Hi Sugar Babies!
Halloween is next week! Here comes another round of treats to get you ready!
Happy Halloween Caking!
Hi Sugar Babies!
Halloween is next week! Here comes another round of treats to get you ready!
Happy Halloween Caking!
Hi Sugar Babies! Halloween is fast approaching! Here are some tutorials from around the web to get you in the treat making mood!
See you next week for Part 2!
Halloween — a time for crafty costumes, scary home decor and fun Halloween games. But if we are honest, the best thing about Halloween are the treats! Candy is easy to grab at your local market. But if you want to dazzle your party guests or want to have your family participate in a creative kitchen project, you’ll need to step up your spooky game!
That’s why Shari’s Berries has created these 12 easy to make Halloween treats with things you can easily get or already have at home. Scary donuts, peeping grapes and coconut little witches are waiting to be made. Your young (and old) little vampires will have a blast with these, so make sure to whip up a couple batches of each.
How to Spookify Your Treats
All of them took less than 20 minutes to make, unless of course you plan to bake your own cookies and cupcakes. We were excited to find edible googly eyes but using small marshmallows for eyes was also fun! Wanna set up all your easy halloween treats on a dessert table? Check out these dessert table ideas.
Here are some simple instructions for each treat:
Graveyard Shift: We took plastic (but you can use glass) cups and filled them with chocolate and vanilla pudding. Next we crumbled up a chocolate cookie and used that for the “dirt”. Top it with a bisuit cookie and use frosting to write on it. Add some fun decorations such as worms and plastic body parts, and you’ve got yourself a grave!
BeWitching: Dress up a marshmallow! Soak some coconut flakes with green food coloring and use a bit of the orange frosting to place it on the marshmallow. Layer the cookie, peanut butter cup and chocolate kiss to make her hat.
Ghostly Party: Take a pretzel stick, melt some white chocolate and dip! For the eyes, we used black frosting, but you can also use an edible black marker.
Mummy I’m Scared!: Place half a banana on a skewer stick and dip in dark chocolate. Wait until it dries a bit then take a spoon, dip it in white chocolate and start adding it over the dark chocolate to create the mummy bandage. Place googly eyes, or draw them in with frosting.
Skeletons in the Closet: Take a lollipop stick and dig it into a cupcake. Layer three white pretzels and add half a marshmallow for the head. Break two pretzels for the arms and place inside the last pretzel.
Spooky Rice: For these we molded puffy rice into a rectangular shape. Added ears for the cat. A gummy work for the head of the pumpkin and decorated with glitter, chocolate and frosting. For a fun Frankenstein treat check out Whipperberry!
Donut Fear: We took some plastic fangs and placed directly in the middle of the donut. The red frosting takes it to the next level!
Fangtastic: If you’ve got strawberries and dark chocolate, then you are set. Simply dip and decorate!
Peeping Grape: No need to be wary of these grapes, they are good for you! We used a bit of frosting to get the googly eyes to stick and added some “veins” with red frosting.
Spider Attack: These took less than 10 minutes to make. Simply break thin pretzel sticks, dip in chocolate and form them into little spiders. Eyes optional.
Monsters Under My Bed: We took toaster pastries (and a variety of other cookies), covered them in chocolate frosting and placed marshmallows where desired. Small marshmallows cut in triangles are great for the teeth!
Now that you’ve seen how easy to make these are, which will you be making first? If you have guests that aren’t able to indulge in your awesome treats, send a little spooky love their way with one of our treats from the Halloween collection.
*Original post: http://www.berries.com/blog/12-easy-make-spooky-treats
Hi guys! Today we have a few tutorials from our online school to share with you.
I hope these give you some inspiration for your Halloween projects !!
(You can join us for only $1 HERE to access all of these and over 300 more.)
Broomelda the Jack O’ Lantern Witch is a perfect center piece cake for Halloween! This 4 hour video covers a ton of techniques that will be useful across many cakes styles:
The 4 hour video course includes:
Video sneak peek here:
This skull cake is so spooky, and the electric lights in the eyes add an amazing touch.
Next is this adorable fondant cat wizard and his book of spells.
The perfect balance of spooky and cute.
How cute is this wizard and his apprentice?
All modeled from fondant.
These witch cupcakes are easy to make, add candy spiders for an extra spooky touch.
I hope that these tutorials get you inspired and ready for Halloween!!
Thanks to our school contributors Naomi Hubert, Rhu Strand, and Brittany Rumohr
for their wonderfully deatiled tutorials!
Remember you can join our online school for only$1 for a full month.
Until next time; happy caking!
Sugared Productions Online School
Hey guys! Today we have a guest post from the ever creative Kim Heimbuck of The Partiologist blog. She has the best ideas (be sure to check out her blog for serious cuteness), and this one is so clever! A unique spin on the traditional candy apple:
Beware of Pirates? Not this kind.
You probably didn’t know that there was such a thing as chocolate covered pears. Well, if I can help it, there will be chocolate covered everything, including pears.
Chocolate Covered Pirate Pear:
Start with as many pears as you plan to make.
Use white candy melts for dipping your pear.
Use the caramel apple sticks.
Insert sticks into the pears and dip into both white and green melted candy melts.
For the pirate, use a round cookie cutter to cut the headpiece.
Also cut an oval piece of fondant for the scarf.
Pinch the oval piece together for the tie.
Fold it in half.
For the eye patch, roll and cut black fondant with a No. 1 strip cutter.
Use a small oval cutter and cut another piece of fondant to make the patch and trim the top.
Layer the patch on top of the strip.
Using number tappits, cut zero’s and pull out the inside for the teeth.
First add the eye patch and then wrap the red fondant around the top of the pear and pinch together the side, add the additional red fondant piece. Also add the other eye, nose and teeth.
Cut out several white dots and place on the scarf.
Using the large number tappits, cut out a zero and use it for the earring.
Form it into a circle and let dry.
Add the earring to the pear, cover the wooden stick with a decorative straw and you’ve got yourself a pirate!
Chocolate Covered Frankenstein Pear:
Dip your pear in green candy melts and set aside.
Roll and cut a large piece of black fondant into a circle. Use a small oval cutter and cut pieces out around the edge of the fondant. Add the black fondant piece to the top of the pear for Frank’s hair.
Add candy eyes to the pear by sticking them on with a bit of frosting or melted candy melts.
Cut a strip for the mouth. Add a piece of the black fondant strip to the pear for the mouth. With black frosting, pipe frosting on the pear for stitches and eyebrows. Add a mini orange M&M for the nose and mini marshmallows to the sides.
Now you can do the monster mash!
Kim has a love for unusual and over the top parties. In 2011 she started her blog, The Partiologist, where she shares her unique and creative ideas. From cakes and cookies, to favors and tablescapes, her inspiring ideas flow freely. Forever fun loving, her mantra is “Life is short; party accordingly!” You can follow Kim on her blog or Facebook page.
One of my very favorite holidays is upon us. Halloween is a confectioner’s dream, as it provides an opportunity to make some of the cutest tasty treats evah. Let me share with you some I made this week. These were a lot of fun, and not very difficult nor time consuming. They get extra points for that!
Initial supplies used to make our cozy candy couple include yellow candy melts, green oil based candy color, marshmallows and sucker sticks. I highly recommend Merkens brand melts for optimum dipping performance. In this case I used the campfire roasting marshmallows. Have you seen those things? They are hugantic! They are as big as…..as ……as a giant marshmallow! I also suggest using the thicker sucker sticks, as these bad boys are heavy once they are done.
Other supplies used will be these candies and pre-made googly eyes, that you can get at most cake decorating places.
Let’s do Franque first:
Cut out a circle of black fondant and cut out notches along the outer edge. Do not cut them evenly or symmetrically. Franque does not have the most couture coif I have ever seen. Just sayin’.
Lay the toupee over his head and just press down all around the sides. (Hint: use shortening as your glue. Trust me. You will thank me for this later.) Glue on his googly eyes with melted chocolate. Cut a white Good & Plenty in half and glue in place for his bolts. Give the rest of the box to hubby because he loves those nasty candies. Oh wait, that is my hubby. Ignore that. Next use a paintbrush to drop a dollop of the same green chocolate on his handsome face to make a nose.
Next we need to bring out the big guns. OK just one small gun. Anyway, get your clay gun out, and using the smallest size circle disc, extrude a string of black fondant. Use that to make eyebrows and mouth. Again, using shortening on his face as glue will save you many bad words. And if you just cannot help yourself (like me), use silver luster dust mixed with vodka to paint his bolts. An edible marker (not shown) can be used to make his scar.
As with all ladies, we need to spend some time on the hair. Use your clay gun with the largest muti hole disc.
Extrude a length of purple fondant and apply to the side of her head.
Cut a few short pieces to make her bangs. The bob is very in this season in the witch world.
Now to make her face. Clay gun string again for the brows and mouth. Half of the green Mike and Ike candy for the nose. (Keep that box cuz we like those.) Another pair of google eyes.
To make the pointy part of her hat, start with a ball of black fondant.
Roll it into a cone shape initially, and then continue to elongate and shape it into a witch hat shape.
A circle of black fondant laid on her head, and then the cone part of the hat is attached to the top of that. A couple of purple clay gun strings will create a perfect hat band.
Happy Halloween everybody! Send me pics if you make these and I will post them on Facebook. Please tell all your friends to like our Facebook page.
Sugared Productions Online School
It’s almost that spooky fun time of year! Halloween is such a great holiday for making fun and creative sweets and treats. The possibilities are endless. It’s not to early to start planning, so here’s some ideas and tutorials you help get you kick started:
Mummy Cake by The Partiologist
Mummy Pumpkin Cookies by OMG Chocolate Desserts
Oreo Bat Truffles by One Sweet Appetite
Halloween Bundt Cake by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Reese’s Frankenstein Cupcakes by Your Cup of Cake
Haunted Cupcakes by Today’s Parent
Cake Ball Brains by Hungry Happenings
Vampire Cake Pops from Bakerella
Ghost Cupcakes from Better Homes and Gardens
Purple Candy Apples by The Kitchen McCabe
Aren’t these just the cutest? I can’t wait to see what you guys make; link me to your photos in the comments!
Sugared Productions Online School
Hello Sugar Friends! Today we have a guest blog post by the very talented Vik the Chef. She will show us how to make these simply adorable crashed witch cupcakes:
Let’s get to it:
Bake, cool and top cupcakes with buttercream.
Cut circles from black fondant for the base of the witch hat.
Hand form a cone shape with a point for the witch hat.
Cut a thin strip and a small square from colored fondant.
Attach fondant cone to top of the fondant circle with gum glue or water. Attach strip and square around the base of the cone.
For the witch legs I used candy sticks. They come in lots of fun color stripes. Snap the candy stick in half. Hint: it’s easier to do evenly before it’s unwrapped.
With red fondant form two teardrop shapes for the witch’s shoes.
Insert a candy stick into each one.
Pinch the back of each teardrop to create a “heel” shape.
Curl the toe of the shoe up with your fingertips.
Place the witch hat on and insert the witch legs into each cupcake. Finish with Halloween sprinkles!
Vik The Chef is a sugar artist from Toronto, Ontario with a background in Professional Culinary cuisine. Her cakes feature hand made sugar flowers and highly detailed custom designs. In 2011 she participated as an assistant on the Canadian filmed Cake Walk TV series, achieving a first place win against two other teams. Please visit www.vikthechef.ca to view more of her beautiful work.
Thank you Vik for sharng this wonderful idea with us! Happy Cupcaking everyone!
Hello my Sugar Friends!
Today we have a wonderful guest blog tutorial by the very talented Brittany Rumohr of Edible Details. She is a very accomplished sugar artist and pasty chef, and specializes in the cutest little fondant toppers you have ever seen. Please visit her full biography here.
Thank you, Brittany, for sharing your talent with us!
So now, I turn it over to Brittany:
I am so happy to be here, sharing with you how to make these cute little fall pumpkins. Let’s get started!
Supplies you will need:
Roll out 5oz of orange fondant into an egg shape. Use a veining tool to make lines down the pumpkin starting from the top and pulling the tool downward.
Cut out the desired mouth shape with a sharp knife. NOTE: This will look rough at first cut and when the excess fondant is pulled from the mouth.
Use a desired tool to press and smooth out the inside of the mouth.
Press 2 indentations (to create eye positioning) using your finger or a ball tool.
Use a ball tool to make 2 oval holes to inset the eyes. Use the sharp end of a veining or dresden tool to indent slight “bags” under the eyes.
Roll out a tear shape for the nose. Attach it with a dab of water.
Mold 2 white ovals and press them together. You can use a little water to adhere them together if desired. Attach the eyes into the sockets with water.
Use a round piping tip to cut out 2 black fondant circles. Attach them to the eyes.
Cut out an orange circle using the round piping tip. Cut it in half and attach one half to the top of each eye to create an eyelid.
Roll out approximately 1gr of chocolate brown fondant into a long cone shape. Flatten the tip of the cone by pulling it across the worktop surface.
Make a hole in the top of the pumpkin.
Attach the stem to the pumpkin while still soft (as shown in this example), or let it dry before attaching to have it stand upright.
Roll out 2 thin strands of green fondant (aprox 2” in length) and curl around a wooden skewer.
Let them dry completely on the skewer, then carefully attach them to pumpkin.
You now have a cutie little pumpkin. If you desire, you can proceed to color the mouth black:
Combine black food coloring with a small amount of water to create an edible paint. Paint the inside of mouth (and the black pupils if shine is desired). Let that dry a few hours before touching the painted areas.
Use desired shade of red, pink or dusty orange petal dust – apply to cotton swab and shade the cheeks of the pumpkin. NOTE: Make sure the surface you dust with color is completely dry to prevent over coloring.
Final product! Perfect little cake or cupcake topper!
I hope you enjoy making your own!
Thank you, Brittany, for this wonderful tutorial! I can’t wait to see all the cute little pumpkins appearing on the internet. 🙂
We also have a Halloween Tutorial Blitz going on in the Sugar Art School
Hello sugar friends!
Those of you that follow me on facebook know that I have a new love in my life. My new schnoodle puppy, Lucy. We have never had a dog before, only cats, so this is quite a different experience. All I can say is that we are head over heels, over the moon, crazy in love with our sweet little girl.
She has the best personality and temperament, is smart and trains quickly, and is simply off the charts cute. Some of my Facebook friends think I might be a little obsessed with her, but that’s just nuts. Just because I post pictures of her every day, have bought her an entire wardrobe of doggy clothes, and hand feed her food with a platinum spoon does not make one obsessed.
So look at my cute baby in her Halloween costume! Lucy the candy corn witch:
Are you dying of cuteness ?
Since my other obsession is cakes and confections, as soon as I put her in the costume I had an inspiration for a cute idea: candy corn witch hat cake bites. But I did not have any cake baked. I had brownies baked. So I used them instead. (See my last post about being lazy busy.)
Let me show you how I made them:
You will need candy coating (any brand) in the colors you like, or start with white and color it with oil based candy colors.
I wanted a former to make the hats, because I knew hand forming them would not give me the precise and uniform look I wanted. I was going to use those pointy paper cups that you see at the water cooler, but could not find any. So I thought I would try using ice cream cones themselves to form the hat tops, but when I opened the box I saw the styro protector they were in, and that looked perfect to try. So I cut off a piece from the top to the size I needed.
Shown here are the two halves of the protector, separated. I took a wad of brownie and mushed it up really well. It was very sticky so I rolled it in powdered sugar, and laid it in the former. (I know it looks kind of gross, but it is Halloween after all!)
Then I closed the former, so that it encased the brownie mixture, and packed it down in the center with my finger.
Next I inserted a long toothpick down into the brownie.
When you open the former you have a perfect cone shape. Also note I made a mark on the inside of the former so I would fill all of them to the same height.
Use the toothpick to dip the brownie into white candy coating and let all the excess drip off.
I put the candy coating into paper cups (bathroom size) to make the dipping easy.
Stick the coated cone into some styro to dry fully.
When the white coat is dry, take the cone off of the toothpick and hold it at the point.
Dip into the orange chocolate to make that layer. Allow the excess to drip off.
Stick it back on the toothpick to fully dry. Then repeat with the yellow coat.
I made the hat brims with yellow candy coating poured into the bottom of muffin pans. Pop into freezer for 5-7 minutes and they come right out the pan. (I promise this pan is clean, just well used and stained.)
I used black fondant to cut strips with a strip cutter to form the hat band and tiny bow.
I was not sure if my idea translated the way I wanted it to, so I asked my son if he knew what these were, giving him no clues. He said they looked like hazard cones. That is now burned into my mind, and when I look at them I can see nothing else. Dang kid; no Halloween candy for him!
Caution: construction ahead! Oh wait, that’s not right.
Cute Halloween brownie bites!
Sweet Lucy the candy corn witch.
Cute candy corn hazard cones witch hats.
They were easy and fun. If you are not into the hazard cone theme, these would be great in traditional colors of black, or a combo of black, green and purple, or black and orange…..
I also see some Christmas trees done this way in our future.
Let me know if you try them!
And in the interest of full disclosure, here is what Lucy really thought of her Halloween costume:
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!
Thank you to Katharine Bentz Photography for the beautiful photos. (Yes, the craptastic ones are mine.)