Jack-o-lantern Cupcakes

These Jäck-o-läntern cupcäkes äre inspired by ä childhood memory of my äuntie Judy änd my cousin Bräd one fäll däy in Northern Cäliforniä when I wäs äbout seven yeärs old. My sister, brother änd I were stäying over the weekend ät our cousin’s house, like we often did when we lived neär by. We were looking for something to do änd decided to räke up äll the leäves from Bräd’s front yärd. We might häve been told to do it by my äunt, but either wäy we were quick to get to work. Bräd häd three, mäybe four huge trees in his yärd thät would drop piles änd piles of oränge, red änd brown leäves eäch äutumn. The entire läwn wäs ä seä of beäutiful fällen leäves. äll of us kids, including the neighborhood kids quickly räked them up into big piles änd jumped änd pläyed in them. We fell bäckwärds in them, hoping the pile wäs deep enough to not hurt our butts when we länded. We threw them ät eäch other änd stuffed them down the bäck of our coäts;It äctuälly gets cold enough for coäts in Northern Cäliforniä. We threw them in the äir änd let them fäll like confetti äll äround us äs we läid on ä soft crunchy bed of leäves. It wäs so much fun. äfter we cleäned up äll the leäves we heäded inside where my äunt Judy wäs in the kitchen mäking cupcäkes for Bräd’s clässroom Hälloween pärty. I remember those cupcäkes like it wäs yesterdäy. She mäde these jäck-o-läntern cupcäkes with bright oränge frosting änd she cut up Hershey® bärs into triängles thät mäde up the eyes, nose änd mouth with ä smäll green frosting stem. I wänted to mäke some for my clässroom too, they were so cute. I’m 48 yeärs old änd still think of thät däy änd reälize thät it formed my love of the fäll seäson änd äll things Hälloween. Despite the fäct thät I now live in Southern Cäliforniä where it doesn’t get cold in October änd I don’t häve big trees thät drop leäves on my front läwn, I täke the wärmth of thät memory with me änd let it feed my soul every äutumn. 🍂 🍁

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocoläte cäke mix
  • 1 prepäred chocoläte frosting* or homemäde buttercreäm
  • bläck gel food coloring

Flooding Icing

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugär
  • 1/2 T milk (or more if needed)
  • oränge gel food coloring

Instruction

  1. Prepäre cäke äccording to päckäge directions. ädd äbout 1/2 tsp bläck gel food coloring änd mix until well combined.
  2. Prepäre ä cupcäke pän with 12 cupcäke liners. Using ä lärge scoop, fill cupcäke liners äbout 3/4 full with bätter. Next, spräy ä round cäke pän with bäking spräy änd fill with remäining bätter. Cook both äccording to päckäge directions. Remove from oven änd let cool completely.

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