Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the time of year with the fall foliage and I love to decorate for Halloween. I also have a ton of fun throwing parties and dressing up. We do a lot of family-oriented things around the holiday as well. We’ll go to pumpkin patches and we’ll all dress up. One year we did a Wizard of Oz theme, which turned out really cute. It’s just a fun time of year for all of us.
Halloween is a pretty big deal in my small town, too. They close off Main Street and have a huge parade in the afternoon, ending it with some trick-or-treating with the participating stores around the Plaza. There are so many cool homemade costumes and you can really see the creativity that goes into them.
This is the first year Matt’s in school for the holiday, so we thought it would be fun to make cupcakes for his class. Today, in between some indoor soccer games (it’s rainy out), Matt and I made these cute owl cupcakes. He’s such a help in the kitchen…when he wants to be…and I also think it’s good to get him involved in cooking and baking. It’s an excellent learning opportunity for both of us…….OK, I won’t deny the fact that I’m trying to shape him into being a good boyfriend or husband for someone. ;o)
These cupcakes are pretty easy to do because it’s just a box mix, canned frosting and some other pre-made ingredients for decoration.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 box of your favorite cake mix (yellow, white, or chocolate)
1 bag of M&Ms
1 package of Oreos
1 can of chocolate frosting
Follow the instructions on the box to make cupcakes. Seems easy enough, right? It’s nice to have a helper in the kitchen. Here’s mine:
While those are baking, have your little helper sort out the M&Ms for the cupcakes. I put out some bowls and had Matt sort out the colors. It just makes it easier when it’s time to assemble them. This is a great learning experience for colors, dexterity, matching and patience. Really, I don’t have any teaching credentials, so teachers, feel free to add any other things kids might learn through doing this task.
The next part is for grown-ups. Taking a sharp knife, split the Oreos in half so that one side has the cream and other other is just the chocolate cookie. You can try to split it without the knife, but sometimes you end up with cream on both sides.
Once the cupcakes are cooled, frost them with the chocolate frosting. Place 2 Oreos side by side in the center of the cupcake just as the picture shows. Put an orange M&M vertically in the cupcake for the beak…again, just like the picture. Place a small amount of frosting on the “M” side of an M&M for the eyes. Position the M&M (frosting side down) on the cream part of the Oreo…big surprise, like the picture shows. Repeat with the same color for the other eye. Next, take your knife and make points at the top of the eyes for the owl’s ears. Voila! You’ve got an owl cupcake. See, that wasn’t so hard, was it?