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Halloween is just around the corner. Pumpkin patches are blooming, hot apple cider is brewing, and the crisp leaves are crunching on the ground. This time of year calls for desserts, candy, chocolate and sweets! And here on CakeJournal we have the goods. Today’s recipes will include five DIYs that are super easy to create. These five desserts are perfect for any Halloween or fall festivity for your child’s party or even a fun finger food for an office party.
The five desserts we are trying out today are all popular Pinterest Halloween DIY snacks that you can do in your sleep. These DIY snacks are great for Trick-o-Treat gatherings and are super easy to execute under 15 minutes. We created Pumpkin Patch pudding cups, a Spider Web cake, mini caramel apples, Halloween Bark, and chocolate-covered wafer cookie, marshmallow and pretzel treats. These holiday Pinterest desserts are great for the fall time and fun and easy to make. So let’s get started!
Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups
What you need:
Chocolate pudding cups
Mini pumpkin candies
- For the Pumpkin Patch pudding cups, first remove the lids off pudding cups.
- Remove the cream from the inside of the Oreos and crush up the Oreo cookies by placing them in a bag and crushing with a tool, until cookies are completely crushed. You know you’re finished when the cookies replicate dirt.
- Sprinkle the crushed Oreos on top of your pudding cups. Add a few pumpkin candies on top, and sprinkle some green crystal sprinkles for the grass and you’re done!
- You can add a little sign using a toothpick and a piece of paper. Write anything you want to on the sign and stick it into the pudding cup. I went with “Pumpkins $1.00.”
Spider Web Cake
What you need:
- For the spider web cake, in a circular pan bake a chocolate cake. You can either make a cake from scratch or one from a box, it’s up to you!
- Completely ice the cake with chocolate icing, Make sure all the sides are covered for a complete look. You can use another color of icing, but a darker color is preferred since you want to use vanilla icing to replicate the web.
- Next, put your vanilla icing in a piping bag with a small tip (or you can use an icing that already comes in a can with a piping tip) and start to draw a spiral, starting from the center of the cake.
4. Once you bring the spiral to the outskirts of the cake, you’re ready for the next step. Take a toothpick and make straight lines, starting from the center of the cake to the outside of the cake. These are the lines that will make the icing look like a spider web.
Mini Caramel Apples
What you need:
- Using a melon baller, cut circular balls out of the apple to make the small apples that will be dipped into the caramel. Stick each individual apple ball on a lollipop stick.
- Melt caramel, either using a stovetop or a microwave for approximately 1 minute. I used already melted caramel, not caramel solid squares, so I only had to stick the caramel into the microwave.
- Once the caramel is melted, dip the apple balls into the caramel. Make sure the entire apple is covered. Then sprinkle or dip the caramel-covered apple into Halloween sprinkles. The options are endless for decorating these. You can add little googly eyes to the them, M&Ms, crushed Oreos, crystal sprinkles; again the options are limitless.
- Place the decorated mini apples into the freezer for about 30 minutes. Store in the refrigerator before serving.
What you need:
Peanut Butter Cups
(Any Halloween candy favorites)
- For the very simple Halloween bark, all you need to do is melt down your chocolate, you can use dark, milk, or white chocolate.
- Next, spread the melted chocolate out on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Immediately start adding your desired candy into the chocolate, before the chocolate stiffens. I went with candy corn, M&Ms, KitKats, peanut butter cups, and some googly eyes, to add a Halloween monster feel. You can buy these quirky candy eyeballs at your local grocery store in the baking aisle.
- Place the bark into the freezer for about 30 minutes until hard. Break the bark up into small pieces for serving.
Chocolate-Covered Pretzel, Marshmallow, and Wafer Cookie Treats
What you need:
- First, melt your desired choice of chocolate, I used milk and white chocolate. (I highly recommend using white chocolate to coat some of the treats because you can make ghost and zombie looking characters by adding the candy eyes.)
- Dip your wafer, Oreo, pretzel or marshmallow into the melted chocolate and add your desired decorations. What decorations you use it up to you. I used purple, green, orange, yellow, and brown sprinkles for the fall look. I also added the candy eyes to the treats I dipped into white chocolate, making the treat look like a Halloween character. You can add your child’s favorite Halloween candy too, I used mini M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces.
- Stick your creations in the freezer for about 20 minutes and you’re done!
All of these fun and creative recipes can be easily replicated, even if you’ve never picked up a whisk before. These DIY treats can definitely leave an impression on your co-workers, friends or family. If you try out these recipes post them on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #cakejournalrecreation!
These five simple Pinterest Desserts can be recreated by anyone! Try them out and tag your creations on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #cakejournalrecreations. Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!