Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween is almost here!

Are you ready for Halloween? I know we are at my house.  We took Noble to a trick or treat event at a nice shopping center down the road this past Saturday and had a blast.  We dressed him up as Dracula and he could not have been any cuter.  Conveniently he also decided yesterday was going to be the day he started full on walking.  He has been taking a few steps here and there for the past two months, but yesterday he just took off and has not stopped since.  Needless to say, it made trick or treating with baby Dracula even more fun.  We plan to go to a couple houses in our neighborhood with him on Thursday, but want to be home for the kids who come to our door.  We are also going to a Halloween party at Noble's school this Thursday, it is going to be a busy Halloween week!  For those of you who are looking to make a quick and easy Halloween treat, you should try these cupcakes.  I used box cake mix because I needed something quick and easy myself. To jazz up the cupcakes I tinted a quarter of the bater orange and swirled it in (see photo at bottom of page).  I  also made homemade vanilla frosting and tinted it orange, green, and purple.  These were delicious and would be perfect for any parties this week!

Halloween Cupcakes
cupcake recipe inspired by

Makes 24 cupcakes

1 package yellow cake mix1 package instant vanilla pudding mix1 cup sour cream1 cup vegetable oil1 teaspoon vanilla extract4 eggsorange food coloring 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place 24 cupcake lines in cupcake pan.  In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs,  and vanilla extract until well blended. Remove approximately 1/4 of the batter and place in smaller bowl.  Add orange food coloring and stir in until well blended and you have reached your desired shade of orange.  Evenly divide the non-dyed cake batter into the cupcake pan.  Drop spoonfuls of the orange batter into each of the cupcakes.  Use a toothpick to swirl each cupcake.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Very Vanilla Frostingrecipe by Baked Perfection

2 sticks of butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 -4 tablespoons milk
Orange, Green, and Purple food coloring

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.  If desired, divide frosting into three bowls and add food coloring until you reach desired colors.