Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Recipe- Hallowe'en Cupcakes

Happy Hallowe'en everyone! Now, on principle, I'm against Hallowe'en as a holiday, but who can resist some cute cupcakes? I know that you're probably wondering why I don't like a holiday that's all about candy and scary movies, but there are a number of reasons for it:

  1. It's genetic. My mother HATES Hallowe'en. She hasn't always, but it gets more and more pronounced every year. She rejoices if she has some reason to be out of the house on that night, and she's getting to the point where she just turns off all of the lights and pretends not to be home.
  2. It promotes greed, unhealthy eating, and cavities (this is said with a bit of a wink, but you know it's true!)
  3. For grown-ups like ourselves, it's a bad excuse to get dressed up in semi-pornographic costumes and get drunk.
  4. It's a silly corruption of what used to be a quite interesting pagan/ Christian holiday.
  5. Costumes are expensive, and you can only wear them once a year.
  6. I'm too old to go trick-or-treating anymore. :(
There are a couple of good things about Hallowe'en, though, namely fun cupcakes and half- priced candy on November 1st. But as the hubby and I can't afford to buy costumes that we'll only be able to wear for about 3 hours, we decided to make cupcakes and see a movie instead. I used the recipe for Gummi Worm cupcakes on foodnetwork.com. I know that it looks a bit strange at first, having Coke in the batter, but they turned out great. I ignored the icing recipe and just bought a tub of Betty Crocker vanilla icing, which I tinted orange with food colouring, and it looks and tastes great. I like that the chocolate batter shows through the white tin liners, because then there's a nice contrast between black and orange. And they sure are yummy.

The hubby and I went to see The Prestige tonight, which I'll review in another posting. And I made chili for dinner. I think today will have to be a double posting day; I mentioned my mom in this one, and the next one will have to talk about my dad and his famous chili recipe. Man, is it good- and spicy! Check back for that one later on tonight.

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Purple Mangos said...

Sorry to jump in univited. (Ask JPMC if you're not sure who I am, because I have a rule about not using my real name online). I think you're being a bit hard on Hallowe'en. Compared to the original tradition of Hallowe'en (as a pagan/Christian ritual), it's not nearly as corrupted as Easter or Christmas. I think that's one of the reasons I like Hallowe'en; it's because it reminds me of what is an important church day (that I would otherwise probably forget every year) and also has an element of tradition that is fun as well as important.

Just my opinion, anyway. Also, I like chocolate. :)

Melissa said...

I love getting comments, so comment all you like. I completely agree that Christmas and Easter are even more corrupt than Hallowe'en. At least for me though, being a Catholic, both of those holidays still have quite a bit of religious meaning behind them, even in popular culture, whereas that has been completely lost with Hallowe'en. And I think that there is an opportunity to teach children something important with both of the other holidays, whereas Hallowe'en is almost entirely a selfish one (unless you count UNICEF or Trick or Eat.) But mostly I think my mom has corrupted me. :)