So on Tuesday, the fabulous Christina from blog of the week Mrs. Fox’s Sweets brought us a great tutorial for some Halloween cupcakes. Did you see it?
Well, she made it look so easy, so I gave it a try too! I learned a lot. And ended up with a few questions that I am hoping sweet Mrs. Fox will answer for us newbies. If you are a Happy Hour Regular, you know that I am not a foodie. So, really if you have even a little bit of experience, you will likely do better than this. Also – despite my disappointment in not doing as fantastic a job as Christina, these were still a big hit!
Ready for the reveal?
Yeah. Not quite like Mrs. Fox’s:
I used a mix. And a tub of frosting. But it was those darn cute spiderwebs that I had the difficulty with. I took Christina’s advice and invested in some disposable piping bags – for 2 tips, a coupler, and 12 bags, I did spend $6.50 – add to that my mix and frosting (on-sale), some Wilton candy melts, and cupcake papers, I spent $12 total for this project, which is still slightly cheaper for 2 dozen cupcakes than my bakery. But I don’t have to buy these particular tips again, and I still have 10 bags left for lots more practice, so if I do this again, it will be much more economical.
First thing I would have done differently – double-checked which tip shape makes that lovely, fluffy swirly look. I did not get a 1M tip, I bought a #21, thinking that must have been the one. It still looked SO much cuter than using a spatula, but not the same as my inspiration!
Second… I do not know how this happened:
But my husband came running when he heard alarmed noises coming from the kitchen. He came running with the camera, actually, and found it to be rather hilarious. Okay, even I can laugh. I made quite a mess.
My melts were very melty. They oozed out the tip and I was SUPER MESSY getting them into the bag. Then, I didn’t really quite know how to hold the bag – it was very awkward to me and it kept making my hand cramp.
But moving on – after Mr. Photographer had his laugh, he did get me a new sheet of wax paper and I managed to pipe them. It’s possible that it was just too warm when I started, because it did stop dripping. I made around 50 from one bag of candy melts. If you know what you’re doing – use just half a bag. But I needed to practice, and that let me pick and choose the best ones. And, they are delicious, so you can eat the mistakes. Yummm.
Now, I had to pipe really fast, and I still got lots of blobs. I did not have the same control that Christina seems to have. For the webbing part, I just swirled a super-quick spiral. I also should have made sure the circles go all the way to the edges of the star-form… because they started looking like pirate ship steering wheels. Alas.
Update: Christina has some advice if this is your first try – check out today’s post over at Mrs. Fox’s Sweets HERE. She closes with some words of wisdom – don’t stress, even a messy cake tastes great! So true!! Thank you so much for sharing and for being a part of the fun this week, I loved trying your idea!
Happy Halloween, mamas! ~ Adrianne
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