Did you notice we missed Progressive Eats last month? Seems everyone or at least most of us started having conflicts so I just decided to punt and give the group a month off. Now we should be re-energized and ready to go for the holiday season. Heather, who blogs at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen started us off with a Halloween theme (see all links after the recipe). While I’m not the biggest participant in Halloween festivities (I am the world’s BIGGEST scaredy cat!), I have to admit I had some fun making these Halloween Mummy Cupcakes and the bloodshot eyes were pretty doggone prophetic!
I’m still recuperating from cataract surgery; of course the first eye that was operated on was so easy I sailed into the 2nd procedure like it was ‘buttah’ and it’s not been so easy. No big complications but a bit more pain and my eye has had some swelling so I spent Friday and Saturday looking through what seemed to be gauze and only today is it really improving. On top of that, now that both are complete, I struggle to see so definitely some eyestrain.
The new lens does correct my vision but not to 20/20 so I’ll still be wearing glasses for distance since I preferred having my near vision not require them…working online and with a camera so much it’s just easier to do as I’ve always done. The problem is I can’t get tested for new glasses for a month sooooo…yeah, it’s a bit problematic. My current glasses don’t mesh with my new eyes so until I can get a prescription set of glasses it will be weird. It will all be worth it though; I can see the future and it’s a brighter white and a sharper view and that is good!
So while I made these Halloween Mummy Cupcakes thinking my neighbor kids would love them; they are a pretty fair representation of me right about now…I promise not to come to your door and scare you to death!
I did make these from scratch using my favorite Espresso Chocolate Cake recipe (makes 24 cupcakes) which everyone loves but if you want to make things easier for a kids party, go ahead and use a box mix if you prefer. This is really all about the eyes and the red dripping blood right? I’ve seen some Mummy cupcakes (lots of them) that required you look down at the top of the cupcake to get the effect and I wanted to try something a bit different so my icing tip makes big swirls for the bandages, the eyes are candy and the blood is simply simple sugar died red.
I used a Star Tip to get the deep grooves; I got mine from Bake It Pretty but I think you can find a 1M tip at Michael’s. Once you start icing with a pastry bag and tips I promise you will never go back to a knife. The beauty of these cupcakes is that the messier the better…so no previous skill required!
The eyes are candy that I also found at Michael’s and the red is just simple syrup that I made a bit thicker than normal and colored red with a paste color.
I was so pleased with how these turned out; just cute enough to look like Halloween but not so much that I had nightmares. 🙂
Do you love Halloween too? I do have a costume…maybe I need to throw a party? In any event, have a Happy Halloween…if you’re close can’t wait to see the kiddos and if not…just have fun and be safe!
Progressive Eats Halloween Menu
- Black Rice Risotto with Butternut Squash from Pastry Chef Online
- Bloody Feetloaf from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
- Chocolate Tombstone Parfaits from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Halloween Black & Orange Soup w/ Dukkah Pumpkin Seed from The Heritage Cook
- Halloween Pomegranate Negroni from Mother Would Know
- Mummy Halloween Cupcakes from Creative Culinary (You’re Here!)
- Mummy Truffles from The Redhead Baker
Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month we’re sharing a Halloween Menu, and our event is hosted by Heather, who blogs at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen. We have dishes that show off the colors associated with Halloween, as well as some cute and creepy ideas. No matter your level of Halloween spirit, you’ll find something delicious to add to your repertoire this season!
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.
We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.
I’ve also added this to the weekly roundup for the Food Network where the theme this week is also Halloween!
A Mind “Full” Mom: Mini Pumpkin Pie Cookies
Creative Culinary: Halloween Mummy Cupcakes with Espresso Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Buttercream (Me again!)
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Twix Bar Brownies
Devour: 5 Horror and Sci-Fi TV Show-Themed Halloween Bites
The Mom 100: Mummy Cupcakes
Foodtastic Mom: Bourbon Bacon Pumpkin Seeds
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Mini White Pumpkin Milk Fudge with Dry fruit Filling
Healthy Eats: 6 Lightened-Up Sweets for a Healthier Halloween
Taste with the Eyes: Three Truly Gruesome But Tasty Halloween Recipes
Mom Loves Baking: Pumpkin Cupcakes
Swing Eats: Spooky Halloween Buckeyes
Pinch My Salt: Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
FN Dish: When Food Gets in Costume: Edible Takes on Creepy Halloween Things