Scarecrow CupcakesAngie McGowan
Happy Halloween! I thought these cupcakes were so cute, I just had to try them. I love the cute part of Halloween, and these are adorable. This is a very cute cupcake idea for your kids. My little three year old sat on the counter and watched me decorate, handing me the candy pieces. He probably ate more candy than he handed me, but he was having fun. After he watched me, I gave him 2 cupcakes of his very own, and he surprised me with his cupcake decorating skills. The cupcake is a spice cake with a maple flavored frosting. I added white fondant on top to create a very smooth, clean face. I used chow mien noodles for the hair, shredded wheat for the hay, brown M&M’s for the eyes and candy corns for the nose. The mouths are made with black decorator gel. I used a toothpick to get the finer stitch lines of the mouth. Be sure to get the old fashioned large shredded wheat to break up for the hay part of the scarecrow. I tried using mini shredded wheat at first, because we had it on hand, and it did not work.
If you like these cupcakes, you’ll love these cute witch cupcakes too.
This recipe was adapted from TLC’s Scarecrow Cupcakes.
Scarecrow Cupcakes Recipe
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons molasses
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons maple or pancake syrup
1‘1/2 cups powdered sugar
black decorator gel
chow mien noodles
shredded wheat cereal
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Add butter and sugar to stand mixer. Cream until light in color. Add eggs, one at a time on medium speed. Beat until well incorporated. Add molasses and vanilla and beat again until incorporated.
2. Then add 1/2 the flour, 1/2 the milk, then the other half of the flour and then the rest of the milk. Mix just until batter comes together and is smooth.
Pour batter into cupcake cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes, or until toothpick is clean when inserted and removed from the middle of the cupcakes.
3. Let cupcakes cool. Add all ingredients for frosting to a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat until well incorporated. Frost cupcakes, reserving about 1/2 cup.
4. Roll out fondant and use a biscuit cutter to make the circles, place on cupcakes.
5. Use extra frosting to attach candy pieces to cupcakes to make scarecrow faces as shown in picture. For gumdrop hats, take 2 gumdrops and squeeze together. On a sugared surface, roll out to form the top of the hat. Take another gumdrop and squeeze with your fingers into the shape of the brim. Press this gumdrop on the other piece of the hat. Attach hat to cupcake with frosting. Use the black decorator gel to form the seam.
Makes about 18 cupcakes.