This last week has been pretty busy with work, Halloween, and pre-election volunteering. I wasn't able to get my post for Halloween up in time, but better late than never!
This year, my new Halloween treat was to make Owl cupcakes for work. I got the idea from Pinterest and pretty much followed the recipe I found.
I took the easy way out and used a boxed mix and pre-made frosting. I followed a tip I found on Pinterest and swapped the water for milk in the boxed cake directions. I don't know if it made a difference, but people certainly raved about it in the comments section of the website.
I also did a little test and followed another tip on Pinterest and turned the heat of the oven down from 350° to 325° when baking the cupcakes. I tried this on the first batch and they rose beautifully. The second batch I kept at 350° and they stayed flat. Try this tip the next time you bake, it really works!!
The cupcakes I baked were just basic boxed chocolate topped with chocolate frosting. While the cupcakes were baking, I assembled the eyes. I used store-brand Oreo's and separated them into rows, filling side up. I then pressed brown Reese's Pieces onto one edge of each. After a day of cooling, I frosted the cupcakes and added the eyes and the beaks (orange Reese's Pieces). Very easy to make, but so cute as well!
|My Halloween welcome mat from Hobby Lobby clearance section last year.|
|Oversized candy corn garland from Goodwill turned into Halloween wreath.|
|Black cat eyes small dish I use for spoon rest.|
I can't wear any kind of costume at work, but did help a friend create a playing card costume for her job (felt and glitter canvas, fyi). I had fun looking through old pictures of Halloween costumes...
|Not a costume, but Halloween time. Probably in first or second grade.|
|4th grade Lucille Ball costume!|
|Freshman in college costume... noticing a trend; devil again? |
My college roommate as the Queen of Hearts (she made the costume by hand!)!