Halloween is special for two reasons in our house. The first is the more traditional reason that you get to dress up and make spooky food and eat lots of lollies (candy) but this year the traditional reason is even more exciting.
For the first time ever, I’m living somewhere where I just might get trick-or-treaters. I grew up in a house up a very long driveway that no one was ever brave enough to venture up and then Will and I lived in a unit for 5 years. Now we’re in a house and our front door is visible from the road so I can make it very hauntingly welcoming.
What’s the other reason? It’s a very special day because it’s also my lovely husband’s Birthday. You might remember a few years ago we had a Halloween party to celebrate. I’m sure in another couple of years he’ll let me do it again because I have so many new ideas for spooktacular food and decorations.
I am a bit of a big kid when it comes to novelty food. I can’t get enough. Christmas, Easter, Halloween, any excuse will do but when I saw that JJ from 84th & 3rd chose Halloween as the theme for this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop I was seriously excited. I’ll make an admission. I was so excited about the ghoulish day that I made my recipes two weeks ago.
I thought that my hazelnut witches cupcakes would be perfect until I saw that JJ had suggested our cupcakes don witches hats. I swear I’d already made them but I couldn’t look like I’d stolen her idea (I’ll still post them next week though they were really good).
Never mind, I had another – bloody eyeball cake balls. These are a seriously easy treat to make and would be great to pop into the buckets of little trick-or-treaters, perhaps after wrapping them individually. The recipe isn’t so much a recipe as a guide. You can use any sort of cake that you have left over. I always pop the trimmings in the freezer whenever I have to cut the top off a cake so mine were almond pound cake.
You can make them quite a while in advance too, the white chocolate shells seems to preserve them well. So go on, whip up some eyeballs. You know you want to!
What about you? Do you celebrate Halloween? Are you one to welcome trick-or-treaters or do you turn off all the lights and pretend you’re not home?
If you need any more Halloween inspiration, check out the other treacherous treats in the hop below.
- Left over white cake
- White chocolate
- Red and black writing icing
- Crumble the cake into a bowl.
- In another bowl, melt the white chocolate.
- Drizzle some melted chocolate into the crumbled cake and stir it in.
- Squeeze some cake in your hand. If it stays as one blob then you're ready to shape into balls. Otherwise, add a little more white chocolate until the mixture holds its shape.
- Using about a tablespoon of mixture at a time, shape it into tight balls and place on a baking paper lined plate.
- Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Melt some more white chocolate.
- Use a fork to dip the cake balls in the white chocolate, shake off any excess chocolate and place them on another plate lined with baking paper.
- Refrigerate until the chocolate has set.
- Pipe the pupil and blood onto the cake balls and leave them to set.