Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Carved Faux Pumpkin

I've been meaning to do a post about carving faux pumpkins. Obviously the great thing about artificial pumpkins is that they don't go bad- so I tend to want to carve them with non-halloween designs and use them all through the season until Thanksgiving is over.

Since my wedding anniversary is coming up I thought I'd show you these.

They (along with a ring of flowers at the base) were the centerpieces at my wedding reception.
I had the florist do a fresh flowers but I carved all the pumpkins.

I couldn't have been happier with the results. One thing I'll always remember is the way the tables glowed each with a different jack-o-lantern.

Back when I was engaged, in full wedding planning mode, and I told people (including by husband-to-be) that I was going to make all the centerpieces. Furthermore that they were all going to be these carved pumpkins... they looked at me like I was crazy. But it didn't scare all that much.. I'm used to that look (I know you other crafty-people out there know the look I'm talking about- you get it too I bet.)

Carving an intricate design might take some time but I think it's worth it because they'll last and last. Each year when these get pulled out I'm so happy that I have this memento from our wedding. And since we had so many we were able to give some to both of our moms- which they liked.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cupkins: Cauldron Cupcakes and Halloween Link Party

I'm so excited about this month's Cupkins. Not only is the theme Halloween, but it's the very first time we're doing cupkins as a link party. I have both Joanne's and my cupcake ideas to share with you. And I really hope that you'll link up with your Halloween themed Muffins or Cupcakes too!

This month I've cooked up a Cauldron Cupcake.

(And it's soooo easy to do- everything came from a box, bag or bottle).

First I baked 12 large cupcakes (using what else but a devil's food mix) according to the package directions in a pan sprayed with non-stick spray. To make these cauldrons you need to use the sides of the cakes- so don't line the pan with paper cups! When they were done I cut a bit off the top so make a flat spot (you'll see why later).

I found these nifty little chocolate covered pretzel rings in the grocery store (they were a box of those 100 calorie packs) and while the cakes baked I cut them in half. One half ring on each side of the cupcake make the perfect cauldron handles.

When the cakes were cool I melted some dark chocolate chips and rolled the sides of each cupcake into the melted chocolate.

Then set them on a wire wrack with a baking sheet underneath to let the excess chocolate drip off. Placing them upside down because they look more like cauldrons that way.

(Incidentally, If you've never tried dipping the sides of cupcakes into chocolate I highly recommend it- they taste a little like ring dings... only better!)

As the chocolate starts to set up- but before it's totally hard- is when you stick the pretzel ring halves into the chocolate. If you try to do it before the chocolate starts to set the handles won't stay up.

At this point I kept rolling cakes into chocolate but kept my eye on the ones I'd already done so I could stick the handles in before they were too hard.

Once all the cakes were dipped and the chocolate set and I started frosting them. You can absolutely make your own frosting... but I have to admit I used readymade from those bottles with the decorator tips.

I had visions of a swirly potion so I used green as my main color, making a fairly thick swirl. Then added a thinner swirl of yellow right on top. Since I was actually frosting the bottom of the cupcake it was a nice flat surface for the swirls.

Last but not least I added a pretzel stick in each one to look like a giant potion stirring stick.

Cute and spooky, ready for a bewitching party! And let me assure you- they disappeared from my counter like magic!

Pop on over to Joanne's blog (my partner in Cupkins crime) to check out her recipe for Candy Corn Cupcakes. (the link is below)

(mmm- doesn't all that candy on top of that frosting look good!)

But before you go- Join the fun- leave your link for a Halloween inspired muffin or cupcake below. And if you do be sure to grab the Cupkins button from my sidebar.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cupkins Halloween Link Party is Tomorrow

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow I'll be hosting the cupkins link party. I hope you'll share your halloween themed cupcakes or muffins by linking up.

Here's a sneak peak of what I'm working on....

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