This is one of our family's favourite Holidays and we've been celebrating all weekend. We started off with a Halloween Spooktacular at the Barrie Farmer's Market. The kids, my Mom and I enjoyed a morning full of games, face painting, wagon rides and treats. Sunday was Pumpkin Carving day and we managed to carve 4 of our six pumpkins. I'm hoping to be able to carve the last two today, while Queenie is napping. I also decided to make my final Halloween themed cupcake creation, to finish off our Sunday dinner. The kids totally loved the Graveyard Cupcake Cake that I surprised them with.
Graveyard Cupcake Cake
12 unfrosted cupcakes
1 C butter
1/3 C cocoa
3 C powdered sugar
2 Tbs vanilla
2 Tbs whipping cream
Halloween themed candy- cats, skulls, pumpkins
2 Tbs chocolate cookie crumbs
6-8 head stone shaped cookies
green and black decorator frosting
In a bowl, cream the butter and cocoa; until well combined. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla. Add in heavy cream, 1 Tbs at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Beat 3 minutes, until fluffy.
Line the cupcakes in four rows of three. Frost with chocolate frosting, making sure to extend frosting slightly, to make a rectangle. Using the black decorator frosting and a fine tip, pipe RIP onto cookies. Insert cookies randomly into cupcakes. Sprinkle cookie crumbs in front of some of the graves.
Place candies randomly onto cupcakes, using frosting to adhere them to the grave stones. To make pumpkin vines, use green decorating frosting with a leaf tip.
With all the Halloween excitement I really haven't thought of our meal plan for the week. I think I'll be sticking with easy family favourites, using what I have in the freezer and pantry. Here is my tentative plan for the week
- Mummy Dogs, Spider wed pizza, veggies and dip (Halloween)
- Porcupine Balls with peas
- Patty melts with coleslaw
- Philippino BBQ Pork Skewers (new recipe) with rice pilaf
- Shrimp Aglio E Olio with bread sticks
- Pasta Fagioli soup with homemade bread