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.)