For my annual Halloween party, I like to have at least one dessert that acts as both decor and dessert.
My problem is that I am not a talented baker.
So I usually go through the cycle of finding a really great looking dessert on Pinterest, trying to make it the correct way, completely failing at it, and then having to come up with a simplified version that I can do.
It usually isn’t quite as attractive as the original, but still gets the job done for my party 🙂
I thought I would share some of the dessert disaster recoveries that I have come up with, in case anyone else is in the same baking class that I am.
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I love the idea of grass with graves and a tombstone as part of my table decor for a ghost and graveyard party.
I found this graveyard brownies recipe on culinaryginger.com and I think it is awesome!!
I know from experience that I would never get the grass to look that green using frosting.
And any attempt I would make to do proper-looking tombstones would take me a lot of time. And would probably look so bad they would end up in the garbage can.
So I didn’t even attempt those 2 parts of this recipe.
I also prefer cupcakes for my parties, just because it is easier for people to help themselves.
So I went for an easier version using Milano cookies and chocolate cake mix.
Bloody Knife Halloween Cupcakes
These bloody Halloween cupcakes would be perfect for anyone doing a slaughter house theme for their Halloween party.
The inspiration for these cupcakes was this awesome cake from sayitwithcake.org.
As always, I prefer cupcakes for my parties…just easier to serve.
But with some modifications, the rest of this cake was actually pretty doable…even with my limited baking skills!
These ghost cupcakes are actually pretty easy to make, so I didn’t have to change the original design much at all…
The inspiration version came from wifeinprogressblog.com.
She used traditional butter cream icing where I used cream cheese icing (just because I like it better…feel free to use buttercream if you prefer).
These cupcakes are a lot harder to make than they look.
The inspiration for these came from ambrosiabaking.blogspot.com.
When I looked at the picture, I thought…how hard can these be?
But trying to get the icing to turn out red (instead of pink) and the horns to actually look like horns was my own version of hell…bad pun intended :).
It didn’t help that after I had spent 2 hours working on them and had finally got them put together so that they looked presentable, I promptly dropped the whole tray on the floor!
I almost called off my Halloween party…
Phantom of the Opera Cupcakes
One year my Halloween party theme was the Phantom of the Opera, so I wanted to make some cupcakes to go with the theme.
I found these ones that I like on cakecentral.com (the picture is no longer available) but couldn’t find any baking instructions, so I was on my own to figure out how to make them.
I couldn’t find the mask molds like you see in the inspiration cupcakes, so I had to make do with what I could find and then use black icing to make the eye holes look black.
I have long ago given up trying to get icing to be the color I need with food coloring.
Unless it’s a pastel shade, it never works for me…so black sprinkles make the frosting look black.
And then I tried my hand at using a candy mold to make the phantom mask.
Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration to try out at least one of these easy Halloween cupcakes…even if you’re not a baker.