Halloween Cupcakes for Parties or School

Recipe for Halloween CupcakesHalloween will soon be here. In fact, its looming on the horizon, and the closer Halloween gets, the more moms, as well as a few dads, begin wondering what to serve at parties, give to trick-or-treaters, or provide for their childrens holiday school festivities. Jack-o-Lantern and Coconut Owl cupcakes are the answer. Moreover, not only are these desserts good to eat, theyre also fun to make, so the kids will enjoy helping Mom (or Dad) in the kitchen.Recipe for Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

1 box chocolate cake mixWater as per package directions1/2 cup softened butter or margarine3 eggs3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chipsFrosting Ingredients:3 cups powdered sugar4 ounces softened cream cheese3 tablespoons softened butter or margarine2 tablespoons half-and-half (fat-free may be substituted)Food coloring (orange or red and yellow)Decoration Ingredients:Black decorator gel or icing24 small green gumdropsCupcake Preparation:Heat oven to 350 degrees.Place paper baking cups in 24-count muffin tin or two 12-count muffin tins.Combine all ingredients in large bowl.Beat according to package directions.Fill muffin cups two-thirds full.Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.Cool approximately 5 minutes then remove from muffin tin.Frosting Preparation:Combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter or margarine, and half-and-half.Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamyTint mixture with either orange food coloring or by combining red and yellow to make orange.Beat until well mixed.Directions for Decorating Cupcakes:Frost each cupcake.Use black decorator gel or icing to draw Jack-o-lantern face on each cupcake (create different expressions, for example, some smiling, some frowning, etc).Place green gumdrop on the top of each cupcake to create the pumpkins stem.Store in refrigerator in covered container.Recipe for Halloween Coconut Owl Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

1 box yellow or white cake mix3 egg whites1/2 cup softened butter or margarine1 1/4 cups water1 teaspoon almond flavoring1 cup sweetened flaked coconutFrosting Ingredients:3 1/2 cups powdered sugar1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened1/4 cup butter, softened1 tablespoon milkDecoration Ingredients:48 butter-rum-flavored hard candies with center holes (yellow or orange round candies with center holes can also be used)Milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate pieces1/2 cup sliced almonds24 whole cashewsCupcake Preparation:Heat oven to 350 degrees.Combine all cupcake ingredients, except coconut, in a large bowl.Beat according to cake-package directions.Slowly stir in coconut.Fill paper-lined muffin tins two-thirds full of mixture.Bake 19 to approximately 22 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.Cool before icing.Frosting Preparation:Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.Beat at medium speed until creamy (Scrape bowl as needed).Frost cupcakes.Directions for Decorating Cupcakes:Place two butter-rum candies on each cupcake to form the owls eyes.Dip bottom of a chocolate chip into frosting then place in the center of the candy to from the center (iris) of the eye.Arrange almonds above the eye to create feathers.Use a cashew VuHera Prom Dresses to create the owls beak.Store in refrigerator in a sealed container.Tips for Ease in Handling Cupcakes

If the crumbs stick to the frosting while decorating the cupcakes, spread a thin layer of frosting over the cupcake, let stand until set then continue frosting.

These cupcakes will be an instant hit at any Halloween party or school event and enjoyed by ghosts, goblins, and ghouls of all ages. Just set them out on a table and watch these yummy treats mysteriously vanish.

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Recipes adapted and modified from Land O Lakes recipes, retrieved October 18, 2009 from landolakes.com