Halloween Cupcakes

For my birthday this past Wednesday, I made some cupcakes to bring into work on Friday.  I decided to make candy skulls to decorate the top.

I found some candy skull molds at Joann’s on sale for $1.19 each I grabbed two. I also picked up two bags Wilton Candy Melts and Wilton Pearl Dust.

First I started by melting the candy melts in a frosting bag (you can use a Ziplock baggie if you don’t have frosting bags and just snip off one of the corners).  I put the candy melts in my microwave on defrost for about 30-45 seconds each time.

Once melted sufficiently, I squeezed the candy into the molds.  Making sure to fill each one  up.  Once the molds were full, I shook them to get any air bubbles out.  Then I put them in the refrigerator for about five minutes to let them harden up.

Once hard, I popped them out of the molds and then I dusted with glitter.  I tried this two different ways.  The first way, I put a little vanilla extract in a small ramekin and sprinkled some dust in and mixed them together to create a “paint”.  That didn’t work so well, the mixture seemed to bead up on the skull. I just took a dry brush and dusted each skull.

 

For the cupcakes, I made a spiced cake. I followed the directions on the back of the box, the only exception was that I added pumpkin flavor emulsion.  I used LorAnn’s baking emulsion. Once cooled, I mixed the cream cheese frosting with purple and orange food coloring. I used my #12 tip and swooped in a circle.

For the orange cupcakes, I used a star tip and repeated the process of frosting the cupcakes.  Once each cupcake was frosted I placed a skull on top.
I had a few skulls left over and they found a nice home in my stomach.

This is one of the attempts with “painted” pearl dust.

Do you guys bring treats to work for your birthdays?  Or is this something we do up in Wisconsin?  Let me know in comments below.

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