Glow in the dark frosting!!

This recipe is PERFECT for the Halloween season and surprisingly easy!!

Ingredients

1 black light
prepared and cooled cupcakes

White Glow In The Dark Frosting

7 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
5 tablespoons tonic water {diet tonic water works too}
mini chocolate chips morsels

Extras Needed for Green Glowing Frosting

Neon Food Color
0.3 ounce package of either Lime or Orange Gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 cup chilled tonic water

Prepare desired cupcakes and allow to cool. Begin frosting by adding confectioners’ sugar, shortening, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons tonic water into a large bowl. Beat on low speed until no loss sugar is visible. Add remaining two tablespoons as needed to bring frosting to piping consistency. Mix at high speed for about a minute to allow frosting to become light and fluffy. Place half of white frosting into a separate bowl and set aside. Add neon food coloring to frosting until it reaches desired color {orange for orange gelatin, green for lime gelatin}.

Pipe colored frosting onto cooled cupcakes and place in the freezer for at least an hour. Meanwhile pipe white frosting on half of the cupcakes using a large round frosting tip. Add two mini chocolate chip morsels for the ghost’s eyes to finish ghost cupcakes.

After lettering colored cupcakes freeze, prepare the gelatin by adding gelatin mix to 1 cup boiling water. Stir for about 2 minutes then add 1 cup chilled tonic water. Transfer to a container that will let you easily dip frosting into and place into an ice bath to cool. Keep gelatin in ice bath stirring occasionally until gelatin is cool but not yet set {about 5 to 10 minutes}.

When gelatin is cool to the touch take cupcakes out of the freezer a couple at a time. Dip into gelatin upside down, submerging the frosting but not the cake {it is ok for the gelatin to drip onto cupcake, just don’t submerge it completely}. Rotate cupcakes dipping and then returning to the freezer for about a minutes to set gelatin, then re-dip. Dip 4 to 6 times for best results.

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Refrigerate until a couple minutes before serving to keep gelatin set. Then place cupcakes under a black light and watch them glow.

{Make enough frosting for about 24 cupcakes}

Unicorn Poop….I wish I was making that up! haha

 

Unicorn Poop Sugar Cookies

 
Heat oven to 400*

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening* 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • neon food coloring
  • disco dust
  • sparkle gel
  • star sprinkles
  • rainbow Dragees (I used sugar pearls)

Step 1- In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Slowly add flour, baking powder and salt.
Step 2-Divide into smaller bowls and add desired food coloring.  Chill for at least an hour.

Step 3-After chilled, make snakes with each color.  You don’t want them too thick because you have to use all 5 colors (or however many you chose) to make one large snake.  Be careful!  They break easily.

Step 4-Take one of each color and make one large snake. Gently twist combined colors, giving it a candy cane look.  This is hard if you use too much flour.  They won’t stick together.  So be patient. Form into “poop” shape.

Step 5- Bake in a 400 degree oven for approx. 8 minutes.

Step 6-When you take them out of the oven, immediately press in the sugar pearls.  You want to break through the surface and push them in about halfway (or else they will fall out.)

Step 7- Let cool

Step 8-Now it’s time to add the sparkle gel.  Use a new paintbrush and brush a thin layer of the gel over the entire cookie.  Make sure to get inside the cracks.  This won’t harden when it dries and will remain somewhat tacky.  Just don’t stack your cookies and your good.

Step 9-Add the stars on top of the gel. Take a small pinch of disco dust and sprinkle over cookies.

Pumpkin Puffs

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 1/2 cups Reese’s Puffs cereal

 

Step 1-In a large pan melt corn syrup and sugar on medium high heat until sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and stir in peanut butter, white chocolate chips, and orange food coloring. Add the orange food coloring to desired color. I like the Wilton brand colors because they are very bright. You want to mix it quickly so that it doesn’t cool down too fast. If it does cool down too fast turn the heat back on for a second. Stir in the Reese’s Puffs and coat as well as you can. Don’t worry, when you form your pumpkins it will get more incorporated.

Step 2-Let the mixture cool slightly.

Step 3- When it is cool enough to handle start making golf sized pumpkin balls, forming well with your hands.

Step 4-Form them around the pretzel sticks for pumpkin stems. Place on waxed paper to set.

Step 5- Quarter the green gumdrops and use two slices for the pumpkin leaves.

 

Fall Projects for Kids!

Stained Glass Leaves

Materials:

Leaf template
Wax paper
Scissors
Crayons
Crayon sharpener
Iron

Step 1-Tear off a piece of waxed paper and lay it on a hard flat washable surface.  If you are going to make specific shapes, you might want to mark your shapes on the paper prior to adding crayon shavings so you can strategically place the wax.  Black permanent marker works best.

Step 2-Begin by sharpening crayons and placing all of the shavings on the area that you intend to cut out for your stained glass.

Crayon leaves

Step 3-Place a second piece of wax paper on top of the shavings.

Step 4-With an adult’s help, lightly press an iron (set on its lowest setting) over the shavings.

Step 5-Allow the wax to cool before handling.

Step 6- Cut out desired shapes (leaving wax paper in place).

Step 7- Hang in window and enjoy!

Paper Bag Pumpkin

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Materials:

1 brown paper lunch bag

Acrylic paint: orange and leaf green

Paintbrush

¼ sheet brown construction paper

6- 12” pieces of green raffia

Scissors

Step 1-Paint the outside of the lunch bag with orange paint.

Step 2-Paint the inside, top portion of the bag with leaf green paint.

Step 3-Paint a second coat of orange paint on the bag, only this time, paint the top outside portion with the leaf green-colored paint.

Step 4-When paint is completely dry, fringe the green section of the bag with your scissors, strips should be approximately ½” – 1” wide.

Step 5-Fill bag with crumpled newspaper (if using as a decoration) or candy and treats.

Step 6-Gather top of bag with your hand and tie a piece of raffia around it, just below the green section.

Step 7-Continue tying pieces of green raffia around the neck of the bag until all of it has been used.

Step 8-Cut a 1.5” wide strip of brown construction paper and roll up into a tube. Insert the tube of paper into the center of the green portion of the bag as the stem. If these bags are used as decoration, you can glue the stem in place.

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