Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SWEET ideas for Halloween!

I plan on having cupcakes decorated with custom toppers from Two Sugar Babies for the Halloween bash later this month, but while surfing the web I also found these sweet ideas for Halloween cakes:

this is DEFINITELY my style! love the zebra stripes! check it out

Simple, but still makes a big statement. I found this Spooky Kitty cake at
Country Living

this isnt your traditional cake, but what kid wouldn't love one of these candy cakes from Cookie Pots?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mmmm ... Chocolate!

Since I'm working on a Halloween party right now, I decided to post some of the vendors/suppliers I'm using when I'm stuck on what to post about otherwise. Because I always like to have something for the adults at parties, I thought a Halloween party was the perfect time to bust out the chocolate fountain. Who doesn't love a good chocolate covered ...... ANYTHING?! And to make things a little more interesting, I've ordered orange tinted chocolate from Sir Chocolate. You can order 4lb and 7.5lb bags of chocolate in a wide variety of colors, and all you need to do is microwave the entire bag and its ready to serve. Not to mention that I love that its women owned and operated!

Because this is a lunchtime party, I plan to keep the dipping options limited to strawberries, marshmallows, pretzels, and an assortment of cookies. Yum!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Candy Corn + Cheesecake!

I've been all over the internet and flipping through magazines in search of dessert ideas for the Halloween party I'm currently working on. I came across these fun little squares of deliciousness (dont check the dictionary, you wont find that word!) from Hershey! The recipe follows below just in case anyone is interested in giving it a try!

3/4 cup vanilla wafer crumbs (about 20 wafers, crushed)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold butter or margarine
12 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Corn Flavored Candies
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
Additional HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Corn Flavored Candies, unwrapped

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 8-inch square pan with foil, extending foil beyond sides of pan. Stir together vanilla wafer crumbs, 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 cup sugar; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Press onto bottom of prepared pan.

2. Remove wrappers from 12 candies; place in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until candies are melted and smooth when stirred. Beat cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until blended. Beat in eggs, milk, remaining 2 tablespoons flour, vanilla and baking powder. Gradually beat about 1/2 cup cream cheese mixture into melted candy; beat this mixture into remaining cream cheese mixture. Pour into prepared crust.

3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until center is set. Cool to room temperature. Spread whipped topping over surface. Cover; refrigerate several hours or overnight. To serve, lift dessert from pan using foil. Peel back foil, cut into squares. Serve each square garnished with candy piece. 12 to 16 servings.