I love Halloween. I was born in October and as a little kid always though Halloween was my holiday. So this year I tried some cupcakes. note: all the cupcakes pictured are mini cupcakes.
One cup of sugar, one teaspoon of meringue powder, sift together, then sprinkle bit by bit one teaspoon of water and mix until it is just wet enough to hold together. Pack into molds, slide out of molds onto cardboard and let dry overnight.
I used superfine sugar because that is what I had in the house at the time, I’m not sure if it worked better than regular sugar, but it worked very well. I used a toothpick to dot the ghost eyes of the mold with black gel food coloring before I packed the suagr in, which worked pretty well. I didn’t try coloring sugar to make the pumpkins yet, but I will probably do that soon. After they had dried the ghosts were very hard, perfect.
I used the same black gel food coloring to color the frosting into a drab gray, and to color some sugar for sanding as well. I’m sure black sanding sugar from the store would have been great, but I was too lazy to make the trip. I made mini cupcakes – you can see the results to the left.
I used a cake mix for the cupcakes and a can of cream cheese frosting. The frosting didn’t hold up very well. I would also like to find tiny candy molds in the shape of bats, skulls, and tombstones. I think the ghosts would have looked cuter on regular sized cupcakes.
For posterity, here is the picture from last year:
added Oct. 2006 – You might also be interested in my most recent Halloween creation, crawly spider cakes: