Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween: Cookies & Marzipan Finger Cupcakes (guest-post @ PinkLittleCakes)

Thank you Kathia for inviting me to guest post! :D

Hi! I'm Faithy! I have no idea what Halloween is since we don't really celebrate here in Singapore.  So when Kathia of Pink Little Cakes asked me if i would like to guest post in her Halloween series, i figured it would be fun and agreed.  How difficult would it be since I've seen gift shops selling halloween related stuff etc...?

I thought for a really really long time (almost a month since i opted to be the last in line ...) and couldn't come up with any ideas at all! Everyday I would read all these wonderful creations that other awesome guest-bloggers were creating. And as the date for my posting came nearer, i panicked!  So on Sat i rushed out to the shop and bought some halloween cutters and made these cookies....

However, because of my bad time management and no planning, I rushed through to ice these cookies on Sunday. My husband was nagging at me all the time to finish up quickly cos it was past midnight and I needed to get up early for work the next day.  Hence, I felt I didn't do a good job with these cookies.  

The next day, I thought about it again and decided that maybe i should make cupcakes! With the halloween theme, I'll make marizpan finger toppers for the cupcakes!  These, i thought to myself, would be soo cool!!   So, right after I came home from work, i sat down to mould these finger toppers with marzipan..   But while making these fingers from mazipan, i was quite disturbed and frightened..cos they began to look more and more realistic to me.  I wasn't sure at this point if i wanted to use them as cupcake toppers so i just took some photos of them as 'lollipops'.  

My husband came home, saw these and said i should cut off the stem to make them look more realistic - and he added that if i wanted to do something like that, i should make them look as realistic as possible. With his advice, I cut off the stem and they ended up looking even more frightening and morbid..!?!  I took these photos really I was felt rather gross! 

Creepy isn't it?  Well, as i was saying, i was pretty disturbed, so i packed these fingers into a box and brought it with me to work the next day. I showed everyone who came to my office to see what they had to say about the fingers. Most took it as a matter of fact and didn't seem very disgusted or shocked.  Some even encouraged me to use it as toppers for my cupcakes..saying they don't mind eating the cupcakes even with these fingers on it. They thought it would be fun and in line with the halloween theme.  I was encouraged....but wasn't totally convinced.  Took me 2 days to think about it and the fingers sat in my office for 2 days before i had the courage to bring them back home again..hahaha...

Finally I made chocolate cupcakes with frosting and placed the marizpan fingers on each cupcake. So I ended up with these....

If you want the "shock" factor for your halloween party, i think these marzipan fingers are the way to go... definitely be the talk of the party!   :S

Finally, i'm sharing with you the recipe to chocolate cupcake (as seen in the photos above). It's very light, soft and moist just like what the book said it would be.  However, I didn't find it as chocolatey as i would like though..

Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcake 
adapted from the book Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 180c.
2. Melt the chocolate in microwave.
3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside
4. Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy about 2 mins using electric mixer
5. On low speed, mix in the melted chocolate. Scrape side of the bowl.
6. On medium speed, add eggs one at a time until each is blended into batter
7. Add vanilla and beat until mixture looks creamy, about 1 min
8. Mix in sour cream until no white streaks
9. On low speed, add half flour mixture, mixing to incorporate it. Mix in water, then mix in the remaining flour mixture until it is incorporated and the batter looks smooth.  
10. Spoon the mixture into cupcake cups and bake for 15-20mins (depending on size of the cup).


Lora on October 29, 2010 at 7:40 PM said...

Fantastically frightening fingers. Love em!

Monica on October 29, 2010 at 9:23 PM said...

OMG Faithy.. you totally and completly gross me out and scare the bezzjesus out of me.. with those real looking fingers.
And that folks is why I don't like Halloween.

So realistic... ewwwwww

Saira on October 29, 2010 at 9:25 PM said...

FAITHY FAITHY FAITHY!!!I remember when you called yourself 'amateur' I personally never thought you were! These are FABULOUS!!!! seriously amazing. I'm unbelievably impressed! First off, I did not for one sec think that the cookies weren't good enough, the fingers were good on their own, but the absolutely impactful part of the whole things were the cupcakes. Great job! I have to remember to make these someday:)

P.S You are so sweet. I got another book from here but I think I might order the same one you have...there was no browse option so I cant really tell what the book has to offer...but clearly it's inspiring you so might just do it. thank you for the offer you're amazing!

Vicki on October 29, 2010 at 9:32 PM said...

Believe me Faithy, you hit the Halloween mark with these! Any teenage boy would love these at a party.

Anncoo on October 29, 2010 at 10:57 PM said...

Oh Faithy! Love those cookies and those...those...Finger! Looks so real*=*

Jenn on October 30, 2010 at 12:33 AM said...

Faithy.. The cookies are so cute.. the fingers are sooo creepy! They are awesome! You did a good job molding them and I love the look together with the cupcakes - and the blood. Tell me, how did you do the blood?

PS: Yes they are super creepy but that's what makes it awesome (it is Halloween after all). And I would totally eat them :).

scrambledhenfruit on October 30, 2010 at 8:08 AM said...

EEEWWWW!!! These are so wonderfully disgusting! Great job. :)

faithy, the baker on October 30, 2010 at 9:29 AM said...

LOL! Thank you ladies! :D

And Monica...sorry for frightening you..:P

Jenn, the blood is royal icing. :D

Lois B on October 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM said...

The fingers are the most disgusting things! So realistic; you captured the essence of Halloween. :)

Amanda on October 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM said...

Oh my GOODNESS!! Those look REAL!! You are got some amazing skills girl. I might throw up in my mouth a little thinking about severed fingers, but I also might dive face first into those amazing cupcakes!!!


Tracy on November 2, 2010 at 2:55 AM said...

These are so fun and gruesomely perfect for Halloween! :-)

edith on November 3, 2010 at 8:18 AM said...

Faithy, you have artist hands. from cakes to cookies to cupcakes, all beautifully created.

faithy, the baker on November 3, 2010 at 1:31 PM said...

Thanks Lois, Amanda, Tracy & Edith! :D


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