Have you guys noticed the abundance of people posing with mustaches lately? Just this week I saw it here in cookie form via Bake it Pretty, here in stationery form via 100 Layer Cake, and here in chocolate at Miette’s Patisserie via Tartlette.
Simply stated: I love it, it’s freaking hilarious, and I want it at my Halloween party. But the problem? I didn’t have a mustache candy mold, and I didn’t have time to order one and have it delivered by tomorrow. So I pulled out my Wilton candy melts, some trusty parchment paper, and my pastry paint brushes, and in no time flat I had….THESE!
Don’t Kamin, Sarah, and Kimberly look simply dashing with their chocolate ‘staches? Tomorrow at the party I’ll stick them up in a styrofoam block covered with some cool wrapping paper, and hopefully everyone will see the humor and not think they’re chocolate worms or…well…you can use your imagination.
Step by step, ooh baby…
Here’s how to make ‘em when you’re sans a mustache mold:
1. Paint the ‘stache shape onto the parchment in a thin layer. Let it set up in freezer for a couple minutes; it doesn’t take long. And remember you can do several of these at a time.
2. Paint a little more and set the skewer on the side. Back into the freezer.
3. Here’s where my method gets a little less…methodical. I literally glopped on, for lack of a better term, the chocolate. It holds well and mounds up nicely, and since you already have the initial chocolate template has already been firmed up in the freezer, it won’t run past the edges into a big chocolate mess. Let it go back into the freezer for a couple more minutes to set.
4. Now you’re pretty much done, but glop on a little more chocolate to give it some depth and texture. It can stay in the freezer almost indefinitely.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who shared in Halloween Week with me! It was a lot of fun, and we’ll have some post-holiday wrap-up stuff next week. Dunno about you, but I can’t wait for next year!
Photos by Kamin!
I’ve been waiting months to make Oreo truffles for my party. My friends love them. My co-workers love them. And I get the ugly ones all to myself; I don’t even share with Zack. Amy Atlas had some really cute brownie pops in ghost and pumpkin form (right here), and I loved how she put the stick coming out of the top instead of trying to defy gravity and putting the stick on the bottom. Once again I used the Wilton Sparkle Gel, which I’m still feeling pretty mixed emotions towards. I’m so happy with how they turned out, and I can’t wait to keep nommin’ on them on Saturday!
Don’t worry, condensation happened on the surface because I pulled these out the freezer right before I shot them, which is where they’ll stay until the morning of the party, which is when they’ll go to the fridge, and then to room temp a couple hours before the guests arrive. You can wipe the condensation off easily with a paper towel.
One more just for kicks and giggles…I had just gotten in my Halloween Johnny Cupcakes shirt that morning, so…
And by the way, those amazing skull and crossbone doilies are straight from my all-time favorite pastry decor supply website, Bake It Pretty. Thanks for the awesomeness, Amanda!
And one more thing…Oreo truffles can be made to suit any occasion, so if you’d like for the Atomic Cakery to whip some up for your next occasion, just email email@example.com!
It’s a Halloween twofer today, folks! My friend Chantel and her boyfriend Tyler have started brewing their own beer. I’m fascinated by it. What an awesome hobby! Some people knit, I bake, and Chantel makes beer. Rad. A few weeks ago I tried some of her pumpkin ale, and while I’m the first to admit that I’m not a beer connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, I really enjoyed this! She was gracious enough to brew some more for me for Saturday’s Halloween party, and if you ask nicely, she might even brew some for you!
(Gorgeous photo by nonother than Kamin Willliams, who seems to be having a down day, so go to her blog and tell her how fabulous she is!)
Clearly, my French mac and pumpkin spice fever is as strong as ever. I firmly believe, and who can argue with me, that pumpkin and chocolate are culinary soulmates. And the color combination is gorgeous too!
3 egg whites
3 tbs granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup almonds
3 tbs unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups of your favorite buttercream
3 1/2 tbs pumpkin puree
1 tbs (more or less to taste) pumpkin pie spice
Zap eggwhites in the microwave for about 20 seconds. (This mimics the aging process of the egg whites. You’re supposed to leave them out on your countertop for 48 hours, but personally I don’t have the forthought to do such a thing.) With the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites to a foam, then slowly add the granulated sugar until your meringue is nice and glossy. In the meantime, pulse the almonds in your food processor till they are finely ground. Add in the powdered sugar and cocoa and pulse until combined. Fold the powdered sugar/almond mixture into the meringue until just combined, which shouldn’t be more than 40 or 50 strokes.
Now the (kinda) tricky part: This batter is very thick, so don’t let it sit and stabilize in the mixing bowl. Go ahead and Fill a piping bag fitted with a medium-sized round tip. (I used a Wilton #12.) Pipe 1-inch circles onto parchment paper. Important: let them stand on the baking sheet for at least 30 minutes so they can set up. If you immediately put them in the oven, they won’t get that cute textured side we all love so much. Go ahead and preheat the oven to 280F. Bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes; if you have trouble getting them off the parchment, add a little bit of cold water under the parchment and they should pop right off.
Pumpkin Spice Filling:
Mix all ingredients together!
Today The Atomic Cakery is happy to present the third cupcake in our classic Diner Desserts collection, and just in time for Halloween!
A pumpkin spice cake piled high with cream cheese frosting, with a little bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top. You can get your hot little hands on one of these this week from Jason at Spoonfed Grill. Or, you can special order a dozen or so from me! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. This week is going to be a lot of fun: all Halloween!
This weekend I started getting my house ready for our party, and I transformed my china cabinet into a spooky spider-infested Halloween vignette.
Let’s get a closer look…
Only 17 more days!!
I’ve had a few people ask me to share my Halloween decorations via my blog, which I was planning on doing anyway, but now maybe I can say “By popular demand, my Halloween decor!!” Maybe? Anyway.
Last week I started working on these little swizzle sticks to go in the butterbeer I’ll be making for my party this year. Heather Bailey, who has one of the most sugar sweet blogs I’ve ever seen, made these as part of her Harry Potter Hoopla series back in July, and I’ve been waiting since to start crafting these bad boys. (And please excuse my chipped nail polish. I overslept on this dreary Monday morning in Birmingham.)
Hers are cuter than mine! But no sweat, Heather Bailey’s cuteness is something I could never live up to! I chose to leave the ends of these more haphazard whereas she chose to keep her straight.
For a detailed step-by-step on how to make these, go to Heather’s blog right here!
Also, I want to give some quick love to Kamin Hoyle Williams of Behind K’s Lens. You’ve seen me give her shouts in various posts, but seeing as how she tends to keep (graciously) snapping beautiful pictures for this blog over and over again (including the one above), I have given her the illustrious, and maybe dubious, title as Baked in Birmingham’s official blog photographer! Congratulations! Your prize is that you have to deal with me! Thanks so much K, you are da best! Isn’t she the cutest?
It’s October! Time to get the gears really turning on the Nichols’ 2nd Annual Halloween Party. Last week Zack made these invitations, and I sat on the floor last night and glittered ALL of them. Aren’t the great? Deliveries start today!
P.S. Thanks to Kamin for snapping this photo on the fly this morning!
I LOVE Halloween and I can’t wait to pull out the rest of my decorations this week. I’m really excited about our 2nd annual Halloween party and can’t wait to start making all of the food for it and officially get my tabletop decor going. I found this quiz on Martha this morning and think it rings pretty true. Go on over to her site and take it and too and post your results!