Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

It is time again for the little ones (and the not so little ones) to go door to door demanding tooth rotting goodies. They will fill their sacks then go home, or to a friends home, where they will dump out aforementioned tooth rotting goodies onto a surface. Probably their bed if they are home or maybe their floor. Secure in their room where they can stay on their guard and watch all angles of approach for any candy snatchers. They will sort out the good candy from the gross and then attempt to trade the "gross" candy with friends like depreciated currency. Do you remember this? If you are really lucky 10 packets of candy corn might buy you a fun size snickers from your friend's "keep" pile but usually those items are not for sale. You can only purchase from what your friend has deemed "gross" or at least less then good. Often your get rid of pile and theirs has many matching items but if your lucky your buddy actually doesn't like chocolate in which case you have struck gold. This is what parents should be advising their kids on. How to pick trick or treating buddies. Pick someone who doesn't like what you like (like chocolate) so that you can buy all that stuff they don't like with stuff you don't like. You're doing them a favor after all and helping their candy economy.

Ok enough with the trick or treating. I, for the first time ever, made Halloween goodies. Or a Halloween goody. Spiderweb cuppers. I used the vanilla cuppies recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (a crazy awesome book that you should run out and buy right now if you don't have it yet, how could you not have it yet anyway, get a friend to buy it for you if you can't, truly, get the book, bake more cupcakes!). I frosted them with the basic chocolate ganache recipe and helped Mrs Spider build her web with a quickie royal icing.
After webbing we enjoyed a quick fried rice dinner and for desert enjoyed one of these delicious looking treats only to find Mrs Spider had already caught some suculent flies.
Well the next time someone asks you where you get protein you can tell them you pick flies out of spider webs. Ok I'm just being silly. They are just currants but they are almost grossly the size of flies.

13 comments:

seitanismymotor said...

Although I don't live in the US, we have this tradition of collecting sweets on New Years Eve in Northern Germany. Unfortunately there won't be any of these beautiful spiderweb cakes.

Carrie said...

Yum!! Those look great! Love the "flies"

Michelle said...

that vanilla from vctotw and ganache combo is one of my favorites. yum!

happy halloween, bex!!

Cynthia said...

Those are so cute! I love the spiderwebs.

Amanda said...

flies for protein..love it!
Your cuppies are beautiful!

invisiblevoices said...

mmmm....those look so good! I love the webs too. No way would I have given any of those away if I made them!

I made (not so cool looking) cupcakes last year on halloween, just in case my upstairs neighbor's kids visited. They didn't, so I got to eat them all myself. I'm so generous that way!

aTxVegn said...

Me and my friends did this candy pile and trade exactly! I love your cupcakes - vanilla cake with chocolate frosting is so yum.

Amey said...

ewww! flies in your cuppers! the cupcakes are great... I like your spidey web designs.

I was a real candy hoarder as a kid: sorting, categorizing, trading with my brother... there were many complex rituals. It was especially exciting because it was the only time we were allowed to have candy.

sarchan said...

Yes! I definitely operated on the candy arranging-sorting-trading model as a kid. Your cupcakes look so cute and delicious. I love currants and ganache.

Bethany said...

currant spiders, how gross, but perfect for halloween.

I had enough brothers and sisters that we could do the trading action together. I loved candy corn, so I would never get rid of that :).

bittersweetblog said...

Those are some of the tastiest-looking spider webs I've ever seen. ;)

Vegan_Noodle said...

I love your spiderweb cupcakes!! And yes, VCTOTW is amazing...

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