Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Yummy Time

I always get into the baking mood around Halloween. I have my favorite things that I like to bake for Halloween, but this year I went a different direction after seeing these adorable candy corn cupcakes on a few blogs. This is my version~
I decided to bake these to bring along to a Halloween party tonight. I don't like to show up for a Halloween party empty handed. Besides, I needed to make up for the fact that my costume was, uhm... just a hat.
This is a better snap of the actual cupcake. It was difficult to get a really good shot that showed the colors of the cupcake. I just tweeked a box mix to make it yummier (add sour cream), and then split the batter. I mixed in orange coloring to one bowl, and yellow to the other. Next, you fill the bottom of the white paper cupcake cup with about a tablespoon of yellow batter. Add about a tablespoon of orange batter on top. Bake and cool. I frosted the cupcakes with a mock whip cream frosting, but you can use whatever white frosting you prefer. It just needs to be white, to carry on the yellow-orange-white look of a candy corn. Garnish cupcake frosting with a candy corn and... viola! You've got a cute, simple Harvest/Halloween cupcake! (I have fallen in love with these gummy candy corns from Target, so that's what I used.)
Last weekend I brought these simple, yummy oatmeal cookies to a Halloween party. The recipe is no big secret~ it's printed on the inside of the lid on the Quaker Oats box. They're called "Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies". They are soft and chewy, just the way I like them. I added craisins, raisins, and golden raisins to this batch. I love walnuts in them also, but left them out for this party batch.
Just a little show n' tell here... no photo styling here folks. I've totally enjoyed having these pumpkin trees in my kitchen window. I found them at Trader Joe's and I love, love, love them! I sorted through all the bouquets in the store to find the perfect batch. I like when they have a few green "pumpkins" on them.
Well, I've got to get going. I hope that you have a wonderful Halloween weekend~ stay safe and have fun!!


Elyse said...

mm-mmm, jill!

your candy corn cupcakes are so adorable and clever and i loooooooooove those vanishing oatmeal cookies. (this year i have admitted that oatmeal raisin is my favorite cookie over chocolate chip.)

your pumpkin trees are sweet. yummy things going on at your little nest!

have a safe & happy halloween, too!


Lisa Leggett said...

Oh, yummy~yummy~yummy!!! Jill those cupcakes look divine! My goodness you do an outstanding job on the frosting! Mine always look like a 5 year old frosted them... sad, but true.
Happy Halloween!!

Kim said...

I love those candy corn cupcakes- how cute! The gummy candy corn looks so perfect on top :) Happy Halloween Jill :)

Tracey said...

I love those candy corn cupcakes, they look so yummy. Love the pumpkins too. I wish we celebrated Halloween over here (Australia) like you do. It looks like so much fun.
love me :-)
Happy Halloween

suzitee said...

I so wish I could try candy corn...have never seen it here in Australia! Your cupcakes are divine...such a professional job on the frosting. Have a wonderful Halloween!

Beedeebabee said...

Happy Halloween Jill! Oh, those cupcakes look divine! I'm doing them next Halloween for sure! Your icing is sooo perfect, and I've never seen those cute gummy candy corns before...or those cutie pie little pumpkin trees! Loved this post...and those oatmeal cookies! Yummo! xo Paulette :)

Cheryl said...

man-oh-man, those cupcakes look GOOOOOD!