I was asked to do some baking for work to help celebrate Halloween, and I did some for daycare too while I was at it - Thanks to Pinterest, here is what I came up with:
Cut the curve off some candy-canes. . .
. . . pop the curves into a blender. . .
. . . blend to a powder. . .
. . . and bake into patty cakes.
My first batch did not work out well. . .
And you can see how much the second batch sunk as well - I'm blaming the candy canes as I used my favourite basic cake recipe.
The chocolate ones worked out much better. I flavoured them with some peppermint essence & peppermint chocolate bar
Moving on to decorating. . .
Mint Slice + christmas bells. . .
Looks more like a pilgrim hat than a witches' hat. . .
And chocolate covered meringues didn't really work out how I'd planned. . .
and when paired with a Chocolate Wheaten is supposed to look a little like a witches hat. . .
Those candy canes from earlier, plus some jelly beans. . .
And some 2-tone icing. . .
Witch in a Ditch cakes
These are the 'vanilla/mint' with the mint slice hats
I'm a bit proud of the decorating
The chocolate 2-tone icing
Again - just a tad proud
The choc-mint with the choc wheaten/meringue hats
In all the excitement I forgot to take a photo today so please excuse the terrible lighting
I decided I'd send the excess to daycare but ran out of candy-cane legs, so I improvised & used some Arnott's TeeVee Malt sticks with bananas cut in half for the shoes
Not as nice as the jelly beans, but I'm sure the kids will enjoy them anyway :-)
While we're on witches, I made some broomsticks for them. . .
These are Chang's spiders (noodles in melted chocolate) moulded in a mini-muffin tin with a pretzel handle. In retrospect it would have been easier to put the handle in before I set the chocolate in the fridge, but I wanted the 'skinny' end of the spider at the top
And here are the Reese Peanut Butter Cup version. I was lucky enough to spot a pack of these in the cheap shop the other day so I grabbed them with this in mind
These are also being split between work & daycare - jelly eyeballs. . .
Well, that's what they're supposed to be anyway. I think they would have worked much better in a different mould, but I only had my mini-muffin tray which gave a rather square finish to the edge
I was going to do some of these edible spider webs for both daycare & work, but these will only be going to daycare
I realise now that I forgot to give the spider legs. . it must be one of those tricky pouncing ones & his legs are tucked underneath him ready to go :-)
I ran out of room in the fridge to let these set properly (they are actually quite large when assembled)
So I left them on the bench & while the chocolate has set, it hasn't set as hard as I would have liked. I ended up cutting the paper under each spider & popping them paper & all into the storage box for the big day
I've been racking my brain (and Google) trying to find a biscuit recipe that's egg-free & nut-free so a little boy in Miss M's daycare class doesn't have to miss out on the goodies I make. Then I came across my old scone recipe - egg & nut free!
I had originally planned to do gingerbread men skeletons for daycare & then do voodoo doll versions for work, but ended up adding pumpkin to the scone recipe & attempting a more Jack-O-Lantern inspired creation. . .
I tried with a choc melt mouth
and a coloured nose .. . .
and no nose. I think they're a bit cute for Halloween, but I didn't want anything scary for the little ones.
I do love discovering I can do scones in my Kambrook doughnut maker though!
I haven't linked to all the ingredients like I usually do. If there are any you'd like further information on please let me know & I'll forward the links through
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