Friday, October 28, 2011

Cupcakes and Birthdays, Oh My!

Last night my sis-in-law Dawn and I made cupcakes for my niece and nephew's school Halloween parties.  Dawn found this idea for spider web cupcakes and we went to work!

Aren't they awesome?
They look like they take a lot of effort, but they were so easy.  We baked cupcakes from your regular mix.

Dye some white icing orange with food coloring.

Action Shot.
Then ice your cooled cupcakes with orange icing and use black gel icing in a tube to make a spiral on the top.  Drag a toothpick through the icing from the middle to the outer edge to make your web and add your plastic spider ring.


And spider rings are helpful for more than just decorating cupcakes...

My wine has the black spider.  ;)
Now while you make cupcakes for kid parties you need an easy dinner...let me introduce you to the wonder that is salmon crackers.  If you like smoked salmon, dill and cream cheese this is the finger food for you...and yes, I will totally eat them for dinner with a salad on non cupcake making evenings.

Take light laughing cow cheese and season it with dill, garlic salt and all purpose dill mix from The Pampered Chef.  I will usually mix up a whole wheel of the cheese and keep it in a container in the fridge.  Spread the cheese onto Carr's Table Water Crackers (or the store brand equivalent), add your sliced smoked salmon and top with capers and chopped red onion (I left off the red onion last night since Dawn is not a fan). 

Ten crackers with 3 seasoned cheese wedges and 4 ounces of smoked salmon comes in at 9 weight watchers points+...and they are worth every delicious point.

Spider ring topping optional.
And finally...happy happy birthday to my dear friend and workout buddy Rebecca!!!

She's the one on the left.  :)
The pen color today will continue to be black.

Have a wonderful Friday and an amazing weekend!!!


  1. love the cupcake idea and the salmon looks good too!

  2. The salmon is delicious! You must try it!

  3. love that cupcake idea - will have to store it away for next year :)


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