Taste of Hello, Cupcake! from Taste of Home!

Halloween is coming and Taste of Home Magazine
invited us out to their test kitchen to stir up some monstrous ideas for the holiday. We had so much fun playing with marshmallows that we decided to make everything from them. We created a whole spread of Marshmallow Monsters using marshmallows and ingredients right out of the pantry to make hilariously scary creatures. Just take a look at the Big Eyed Marshmallow Monster we created. It has one big marshmallow with a Junior Mint for the eye and lots of canned frosting tinted neon green (we use Duncan Hines Creamy Homestyle) with neon food coloring (McCormick). We used the squeeze-release-pull technique from What's New, Cupcake? to create the furry texture in the frosting using a freezer weight Ziploc bag for piping. I love the creepy fog that the photographer used for the photos. The black solid cupcake liners are available in select grocery stores (Reynolds).

Photo courtesy Taste of Home Magazine, copyright 2010

When one eye is not enough...use mini marshmallows and make lots! We used many mini marshmallows with orange M&Ms Minis to make our Google Eyed Monster. For this one we placed the mini marshmallow eyes at the end of licorice lace and twisted the lace to make crazy eyes. We used blue sprinkles on neon green frosting increase the creep factor.

Photo courtesy Taste of Home Magazine, copyright 2010

You'll also find a fun twist on our Thanksgiving stuffed turkey project from What's New, Cupcake? in this issue of Taste of Home. Take a look at the really fun way we think you should garnish the turkey this year. Watch for the fall issue of Taste of Home in your mailbox or pick it up at the newsstand. You'll meet our whole gang of marshmallow monsters and get the complete instructions for making them.

To see videos showing how we made the marshmallow monsters and stuffed our turkey go to the Taste of Home website. There's even a video that explains how we make a Chocolate Haunted House from cupcakes! Click below to see the videos.

Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year, and with these fun cupcake treats we think it will be for your family too.

All the best and...

Happy cupcaking!
Alan and Karen


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  • September 23, 2010 Sue wrote:
    You guys are amazing! I love the haunted house! Thanks for the video!
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  • September 25, 2010 Sarah K. wrote:
    I was just looking through my taste of home and saw the pictures, I didn't read the article yet, but immediately thought they were your designs when I saw how awesome they were. I am thinking of having a halloween party this year and these will be a great addition!
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  • October 4, 2010 taylor lautner twilight wrote:
    Hey Alan. We have a farmers market in Indiana. I bet people would flip for these! Great idea! Those eyeballs are so cool but to scary too!
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  • October 15, 2010 Jenna wrote:
    Hi, I was wondering id this would be in the whats new cupcake book??
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  • October 17, 2010 Lori wrote:
    I was so excited to see the cupcakes in the latest Taste of Home magazine. My church has asked that I provide cupcakes for the kids for a Halloween party. Can't wait to make them! I predict they will be a HUGE hit.
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