Whether I’m cooking or baking, I love being in the kitchen.. When it comes down to it, however, I’m really a baker at heart. Being a huge fan of sweets, I’ve always found comfort in baking. I also think that baked goodies remind me of celebrations – cakes for birthdays and cookies for Christmas and so on. So when Better Homes and Gardens newest cookbook, Baking arrived at my door, I couldn’t have been more delighted.
Shortly after receiving Baking, I sat down with a cup of coffee and leafed through its five hundred plus pages. It was pure delight. With over 350 recipes, it certainly covers everything under the baking umbrella. While I want to make every recipe in this book, given the upcoming holiday, I decided to try my hand at the Halloween-inspired Ghost Cake. To up the cuteness level, I went with cupcakes instead of a cake.
I started off with the Classic Chocolate for the cake. The resulting cupcakes are light, fluffy, and delicious.
As they baked, I worked on crafting some chocolate trees. This was another reason I was thrilled about this recipe. I couldn’t wait to try making these cute little trees. They were so fun to do. I really liked the idea of sprinkling on jimmies to give them a little texture. I even found some fall colored jimmies to look like leaves. When you’re making your trees, be sure the chocolate is thick enough. Otherwise, they will be very fragile. A few of my trees turned into bushes. No harm done, though.
Once the trees were set and the cupcakes cooled, I made the Meringue Frosting. Growing up, my mom always referred to this as Seven-Minute Frosting. This frosting is made on the stove with a double boiler. Seven minutes is typically how long it takes to make the frosting. Hence, the name.
With the frosting ready, I gave my cupcakes a quick base coat. Since I didn’t have a pastry bag, to pipe the ghosts on, I just used a plastic baggie with the corner snipped off. Two round sprinkles for the eyes, the tree tucked into place, and my Ghost Cupcakes were complete.
Are they not the most adorable things you ever seen?
These would be such a sweet, yet slightly spooky touch for a Halloween party or fall get together. Despite the fact that everything was made from scratch, I was also really surprised how quickly they came together..
Well, I’m off to figure out which recipe I want to whip up next. You can find the recipe for Ghost Cake here. If you are looking to add Baking to your own cookbook collection, you can pick up a copy here.