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Cauldron Cupcakes, Candy Apples And Chalkboard Pumpkins

Cauldron Cupcakes, Candy Apples And Chalkboard Pumpkins

Elise Strachan from My Cupcake Addiction and author of Sweet! Celebrations shows her top tips for dressing up your pumpkins and throwing a Halloween party that’s spooky yet stylish and sophisticated.

I LOVE Halloween – it’s the one time of year I can bake “bad” and get really creative with things that aren’t so pretty, dainty and delicate. Over the years, I’ve made so many weird and wonderful Halloween creations from Blood & Bone Dessert Cups to Jack o Lantern Smash Pinatas that I decided to dedicate an entire chapter in my new book Sweet! Celebrations JUST TO HALLOWEEN!

Credit: Image from Sweet! Celebrations CookBook – Halloween Chapter
Credit: Image from Sweet! Celebrations CookBook – Halloween Chapter

Because sometimes it’s good to bake bad… right?

For Halloween, I like to make a few elements that I can throw together into a fun, sophisticated and suitable spooky party – this dessert table is the perfect in fuss-free, make ahead sweets and treats that will have everyone thinking you’re the next Martha Stewart!

DIY Chalkboard Pumpkins


1 Pumpkin

Chalk paint




Paint your pumpkin with the chalk paint. Once it’s dry, you can draw spooky figures. This will be the centrepiece, lifting it up nice and high off the table will really makes it stand out.

Halloween table setting to surely scare your guests!

Halloween table setting to surely scare your guests!

Spooky 3D Mirror


Mirror or old picture frame

White paint

Doll hands – visit a second hand store for an old, inexpensive doll



Take a little bit of white paint & brush it roughly all over the mirror.

Grab your baby doll hands and use glue to attach them to the mirror.

Let it dry thoroughly before sticking the mirror on the wall – Creepy.. Right?

Cauldron Cupcakes
Elise Strachan’s Cauldron Cupcakes 

Cauldron Cupcakes


Little plastic cauldrons


Mini cupcakes

Green buttercream frosting

Round candy


First pour a small amount of candy in each cauldron.

Place one mini cupcake on top of each pile of candy. The cupcake should be slightly popping up over the top edge of the cauldron.

Frost with green buttercream frosting and add little round candies to give it that bubbling effect.


Creepy Candy Apples


Green apples

Melted milk or dark chocolate

Twigs (lean and dry!)

Chocolate sprinkles


Melt your chocolate in a bowl.

Wash and place the twigs in the apple’s core.

Dip your green apple in the chocolate, about half way.

Finish it by adding a touch of chocolate sprinkles.

Spider bouquets to turn flower bouquets into spooky objects
Spider bouquets to turn flower bouquets into spooky objects

Crawling Rose Bouquet

Your favourite flowers!

Holiday spiderwebs

Plastic bugs, flies and spiders


Using fresh flowers adds a nice scent but fake works well here too and you can make them in advance!

Drape spider webs all over your bouquet.

Add spiders, bugs and anything else creepy you can find!

Candy Jars


I layered a variation of green, white and black candy in my jars. I also added some broken up skeleton bones to make them look like graveyards full of bodies!

Halloween table setting that is both scary yet stylish
Halloween table setting that is both scary yet stylish

Science Beakers


Science beakers (tip – these are often sold in sets of shot-glasses!)

Green pudding mix (or you can use jelly with a tablespoon of added condensed milk)

Round green candies


Mix up instant pudding mix according to manufacturer’s directions – (add green food colouring if using vanilla pudding mix) Alternatively, you can make green Jelly and add a tablespoon of condensed milk or whipping cream to give an opaque effect.

Add to your mini beakers

Top with green round candies – Easy!

Happy Halloween!

The Carousel thanks Elise Strachan host of My Cupcake Addiction and author of Sweet! Celebrations for these amazing Halloween recipes!

Written by Elise Strachan

Elise Strachan's My Cupcake Addiction is one of the world's largest free online cake decorating schools.
My Cupcake Addiction shows you how to create gorgeous cakes, cupcakes and cake pop masterpieces from the comfort of your own home.

Baker and Pastry Chef, Elise Strachan aims to bring the art of cake decorating to all corners of the globe, and has recently launched her first cook book, Sweet! Celebrations.

With over 10 million views on Youtube each month, Elise holds the proud boast of being one of the most viewed baking channels in the world.

Elise's success is phenomenal and The Carousel is delighted to feature her recipes and tutorials as our Baking Editor & Pastry Chef.

You will love her fun, inspiring and authentic approach to baking.


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