Spilled Potion Cake

It’s September, which means it’s officially spooky season! To kick off the holiday right, I made a devil’s food cake with pistachio buttercream, decorated to look like a spilling cauldron of a suspicious potion.

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Crystal Ball Halloween Cupcakes

Hello, my goblin friends! With my kitchen being under construction, it’s been very difficult for me to bake. This has taken quite the toll on my seasonal celebrating. Luckily, we finally hooked up my stove the other night. What recipe did I christen my new stove with, you ask?

I sort of cheated, actually. Hey, I still don’t have any countertops or sink! Instead of creating a new recipe, I revamped one from spooky seasons past. These crystal ball Halloween cupcakes are perfect for your next party, and this new version is even easier than the last.

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Hosting Halloween: Witchy Treat Table

Happy Halloween, my spooky friends! I hope you have a scary film playing in the background, Jack o’ Lanterns lit, because the hours are counting down until the Trick-or-Treaters come knocking on your door.

To finish off my Hosting Halloween series, I’ve put together a table that really gives me the heebie-jeebies. Nothing creeps me out more than a deep and dark forest. Haunted woods always make me think there is a coven of witches taking refuge in the dense, dead trees. EEK!

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Hosting Halloween: Halloween Brunch

It’s that time of year again, friends, and if you thought that you could get this far into October without me going a bit overboard, then you have no idea who you are messing with! We are halfway through the most glorious time of the year (the 31 day celebration of Halloween), and it’s time to get some serious spook on.

This year, I’ve decided to take on Halloween from a hostess’ point of view, and I’m going to give you a couple of different suggestions on how to make the most of your scare-tastic celebrations. I’m calling this series Hosting Halloween, and it’ll have ideas on decorating schemes, drinks, activities, and of course, treats. So let’s get started with some brunch!

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‘Hocus Pocus’ Booook Brownies & a Drinking Game

Happy Halloween! It’s finally  here. There are ghosts and goblins running up and down my street as I type! Leaves are crunching under foot. Jack O’Lanterns are lit. So as my last Halloween post, I decided to do an homage to my favorite Halloween movie of all time, “Hocus Pocus.”

I have been watching this movie every year for as long as I can remember. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I highly recommend it. Honestly, I’m not sure how you managed to not see it–TV stations play it non-stop around Halloween. And occasionally around Easter, too!

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For those who don’t know, these brownies are modeled after Winifred’s spell book given to her by the devil himself! It’s supposedly bound in human skin, which my husband told me makes it a necronomicon. So I guess that would make these brownies om-nomicons. HA! I’m sorry, I had to say it!

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These brownies would fall into my category of Cheater, Cheater recipes, since it took no baking skills or artistic talent to create! And while I’m very proud that anyone can make these brownies in less than an hour, I also feel like I’m cutting my Halloween post short. So to beef it up a little, I’ll include the drinking game I use for watching this movie every year.

The rules are pretty simple, but very effective. I got them from this blog, but had to modify them a little. Momma Garvin parties too hard for me, I guess! The modified rules are as follows:

Take One Drink Every Time:

Winifred calls for her “Boooook!”

Mary smells a child

Sarah loses focus

Billy Butcherson loses a body part

Thackary Binx loses a life

Additional Rules:

The entire group must finish their glass during the “I Put a Spell on You” performance.

Anytime someone in the group starts to chug their beer, everyone must chime in saying, “Amok! Amok! Amok!” The last one to catch on has to take a drink.

“Damn, Damn, Double Damn!” is the only curse word allowed during the game. If anyone says anything else, they have to take a drink.

If you end up taking three drinks in a row due to breaking rules, you have to say, “I’m gonna puuuuuuuke!” If someone in the group catches you not saying this, you have to take another drink.

Anytime someone misquotes the movie, they have to wear a witch hat until it gets passed to the next misquote-er. When the movie is over, the last person wearing the witch hat has to shotgun a beer and finish by saying, “The witches are dead. My soul is finally free!”

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“Boooooook!”

Here’s a printable version of the original drinking game for you.

Okay, now that we’re good and liquored up, let’s make some om-nomicons!

So the mix that I used for this recipe, I chose for a few specific reasons. I chose the kind that form the thin, flaky chocolate crust on top to lend to the look of a skin book–all cracked and damaged. I also wanted a brownie that would remain fudge-y to ensure they’d hold their shape after being cut. Those things aside, you can technically use any brownie recipe you’d like!

You’ll need:

1 box Pillsbury Milk Chocolate brownie mix

2/3 cup oil

1/4 cup water

2 eggs

1 jar dark fudge frosting

1 package eye candy sprinkles, like these

Directions:

Bake brownies as indicated on packaging. To ensure a thick brownie, bake in a 9×9-inch baking lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick spray. 

Once completely cooled, remove the brownies from the pan and cut into rectangular shapes.

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Using a piping bag fitting with a 4 or 5 tip, pipe a small dot of fudge frosting near the right-hand side of the brownies where the eye will be attached.  Next, pipe a line down the left-hand side of the brownie, and punctuate it with several small, intersecting lines. This mimics the spine. Circle the eye of the book.

In the two corners of the book that aren’t yet decorated, there coiled snakes. If working with a smaller piping tip/more patience, you can pipe a figure 8 with a line coming through it. Or you can just pipe some squiggles, and it’ll look just as good!

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And seriously, guys, that’s it! I’m not sure what took me so long to do these, but I’m so glad I did. They really pack a wow factor at parties, and it takes no time at all! 

I hope you all have a fantastic Halloween and that you get a chance to use this hilariously fun drinking game. If nothing else, I hope you get lots of tasty treats.

For more spooky fun, check out my #HostingHalloween series

How To: Pinch Roses and Southern Red Velvet Cake

I absolutely love Halloween! Positively can’t get enough of it, in case you couldn’t tell by the insane number of posts I’ve been doing lately. Everything about it is fantastic–the thrills, the sugar rushes, the chilly nights.

So far, I’ve made you graveyard cookies and a tombstone cupcake, but my confectionary cemetery is missing something. Hmmm . . . Ah! Yes! What’s a grave without flowers?

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Graveyard Dirt Cookies with Peanut Butter

Cookies have never been my specialty. I have very few recipes for cookies, and the ones I do have are strict classics–chocolate chip, oatmeal, shortbread. My sister is a fantastic cookie maker, so I’ve never needed to be good.

These babies, though! I am so proud of these little clumps of dark chocolate dirt. These guys are all mine! Nothing made me happier than when I handed my sister one of these chocolate-peanut butter cookies and saw her eyes light up like a Jack-o-lantern!

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Pumpkin Roll Stand-up Cake

Nothing says fall quite like pumpkin. When late September hits, so does the flood of pumpkin-flavored goodies, and we just can’t get enough!

I was inspired by an image I saw on Pinterest (of course) for a Valentine’s Day chocolate cake roll. I’ve made dozens of pumpkin rolls for the fall, and I’ve had chocolate cake rolls before, but this one definitely stood out. Or should I say, stood up!

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Candy Corn White Cake

What a strange candy. Nothing divides Halloween lovers quite like the candy corn: you either love it or hate it. I personally love everything about it! The colors, the shape, the flavor–I can’t get enough of those little guys.

I started craving a candy corn fix earlier this month and thought what would be better than a candy corn cake? Nothing, but it turns out the internet does not share my same fervor for the candy. All the candy corn cakes I could find were either colored orange and yellow or decorated with the candies, but didn’t actually taste like them. What a shame. Good thing I had bags full of candy corn and nothing better to do this week!

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How-To: 3 Easy Ways to Decorate Halloween Cupcakes

Oh, it’s that most wonderful time of the year! I’ve been going absolutely bonkers in my kitchen cooking up all sorts of Halloween tricks and treats, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

The post I want to start this witching season off is one I find the most valuable. Look, Halloween is a holiday all about rushing. It’s about getting in as many houses before bed time; it’s about getting as much candy as you can in this one night; it’s about getting your treats ready before the ghosties and ghoulies come knocking on your door. These easy cupcake decorations are speedy and spooky–exactly what the holiday calls for.

Since there’s no time to waste, the midnight hour approaches, let’s get started!

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