I feel like I’m always saying, I can’t believe it’s already August/September/October… But the months and seasons do seem to disappear so quickly. It’s already snowed three times in Colorado. This morning, I was regretting not wearing gloves as I scraped ice off my windshield.
And so, I’ll say again, I can’t believe that Halloween is next week. Are you stocked up on candy yet? We don’t have to buy candy for trick-or-treaters since we’ve never seen any kids going door to door in our condo building, so any candy we buy ends up being just for us.
I brought home a pile of candy to make these Halloween cupcakes, though, so we have quite a supply of Oreos, Milanos and Hershey’s Kisses on hand right now.
Personally, I can resist most candy unless it’s chocolate, especially chocolate/peanut butter combinations, so the box of Reese’s Pieces I bought to decorate the little owls didn’t last too long. And at my sister’s house, she and her husband are always trying to bogart the Kit-Kats that show up in their kids’ candy bags.
It was so fun to make a variety of designs, and while I had scribbled down at least a dozen more that I wanted to do, I limited myself to just these 7 designs. The owls are nothing new, as I’ve been seeing this idea for a few years now and I’m not sure where it originated, but it was too cute to not include.
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- 2 dozen cupcakes, any flavor
- 2 cups buttercream
- Milano cookies
- Reese's Pieces
- Hershey's Kisses
- chocolate sprinkles
- candy eyes
- gel food coloring
- piping bags and tips
- Fancy Witch Hat: Pipe the ruffly buttercream using the large drop flower tip. Attach a Hershey’s Kiss to half an Oreo with a little buttercream, any flavor, and pipe dots around the edge of the hat.
- RIP Gravestone: Cut the Milano cookies in half. Pipe RIP onto the cookie gravestones and stick into the frosting. Sprinkle with crushed Oreo crumbs.
- Mummy: Use a flat tip to pipe white buttercream back and forth across the cupcake and press the candy eyes into the middle.
- Eyeball: Frost with white buttercream, then pipe squiggly red lines from the center to the edge. Press a candy eye in the center.
- Owl: Place two Oreo halves, frosting side up, on the cupcake. Add a brown Reese’s Pieces for the eyeball. Add an orange Reese’s Pieces for the nose, and brown ones at the top for the eyebrows.
- Ghost: Pipe white buttercream onto the cupcake with a large round tip, swirling it around to a point. Add two sprinkles or candy sugar pearls for the eyes.
- Zombie: Frost cupcake with white buttercream. Add a candy eyeball, and make the other eye and mouth with red piping and chocolate sprinkles.