***WE HAVE A WINNER!!!***
Congratulations, Emily!! You are the winner of a baking kit from McCormick.
Please contact me at cookbookqueenblog (at) hotmail (dot) com to claim your prize!!
They weren’t glamorous, handsome, and rich (seriously, have you noticed that all vampires are rich nowadays???).
They looked like the Count from Sesame Street, or Eddie Munster, with widow’s peaks and pet bats. They lived in musty castles with cobwebs and wore black capes with red lining.
In other words, they were very obviously VAMPIRES.
I mean, I’m all for the new hottie vampires, but I kind of miss the old-school organ-music-in-the-background vampires of my youth. So when McCormick sent me a Halloween baking kit, I decided to put it to use making a batch of cute, child-appropriate vampires.
The vampires are super simple to put together, and are pretty flexible as to what type of candy you use.
I started off by dipping a lollipop stick in a bit of melted white almond bark and sticking it to the back of a Nilla Wafer. You’ll need one for each cupcake. Once they candy is set and the sticks are firmly attached, dip the front of the cookie in melted white almond bark. Then add the face:
For the eyes, I used green confetti sprinkles with a black sugar pearl attached, but any small, round candy would work. The hair is cut from a flattened Tootsie roll (if you buy the big ones and flatten them, you can get several triangles from one piece), and the mouth is a red DOT, cut into round slices and then each slice was cut in half again to form half-circle mouths. I got 6 mouths from one piece of candy. The teeth are a white Airhead, cut into small strips.
I usually use a clean pair of kitchen scissors for cutting my candy. It’s so easy, just like crafting or scrapbooking, but with candy!! As long as I have some flexible candy, almond bark, and kitchen scissors, I can make just about any cupcake topper.
For the “blood” that is on the fangs and dripped on the frosting, I just mixed a bit of red McCormick food coloring with a few Tablespoons of corn syrup.
Stick the completed Vampire in a frosted cupcake and you’re done!! I garnished mine with sprinkles and a few drops of the “blood”.
See how easy? You could totally do that.
And today, you are in luck because not only did you get a cute cupcake idea, but McCormick wants to send a Halloween Baking Kit to one of my readers!!
The kit includes:
McCormick assorted food color, black food color, and vanilla extract
Silicone Baking Sheet
Le Creuset Spatula
Mu Kitchen Oven Mitt
Assorted Halloween Candy
“Tricks for Your Treats” Halloween Decorating Ideas
To enter, just leave a comment telling me your favorite Halloween treat. It can be something you bake up, or even just candy that you buy every year. I will be taking entries until Wednesday 10/19 at 11:59 pm. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced here Thursday.
A big thanks for McCormick for sending me the baking kit, I had a lot of fun creating these vampires with it.
Good luck and thanks for reading!!