I've been making these cupcakes for Halloween treats and school parties for years, and every time they're a little different. The basic idea is the same, it's just the icing on top varies from year to year. Sometimes I'm lazy and make do with stuff I find in the fridge or pantry. If I plan ahead and buy the appropriate ingredients they turn out better. Let's call me lazy this year.
Anyway, these cupcakes are easy to make (if you allow it to be--I'll explain) and are a huge hit with kids (and grown ups too).
First, I'm not going to pretend I'm a baker. I have strengths and baking isn't one of them. I use box cake mix (insert collective gasps). I buy ready-made frosting. It's all I can do to take the time to make the witches legs, and that part can take up to an hour--or more. BUT! It's worth it I promise.
Here's what you'll need:
1 cake mix (or homemade cake batter if you're an overachiever) and the ingredients for the mix
2 cans white frosting
powdered sugar, milk, and green food coloring for the green icing
black card stock
To make Melting Witch Cupcakes:
Assuming you have an oven, bake the cupcakes according to the recipe. Let cool.
Cut each paper straw in half.
Using a pencil, draw witches shoes. I promise no two will look alike and that's okay. Do not obsess or agonize over this part. You will start drinking and will soon find yourself drunk. I'm serious. Draw the dumb shoes. Cut them out. Move on.
Glue your not-so-perfect shoes to the straws. Set aside to dry.
In a piping bag (or plastic baggie with corner nipped off) add white frosting. Pipe on cupcakes after they've cooled.
In a mixing bowl add powdered sugar and a small amount of milk. You don't want the icing to be too runny, just enough runny. See, this is where a professional baker would be a good idea. I have no idea how to tell you how to do this part. You just have to figure it out. Sorry.
Add green food coloring. Mix and voila--there's your melting witch parts.
Pour green icing over each cupcake. It's okay if the icing runs over the edge. She's a melting witch after all.
When you're ready, insert the witch's legs in the cupcakes.
Congratulations. You're a master baker. No one can top you. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back. Ask your kids to tell you three things they love about you. Have some wine and call it a day. Happy Halloween.
OK, so maybe not WORLD famous, but we are pretty sure that once you try this banana bread recipe you will buy on purpose those spotty over-ripe bananas for half price at the grocery store just to make it. Pop in the toaster for breakfast and top with cream cheese or chevre if you are fancy. Or warm in the microwave and add a scoop of Blue Bell Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and some caramel sauce drizzle. The great thing about this recipe is that it makes 2 loaves. One to eat now and one to freeze. Or give away. Or not. Enjoy, friends!
Preheat oven to 350.
4 large eggs
1 18.25oz package yellow cake mix (without pudding)
1 3.4oz package banana instant pudding mix
1 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 bananas mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Beat eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer until thick and pale. Add cake mix, pudding mix, water and oil. Mix well. Stir in bananas and nuts.
Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9 x 4 x 3 loaf pans.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Cool in loaf pans on wire racks for 10-15 minutes or until cool to the touch. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks before cutting.