Sunday, October 31, 2010

Spidey Cakes

Easy-peasy cupcakes with some flair.  Scare (or delight) your friends with these eight-legged treat freaks.

INGREDIENTS

- 1 package of chocolate cake mix
- 1 tub of chocolate icing
- 1 package of Reeses Pieces (or M&Ms)
- 1 package of black licorice

Bake the cupcakes according to the box's directions (not too hard to mess up).  Let cool completely.

1. Prepare the Legs:  take clean scissors and cut the licorice sticks long ways to make 2 long skinny pieces.  Then cut them in 4s so that you have 8 small pieces.

2. Ice the cakes.  Be liberal.

3. Create the monster: stick the legs into the side of the cakes firmly.  Apply 2 eyes (or 8) to the front.

Wa-la! Spidey Cakes. Display with plastic spider rings for an extra creepy effect.

Dead Lady Fingers

Happy Halloween!  Try this easy recipe out for your next Halloween shindig.  




INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup softened butter (nuke for about 45 seconds)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 handful of almonds, sliced
  • red food coloring
In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla in a bowl. In a separate, smaller bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt.  Beat in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  

Cover the mixture and refrigerate for half an hour.  Roll about two tablespoons of dough in your palms to create finger shapes for each cookie; they should be about 3 to 4 inches long and about 1/2 to 1 inch wide.  To make nails, press a sliced almond firmly into one of the ends. With your index finger and thumb, squeeze on either side of the center to give the knuckle shape.  Also, tapper off the cookie so it's thinner where the nail is.  Make slashes in several places with a paring knife to form knuckles. 

Place cookies about 1 inch apart on lightly oiled baking sheets and bake in 325 F (160C) oven for 20-25 minutes or until slightly golden. Let cool.  

When the cookies are cooled, squeeze red food coloring onto the cookies, focusing around the nails and knuckles (do so sparingly, just a few drops go a long way!).  

Serve and enjoy this gross-looking treat!




Yum!  Martians love fingers!


So do creepy guys...


Love, 

The Rebel Baker and her man Ned (a.k.a. Patrick).