Spooky Cupcakes — For Kids, By Kids

Enough about kale.  Halloween is here, and with it, fantastically sugary and chocolate-y treats.  I mentioned last week how one talented mom’s Spooky Cupcakes (gorgeously decorated spiders, mummies and eyeballs) sold out in minutes at our school farmer’s market.


Think you have to be a meticulous decorator to achieve such Halloween excellence?  Not so.  My son Ryan, niece Emily and I went to Stew Leonard’s cupcake decorating class on Friday – and we’ve got all the details.

welcome sign


If we were making these at home, I’d probably use a variety or two of boxed cake mix and focus on the toppings for one or two different kinds of cupcakes.  Unless you have the whole day free and very patient kiddos, I’d bake the cupcakes ahead of time and let the kids have fun decorating, instead of watching their interest wane as they mix, bake and wait for the cupcakes to cool.  Stew’s had batches and batches of gorgeous cupcakes in red velvet, chocolate and vanilla all ready to go at our cooking class.

red velvet

Stew’s talented teaching team, Bokai, Jackie and Tyler were super organized with the decorating supplies and very clear with their step by step instructions to the children.  There’s a lot of frosting and candy involved when twenty-five kids are decorated cupcakes and these three were pros and keeping the class fun, productive and sanitary.

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