My daughter’s Elementary school organizes a big fundraiser every year before Halloween. It is a big event for the whole community and the biggest fundraiser for the school. Since I was not able to volunteer this year, I decided the donate cupcakes to support the bake sale for the fair.
Because it is a Halloween fundraiser, I browsed the internet for some ideas and settled on simple ghost cupcakes. They just looked adorable.
I tried a recipe for cupcakes from the Magnolia Bakery. They were vanilla flavor and tasted delicious. I actually planned on making black/orange and black/purple tie die cupcakes, but only remembered that while already spooning the batter into the pan. I guess I should not try to do things in a rush at 9 pm. Oh well, next time…
For the frosting a mixed up two batches of Wilton’s buttercream to cover all 24 cupcakes. I had to make these Halloween Ghost Cupcakes two days in advance and shortening does not melt like butter. That is why I decided to go with this very stable buttercream. Also, shortening is white and therefore ideal for making ghosts, while butter gives the buttercream a yellowish tinge.
Using Wilton’s tip #12, I piped swirled domes of white buttercream on the cupcakes making it look like ghosts. The shortening buttercream held up the shape perfectly and the little ghosts did not become big blobs after a day. I colored some piping gel black and using Wilton’s tip #3 piped different faces onto the ghosts.
The next day all the faces were still in place and no black color bled into the white icing.
They turned out great and looked so cute. My kids loved them and wanted to eat them right away. I will make another batch of Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes again soon…