Boo!: Halloween Fun

Happy Halloween!  Our post today is dedicated to a bit of Halloween fun.  I thought it might be nice to put up a few fun facts to get you in a spooky mood.  But first, check out is this adorable little mummy cupcake.  Decorating it is simple, and it gets rave reviews.

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Halloween week in hectic for our family (and many others, I imagine).  For that reason, I admit I have taken a serious shortcut here.  The cake was a box mix and the icing was pre-made.  I am a firm believer in homemade, but sometimes convenience wins.

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Halloween Fun

More on the Mummy Cupcake:

For the papers we used paper souffle cups.  They may be difficult to find in supermarkets.  I found ours at a restaurant supply store.  I like to use them for cupcakes and especially for these as they sort of mimic the fabric strip look of the mummy's face.  Furthermore, they stand up on their own on a baking tray, they are the perfect size between mini cupcakes and medium cupcakes, and they cost about the same per paper as mini cupcake papers.  Probably the best thing about them is that you can fit 3 dozen on a baking sheet at a time.

You will need the two frosting tips shown to complete the project.  They are very basic tips and easy to find if you don't already have them.  For successful results you should use chocolate or devil's food cake.

Halloween fun facts:

  • Jack o’lanterns come from Ireland.  They once placed candles in hollowed out turnips to ward off ghosts and spirits.
  • Halloween was brought to America by European immigrants who celebrated the harvest by making a bonfire and telling ghost stories, singing, and dancing.
  • Snickers is still the number one selling candy bar for Halloween.
  • Vampire bats are real, but they don’t transform into humans and they aren’t native to Transylvania.
  • According to the National Confectioners Association, chocolate makes up about 75% of a trick-or-treater’s overall haul.
  • Candy corn has been being made by the Jelly Belly Candy Co. for over 100 years.
  • There is no word in the dictionary that rhymes with “orange”.
  • Over 90% of all pumpkins marketed in the US are used for jack o’lanterns or decoration.
  • Half a cup of canned pumpkin has three times the recommended daily requirement of vitamin A.  That is more than any other canned fruit or vegetable.