Tuesday, October 6, 2009

You never know how you look through other people’s eyes…

I did make a trial run on a new recipe over the weekend. Most of the time, I just fly by the seat of my pants, but I really wanted to see how these would turn out. So I made a batch and then gave them all away. Really, my neighbors love it when I get bored and rained in. I’ve even had them call me in the morning to let me know we’re having adverse weather and ask what I would be making. What a bunch of mooches. But I love it.

I’m going to a Halloween party later this month. It is the party of the year, and everyone looks forward to it. I dress up, of course, but really? I just like to make food. I have made some interesting dishes for the spooky party and this year is no exception. I decided to make these sweet little surprises.

You should always start with fresh ingredients:

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Don’t worry if you can’t get any real eyeballs, the gummy ones work just fine.

 

Then you make some red velvet cupcakes (recipe to follow)

 

 

 

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Take a cupcake and cut a 1 hole in the top one inch in diameter and about 1 inch deep.

Put a heaping teaspoon of seedless raspberry spreadable fruit in the hole, then drop in an eyeball. Carefully place the top back on.

 

 

 

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Frost with a can of cream cheese frosting, adding a few drops of neon purple. Sprinkle with Halloween sprinkles and that’s it!

Cupcakes with a “special” surprise.

 

 

 

I did not think up this recipe, although I really wish I had. I got it from The Taste of Home Halloween recipe book found at the checkout of the grocery store. I would also like to point out that I have no more children at home, so my talents are being wasted.

 

Recipe for Spooky Surprise Cupcakes

1 pkg red velvet cake mix (I couldn’t find, so used Devil’s food w/red food coloring)
1 3oz pkg “cook and serve” chocolate pudding mix
1 1/4 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs
1 jar seedless raspberry spreadable fruit (found near the jelly)
24 eyeballs – gummy style
1 can cream cheese frosting

Combine cake, pudding mix, water, oil, and eggs at medium for 2 minutes.

Fill paper lined cupcakes 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 18 –22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely before putting eyeballs in.

Cut a 1 inch hole, saving the top. Place a teaspoon of raspberry into the hole. Drop in an eyeball. You can’t have too much raspberry, as I figured out during my taste trials. Replace top carefully.

Frost with some purple cream cheese frosting and you’re good to go.

Here are some things I learned from my test run:
If you’re handy in the kitchen, make your cream cheese frosting. The canned kind doesn’t set up well, so tends to stay kind of gooey from stirring the food coloring in. Do not store cupcakes in the fridge. It makes the eyeballs as hard as marbles and that’s no fun. If you use devils food cake, but want it red, get a bottle of red food coloring and add about half. A few drops from the little food coloring kit isn’t going to cut it.

Have fun creeping out your kids. The Skater and his girlfriend, the Chef, were my guinea pigs and were creeped out, but said they were tasty.

“Eye” will see you later! bwahahaha!

Edited to add: The gummy eyeballs come individually wrapped, 20 to a pkg, in the Halloween candy section. The store with the bull's-eye has a pkg of 8 eyeballs for 3.99. Don’t get those!

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