So far, I've made filled cupcakes, dirt cake, a decorated Halloween cake, and a 3D pumpkin cake - all Halloween themed. As I started making these treats, I discovered that you can make anything holiday themed as long as you had some imagination and some food coloring.
You can use any flavor cake and frosting that you like. I have used yellow cakes with vanilla frosting and chocolate frosting or chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. It's really up to you and what you feel you want to make. Although I haven't tried it, I imagine that lemon cake with vanilla, chocolate, or lemon frosting would be really good too.
You really can't get any simpler than this. Put the cupcakes in the oven, while they're baking, make the filling. Once the cupcakes are done, take them out and when they are only slightly warm, fill your cupcakes by inserting pastry bag/cake decorator fitted with a large round tip. Squeeze until the top of the cake puffs out a little. Then take it out and frost once the cake is completely cool. DONE. Here is the recipe for the filling.
There are some tricks to filling them that I will mention and hopefully save you some heart ache.
Cupcake Creme FillingINGREDIENTS:
1/3 c. Evaporated Milk
1/2 c. Granulated Sugar
2/3 c. Crisco
1/4 t. Salt
1 Tbs. Vanilla
1 Tbs. Water
1/2 c. Powdered Sugar
a few drops of food coloring to color creme as desired
INSTRUCTIONS: In a mixing bowl, put milk, granulated sugar, Crisco, salt and vanilla. Beat for 10 minutes. Then add water and powder sugar: beat until fluffy.
YEILD: Makes enough for 3 dozen.
- If you are using a zipper lock bag as a pastry bag to put the filling in, you'll have to squeeze harder or hold the bag in a fashion that the bottom of the bag barely moves. Otherwise you won't get enough frosting in.
- Make sure you keep an eye on the top of the cupcake to watch it puff up. If it starts to crack, you may have too much creme inside.
- If you don't want to go through the time of making cupcakes, you can make your cake in a 9x13 pan and then randomly inject the creme filling all over the cake and then frost the entire thing. It's a great surprise in the plain old generic office cakes everyone sees so often.
- You can easily split the recipe after it's been made and dye them in separate bowls so you have different colors.
Dirt CakePeep ghosts, pumpkin shaped Mellowcremes, and Nilla wafers (write RIP on one half and stick it in the dirt cake for a tombstone). You can get really fancy and pipe vines off of the pumpkins for vines.
Dirt Cake Recipes
AllRecipes.com Dirt Cake Recipe
Orange Halloween Polka-Dot Cake
BUTTERCREAM FROSTING RECIPE
1 1/2 cups shortening
1/2 cup butter
8 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons regular vanilla extract
6 fluid ounces heavy cream
1. Beat the shortening and butter together until it looks fluffy.
2. Add sugar and continue to cream until it's mixed well.
3. Add salt, vanilla, and cream, mix until blended.
4. Beat at high speed until the frosting is fluffy. About 5-10 minutes.
5. Add gel food coloring if desired.
3D Pumpkin Cake
After the top is frosted, place the other bundt cake on top with the flat side facing down. If there are decorative lines on the outside of your bundt cake, now would be a good time to line them up. It's not an extremely necessary step, but it will make your cake look better depending on your frosting skills.
The next step is to frost the top of the two layer cake with orange frosting. You don't have to go all the way down on the outside, but make sure you get the inside of the hole a bit. Next you'll drop one of the cupcakes (if you used a paper liner for the cupcakes, you need to take them off first before using them in your cake) into the hole with the top facing up and frost the top of the cupcake with orange frosting. Turn the second cupcake upside down and place it on top of the already frosted cupcake. This is your pumpkin stump, so you'll want to frost it green. Be careful that it doesn't shift too much while you're frosting. If it does move a lot, you can use 3 or 4 toothpicks to hold them together. Carefully frost the rest of the pumpkin with orange frosting and pipe on the jack o' lantern face of your choice with black frosting and you're done!