Finally got around to doing some halloween baking last night! (Halloween bake sale at school today provided motivation). I made cake pops, cupcakes, and brownies (and pie pops too, but I’m going to do a separate post about those next week).
For the cake pops, I used an orange-chocolate cake (using this recipe, but substitute the vanilla extract for 1 tablespoon of orange extract) and cream cheese icing (recipe here). Once it’s cool, crumble your cake, and mix in enough icing to make the mixture dough-like. Then roll it into balls and chill.
I started by decorating the pumpkin pops. They’re really easy – just dip in orange candy melts, and stick a green tic-tac on top (or anything green than resembles a stem).
With the rest of the cake balls, I made monster pops. I used purple candy melts, brown jimmies, eyeball sprinkles, and false-teeth gummies (cut in half). Stick all the decorations on after you dip the pop but before the chocolate dries.
The cupcakes were chocolate (same recipe as above, but without the orange extract), and the icing was orange creamsicle (recipe below). I used melted dark chocolate to make the triangle eyes and noses, and zig-zag mouths. Just add the melted chocolate to a squeeze bottle, draw your shapes onto wax paper, and peel them off once the chocolate dries!
For the brownies, I used this Martha Stewart recipe – it’s my fav. Once the brownies were baked, I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut them out. Then I used the remaining melted orange chocolate and a squeeze bottle to drizzle chocolate on top (since hearts aren’t exactly halloween-y).
Have a safe and happy Halloween! Also, no post tomorrow, so happy WEEKEND! (Orange Creamsicle Frosting Recipe below…)
4 sticks (2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 bag (approx. 4 cups) icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons orange extract
orange gel paste food colour
With mixer on medium-high, mix butter until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed, and slowly add icing sugar until desired consistency is reached. Mix in extracts, and tint with colour if desired. Mix on high speed for 10 to 15 seconds for a fluffy consistency. Makes ~5 cups.