Thursday, October 2, 2014

Monster High™ Skull Cupcakes & Freaky Fusion™ DVD {Giveaway}

Being perfectly imperfect and freaky fabulous is a very good thing, thanks to Monster High!

It's October already, and I already feel like this new school year is flying by. Every October, our family is always brimming with excitement. Why? Well, because of Halloween of course! We just love this time of year, when ghouls and goblins can be found everywhere. After all, this is really the only time that scary, abnormal beings are popular and hip. 

When I was given the opportunity to preview the latest Mattel Monster High Freaky Fusion DVD, with Queenie and some of her friends, I quickly jumped at the chance. Queenie (OK me too!) fell in love with Monster High about 8 months ago. One of the movies played on TV and ever since then she has been talking about Frankiestein and Draculaura. So much so, that she begged us for a few Monster High dolls to add to her doll collection. 

I love that Monster High is all about being who you are, no matter what. Sure you may not be perfect, but at Monster High everyone fits in. In the very first Monster High episode we saw, Frankiestein was a new student at the school. She tried desperately to fit it, even if that meant being who she really wasn't. Only after days of mishaps, did she realize that the girls she was trying to impress, really liked who she really was deep down inside. Rather than trying to fit in, they are encouraged by faculty members to “Be yourself, be unique, be a monster”.That is the essence Monster High is teaching girls in this Freaky Fusion DVD. Everybody fits in, because no body is perfect!

Now more than ever, we need to teach our daughters that it's OK to be who they really are, because nothing they see in magazines is real. No one has perfect skin, no one can always be the perfect size 0 (especially not me), but loving people for who they really are, is what matters most. True friends love you for you, inside and out, not just because you are pretty, popular, or smart. In the latest Monster High™ DVD, Freaky Fusion™ - “Two ghouls are better than one” is the main message. Teamwork, helping each other, the power of friendship, self-expression, individuality, and accepting others are the key messages that are conveyed throughout the movie. The movie is now in stores, so make sure to go check it out!

I was lucky enough to host a viewing party for Queenie and 6 of her friends. The girls came in costume and watched the new Freaky Fusion DVD, while snacking on yummy Halloween themed treats I made for them. After being all hopped up on sugar, I wasn't sure they were going to sit through the movie, but they did. Then everyone wanted to get their faces painted, like their favourite Monster High character from the movie. Everyone was super excited to go home with a "freaky fabulous" Monster High purse, which comes with markers and jewels to decorate the way they want (also available in stores).

When thinking of fun snacks to make for this party, I decided to go with Monster High Cupcakes. I have made Skeleton Cupcakes in the past, so thought of using the same method, only decorating them differently. They didn't really look like the Monster High skull, so a little change in technique and I got them looking pretty close. If you look at a Monster High skull, it doesn't seem to have a lower jaw, so I had to somehow make these cupcakes look like they only had the upper part of their jaw. Thankfully the girls LOVED them.

Monster High Skull Cupcakes

1 box cake mix (I did chocolate)
3 eggs
1/4 oil
1 1/2 C water
1 can white frosting (I used Betty Crocker, but feel free to make your own)
Sparkly black decorating gel
pink chocolate wafers

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with paper liners and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and water, according to package directions. Scoop 2 Tbs worth of batter into the paper lined cupcake tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in tin for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes to a wire rack and let cool completely.

While cupcakes are baking, melt the pink chocolate melts, the microwave; using 30 second  intervals. Pour melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag (or zip top bag) and cut a tiny piece off the end. On a piece of wax paper, pipe tiny bows. Place bows in the freezer to set.

Scoop the white frosting into a bowl. Beat on high for about 3 minutes, to fluff up.

Take 1 cupcake and gently press in two divets (using your index fingers) about 1/2 inch apart. This will be the upper  'jaw' part of the cupcakes. Carefully top with frosting. Using the black decorating gel, draw two eyes, with winged tips and a small nose. Place one of the small pink bows on tthe upper part of the cupcake, off to the side. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

“Disclosure: I am part of the Mattel – Monster High™ DVD release blogger program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”


The generous people from Mattel Monster High™ are giving one of my readers a chance to win their own copy of the Monster High™ Freaky Fusion™ DVD.  Readers may enter across many blogs, but may only win on one single blog.  Entrants must be a resident of Canada, however those in Quebec are unfortunately unable to enter the giveaway. To enter please fill out the Rafflecopter below

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Amy C said...

I would like to win because my daughters like this show.

michelle tremblett said...

My daughter is craxy for monster high, this would be awesome :)

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Annie1 said...

I would love to win to donate to a local children's charity this Christmas!


Sue2Sueper said...

I would love to win this to watch with my nieces.

Nicole D said...

I would love to make these for my daughter

Marie S said...

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Tricia G said...

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Brianna Ketchum said...

i would love to win this for my little cousin! thanks for the chance!

Erin Murphy said...

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Wendy Rozema said...

I'd like to win this for my daughter b/c she really likes Monster High!

flowerchild said...

I would love to win because my oldest daughter really wants to see this movie.

Angela M said...

I'd love to win this for my daughter. It's one of her favourite shows.

marlibu said...

I would like towin b/c my kids like the show