Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Trick or Treat Overload Halloween Cocktail Cupcakes

so when i was planning my monthly cocktail cupcakes, Hawkeye tweeted a vote option out - pink awareness themed cupcakes, or halloween themed?  and halloween won!!  Sami was the first to respond with a halloween vote, so i decided to embrace her favorite candies - candy corn and reese's.

but the beauty of these particular cupcakes is that the choice is up to you.  it's all about using what leftover candies and salty treats you have!  you can use any salty snack (cheetos, doritos, pretzels, potato chips) and any sweet treat (milky ways, chocolate chips, caramels, raisins) and you don't even need to stick to one of each!  and you just mix it into your favorite cupcake recipe - even a box mix like me.

the cakes

i decided to do yellow cake with white frosting and orange decorations, for the colors.  you can make any flavor of cake you prefer.  and also use a real recipe, but mine's from a box because i had to make them in time for a party with just what i had on hand.  mix the batter as directed on the box and then stir in 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped sweets (i used candy corn and reese's) and 1/2 to 1 cup of crushed salty snacks (i used goldfish, for the orange factor!)

line your cupcakes tins and fill the cups just over 2/3 full.  bake as directed on your box/recipe.  the additional candy/snacks will not change the cook time.

marshmallow vodka frosting
i don't put alcohol in the actual cakes, only in fillings and frosting, because the alcohol would just cook out of the cake during baking.  and since there's no filling in these, i maybe went a little heavier on the frosting ;)

cream together 1 stick room temperature butter and 1/2 cup shortening until fluffy.  mix in 4 oz of softened cream cheese.  slowly add 4 to 5 cups of powdered sugar a half cup at a time, alternating sugar with first 1 table spoon lemon juice and then a total of 4 shots of marshmallow vodka.  continue to add sugar until you have desired consistency, and add more lemon juice/shots if frosting is too thick, or to taste.  i added 1/2 a cup of crushed goldfish to the frosting because this frosting is very sweet.  the bit of salt worked out perfectly!  as did the hint of halloween orange, of course.

frost away and top with candy corn!  of course i sound crazy, but i promise you these are delicious.

what mix of treats will you try?!  happy halloween!

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