Monday, October 27, 2008

Cauldron Cake, Witch Cupcakes and Chili

Well everyone...I may have a cake wreck on my hands:-( My nephew's birthday was this weekend and once again, I made a Halloween themed cake and cupcakes. Behold, the Cauldron Cake:

This is a yellow cake with green and orange buttercream frosting to look like the gruel in a witch's cauldron. The pot was $5 at Walgreens and I put the cake inside the pot on a cake decorating stand. So, when you spun the cake with the spoon, it simulated stirring the brew. Although the cake itself isn't the prettiest, I thought the concept was cool.


These are the witches and Man, do they look pissed! I would be too if I were this ugly:-(



And here is what the whole table looked like. So everybody...what do you think? To wreck or not wreck...that is the question.

As for a recipe, my SIL, Lisa served this awesome chili at the party. It is perfect for any chilly outdoor event like Trick or Treating or a football game or even looking ahead to caroling for Christmas. Without further adeau:


Lisa's Awesome Chili Mac
Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 can kidney beans
1 green pepper
1 onion plus more for garnish
1 can tomato juice
1 packet chili mix
1/2 lb elbow macaroni
1 can diced tomatoes
Shredded Cheddar Cheese, for garnish
sour cream for garnish
Oyster crackers, for garnish
Directions:
1. Brown ground beef in pepper and onions.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients (except macaroni) to slow cooker and cook on high for 45 minutes or low for 2 hours.
3. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni until almost al dente.
4. Add macaroni to the beef mixture in the last 30 minutes of cooking.
5. Serve with garnishes on the side.

34 comments:

Debbie said...

Definitely not a wreck IMO. I love the look. The chili sounds yummy too. It's getting cold in GA this week so I'm looking for a good stew or chili recipe. This one just made it to the top of the list.

Thanks.

Kat said...

You are so creative!! I love the cauldron and the cupcakes. My mom's birthday is Thursday and I am going to do some sort of Halloween cupcakes.

Jen said...

so cool as usual. you are just so talented.

Tiffiney said...

Oh my gosh I love those cup cakes..that is just to cute....i just may have to steal that idea :)

brettinsky said...

Not a wreck! I like the witches! You did a great job on them-I really like their faces!

And the cake idea is awesome, how did you come up with that?

Oh2122 said...

So not a wreck. I think the witches especially look great. They should look odd and slightly pissed. It gives them an extra witchy quality.

Bird, Frizzy and Our Little Yaya said...

Not a wreck! Great idea in fact and you are creative. Your family must love having you around to help make such occassions extra special.

Rachel said...

That's nifty! BTW - You are up next for This Modern Mommy. can I send some questions your way? I would need answers emailed back by Wednesday night. Let me know ASAP! THanks!

lilianril said...

I like the ideas. The cauldron cake would have looked better if the sides were more filled in, but I don't know how you'd do that. Definitely NOT a wreck!

EmmaP said...

see i was thinking that the pissy look on the witches were per-fect!!! I mean I run into a lot of "witches" in my job - and they ALL have that look on their faces. I'd say you hit the nail on the head. hahaha! looks yummy too!

Amy said...

I love the 'look' on that cupcake witches 'face'. Priceless!

Aly @ Lip Zip said...

How creative! I love everything you've done. My baking looks like a toddler did it, which is convenient because I can just blame my own toddler now. :)

Cant Hardly Wait said...

Totally not a wreck. So freakin' creative and tasty looking.

thotlady said...

You are so clever. I love the cauldron cake, the cupcakes are so cute...even if they are angry witches.

You are very creative. And I love chili. Yummy.

Teri said...

I love them all, especially the witches. I'm sure they were yummy.

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

I think you did a fantastic job!! I love the witches....and how creative to put the cake in a cauldron!

Jennifer said...

No--not a cake wreck! I like both the cake and the cupcakes. The cauldron idea is so cool and I love how ticked off the witches looks.

We always serve chili for our Halloween party after trick or treating--it's perfect!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

OF COURSE I see your delicious cupcake pictures at 11 p.m. Too late to buy a cake, let alone buy one... Now I want cake. I blame you for any grumpiness that may ensue...

Z's Mom said...

That is so not a wreck!!! It looks great!

I love Steak N Shakes chili mac....I'll have to try this recipe!!! :)

Jill Scott said...

I love those cupcake witches.

cat said...

I think it looks great. Lovely creative cake.

Jen B. said...

Not a wreck! I LOVE the cake & cupcakes! You are so talented!

Mamasphere said...

SUCH a great concept! What are you talking about? Not a wreck at all!

All I need now is a spoon so I can dig into the cauldron.

Perksofbeingme said...

These are great! I think it's a great idea- so cute!

Frogs' mom said...

Not a wreck at all - and very cool concept! I might like to try it and add just the smallest few pieces of dry ice under the cake stand, then a little water to activate just before the cake is served - to give a real brew effect (but then, I am kind of a nut!):0)

I love the cupcakes - the expressions are perfect for witches! The chili mac sounds good too -

Thanks for joining the Pumpkin Patch Parade at 4-frogs!

CrackerJacks said...

I think it all turned out fabulous! The cupcakes are very cool too!

Happy Halloween!

Aspergertopia said...

Love everything you've done! I am Jenn by the way, part of 4 Frog's Pumpkin parade too.

CC said...

I love the witches! And their hats? Adorable!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Those turned out great! Very creative - like the cones for hats. Thanks for linking up.

Mandaroo said...

Those are great. I love the cupcakes.

Julie said...

I think it's great! Very creative and fun!

BPOTW said...

You are so creative. That chili mac recipe sounds nice and yummy and warm! I'm sure your nephew had a great birthday!

Lisa @ Serah's said...

LOL at the cupcakes! They came out really nice!

Brandi said...

Those are great! I love the idea of that! It is so fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great day!


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