Be the ghostess with the mostess this Halloween, and throw a wickedly wonderful celebration. The entertaining experts from the Wilton Test Kitchen know all the tricks and offer plenty of treats for hosting a bone-chilling blast that will have friends and family shrieking with delight.
Start by scaring up some fun with an array of graveyard goodies. Tombstone and monster-shaped sandwich cookies paired with ghostly graveyard cookies set an eerie scene. Add fang-tastic monster-faced popcorn balls, and a parade of monster pretzels - a breeze to make using a Halloween Candy Kit. Pour melted candy into monster molds, insert pretzel rods and refrigerate until set. They are the perfect hand-held treats for kids and look great on display.
There's no bones about it, a spooktacular skeleton cake will make for a boo-tiful Halloween centerpiece. Using a skeleton casket pan makes this impressive dessert - filled with fall flavors like cinnamon and apples - easy to achieve. Simply decorate with icing and watch as your skeleton comes back from the grave.
For added fright, surround the coffin with Spooky Pop Cupcakes - swirled with brightly-colored icing and things that go bump in the night. Just be sure to pair sweets with a be"witch"ing beverage and you'll be caught in a web of friends all evening long.
All of these and other terrifyingly-terrific project ideas, supplies and more are available at www.wilton.com.
Back From the Grave Cake
Makes about 12 servings
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cups sweetened applesauce
1-1/4 cups diced Granny Smith apple (about 1 medium apple)
1 can (16 ounces) White Decorator Icing
Preheat oven to 325∞F. Prepare 3D Skeleton Casket pan with vegetable pan spray.
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla; mix well. Alternately add flour mixture and applesauce to butter mixture. Spread about 1/2 of cake batter so that it reaches the first horizontal line inside the pan. Sprinkle diced apples evenly over batter. Top with remaining batter, smoothing out the top.
Bake 58 to 62 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on cooling grid.
Decorate cooled cake with tip 5 and decorator icing.
Spooky Pop Cupcakes
Each cupcake serves 1
Graveyard Cupcake Decorating Set, Spooky Pop Cupcake
Combo Pack or solid color baking cups
Favorite cupcake recipe or mix
1 can (16 ounces) White Decorator Icing
Orange, Green or other desired Icing Color
1 can (16 ounces) Chocolate Decorator Icing
Preheat oven to 350∞F. Line cavities of standard muffin pan with baking cups.
Bake your favorite cupcakes in prepared pan. Cool completely. Place some cupcakes in Skeleton Cupcake Wraps. Tint white decorator icing with icing color. Use a spatula to ice smooth or pipe tip 1M icing swirls on cupcake top. Insert icing decorations or pix from decorating set and combo pack.
Popcorn Ball Monsters
Each serves 1
1 jar (about 7 ounces) marshmallow creme
Violet and Orange Icing colors
4 cups popped popcorn, divided
White Candy Melts
Candy, melted following package instructions
Large Candy Eyeballs
Animal and People Faces
Sprinkle Sets, candy corn, Jumbo Confetti Sprinkles
Green and Black Candy Strings
Spray Dimensions Multi-Cavity Mini Pumpkin Pan cavities with vegetable pan spray.
In large microwave-safe bowl, microwave marshmallow crËme 1 minute at 50% power. Remove bowl from microwave and divide marshmallow crËme in half; stir icing color into each half (tint slightly darker than how you want your finished treat to look). Stir 2 cups popped popcorn into each marshmallow mixture mixing until evenly coated. Press popcorn treat mixture in bottom cavities only of pumpkin pan to 1 1/2 in. deep; reserve some unmolded popcorn. Let set; unmold.
Attach 2 popcorn ball halves together on one edge, using unmolded popcorn to prop opposite edge open. Using melted candy, attach Candy Eyeballs and sprinkles and candy corn teeth, and Jumbo Confetti nose. Attach candy strings for hair.
Monsters on Parade Pretzels
Each pretzel serves 1
Halloween Candy Kit for Pretzels
Melt Candy Melts candy following package instructions. Mold pretzels following package instructions. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes. Remove from mold.
Peanut Butter 3D Sandwich Cookies
Makes about 1 dozen sandwich cookies
3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Buttercream Icing Kelly Green, Orange Icing Color
Preheat oven to 325∞F. Spray 3D Sandwich Pan with vegetable pan spray.
In large bowl, beat shortening and peanut butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar; mix well. Add egg and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Add flour; mix well. Press dough into pan cavities, filling 2/3 full.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan to cooling grid; cool completely.
Meanwhile, tint portions of icing green and orange. To assemble cookies, spread icing on half of the cookies; sandwich with second cookie. Pipe details with icing.
Ghostly Graveyard Cookies
Each cookie serves 1
Roll-out cookie dough (recipe available at wilton.com)
Buttercream Icing (recipe available at wilton.com)
Leaf Green, Black and Brown Icing Colors
Prepare and roll out cookie dough following recipe instructions. Cut cookies using the Graveyard Cookie Cutter Set. Bake and cool.
Using icing colors, tint buttercream. Ice all cookies using a spatula. Pipe the outline of the tree with tip #22 brown buttercream icing. Tint coconut flakes green using icing color; sprinkle over base cookie. Attach all cookies to base cookies with icing.