Easy Cupcakes for Kids to Make at Halloween - Candy Googly Eyed Monsters - a Demo
Cupcake not so scary spider
Fun is the main ingredient.
Halloween is such a wonderful way to kick off the holidays, especially for children. I know it sure appeals to the kid in me.
Follow along for some super easy decorating ideas for the little ones to use on their very own home baked cupcakes. Baking is a great activity for children and it's never too early to start, even if it's just helping to mix the batter, set the dials and then decorating.
The main thing is to keep it fun and keep everyone engaged. It doesn't have to cost much or be fancy at all for the little ones to have an awesome time.
Parents, teachers and care givers can use baking to help children practice many skills from measuring liquid and dry ingredients to basic kitchen safety and hand washing skills.
What goes better at parties than cupcakes?
Kids love parties. With little kids, they have to be engaged for the party to be a successful do and not rapidly deteriorate into a screaming zoo.
To keep things simple, use a mix and canned frosting. For larger groups or the really little ones, bake ahead of time and have the cakes cooled but let the kids do the decorating for themselves.
Children love to be involved in cooking. For the slightly older ones, if time permits, allow them to do the baking as well. It's great real world experience in a super fun setting.
Squidmund the cupcake monster in all his glory.
Don't worry about them messing up.
I promise, they will eat the mistakes with smiles every bit as big as they do the good looking ones.
Just be sure to supervise! They are kids and you want your kitchen standing upon completion, after all.
With just some candy and sprinkles, there is no limit to what the kids can cook up. After the directions for the cupcakes in the upcoming gallery, you will find videos of even more monsterfied scary treats and eats for the whole gang.
Watching is so much better than reading about it.
Click through the photo gallery to see exactly how to decorate each cupcake. Tips and tricks are in the captions.
Be it for a class party in the morning you just found out about tonight, or a spontaneous slumber party for five, cupcakes willl work.Click thumbnail to view full-size
For tons of killer cupcake capers, try these on for size.
I own "Hello Cupcake" and have seen the two sequel books. My classes did several from that book with good results. The pictures are high quality and large enough to view details. The directions are easy to follow.
Some of the ingredients are common, some not so much. It depends on the cupcake in question.
The alien cupcakes are always a hit. My students loved this book. Just from the pictures they got so many cool ideas.
Kids can make all manner of cupcake monsters with just a little imagination, even a squid!
This is a great cupcake maker for children to use. It would work well for an off to college gift, too.
I'm all for kids learning to cook on the stove and in the oven, but this is a great transitional piece before they are ready for that. Further, I like how it works so fast and it doesn't heat up the whole kitchen.
It's safe for children. This particular unit makes mini cupcakes and muffins. Minis are great for everyday and slumber parties where you might not want to deny sugar, but you would like to lessen it shall we say.
Unlike some units this allows for using any mix or recipe you want.
Personally, I think it's great for college because it's small, plugs in, portable and allows for healthy muffins. Cafeteria food gets old!
All squids need friends.
One good squid deserves another. No squid should swim alone.
Don't have googly eyes or feel up to painting in icing?
Give olives or grapes a go. For larger eyes, how about M&M's squished into marshmallows... Yum!
Halloween punches, brews and concoctions You've got to have something to wash all those cupcakes down with.
Scope on some scary punches and drinks for all of your guests, little and large.
Halloween Punch Recipe from the Worlds Premier Culinary College by The Culinary Institute of America.
Scary Halloween Party Food - Prosciutto Head on a Platter Appetizer Recipe by CookingwithSugarTV
You're going to need some eats that aren't just treats. Kids can't live on sugar alone, even at Halloween.
Candy companies across the nation will be plotting my demise for what I'm about to say, but every kid's party needs some food that isn't just sweet and salt.
I know. That's what they like but it's just not healthy. Here are some great Halloween themed foods to add to all that sugar for a more healthy balance.
These recipes are not your typical sugary snacking overdose associated with Halloween, but still too cool and scary looking.
Easy Halloween Recipes - Brain Chicken Salad by Victoria Paikin
Does it have to be all sugar? Is totally healthy going overboard?
Seemore Spider cupcake says,
Have a whole lot of Halloween fun this year with the kids. They don't stay little for long. Bake, broil, brown and be merry to kick off the holiday season. Remember, a little chocolate is great fun for all kids, even us big ones.
A word about safety
For any kid's party or event, always ask about food allergies. It's a safe bet if having large numbers there will be some allergies and children are often loath to mention them before eating the offending cupcake.