I am a HUGE fan of the Halloween film Hocus Pocus. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the film I decided to make the iconic Spell Book seen in the film into a cake! You will see so many versions of this on the internet but I swear mine is the easiest. No fondant required!
You will need:
-2 rectangle 13X9 baked chocolate cake
-Black and white candy melts
-Gummy eyeball(Purchased mine from Walmart)
Stack the cooled baked rectangle chocolate cake on a board/tray with chocolate frosting in between the layers. Then frost the entire cake with chocolate frosting. Put some white frosting in a pipette bag and frost lines on 3 sides of the cake to be the pages of the Spell Book.
Now it is time to start decorating and making the embellishments. Melt the white and black candy melts according to the directions. Then place into a pipette bag and pipe a long snake shape and some small coiled snake shapes like how you see on the book onto some wax paper and allow to firm. I also did the metal latch/buckle you see around the eye. I used the image below as reference when I made my cake.
Make some gray frosting(mix the white and the black) and pipe a long rectangle on the front side of the book. Then place your long snake you made out of candy melts on top of that. Place the gummy eyeball on the other side and place your round candy melt buckle piece around that. Then on opposite ends of the eyeball place your candy melt snake embellishments.
Next pipe lines with the black frosting of where the stitch work is on the spell book. Mix some of the chocolate and white frosting to create a light brown color and draw small lines as stitches over the black lines you drew.
With just some frosting and creativity you can easily make a Hocus Pocus Spell Book Cake at home!
Enjoy and Happy Halloween!!
This is a super simple Halloween recipe idea that is perfect for parties. 🎃
To make the Frankenstein Guacamole Dip you will only need:
-Guacamole dip (mine was store bought)
-Black refried beans
-Blue corn tortilla chips.
Start by placing the guacamole on a tray and shape into a square. Then place some sour cream in a sandwich bag and cut off the tip. Pipe two circle for the eyes. Then slice a black olive for the pupils of the eyes. Next take two whole black olives and place on each side as the "bolts" of Frankenstein. Then take your refried black beans and pipe it out of a sandwich bag to make the nose, mouth and stitches. Lastly, place the blue corn tortilla chips on top as the "hair".
Are you a fan of Snow White? You will love this very simple poison candy apple idea that is PERFECT for Halloween.
You will need:
-white melting chocolate
-green food coloring
-a tbs or so of vegetable shortening
In a microwave safe bowl, pour in your white melting chocolate. Melt by following the directions on the back of the package. Then add a few drops of green food coloring. For a nice bright green use neon green food coloring.
When you add liquid to the melting chocolate you will notice the consistency changes. Add a tbs or so of shortening and microwave a few seconds more until you have a smooth consistency.
When the chocolate is slightly cool. place in a sandwich bag and cut off the tip. Then begin piping the chocolate onto the apple. First do an outline for the nose and eyes. (similar in shape to a skeleton's nose and eyes). Then begin to add the drips and you can fill in and smooth with a toothpick. I just covered the front portion of the apple. You don't have to cover the whole thing.
Poison apple anyone?
Did you know Vampires love cupcakes? Well of course they do! Make these cool Vampire Bite Cupcakes!
You will need:
-Vanilla cupcakes topped with white icing
-Plastic vampire teeth
Simply make two bite marks into your vanilla cupcake with a toothpick. Then using a spoon, pour your candy blood into the holes and have it drip down the side of the cupcake. Then I took plastic vampire teeth and cut it in half. Then I inserted it on the top.
I love root beer floats! This is a great Halloween spin to my favorite Diner beverage and a sweet treat great for the kiddos!
Drizzle some strawberry syrup on the inside of a glass. Put in a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. Pour some strawberry soda and top with whipped cream! To make it extra bloody, drizzle some candy blood. Garnish with a straw and vampire teeth.
It is sinfully good!
I love the brain molds found at the local dollar store. You can typically use the mold to make a jello brain but I don't really care for jello. I wanted to make something much more savory instead. I came across this recipe for a brain dip and it came out delicious!
Mushroom Soup Cream Cheese Brain Dip
-1 (10 oz) can of cream of mushroom soup
-1 (8oz) pkg of cream cheese softned
-1 envelope of unflavored gelatin dissolved in 1/4 cup of water
-1 bunch of green onions chopped
-1 cup of mayo
-1 tbs of hot sauce
In a medium sauce pan heat the mushroom soup and stir in the cream cheese. Once mixed well, remove from heat.
Stir in the gelatin.
In a separate bowl, combine the soup mixture, green onions, mayo and hot sauce.
Spray cooking spray on the brain mold and pour in dip mixture. Cover and chill in the fridge until firm for several hours.
When you are ready to serve place the mold in a bowl with hot water to make removal from mold easier.
Enjoy with some bread or crackers!
I have always wanted to make sugar skull cookies but I figured it would be challenging. I found a way to do easily and it is a great activity for kids.
-5 cups of flour
-2 tsp of baking powder
-1 tsp of salt
-1 1/2 cups of softened butter
-2 cups of sugar
-1 tsp of vanilla extract
-2 egg whites
-1 cup of powdered sugar
-1/2 tsp of cream of tartar
You will also need gel food coloring for decorating.
Cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Then add the eggs and vanilla. Continue to mix.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and slowly add to the wet mixture.
Once mixed well make the dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight or for 6 hours.
Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.
Take the dough out of the fridge to soften. Then flour your surface and rolling pin and begin to roll out the dough. Use a skull cookie cutter to cut into skull shapes.
Place cookies onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
Combine the ingredients of the royal icing in a bowl. once the cookies are cool. dip the front of the cookie into the icing and place on a wire rack to dry and harden.
Once the icing is hard go ahead and decorate the skulls with gel food coloring.
I have shared this once before on my blog but it is such a fun Sugar skull idea that I have to share it again. The dollar store sells plastic skulls that can easily be made into sugar skulls. You can spray paint them or paint with acrylic paint. You can also add glitter, jewels and accessories. this is a very inexpensive and fun craft idea.
What is a Zombie party without some brains!!
Brain cupcakes are super easy to make. Just add a few drops of red food coloring to white frosting. Place the frosting in a pipette bag and cut the tip. Draw a line down the middle and some squiggles to the edge across the side of the cupcake. Then repeat to the other side. To make the brains look bloody add some red gel food coloring.
Intestines never tasted so good! Pizza intestines make for a great recipe for your Zombie affair.
-1 box of Puff Pastry Sheets
-Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
-Make sure the puff pastry sheets are thawed and cut the sheet(2 come in a box) into 3 strips,
-Place tomato sauce down the middle, then add pepperoni and mozzarella cheese.
-Pinch the edges together to close the pastry sheet(you can apply a little water to the edges). Then place the "intestine" on a greased pan. Apply this same method to all the rest of the sheets to form intestines. Connect them to each other in the pan making the pastry sheets into an "S" like shape to form intestines.
- Cut a few slits and apply extra tomato sauce the make the intestines look more bloody. You can apply an egg wash finish to make the dough shiny.
-Bake for 20 minutes.
You will need:
-Red fruit punch
-Plastic brain mold
-Fill the brain mold with water and freeze. Once frozen remove from mold and place in the punch bowl.
-Fill the bowl with the fruit punch first and then add the soda.
-Lastly place some plastic eyeballs in the bowl.
Who doesn't love a tasty green Witch finger? If you have a Halloween party coming up, here are some easy Witch themed treat ideas.
Shortbread Witch Fingers
-1 cup of softened butter
-1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
-2 tsp of vanilla extract
-2 cups of flour
-green food coloring
-Whole almonds for the finger nails
In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and a few drops of green food coloring. Mix well and gradually add the flour.
Flour your hands and grab about a tablespoon of dough. Shape into a finger. I created two knobs on the finger to be knuckles.
Place on a greased cookie sheet. With a butter knife on the surface of the finger slice a few lines on the knuckles. At the tip of the finger place an almond to be the creepy finger nail.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes until the edges are brown.
Super easy and tasty!
You will need:
-Decorative stripes straws
-Black foam paper
Make whatever kind of cupcakes you want (homemade or store bought). To make the Witch Hat split in half an Oreo and scrape away the filling. On the top of the Oreo place a drop of frosting. Then place an unwrapped Hershey kiss in the center of where you put the frosting(you will want enough frosting to secure the Hershey kiss and when you press it frosting comes out underneath). Then cut off the yellow of a candy corn and place on the front of the Hat where there is some frosting(this is the buckle).
For the Witch feet, cut in half a striped straw. Then with black foam paper cut out two Witch shoes. Then glue the Witch shoes to the end of the straw (I used a glue gun).
Then simply insert your Witch feet and hat on your cupcake.
Enjoy these WICKED Treats!!
Super easy and gory.
You will need:
- red jello,
-clear plastic cups
-gummy candy body parts
-edible candy blood or red food coloring mixed in corn syrup
Follow the directions of the red jello and put in the clear cups. I found from the dollar store some gummy candy body parts. While the jello was still a liquid I placed the gummy candy eyeballs in it and then placed in the fridge to set. Once the jello is set I placed some finger gummy candy on top. To add a more bloody effect I did some dribbles of candy blood on the body parts and rim of the cup.
Hi there! I am Felicia.
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