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Hello, cupcakers and fellow candy lovers. We have a special treat today! Alan Richardson and Karen Tack, the folks who write the Hello, Cupcake! books are guest blogging about their latest DIY Halloween cupcakes.

Candy.com met Alan and Karen at the 2012 Sweets & Snacks show in Chicago, and saw first-hand how they cleverly use candy and snacks to create cupcakes with serious “Wow!” power. The duo recently created a “cupcaking” app that makes cupcaking with candy even more fun and easy …

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Fresh from the Hello Cupcake! app are Jack-O-Lantern cupcakes. Here’s the how-to  from Alan and Karen …

We used Tootsie Rolls and Laffy Taffy for the glowing yellow eyes, and a Honey Twist Pretzel for the stem. But the beauty of being a Candy Detective is that you could just as easily use any chocolate or yellow taffy for the eyes, and a bread stick, a Kit Kat, or another brown candy or snack for the stem.

To get started, here’s what you’ll need to make one pumpkin patch with six jumbo cupcakes …

- 6 jumbo cupcakes baked in orange liners
- 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
- ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey’s)
- Yellow and red food coloring
- 16 chocolate chews (Tootsie Rolls)
- 16 yellow fruit chews (Tootsie Fruit Rolls, Starburst, Laffy Taffy)
- 3 wheat twist pretzels (Rold Gold)

Tint the vanilla frosting deep orange with the cocoa powder, and yellow and red food coloring.

Pumpkin Cupcakes Icing

Pumpkin Cupcakes icing completely blended

Divide the frosting and spoon it into two resealable freezer-grade storage bags. Press out the excess air, and seal.

Dividing and sealing icing

Squeegee the frosting to the corner.

Squeegee the frosting to bottom of bag

Snip a ¼-inch corner from the bags.

Snip off 1/4-inch corner from plastic bag

Soften several chocolate chews at a time (you can put them in the microwave for 2 to 3 seconds if needed). Flatten the chews slightly. Press several chews together and roll out on a piece of wax paper to a ⅛-inch thickness.

Tootsie Rolls

Tootsie Rolls ready for the rolling pin

Tootsie Rolls getting rolled out
Next, you’ll need to download a printable version of the Jack O’Lantern template.

Using the outer line of the templates, cut out chocolate shapes using a small paring knife or scissors. Reheat and re-roll the scraps as necessary to make all of the shapes.

Pumpkin template

Pumpkin Stencils

Pumpkin template - cutting

Trim templates down to the inner line and repeat with the yellow fruit chews.

Yellow Laffy Taffy

Rolling out Laffy Taffy

Pumpkin Stencils

Pumpkin stencil on Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy cut-outs

Place the yellow pieces on top of the chocolate pieces to make the eyes, mouths, and noses; set aside on wax paper.

Yellow Laffy Taffy with cut-outs placed

Make enough face parts for all of your cupcakes, you can even create your own.

Pumpkin faces

Starting at the top of a cupcake, pipe a thick line of frosting down the center.

Insert thick line of frosting

To make the pumpkin’s ribs, pipe vertical lines on either side of the center line, tapering them slightly at the top and bottom. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.

Creating lines of frosting for a ribbing effect

Pumpkin cupcake frosting finished

For the stems, break the wheat twist pretzels in half crosswise. Insert the broken ends into the top of the cupcakes.

Insert pumpkin stem

Arrange the face parts on top of the cupcakes.

Comleted pumpkin cupcake

Repeat with the remaining cupcakes and faces.

Pumpkin cupcakes with bright yellow Laffy Taffy faces

Have a Bootiful Halloween!

Alan and KarenCupcakes, Cookies, & Pie, oh my! book

p.s. - For more candy decorating ideas, please check out our books and newsletter at www.hellocupcakebook.com.

Recipe and images copyright 2012 Hello, Cupcake! App.

 

 

 

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We love our friend Jackie Sorkin, owner of the Los Angeles-based event planning company, The Hollywood Candy Girls and star of TLC’s Candy Queen show, which just went global.

Earlier this week we reached out to Jackie to ask her about her favorite, yet easy DIY Halloween party favor.  Without batting an eye, she sent us this  …

These candy-filled mason jars meet all the criteria for a successful party favor: clever, colorful, easy, and something every party-goer will want to take home and copy for their own parties. Heck. You don’t even have to throw a party. They can be gifts, too!

Jackie says classic candy corn and  jelly beans, M&M’s, Sixlets, and gumballs in green, purple, orange, and black work well for layering up a Mason Jar. Pop a faux furry spider on top (there are tons at Party City) and tie it all together with a matching bow. Simply spooktacular!

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Have you ever known someone for a while, and later discovered one of their secret talents? Like, learning that a coworker sews amazing mens’ suits at night, or finding out that your retired neighbor happens to be a pool shark and travels to Vegas to compete. I love when this kind of stuff unfolds.

Last week at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO in Chicago, I came across a “Candy Never Goes Out of Style” exhibit. It was a display of couture dresses, jewelry, high-heeled pumps, and a Louis XVI chair all made out of candy wrappers and individual pieces of candy.

Exhibit A:


Turns out the dresses and accessories were created by Terese McDonald, owner of Candyality candy shops in Chicago, along with several of her staff members, siblings, and sister-in-law. The Louis XVI “sweet seat” was made by Beth Kimmerle, candy historian and author. Both Terese and Beth are friends of Candy.com, and neither came clean with their hidden talents until last week.

Terese says the “Skittles Riddles” dress (above) took her employee, Ashley Reinsmith, about 15 hours to make. (Skittles Riddles got lots of buzz at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO, winning the NCA’s Most Innovative New Product Award in the non-chocolate category.)

The matching Skittles Riddles high heels scream “Katy Perry!” …


Exhibit B:

According to Terese, the Jelly Belly Wedding Dress took the most amount of time to design and bring to life … about 50 hours. (That may have topped the time it took Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen to create Kate Middleton’s wedding dress!) The bodice and boning accents were made with Vanilla Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Terese says two of her team members worked diligently on the Jelly Belly dress in the middle of her new Water Tower Chicago store location, while customers watched the progress.


Exhibit C:

The vibrant Wm. Wrigley Jr. 5 Gum Dress was made by Terese’s sister-in-law. Terese comes from a family of seven children and says all of her siblings and her sister-in-law have creative and artistic backgrounds. The talent pool runs deep! Terese says she and two of her sisters caught the fashion design bug two years ago when they collaborated on their first candy wrapper dress.

“We constantly study all of the current fashion trends and fashionable people, and make an inspiration board to get us going. Each dress is different as it expresses the vision of the artist,” says Terese.


Exhibit D:

Inspiration by J.Lo? This M&M’s Dress features a boho chic hat and rows and rows of wrappers cut like petals.


Exhibit E:


The summery tangerine dress made with Goetze’s Classic Vanilla Cow Tale wrappers took Terese and her crew about 36 hours to craft. The neckline features unwrapped Goetze’s Caramel Creams. (Yum!)

When asked about what happens with all the candy that gets unwrapped, Terese says, “Most companies donate the wrappers for our dresses, but from time to time, we do end up with vats of unwrapped candy. We recycle that candy because we do so many art projects in our stores. We don’t like to throw anything away.”


Exhibit F:

Beth Kimmerle’s antique Louis XVI chair was covered in retro candies like Tootsie Rolls, red licorice wheels, candy dots, Necco Wafers, and Pez. It was, by far, the sweetest seat in the house.

To learn more about the dresses and accessories that debuted on the Sweets & Snacks Expo runway, as well as Candyality’s upcoming candy fashion events, click here.

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Sweet! Today, we’ve got a tutorial on how to make adorable Baby Chick Gumballs today from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle. These baby chicks would be a major hit at a baby shower. (Take a peek at SweetSugarBelle’s Jordan Almond and M&M’s Bluebirds.) Thank you SweetSugarBelle for sharing your sweet yellow chicks with us. Love them!

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Want a cute accent for your next baby shower? These baby chick gumballs are adorable and easy!

Baby Chick Gumballs

Here’s what you need:

1. Yellow Gumballs

2. Black Royal Icing {piping consistency} fitted with a #1 tip

?3. Orange Royal Icing {20-second icing} with a #2 tip

4. Yellow Royal Icing {stiff piping consistency} with a #13 or #14 tip

Here’s the how-to:

Begin my packing a cooling rack on a cookie sheet and cover with a towel. This will help to keep the gumballs from rolling around as you work.

Baby Chick Gumballs 2

Make sure to give the gumballs a little space so you can work without bumping into the others.

Baby Chick Gumballs 3

Next use the black icing to add eyes.

Baby Chick Gumballs 4

At this point, I kinda start thinking of this…just kidding.

Baby Chick Gumballs 5

But seriously, at this point use the orange icing to add a beak.

Baby Chick Gumballs 6

To finish up, use the yellow piping icing to add a sweet little puff of feathers to the top of the chickie’s head.

Baby Chick Gumballs 7

Let dry and you’ll have the cutest and easiest chickies you ever did see!

Baby Chick Gumballs 8

For matching cupcakes head on over to my blog, The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle.

Hope to see you there!

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