Can you all tell I’m excited about Halloween? It’s hard not to be with this fun, layered vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting recipe!
But stepping away from those cupcakes for just a minute, to talk about Halloween. It’s one of my all-time favorite holidays, which is funny considering how much I despise being scared. I think it has something to do with how it brings the neighborhood together in a fun, secular way. As a child, you get to go from door to door and see neighbors you haven’t seen since the previous year’s trick-or-treating adventures (and then get candy from them!). As an adult, it gives you an opportunity to escape the stresses of your daily life and pretend to be someone else for a few hours. I particularly love how people from all religions and nationalities can celebrate this holiday!
One of my favorite guilty pleasures during the Halloween time is candy corn. It’s so
terrible for you festive and fun! I just knew I had to make something that showcased these halloween treats.
- 1.25 cups all-purpose flour
- 1.5 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- 6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 whole egg plus 1 egg white, at room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup milk
- Red food coloring
- Yellow food coloring
- 3 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
- 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2.25 tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a muffin pan with paper liners
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Cream (beat together) the sugar and butter using an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the egg and egg white, one at a time, while mixing at a reduced speed
- While continuing to mix, slowly add the flour mixture in 3 additions--pouring a tablespoon or so of milk between each addition.
- Mix on medium-high until no traces of flour remains (about 30 seconds--don't over beat!).
- Using food coloring, dye the batter yellow. Transfer half of the batter to a large ziplock or piping bag.
- Dye the remaining batter orange by adding red, one drop at a time. Transfer to another ziplock or piping bag.
- If using a ziplock, cut the corner of the bag to allow the batter to flow out in a controlled fashion.
- Fill up each muffin tin about ¼ of the way with yellow, and then orange batter.
- Bake until a tester comes out clean (18-20 minutes), and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Using an electic mixer, ingredients and mix together until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). You may need to add more sugar or milk to get the desired consistancy.
- Transfer to another ziplock or piping bag to pipe onto the cooled muffins.
This will stay good in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Serve at room temperature.
“Skeleton in the Closet,” from Bing Crosby’s 1938 Pennies from Heaven was Louis Armstong’s first feature billing. In the movie, he’s warning patrons of a night club that the club is supposedly haunted. His performance causes a skeleton to come out of the shadows and dance until Louis Armstrong’s astronomically high note scares the skeleton away. Like this recipe, it’s just a really fun, cute halloween treat.