I succumbed to this enticing, round, multi-compartment shaker of happiness.
At Target, naturally. I didn’t even go there for this. I was on my way to the garden section.
Target and sprinkles: They always get me!!
I used Nigella’s fairy cake and icing recipes from How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking. (You must pronounce it go-DESS, as Nigella does).
I’m clearly not quite ready for go-DESS status yet, because I totally screwed up the cupcakes. I dumped a bowl of powdered sugar into the batter, thinking it was the flour. (They look alike!) I tried to scoop it out without dumping the batter out too. It was a mess. They turned out really dry, but here’s the good part: I layered so much of this ooey, gooey, sweetly salty, life-changing icing onto them that nobody cared. In fact, it was a great excuse to do so. I can never get enough of this icing and I’ve been known to eat it with a spoon. This way, I could shove it into my mouth with abandon, under the reasoning that the dry cupcakes really needed it. Not me. Yeah, right.
The kids had fun eating – I mean decorating with – the toppings.
He put those sprinkles on his nail himself, for artistic effect. (I think his mom takes too many pictures of his food).
“Dis one need a little bit more of dis…”
I had fun decorating, too.
My October feels complete, now that I have done some fall baking.
This adorable (and ridiculously easy) pumpkin cupcake idea came from Real Simple magazine. Simply dip an iced cupcake in glittery orange sprinkles, then make the stem.
For the stem, I used sour apple-flavored-something-or-other, from Wal-Mart. It’s all I could find. It turned out to be sprinkled in sugar, which I liked better than the plain green licorice Real Simple called for. It seemed like a pumpkin that had slept in an overnight frost.
Trim it down with scissors, then snip off the end at a diagonal.
Use a small steak knife to make room for your stem and push it in. So easy, so cute.
Trick or treat?
Nigella’s Brown Butter Icing will save any baked good you have accidentally dumped something inappropriate into. You can get her book here.
If you need something to tide you over while you wait for the delivery truck, this butter icing isn’t browned, but it will get you through.
- 1⅓ cups butter, room temperature
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt or ¼ teaspoon table salt
- Whisk it up, man.
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