Hi friends! How are you? I love this time of year. October, November and December are probably my favorite months. The weather is cooler and leaves are changing color. As much as they can change color here in Southern California anyway. Last week I got the house decorated for Halloween. We have a new window cling skeleton the grandkids think is silly. It’s cute! You know what else is cute? These Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes!
A few years ago, I started storing my special baking pans for each holiday with our decorations. Partially because there was no room in the cabinets for the pans (I have a serious pan problem!) but it’s fun opening up our decorating boxes and finding them waiting for me. It makes them new all over again! So, not only do I get excited over the cute stuffed pumpkins that adorn my fireplace mantel in October every year, I also get excited over Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes, crazy ideas to use for my Skull Pan and how to decorate monster-shaped cookies!
First in the great “The holidays are here, so let’s bake all the things!” marathon that happens every Fall, are these Jack O’Lantern cupcakes. We’re going to make use of this Wilton Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes Silicone mold in two different ways. Side note: Do you call it a pan or a mold? I’m never sure with silicone… Anyway, two ways! The bottoms of each cup have a Jack O’Lantern face, so I filled the faces with dark chocolate candy melts and then just barely covered them with orange candy melts.
Oh, and I got my nails done for Halloween too! Aren’t they cute?
After the molds (yeah, I’m going with “mold” for these) hang out in the fridge for about 30 minutes, you carefully pop them out, put them on a plate and return them to the fridge. We’re going to use them as cupcake toppers!
Speaking of cupcakes, I had some very helpful taste-testers while making cupcakes today!
There is some serious competition going on here for the “cute” factor: kids, cupcakes, fingernails! I’m pretty sure the grandkids are going to win though.
Remember, I said we were going to use the mold two ways? After making the toppers, just wipe out the mold and use it to make cupcakes. This way, the Jack O’Lantern faces fit perfectly on top.
Ta-da! So cute and so simple to make. These have definitely put me in the Halloween baking spirit!
I used the following items to make these cupcakes:
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