Darling readers, I know that, for many, Halloween marks the start of a two month orgy of holiday baking, parties, and overindulgence in all manner of delicious things. So today I’m stepping away from the controls to leave you in the capable guest-blogging hands of Ish, the charming polymath, full-time foodie, and occasional blogger at A Fine Kettle of Ish, to kick off the season of eating with a roundup of tasty Halloween treats. Play nice, boys and ghouls.
Howdy, folks. Let’s get things started with this squishy parfait of berry-flavored cake, jam, and frosting from Living Locurto, which rings the Halloween trifecta bell: easy to make, delicious to eat, and completely gross to behold. Click on over to Living Locurto for the recipe as well as free Halloween printables to make the spooky jar labels.
Who else but Martha Stewart would bring you these Broken Glass cupcakes? Of course, you can make the white cake and cream cheese frosting from scratch (as Martha – OBVIOUSLY – does), but you could just as easily grab a mix and save your creative energies to make the “glass” – a simple process of melting sugar in water to get this cutting edge garnish (get it? cutting edge? I slay me).
Martha doesn’t mention it, but please, for the love of all that’s (un)holy, line your baking sheet with a silicon mat before you pour the sugar in. That way, you simply twist the mat under the cooled sugar and voilà – broken glass! Unless you prefer digging sugar shards out of a baking sheet then spending the next five hours scrubbing the pan. Be like me and let your laziness be your guide.
3. Bloody Jelly Donut Eyeballs
Oozingly delicious, no-baking-required Halloween goodies that can also double as hilarious props? Any recipe that includes “stab eyeball with fork” in the directions? Complete. Genius. Check out I Sing in the Kitchen for more fantabulous photos and step-by-step instructions to easy donut eyeball assembly, or stop by Dollhouse Bake Shoppe for the original recipe.
Yes, well, I did have to get one of my own recipes in here, right? I absolutely love these cookies. Tender and cake-y, the anise cookies can be made ahead of time and frozen until the day you’re ready to top them with sweetly herbaceous, ghostly green Absinthe glaze. If your guests are on the squeamish side (or you prefer your treats a little less…oozing), give these decadent cookies, “evocative of fairies, madness, and exuberant excess” a try.
5. Devil’s Food Cake with Black Pepper Boiled Icing
This sensuous cake from October’s Bon Appetite magazine speaks to the decadent, devilish side of Halloween treats. Rich, dark chocolate combined with peppery spice and topped with an ever-so-slightly-singed white frosting. This is a pretty labor intensive recipe with grown up flavors, so save this one for a ghoulish Halloween dinner party. Then please invite me so I don’t have to give in to the temptation to spend two days making this cake. I promise to bring the jelly donut eyeballs.
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Categories: Food & Drink, Guest Writers
I’m pretty much quivering in my boots already…
Yummy! Those brains in a jar look great but I think I would have to eat one with the lights off.
I love the absinthe cookies – the green icing would be easy for me to do because all my icing comes out green lately (even when I was mixing red and blue to make purple icing!)
That’s quite the skill. I’ll be happy to handle the purple icing if you take care of my soldering needs! 🙂
Thank you for including me here! I love the other treats you chose, too. Those brains in a jar…Yikes. So cool.
Thanks for the great recipe & photos! I called them fantabulous and I’m standing by that.
Those are some great ideas! That brains in a jar looks gross. 🙂
Ha, that’s why I need friends with kids – none of the grown-ups I know want to eat the extra-gross treats! 🙂
Hey folks, thanks for letting me come by and visit. It’s been real. (Real spooky, that is) 🙂
Thanks for the guest post! Feel free to come over and make any of these for me. 🙂
Great post thanks for sharing this!
Check out today’s recipe – Tasty Coffee Rolls
Thanks for stopping by. Happy haunting!
Ooooooooo! Very delectable! These would make great party treats – especially those cupcakes!
Hey JJ, nice to hear from you. Glad to hear that you liked it – I’m trying to decide if I have time to make those cupcakes myself!
These are AWESOME ideas! I hope to try some of these myself!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed it!
Wow, those are amazing and I am going to make a few of them this week and get them ready for Halloween. Love it. And I love this blog.
Aww, thanks, Morning Tempest! Hope your Halloween prep is going well.
I’m working on a new Halloween cocktail right now – one of those broken glass cupcakes would be perfect to serve it with.
Halloween cocktail? I’m listening….
love the cupcake with broken glass and blood affect. Ghoulishly creative 😉
Thanks for stopping by, Honeybee. Do report back if you ever end up making a batch – I’d love to hear how they come out!
Will do 🙂
What fun! I am going to be all over these recipes this year, thanks for posting..
I’m so glad you’re tempted to try your hand at them, darling. Do report back and let us know how it goes! 🙂