty inexpensive gift idea, but it looks totally adorable!  Plus, Missy is a FANTASTIC cook/baker so they taste fabulous.

Making the candy corn cookies.

In the end, we decided we liked them better without faces, though it is cute with it too.

(Lily took a bite out of the one with the face)

To package the cookies, I just cut the bottom off a zip lock bag... then I punched holes along two sides, and used ribbon to "lace" it up.  I then put the card on the ribbon and tied a bow!  Then we just used a small piece of packing tape rolled on the back of the cookie, and stuck the whole "gift tag" on the lid of the tin!

The finished product.

Our "gift tags".

Since these are mini cupcakes, I think each batch made almost 50... and Missy baked 4 batches, so our house had between 200-300 cupcakes in it!  I swear every surface in the kitchen had cupcakes on it all day/evening!

Luckily the pumpkin-cheesecake ones can be stacked!

Mmmm... spiders!

Lilian got to help at various stages: she helped Missy mix the ingredients before they were baked, and after I frosted the banana ones, she helped shake on the sprinkles.  She just loves to help out in the kitchen, and is getting really good at remembering the names/amounts of all the ingredients needed.
While Missy was making the spider faces on the cupcakes, Lilian wanted to do one too, so we gave her one of the orange cupcakes, and she made her own spider!  She LOVED him.

Hello.  I'm the cutest cupcake in the world.

Lilian's spider.

Not bad for a 3 year old.

While I was taking photos of all this stuff, Lilian decided to be a ham and asked me to take a photo of her... and she's incredibly cute, so here she is:
My Little Peanut

So, I hope Lilian's teachers enjoy her cupcakes.  I know we had fun making them, and I think they turned out super cute!  And delicious!

Most of the tins, before we closed them up.


By the way, I think all of the sprinkles used and the eyeballs on the spider are all made by Wilton (and can be purchased at Michael's or wherever Wilton is sold).  The pumpkin stem is a "Mike & Ikes" candy cut into pieces.  The spider legs are red licorice strings.  And the frostings/cupcakes/cookies were all made/baked by Missy!  If anyone would like recipes, let me know and I can get them from her and share!

Are you a teacher?  Do you usually get gifts for holidays other than Christmas?  Would you like to receive a homemade cupcake sampler?

Did you bake for Halloween?  I'd love to see what you made!  Comment with photos/links to yours!

1 comment:

  1. Recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake cupcake? Sounds so delicious!


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