Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Creepy-Eyed Monsters & Ghoulish Cupcakes



I am a Food Allergy Consultant but I am also a blogger, a recipe writer, a mom and a wife. What does this mean? Basically,  I like to keep most of my recipes easy with short prep time to fit into my busy routine. Keep it simple- I cannot stress this enough for so many of my clients. Do I cook extravagant meals? Of course, we all do once in awhile but not every day, every meal.

I wanted to have some special goodies for the kids since I was ultra lazy and never even decorated for Halloween this year. (Bad mommy!) These are just a few treats that I wanted to share in hopes that someone, somewhere would say "I can do that!". I will warn you- these are not high in protein and they don't have any hidden fruits or vegetables but they were fun to make and they would be a great thing to try with your kids as well. I do apologize for the pictures on these...sometimes I can take great pictures and other times, I just can't do it. I hope you can overlook them once in awhile.

I made a few Creepy-Eyed Monsters and a few different types of cupcakes this year. There were two types of Creepy Eyed Monsters- one with marshmallow and one with gluten free cereal. You will notice that I use a lot of chocolate but it "glues" so well that it's an easy tool to use. I also did not measure any of the ingredients out because I split up the melted chocolate and decorated as I went. I suggest you lay out all of the ingredients and supplies first because the chocolate gets everywhere!

Creepy-Eyed Marshmallow Monsters
Large Marshmallows
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
Dash of Cinnamon
Your Choice of a Bright Candy (I used Skittles but you can use Tic Tacs, Gummy Bears, Licorice, anything)
Waxed Paper
A Toothpick

In a small pot, melt of the chocolate chips, stirring constantly so as not to burn or cook the chocolate. Holding the top and bottom of the marshmallow, roll the sides in the chocolate to cover completely. Place onto the waxed paper and place a dollop of melted chocolate on top of the marshmallow. Gently place 2 pieces of candy on top.

Using a toothpick, dip it into the melted chocolate and "draw" two dots for eyes on the monsters. Let cool completely or place in the fridge to cool faster. Store in an airtight container.

Numbers will vary depending on how many marshmallows you use.

Blobby Monsters
1/2 Cup Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips
Dash of Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Gluten Free Cereal of your Choice (I used Erewhorn Rice Twice)
Your Choice of a Bright Candy (I used Skittles but you can use Tic Tacs, Gummy Bears, Licorice, anything)
Waxed Paper
A Toothpick

In a small pot, melt the chocolate chips, stirring constantly so as not to burn or cook the chocolate.
Add in the cereal and gently stir, making sure the cereal is coated well. Scoop a spoonful onto waxed paper and place two pieces of candy on top for the eyes (you can also do one for the mouth).

Using a toothpick, dip it into the melted chocolate and "draw" two dots for eyes on the monsters. Let cool completely or place in the fridge to cool faster. Store in an airtight container.

Numbers will vary depending on how many marshmallows you use.


For the cupcakes, I used my favorite brand Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten Free Chocolate Cake. I used half of the oil and added one 4-ounce applesauce as well as adding Ener-G Powdered Egg Replacer just as an extra to ensure the cupcakes stayed together. I had a total of 12 cupcakes from this batch so I made 3 different variations.

Tombstone Cupcake
Josef's Gluten Free Cinnamon Squares
Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips
Waxed Paper
A Toothpick
Cherrybrook Kitchen Vanilla Frosting
Green Sprinkles

Gently break the Cinnamon Squares in half, trying to leave it intact as a rectangle.

In a small pot, melt the chocolate chips, stirring constantly so as not to burn or cook the chocolate. Gently dip the top of the cracker and then the sides to leave an outline of the sides as chocolate. Place onto the waxed paper flat with the words side facing down. Using a toothpick, dip it into the chocolate and write "RIP" on the top of the cracker. Let cool completely or place in the fridge to cool faster.

Ice the cupcakes with the frosting, then sprinkle with green sprinkles. Insert the cracker into the cupcake, gently pushing some of the cracker into the cake to keep it from tipping.

Spiderweb Cupcake
SurfSweets Gummy Spiders
Vanilla Frosting of Your Choice
Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips
Optional- add food coloring to the frosting for a more festive look

Frost your cupcake with the frosting.

In a small pot, melt the chocolate chips, stirring constantly so as not to burn or cook the chocolate. Gently dip the top of the cracker and then the sides to leave an outline of the sides as chocolate.

Using a butter knife, gently dip it into the chocolate and then gently draw circles on top of the frosting. Once done, take a clean butter knife and make the web lines by starting at the top and just sliding down in a straight line from the top of the cupcake to just below the last circle line. Repeat all the way around the circle to make the web. Top with a gummy spider.

Mummy Face Cupakes
Vanilla Frosting of Your Choice
Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips
Your Choice of a Bright Candy (I used Skittles but you can use Tic Tacs, Gummy Bears, Licorice, anything)
A Toothpick

Frost the cupcake with the frosting, making sure all of the chocolate cupcake is covered. Place two candies on it as the eyes. Frost again just above and just below the eyes, making horizontal lines with the frosting to make it look like bandages. Using a toothpick, dip it into the melted chocolate and "draw" two dots for eyes.


Worms in the Dirt Cupcakes
Vanilla Frosting of Your Choice
Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips
SurfSweets Gummy Worms

In a small pot, melt the chocolate chips, stirring constantly so as not to burn or cook the chocolate. Add a bit of the vanilla frosting to the melted chocolate, stirring completely to make a fudgy "dirt" frosting.

Frost the cupcake. Using a knife, insert a small slit into the cupcake. Gently push some of the gummy worm into the slit and cover with a bit more of the dirt frosting. Top with additional gummy worms.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!

3 comments:

  1. So, my four year old is looking at these with me and I'm hearing lots of "ooh", "ick", and "hahas!" Then he begged me to make all of them for him. Of course. Thanks for posting something too good for a kid to pass up. Now I have to bake and be creative :(

    No, seriously, they are very cute. Love them!

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    1. Ha! Let me know what you were able to do- I bet you are creative anyway :) Half the fun is seeing how some of the bad ones come out too!
      - Tracy

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  2. I kind of make it my mission to make the "safe" Halloween treats look way better than any of the other treats. I want my son (and the 5 other kids with allergies in his class) to feel as excited for the other kids to choose a treat at class parties. Of course, I would REALLY prefer if they just didn't have food at class parties, but if you can't beat them, join them (and then beat them with freakin' awesome treats that put other treats to shame!)

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