If you need a fun Halloween party dessert that isn’t too hard to make but creates a big impact, consider making a haunted house cupcake cake! It’s the perfect Halloween dessert for chocolate lovers. I made it last year for our Halloween party & it was a big hit! I had so much going on that I didn’t do step-by-step photos for a tutorial. So, if you’d like that, then I recommend you check out this book…
“What’s New, Cupcake?” is my favorite little baking book. It has great ideas & designs, complete with great instructions for all kinds of different holidays and themes. I’ve used it for ideas numerous times, like the jungle animal cupcakes! The directions for the haunted house in the book are really thorough, actually taking up quite a few pages in the book. But, it’s really not too complicated.
Just from the picture above alone, you probably have a good idea on how it’s made. Basically, you’ll need your favorite chocolate cupcakes & chocolate frosting (I think I made 2 dozen cupcakes and ended up using about 18). You’ll stack those up frosted. If you can find chocolate sugar cones, those would be best. I couldn’t find any though, so I frosted regular sugar cones to keep everything looking more uniform. There was one cone up top & one around the back right (which is helping to support that tree). The tombstone and window shutters are all cut oreos. The windows themselves tootsie roll pieces flattened & drawn on with edible ink. Then, add in some mallowcreme pumpkins and chocolate sprinkles (crushed oreos would work great too). The most difficult or tedious part about the whole project is making the chocolate trees. To do that, you’ll need chocolate candy melts/candy coating. Once you’ve melted it according to the package directions, pipe tree shapes on to wax paper. Before they’ve cooled, sprinkle with orange & black nonpareils just to give them a little color. You’ll want to place them in the fridge to harden and be very careful when you stick them in. Use some of the items already there (like the cones & oreos) to help hold them up. If that fails, you can always use a toothpick. And, that’s pretty much it! 🙂 It does get a little messy when you go to eat it, but it’s super fun and totally worth it!
Have YOU been up to any creative Halloween baking?
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