Have Your Cake and Eat It (Part 2)

26 Oct

Club Creative Studio has captured a display of photos here that will have you wanting to create in the kitchen.  To continue with the Halloween theme and cake, you may find inspiration to try a few creative cupcake decorating ideas seen here.  Maybe this can be a challenge to yourself or others to see how you can also express the Halloween theme.

This photo shows two projects I would like to write about.  First the decorated cupcake.  This cupcake starts as an ordinary frosted cupcake. Here the cake is frosted in a light vanilla color which also can be substituted for a green icing that would make a striking witch-face complexion choice.  The hat is a chocolate sugar ice cream cone.  The cone can also be a dipped cone in chocolate if you can not find the chocolate flavored cones available.  If you desire a roundness at the base of the cone to look like a rim, a thin cookie wafer can be added and attached with more frosting.  Black licorice strips are used to resemble hair.  Almost any small confectionary can be used for the eyes, and the nose is a single candy corn candy.  As an added touch, I think that I would add {paper} legs and shoes attached to the underside outer bottom cake liner.  Makes me want to start this project now!

The second project in the photo shows stuffed pumpkins made from paper lunch sized bags.  One way to do this is to buy the gift bags that are already made in the orange color, stuff with plastic recycled bags or newspaper bawled up and then twist the top portion to make a stem.  Adding details in paint and maybe hot glue artificial leaves at the stem site.

Another method that works well is the way that I did this project with my students in art class.  We used recycled or new brown bag lunch sacks and grocery bags.  Stuffing with newspapers, the bags were formed into the round shapes like fat pumpkins are.  Each shape was different because each child stuffed their paper differently.  Make sure to identify the bottom of the bag at this time with the child’s name if you arr making as a group project. The top of each bag was then secured with tape and twisted into a stem form and tied off with natural jute string.  The jute also looked like a vine in the end of the project, and you can hot glue leaves along it as an added detail.  Orange paint was used to cover the bag surface, green paint used for the tip of the stem area.  The pumpkin patch was left in an area outside to dry.

To display a group project, this would look great in an entry way of a school or hallway. Benches could be used as levels for lined pumpkins or place them on top of stacked hay bales.  Transform one side into a jack-o-lantern by making features with black paints or markers and leave the opposite side of the bag “blank” so that the display can flow into the November theme of Fall or Thanksgiving, assuming the children will want to leave them instead of taking them home.  Have fun creating one or many of these stuffed pumpkin craft ideas.

Hungry for pumpkin spice cake in the shape of a pumpkin?

Transform your ordinary bunt cake into a pumpkin.

Use orange frosting and a green frosted ice cream cone to complete the look.

Enjoy  creating odd and unusual items to eat during any season.  Especially now, the hand-made goodies can be more whimsical and not so perfectly made to be enjoyed.

Be inspired to create with food, or with craft.  The best thing about creating in food is that it has two rewards: process and taste.

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