Halloween decorated cupcakes

Yesterday I posted about the chocolate cupcakes I baked for my son’s sleepover.  Today I’m posting about decorating them.  I would still classify myself as a beginner as I’m not consistent and I very often have to be creative to get what I want done because I’m still practicing technique.  But the bottom line is my son loved him and that is what counts!  🙂

I used buttercream icing to decorate the cupcakes.  The recipe comes from the Wilton class book I have from a course I took.  I haven’t really experimented with other recipes as this usually works for me.

To start add 1 cup white shortening, 1 pound of confectioner’s sugar, pinch of salt, and 1 T meringue powder to a mixing bowl.  If anyone is allergic to eggs skip the powder.

Start mixing.  The thing I don’t like about this is the cloud of sugar that puffs up!

To start smoothing out the icing add 1 tsp of flavour.  This is the one time I use imitation vanilla flavour because it is clear.  The gradually add milk.  The recipe calls for up to 8 tsp of milk.  This is where I screw up every time.  I never put enough in so when I start decorating the icing is too thick.  And then my hands cramp up!.

Once you have the consistency you want it is time to colour the icing.  I picked orange for the Halloween theme.  I use gel food colour rather than the liquid.  It works better for me.

I spread the orange onto the cupcakes then used white frosting to do the ghosts, grave stones, and jack o’lanterns.

When you are cleaning up the icing don’t wash it down the drain.  Throw as much of it away first as the fat can clog the drains if you use a lot of icing.

Baked Apples

This has to be one of the easiest desserts to make.  Unless you don’t have an apple corer.  We don’t have one of those so there is a bit of wrestling with the apples at the beginning.  With a sharp knife.  The degree of difficulty is increased by two dog noses trying to jockey for the best position to catch falling bits of apple.  🙂

The rest is easy peasy.  Start with the apples.

Pre-heat the oven.  Now depending on how much time you have determines the temp.  If you have about an hour or so 350 F will do.  I left this late so I went with 400 F so it would be done in a 1/2 hour.  It was a school night.

Next I layer raisins, brown sugar, and butter in the hole of the apples.  Bake until the apples are soft and the sugar is melted with the butter.  Also, bake uncovered.

Serve immediately.  As I said this is a very easy recipe to make.  But the flavours are decadent.  You can’t go wrong with brown sugar and butter!