Walnut Brain Candy Skulls

Walnut Brain Candy Skulls

October 31:
Halloween

Create a cute yet creepy cranium candy to show appreciation to your Halloween host or hostess at the next ghoulish get-together! Walnut brain candy skulls make a great and gruesome gift for Halloween when you package them in a candy box for a petrifying presentation. The small sweet skeleton heads are molded from melted white chocolate and the “brains” are walnut halves coated in pink confectioner’s candy. At Halloween parties, these tiny treats are truly good to eat!

Recipe

(Inspired by Figs with Bri – Rest in peace, Bri)

Ingredients

  • White confectioner’s candy wafers/candy melts/white chocolate chips
  • Walnut halves
  • Pink candy melts
  • Red tube icing gel (optional)

Directions

Melt the white candy according to the pacakge directions (microwave, double boiler, etc.). Stir until smooth. Spoon into the cavities of the mini-skull molds. Refrigerate to set.

Walnut Brain Candy Skulls

Unmold the skulls. Using melted white candy, spread some on the back of one half of the skull and “glue” together with the matching half. Refrigerate to set. Slice the top of the skull with a sharp knife. It may be necessary to use melted white candy to glue the halves back together.

Walnut Brain Candy Skulls

Melt the pink candy according to the package directions (microwave, double boiler, etc.). Brush the crumbs off the walnut halves and immerse them into the melted pink candy. Place on a sheet of waxed paper to set.

Walnut Brain Candy Skulls

Spread some melted white candy on the pink walnut “brain” and attach it to the top of the sliced-off skull. Repeat with the remaining brains and skulls. Refrigerate to set. Place in mini-cupcake papers. Drizzle red gel icing to look like “blood” (optional).

Walnut Brain Candy Skulls

Notes 

  • White chocolate has an ivory/light yellow color to it. For whiter skulls, use white confectioner’s candy wafers or melts, which can be found at local craft and hobby stores.
  • Add a few tablespoons of vegetable shortening to the melted candy for a liquid consistency. It helps to make it smoother and easier to pour into the chocolate molds.
  • We used the Wilton brand 3D skull candy mold for this blog recipe post.

Vampire Bite Cupcakes

Vampire Bite Cupcakes

October 31: Halloween

Sink your fangs into a fruit-filled dessert for Halloween. Vampire Bite Cupcakes are easy to make and have an impressive visual impact on a party platter. It looks as if Count Dracula got the first bite and sampled the sweet treats himself! They are just basic white cupcakes with a blood clot-like cherry filling and iced with vanilla frosting from which red gel oozes out. For a bloody-good Halloween dessert, make Vampire Bite Cupcakes.

Recipe

(Based on Google Images)

For the cherry-filled cupcakes

  • 1 box white cake mix (we used Duncan  Hines brand Classic White flavor)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ can cherry pie filling, slightly drained

Directions

Bake the cake mix according to the directions on the box, using egg whites, oil and water.  Use paper cupcake liners (we used red foil) to make the cupcakes.

Vampire Bite Cupcakes

Remove from the oven and cool completely. Core the center of the cupcake, reserving the top. Or use a sharp knife to cut off a little bit of the center of the cupcake, reserving the top. Insert some of the cherry pie filling into the cupcake center. Replace with the reserved cupcake piece that was cored/cut out.

Vampire Bite Cupcakes

For the vanilla frosting and bloody decoration

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2+ tablespoons milk or water
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla flavoring (we used Wilton brand)
  • red tube gel icing

Directions

In a mixer or mixing bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar while still mixing. Stir in the milk/water and clear vanilla and mix until a spreadable consistency is achieved.

Vampire Bite Cupcakes

Frost the top of the cupcake, being careful not to remove the covered filling center (we used tip 1M in a swirling motion to decorate our cupcakes but it can be smoothly covered with a spatula). Use a toothpick or skewer to pierce two holes in the cupcake. Squirt red gel icing from the tube to look like dripping blood. Chill the cupcakes in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Vampire Bite Cupcakes

Notes 

  • Complement this Dracula-themed dessert  with Vampire Bite Cookies.
  • Cupcakes may be filled with strawberry or raspberry jam instead of cherry pie filling.

Gelatin Eyeballs

Gelatin Eyeballs

October 31: Halloween

Look at these “extracted” eyes—they are a creepy yet creative cuisine for Halloween! Instead of decorating cake pops or boiled eggs (which can be time-consuming when preparing other party platters), we wanted a quick recipe for the jiggly-wiggly body part. These gelatin eyeballs have a light almond flavor and taste similar to the Asian/Chinese almond float/tofu. Have a ball this Halloween with easy-to-make gelatin eyeballs!

Recipe

(Adapted from Halloween Forum)

Ingredients

  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup hot milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • food coloring (for the “pupils”)
  • black tube gel icing (we used Wilton brand)

Directions

Lightly grease round molds (we used Wilton brand brownie pops mold) with vegetable oil. In a large measuring cup or small bowl, bloom the gelatin in cold water for at least a minute. Stir in the hot milk.

Gelatin Eyeballs

Add the sugar and almond extract. Pour halfway into the molds. Refrigerate to set for at least four hours.

Gelatin Eyeballs

Unmold the gelatin eyeballs and arrange on a platter.  Dip the wide end of a cake decorating tip in food coloring.

Gelatin Eyeballs

“Stamp” the “iris” onto the center of the “sclera” (eyeball), twisting slightly. Use a food-safe brush to paint towards the center of the circle to create the “iris” effect. Squeeze a small dot of black tube gel icing to make the “pupil”.  Refrigerate until ready to serve. Yield: 16 (or 8 pairs) of gelatin eyeballs.

Gelatin Eyeballs

Notes

  • For bloody eyeballs, decorate with red tube gel icing.
  • For a different flavor, try a teaspoon of other clear extracts (lemon, orange, vanilla, etc.)
  • For Christmas, re-use the brownie pops mold and make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Brownie Pops.