Sunday was one of those days in the kitchen. I was pretty enthused to start the day. I set aside time to make the Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes and the (admittedly tardy) Vegetable Pot Pie for the Barefoot Bloggers. The pot pie was from hell so let’s move on from that.
I adore Halloween. True unadulterated love. I have a little get together every year for my family members who aren’t lucky enough to live where trick-or-treaters dare to go (condos and the like). I make a giant pot of vegetarian chili and pumpkin pie every year. The pumpkin pie is in honor of my father-in-law. He passed away several years ago but his birthday is was on Halloween and he celebrated every year with pumpkin pie. I also spend a ridiculous amount of time thinking about other desserts, appetizers, etc. to serve. Plus, it gives me a chance to show off my own cute little trick-or-treaters without traipsing all around the city. Although, I am finding it ever difficult to ignore that my “cute” little trick-or-treaters are growing up and developing minds of their own. This year I am sending out a ninja and Jango Fett, bounty hunter from Star Wars for the uninitiated. What happened to my little plush frog and dragon? They grew into weapon wielding candy hoarding maniacs, that’s what.
Back to Sunday. I was excited to make the cupcakes despite repeated warnings on the P&Q thread about dryness. I wanted to try to make these cupcake jack o’lanterns from the Taste of Home magazine I picked up in the check-out line. I should have stopped myself right there and reversed courses. (This is the part of the horror movie when the sorority girl decides to take a walk by the lake. Alone. In the dark. In a tight shirt. You don’t know exactly what is going to happen but it isn’t going to end well). I am a terrible cake/cookie decorator. Nothing ever looks like I think it will and it just frustrates me.
The cupcakes went surprisingly well. (Pride goeth before a fall.) To make the jack o’lanterns you slice the top of two cupakes and invert one on top of the other. I whipped up the chocolate ganache to serve as a tasty cement between the cupcakes. Then I –attempted- to make the orange frosting. Does this look like frosting to you? exactly.
Don’t know what happened. Mixedd it more. Tried to chill it. Ended up with goop covered in festive layer of ice. I threw it out. By this time the pot pie (from hell) was seriously annoying me and I had broken a pie plate so I conceded a little on the jack o’lanterns. I turned six of the cupcakes into plain old chocolate cupcakes. No fancy decoration. No tasty filling. Some leftover sprinkles from last year.
Not willing to give up, I made three jack o’lanterns. With, I admit in shame, store bought frosting I tinted a very light orange. I was going to use candy for the faces but….yeah…not going to happen. The children have already plowed through most of these, even Colin which is victory enough for today.
The full recipe is on CB’s blog IHeartFood4Thought.
Next week starts what I am dubbing the month of surprises. I have never tasted a version of any of the recipes for November, no rugelach, kugelhopf, rice pudding or pumpkin/pecan pie for me (and that last one will remain an unknown). At least there are no pastry bags in site.