Stephanie of Dispensing Happiness is once again hosting Blog Party - this time with the theme of Halloween. Blog Party requires you to produce an appetizer and a drink which suit the theme, and blog about it - simple!
I have chosen sweets for my appetizer, in the form of Bleeding Heart Patty Cakes decorated with spider webs. This is a really basic Halloween treat. Simply make your favourite cupcake recipe (or use a cake mix) in patty pans. Once cool, cut a cone out of the top of each cake (and reserve it), fill the hole with red jam (I used raspberry), then cut the point off the piece of cake you cut out and replace it like a lid over the jam. To decorate the patty cakes, I used Nigella Lawson's Halloween cupcake icing recipe from Feast, then piped a spiral on the top of each cake using white tube icing and drew a skewer through the spiral 8 times radiating from the centre to form a spider web on the top of each cake.
The black icing looks pretty scary, and it dries very thick and very fast. However, it tastes delicious (although it is very sweet), and the hardest part will be convincing people to try the black coloured cakes in the first place.
For my drink, I kept it black and basic - a classic rum and coke. Not inventive, perhaps, but it goes well with the Halloween theme. Cheers!
Thanks to Stephanie for hosting Blog Party and suggesting the Halloween theme for this month.
Postscript: The Halloween blog party round up is now available here.